When, in respond to a request for information, provided information
Post by Tom Wilde
Advance Australia Fair is as wimpy as God Save the Queen is boring! Ask any
non-Australian and they will tell you that Waltzing Matilda is our most
stirring anthem, even though it is about a sheep rustler. Non-Australians
find it bemusing how we idolise our convict and criminal past. I once went
to Chicago and as we were being driven from the airport into the city, asked
the cab driver where the monument to Al Capone was. I thought he was going
to throw me out of the cab!
All of that may be right.
However, I was belatedly replying to a genuine request for information
from (probably) a non-toastmaster.
Imagine if Gary had been a visitor to your club and had been treated
the way he was.
Sure there was some interesting playful banter, but "to everything
there is a season"
The outcome may well be someone who goes away with a negative
impression of Toastmasters.
My concern is that this happens every night in many Toastmasters
When a visitor comes, they are able to see what happens in every one
of the 10,000 clubs everywhere in the world. If the experience is
great, they coem back. If it is anything less than great, then they
may or may not.
I have met people who have been to one Toastmasters meeting and formed
a lasting negative impression.
I hope that this wasn't the case in this case.
In relation to your comments on Advance Australia Fair, I agree. But
it is the right answer to the wrong question.
John Sleigh, DTM