Create, Connect, and Care – becoming empowered through engaging with a community

Geoff Peters from gives an inspiring speech as part of his Toastmasters “Competent Communicator” Speech # 10.

Presented at Vancouver Toastmasters Club 59 on June 25th 2012, in Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC, Canada.


Have you ever felt powerless as an individual?

I am going to show you three ways YOU can be the person who sparks a movement, or the citizen who raises awareness and makes the world a better place. The three ways are: Create, Connect, and Care.

Toastmasters gives you power – the power to communicate, the power to listen, the power to lead. But none of this would exist if Ralph Smedley hadn’t done the first step – CREATE.

It is easier than ever to connect with others who share the same interests or goals.
Websites such as, Facebook, Meetup, Twitter, or even Youtube allow people to CONNECT.

But let’s say you created a community, and you connected with some amazing people, and you’re all fired up to go out and do something. All this energy and all this power you have is only good if you actually CARE about having a positive impact on the world.

You may be concerned about something in the world.
Do you want to save the environment? Do you care about the rights and freedoms of minorities? Do you care about helping people in your community?

You’ve taken the first step through Toastmasters of getting the power to speak and listen. Bring your Toastmasters skills back into the community and start making a difference.

After you Create a community with similar interests or goals, you can Connect with others, and then you must direct this energy towards something you really Care about.

Through the new tools and leverage available to us today, it has never been easier to start a revolution.
Join us.

Special Thanks:
Vancouver Toastmasters Club 59
T. Anthony for filming me,
Linda D. for being meeting chair and for introducing me.

Tech notes:
Audio was processed using Audacity. (Used high pass filter, equalization, noise removal, sc4 compressor, and w1 limiter Betabugs gui)
Video was edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 on a Windows 7 Dell PC (Intel i7 and USB 3.0 for a faster workflow).

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