Confessions are good for the soul; or so I’m told. In hopes of sparing you the mistakes I made as a first timer at a D25 conference, I make my confession of the thing I did wrong; I failed to register for Friday night’s events. I’ve worked all day, I’m tired and I won’t miss anything, I told myself. I can save myself some money, I reassured myself. I don’t want to spend time away from my husband, I boasted to myself.
While I was tired and went home, I missed A LOT!! I missed the ONE EVENT which I would have benefited from the most – The First Timer’s Reception. The reception was designed to help me meet attendees and become acquainted with others experiencing the event for the first time. I would have learned why I was gathering names on a sheet of paper that was handed me when I did arrive and I might have even won a prize for completing the get acquainted game designed for me. I would have learned I needed to register for the Saturday business meeting rather than just showing up and not being able to vote.
I missed the speech contest. No one from either of my clubs was competing so why should I be there! I now look back and ask myself, “How narrow minded can you get, Joyce?” We are on our journeys together and everyone needs everybody; especially when one is competing; alone on the stage. All they have is a room of friends who are wishing them only the best and cheering them on.
Yes, I did save myself some money:
$99 for a restful night’s stay at a luxurious hotel,
$40 for the Friday Evening Dinner and Contest.
WOW $139.00. I consider my Toastmaster journey my college education and $139.00 doesn’t even begin to cover one semester. I must now ask myself, “How much is an education worth?” I attest it’s worth at least $139.00
Carl and I did spend that Friday night together. As memory serves me, we were both asleep in our chairs; certainly not quality time spent together. For the next conference, we rented a room for Friday night at the hotel and enjoyed time away together! AHHHH much better!
Confessions ARE good for the soul. I feel so much better now that I have bared the errors of my way. Do as I say, not as I did. Register now for all of the events and if you are a first timer to the conference, join us at the First Timer’s Reception. We are Rockin’ Around the Clock just for you!
1st Timers Chair
Spring 2015 Conference