On Friday, Sept. 9, the Early Bird Ocala Toastmasters Club hosted their very first “open mic night” at the Starbucks on Pine Avenue in Ocala. During the event, club members, guests, staff and folks who just came in to buy a cup of coffee were invited to participate in a fun test of public speaking and leadership.

Open mic night is an event where participants take turns drawing a random word out of a hat, they then have to talk for 1 or 2 minutes on either their first, worst, best or last of that word.

For example, your worst sunburn, or your first kiss.

The event was very successful with over 30 people attending. Many of them were new to public speaking.

Even though it was a bit nerve wracking, those who chose to step out of their comfort zone and speak found they were pleased with their ability to stand in front of a small crowd and deliver a mini-speech.

One of our highlights from our many speakers was definitely Miss Eva. She was extremely brave and spoke to us about the things she loves about her mommy. She captivated everyone’s attention and delivered a beautiful speech.

A very special thanks to Sarah Vickers for letting us hold our meeting at Starbucks. She was amazing throughout the entire event and even came to participate and support our open mic night. We would also like to thank the Marion Citizen for publishing the notice of our event, and be sure to keep an eye out for updates on our next event.

Early Bird Ocala Toastmasters meets each Saturday at 8:15 a.m. at the Marion County Literacy Council at 120 SW 5th St. in Ocala.

For more information about this event and the club, please visit Early Bird Ocala Toastmasters on Facebook.

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