Q: What do Alexander the Great, Brigadier General Henry Martyn Robert, and Dr. Ralph C. Smedley have in common?
A: Each of these men in their own distinct way boldly went out into the world to conquer ignorance.
Alexander spread Greek culture and built libraries in many of the lands he conquered. Robert crafted a set of rules that many organizations to this day refer to when keeping their meetings in order. And Smedley built an organization one club at a time that today spans the globe and assists many with improving their listening, thinking, and speaking skills.
Please excuse me as I digress a moment to give credit to Golden Gavel Award winner Tony Buzan for his connecting Alexander with Smedley. [NOTE: The champion of Mind Mapping shared this idea with me just a few years ago while we were dining in Washington, DC, at the Toastmasters International Convention (2016). But that’s a speech topic for another time.]
The connection between Robert and Smedley should be easier to make as a copy of The Great Peacemaker can be purchased from the ‘company store’ managed by Toastmasters International. See Item B57 when shopping at the TI store.
So how will you go into today’s ever-changing world? What are you doing to conquer ignorance? Will you go boldly and attack your challenges armed with improved communication and leadership skills developed in Toastmasters? I hope so. Please comment if this post was at all compelling.