Carlyle Fletcher of Winners Toastmasters Club (Area 13) will represent Trinidad & Tobago at the District Conference in the Humorous Speech Category. This role is a familiar one to Fletcher as he has attended several conferences and competed a few times. Carlyle, a branch manager at a leading financial institution, won the Humorous Speech title in 2008. He placed second in 2006 and third in 2009. Listening to him effectively execute varying levels of humour in his winning speech “The Lighter Side of Toastmasters” underscores the strength of the Toastmasters educational programme. Friendly rivalry comes naturally to this competent communicator/competent leader, given his involvement in the steelpan movement for over 25 years. We look forward to hearing Carlyle take on the District’s best on October 20th in Grenada.
Q: When and why did you join Toastmasters? How long did you take to attain CC/CL status?
A: I joined Toastmasters in 2006. One of my goals has always been to be a public speaker, particularly given the industry in which I work. I began actively pursuing that goal when I attended a convention in San Francisco at which Les Brown mentioned Toastmasters. I completed both my CC and CL training in under one year.
What leisure time activities are you involved with? What do you like to do in your free time?
My main leisure activities have been steelpan and football. I played steelpan with Panasonic Connection including participating in Panorama. I played football at college and club level. I have not played football for sometime now, due to injury.
What was your first boss like? What did you learn from him or her?
I started working the day after my last high school exam. I worked with a firm of chartered accountants. My first boss, was an accountant there. He was very helpful.
What is you favorite role during a Toastmasters meeting?
I particularly like Toastmaster of the Meeting. That role comes naturally to me. I am usually called on to be Master of Ceremony at conventions and congresses. I enjoy that role.
Growing up who was the family comedian? “Straight” man?
(Laughs) I played both roles.
You have attended several District Conferences, convince someone who is in doubt about attending why they should.
You will never be able to truly appreciate the event without being there yourself. The experience of quality time with colleagues from across the Region should not be vicarious. I have friends in every Caribbean island as a result of attending past conferences. We not only learn, we have a tremendous amount of fun together.
What Toastmasters goal(s) you are still working toward?
Distinguished Toastmaster, although, I have not set a timeframe to do so.
“Half-empty or half-full?”
Half-full for me always. I always look on the bright side, for the possibilities. I am a positive thinker.