A Book That Inspires

by Francine Juhlin, DTM

The pages of the District 84 Conference “Just One More Page” are open, beginning a literary journey that transcends the pages of our favorite books. Have you ever stumbled upon a story so captivating that you couldn’t resist turning “just one more page”? District 84 members understand this sentiment well, as they’ve been exchanging tales of inspiration derived from the world of literature.

In the spirit of camaraderie, our clubs extend their gatherings beyond Toastmasters meetings, fostering connections that go beyond public speaking. Following a recent ‘Find Your Funny’ meeting, held virtually on Zoom, members convened for a post-Toastie hangout. It was during this informal session that one member, Linda Ramrath, shared a book that had left an indelible mark on her—The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon.

In the book, Joy the Bus Driver and passengers on the Energy Bus impart valuable lessons to George on adopting a positive approach towards life and transforming negative energy into positive achievements. Shifting our focus from negative to positive thoughts has the power to change the energy in any room. Whether we are crafting our next speech or undertaking a leadership project, we are confronted with the choice of being either a positive or negative thinker. Consider the impact a positive focus can have on the outcome of your next significant adventure.

As Toastmasters, we encounter various challenges, be it pursuing personal goals, building membership, or encouraging participation in Pathways. The key to ensuring a positive outcome lies in managing our energy, and this can be achieved by adhering to the 10 rules for navigating the ride of your life.

Pretend your next meeting is the energy bus. How can you use these 10 rules to change the energy in the room? How does your desire, vision, and focus move your bus in the right direction? Is your bus fueled with positive energy? Do you have the level of enthusiasm that attracts more passengers to your bus?

“After reading The Energy Bus, I thought about Toastmasters’ Moments of Truth (MOT). The first thing we do in MOT is evaluate our meeting atmosphere. THIS IS IMPORTANT! Sorry to shout, but if your club has been trying to recruit the same people or in the same manner for the last few years with minimal results, take a sharp right and take a new route,” Declares Linda Ramrath.

When you are promoting your club, remember to be positive. Shout about what’s working and how you are growing. Envision success and invite others to ride your bus for a dose of positive energy and to boost their personal and professional skills to achieve their dreams.

As Jon Gordon, the author of The Energy Bus, says, “Lead with contagious, powerful leadership”!

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