Moment of Reflection

The moment of reflection, or thought of the day is an inspiring or motivating comment worthy of reflection. The thought can be a quotation from someone else or a reflection of your own. It normally lasts about 15 to 30 seconds and no more than one minute. As usual, the speaker begins by addressing the Chairperson and members of the audience.Example:

Mr./Mme. Chairperson, fellow Toastmasters, welcome guests.

I came across a comment made by George Bernard Shaw that I believe we might all find relevant. The great writer said, Quote: “When I was a young man, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn’t want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work.”

Mr./Mme. Chairperson.

or, in a more personal vein:

Mr./Mme. Chairperson, fellow Toastmasters, guests.

The other day, while I was waiting in a grocery store lineup, a woman asked the cashier to put back some food items because she didn’t have enough money for them. However, the gentleman behind her insisted upon paying for them, saying he had just gotten a large raise that day and wanted to share his good fortune. His belief was that as you reaped, so should you sow. I believe this is a philosophy that all of us could share. Maybe then we’d have a little more harmony in the world.

Mr./Mme. Chairperson.


You will find your delivery of the thought much more effective when it is presented without notes. If needed, use a small cue card instead of a sheet of paper.