In August 2017 I signed the forms to become a member of Croydon Communicators and informed the Club President, Mike Majuru, that I wanted to give my first speech at the next meeting.
I’d never spoken in public before and was terrified beyond belief.
“Ah, that’s our Humorous Speech Contest night.” Mike said.
“Not to worry, I’ll wait until the meeting after that.”
“Unless, you’d like to take part?”
Well, it didn’t really make much difference to me whether I gave my first speech in a contest or on a regular club night. Either way I was going to spend every waking (and sleeping) moment, dreading it.