They Matter

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

— Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!

Yesterday, the Future Stars Toastmasters didn’t give a speech. They spoke. For that matter, they spoke well.

There were no prepared speeches, it was an impromptu speaking contest called Table Topics. The contest itself isn’t impromptu, but the speeches are. The idea of Table Topics is to give every contestant one question, then 1-2 minutes to answer it. They are judged on their ability to put together a coherent response, the effectiveness of their message, and their stage presence.

The Future Stars contestants and contest volunteers.

All twenty of yesterday’s contestants spoke and all twenty spoke well. Both middle and high school students competed against each other, and in the end there was a winner, a young lady in middle school with an eloquent voice.

Every speaker had a voice and every speaker used it.They used it to speak to fifty people. At the same time they spoke to themselves.

When you get up in front of a group, you not only speak the audience, you speak to yourself. You tell yourself that you have a message, your message matters, and that you matter.

It was only one contest on one Saturday afternoon in April, but it mattered. It mattered because every child that spoke mattered.

Yesterdays’ gift of time … Volunteered as Toastmaster for one portion of the Future Stars Table Topics contest. Thank you to Tahseen and all the other volunteers for helping twenty kids realize that they matter. (Also cheers to my daughters, Hayle and Tessa, for speaking up. You both matter a lot to your daddy.)

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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3 Responses to They Matter

  1. Pingback: Your message DOES matter…. | Pocket Perspectives

  2. Hi Eric, I quoted a few lines from your wonderful post in a post that I just “created”….about how our ideas really do matter…. and how important it is to have the courage to express them….your ideas helped me pull together some other ideas I’d been trying to tie together.,too…I thank you so much for your insights and ideas…. and all that you offer to others…. thank you…..kathy : )

    • Eric Winger says:

      You’re most welcome, Kathy and thanks for your post as well. Our message does matter, especially when it is a message that helps us all. — Eric

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