Imbue

If you have ever had the opportunity to sit in on a Toastmasters International meeting, you will know that each meeting has a theme and a “Word-of-the-Day”…And if you have not had the chance to see a Toastmasters’ meeting in operation, you owe it to yourself to go to one this week.

There are many reasons for which to have these two items set forth for the members utilize within their speeches. However, the one I like to evolve with, especially when I am the acting Toastmaster, is to incorporate the WOD (word of the day) and blend it into the meeting’s theme.

For example, I am the Toastmaster at the Hospitable Toastmasters meeting in Sarnia, Ontario today. The WOD is “imbue”, picked by our Grammarian. I am hoping that our Table Topics Master will also join in on this project and set forth to utilize, inspire, and create topics that can help us all attain a better understanding of public speaking.

But more importantly, while I was researching the word “imbue” and some quotes that could help us understand its proper meaning and to therefore put the word into a proper context of meaning, I came across this quote:

“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern reslove. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.” — Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks

Ah, to be inbued…and receive: “Inspiration & Influence” at its finest.

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