Julie and Sean Gordon are one of several couples who have joined Doncaster Speakers over the years.
In my job as an MD the focus of my role is on meeting people, developing client relationships and getting the message out there about the business. I needed something to help build my confidence in doing this and I decided to give Toastmaster’s Doncaster Speakers a go.
After a few weeks as a member, the club hosted a guest evening and I invited Sean along. I asked him because we were looking for something we could get stuck into together. We are really busy individuals and often like ships that pass in the night, but joining Toastmasters together means we have something we can share. Sean was a bit of a reluctant guest on that first evening, but soon realised how much fun it all was.
For me, having Sean around at the meetings to say, “You did great, I’m really proud of you,” is such a confidence boost.
We help each other prepare for our roles and run ideas past each other. We aren’t afraid to say, “That doesn’t work well… perhaps try this…” We also listen to each other practising our speeches, although I do get a bit impatient when I’ve heard Sean’s jokes for the tenth time!
I honestly can’t think of a downside to being a Toastmaster’s Couple, and I think it brings a positive dimension to the Club. Sean is a bit of a character and I think members enjoy the banter we share as a couple… and empathise with me!
It’s all good fun!
We will be adding more about members on our new Meet The Members page