Monday, March 12, 2012

A Taste of Toastmasters

Checked out a Toastmasters meeting in Port Moody on Thursday. It was just as delightfully nerdy as I'd expected. About 15 people, mostly middle-aged, sat around wearing business casual and sipping water from dixie cups. The meeting began at precisely 5:30 p.m. and ended at exactly 7 p.m. The anally retentive part of my personality was overjoyed at how well this group kept to the scheduled agenda, which included introductions, a formal welcome of the guests (me), a prepared speech about whiskey, a "table topic" section, (three or four people speaking off the cuff about various things), and some other random house-keeping items. A brand new member received her name badge, which she will wear at every meeting, or suffer the consequence of having to pay a dollar fine. Nerdfest!

Towards the end of the meeting I was asked if I wanted to speak for a couple of minutes during the Table Talk. I thought about it for a quick second and declined. I wasn't ready. There are a few things in life... okay, there are a LOT of things in life that scare me. Public speaking is one of them. I know I'm not alone on this one. But this is the first step on the path to enjoy, rather than avoid, speaking in front of a crowd. I have visions of one day, when I become a Toast Grandmaster or whatever it's called, being asked to speak at events all over the world. Just like this guy:

Going to check out one or two other clubs to see what kind of vibe they have going on, then pay my dues and start on the path to perfect diction and awesome anecdotes.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

365 days of Dining in Richmond

So Tourism Richmond has come up with a brilliant marketing scheme, in the same vein as last summer's Live@YVR campaign. This time, it's finding a blogger to eat a great meal every day for a year (yes, that's 365 consecutive days of free food!) and exclaim about it online so the world can find out about the variety of amazing culinary options the city has to offer.

They're looking for someone who's already into blogging, Tweeting, and Facebookery, with a general love of food, travel and adventure. Sign. Me. Up. Doesn't hurt it pays 50 grand and comes with a gym membership!

I think this one's awesome. Everyone in this city loves food. I think the term "foodie" may even originate in the Metro Vancouver area. If not, it should have. We like our food, and we like it good.