In 2004 I responded to an advertisement - someone was organizing a Singles Only Toastmasters club. I'd heard of Toastmasters but alway thought of it as 'something I would do one day', but the 'Singles Only' element caught my attention. I went to an organizational meeting and have, literally, not looked back. I found that public speaking experience helped my writing - and my writing techniques helped me craft speeches that worked. A never ending learning experience.