Today I gave a 30 minute motivational talk to the members of the local T.O.P.S. group. T.O.P.S. stands for Take off Pounds Sensibly
|On my way – with my props!|
One of the ladies at Gold’s Gym, Constance asked me about 6 weeks ago if I would come speak for 30 minutes to the TOPS group she attends. I had actually never heard of TOPS, but I said I would absolutely be happy to.
I began to research the group a little and found out that TOPS mission is “to help and support our members as they take off and keep off pounds sensibly.” Well I felt like that fell right in line with a big part of why I had been so successful these past ten months. I have had incredible support from first of all the trainer, and then my family and friends.
I wrote up my talk and practiced it. It was right at 30 minutes. I had a few people proof it (and thank you to those who did) and offer me feedback. I wasn’t nervous about speaking in front of others, I was more nervous wondering if they would like me. (Still working on that self-confidence piece apparently.)
They start their meeting with the pledge of allegiance. Then they gather in a circle and hold hands and recite the TOPS pledge (pictured below.) I was impressed already.
They handled some other business. I could tell all the ladies knew each other well and all were very supportive of one another. Then came my turn to speak. I had some serious moments where I definitely held their attention and I had some humorous moments, where they all were laughing. They really enjoyed the “seatbelt” story.
6 thoughts on “My First Public Speaking Invite – T.O.P.S.”
way to go that's awesome!!!
You have always been inspiring my friend!💖
Thank you Liz. It was very fun to do.
Patty, I decided to read your blog from the beginning. Happy 25th anniversary by the way (I’m still in 2016). I too started gaining very quickly when we moved from Ohio. After 45 pounds I found a TOPS group and I was thinking I should share your blog with them and then I see your post about TOPS! I was going to wait to get through all your posts before commenting but had to stop here and comment. If you are ever driving eastward stop in Columbia MO and I’ll book you with my chapter!