Member Profile – Jack Bettag

Why did you join Toastmasters?

That was over 25 years ago. At that time I knew I needed some help overcoming a fear of public speaking. It was bad enough that I wasn’t sure what to do. I had a boss who recognized my problem (it was pretty evident) and took me aside and told me he had a similar problem and Toastmasters helped him greatly. I looked up the nearest club and have stayed with South County Toastmasters ever since. Now, I feel a need to give back, to help other folks who have similar concerns.

What’s the greatest benefit you’ve received from Toastmasters?

It has given me a boost of self confidence. I’m sure many people are stymied in careers, or just in their daily lives at church or school organizations, because they are afraid to stand up and speak to their groups.

What has been the most difficult or challenging role for you as Toastmaster?

I find it difficult putting good humor into a speech. I have to work at this.

What are some of your interests outside of Toastmasters?

 I enjoy politics, golf, good music (that would be big band or classical…), watching grandkids perform, either in sports or other endeavors, several volunteer functions. My wife and I enjoy taking short trips and enjoy seeing new places (to us) here in the USA.

What’s one for your favorite quotes?

I’d be fibbing if I said I had one. I simply don’t have a big interest in quotes. Probably the one that stands out the most is John Kennedy’s inaugural speech quote; “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”. That’s probably because of my age at the time (20) and my impression of him as such a great leader. As many leaders are prone to do, his image tarnished as the years went by.

Tell us something we don’t know about you.

I’ve always wanted to be a professional musician but never got around to putting in the effort. I regret that.