Member Spotlight – Herman Veitch
By Angela D’Amico – Marketing Committee Member
An Interview with Herman Veitch from Quantum Flow Coaching with Angela D’Amico
Herman has spent the last 12 years as a self-employed business coach. He brings a diverse background of life experiences to the table. I chose Herman for this interview because he relocated from South Africa to Syracuse New York in January 2016. He has the dual perspective of becoming a member in a community and being a member of the community.
The forum of this interview was after a Toastmaster meeting. Herman had just finished competing and winning the Tall Tails Speech Club Contest. He will go on to compete at the area level next.
Q: Congratulations on winning the speech contest. How did you hear about Toastmasters?
A: Thank you. I have been referring clients for years to join Toastmasters. This is a great way to grow their communication and leadership skills.
Q: How long have you been a Toastmaster?
A: 1 year
Q: You never referred yourself to Toastmasters
A: Herman smiling. No I did not think there would be a benefit for me.
Q: Were you wrong in that assumption?
A: Smiling bigger now. Yes.
Q: What finally made you walk through the Toastmaster door?
A: When you relocate the quickest way to settle in is to join clubs. I was in 2 clubs. A member from each club mentioned I should join Toastmasters. They were both members of Toastmasters.
I also wanted to challenge myself by not succumbing to mediocrity and complacency
Q: Did you accomplish these goals?
A: Yes. Toastmaster’s structure teaches members to break down their speeches and skills into chewable chunks. You learn by doing—-powerful!
Q: Describe a typical Toastmaster meeting and how you feel
A Packed full of insights. You walk away feeling enriched. We have an 8am meeting. It is a great way to start the day.
Q: What do you want to share that most people do not know about you
A: I am a published author.
Q: We are unable at Toastmasters to promote literature not associated with Toastmasters International. Do you have any advice for any potential writers who are sitting on the fence?
A: Get a writing coach. It saves you time, disappointment and a lot of trouble. .
Q: What closing remarks would you like to say about being a toastmaster to potential, infrequent or dedicated members?
A: Just do it. You won’t be disappointed. Toastmasters helps you overcome a false fear of public speaking.
For more info about Toastmaster Herman Veitch visit Good Morning Syracuse Toastmaster website and leave a general message to the club.