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This is an invitation for all present in the Circle Intensive in Belgium to share their experiences of how this intense experience has translated into your life and work.

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Dear Friends in the Circle,

I recently hosted a meeting of the Brussels Toastmaster Club. (Toastmasters is an organization that promotes building self-confidence and leadership through public speaking). I chose “Circles” as the theme of the meeting and drew an analogy of the meeting to the gathering of a circle of friends and as such we are there to support each other and acknowledge the leader in every chair.  During my introduction of the speakers I asked them to tell us in a few words what “Circles” meant for them. During the course of the meeting as a filler, I told a short story which illustrated the dangers of foolish consistency or getting stuck in a downward spiral. In my closing remarks gave a positive account of how the Circle Structure of a gathering enhances interaction and participatory practice. The story was about the progress of one of our members, (who was present at the meeting) and how she has gone from being a shy guest to an active committee member who now acts as an example for us all.

Having learnt the basics of Circle Energetics I was able to experiment and subtly introduce a few reminders of circle structure into the meeting. (Speak purposefully, listen attentively and acknowledge the leader in every chair).

The Toastmasters meetings follow a specific structure and do include use of circle principles.  My challenge was to work within the current meeting framework yet also add something which I had recently learned to inspire “friends” attending to make the meeting experience more meaningful for themselves.

Being more aware of “Circle Power” and having had a chance to put it into practice I am excited about the wonderful possibilities to build further on what we have learned.

Have a lovely day,

Martin

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