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Toastmasters Speech One Icebreaker Francisco Palacio Rev2b


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A redo of my Icebreaker Speech now that I\'ve moved to Club Gold Coast Toasmasters, (#2727)

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Toastmasters Speech One Icebreaker Francisco Palacio Rev2b

  1. 1. Toastmasters Speech #1 “The Icebreaker” By Francisco Palacio Competent Communicator Manual Member since October 2008
  2. 2. “ Tempest Tos’t” <ul><li>I am an Immigrant </li></ul><ul><li>Attempted it Twice </li></ul><ul><li>Better luck on my Second Try. </li></ul><ul><li>First in 1980 thru 1983 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shipped off to a Military School in Missouri </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(Army JROTC) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Finally in 1995 to Sunny South Florida </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. There… <ul><li>My country, Venezuela </li></ul><ul><li>A country of Contrasts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A place with a dazzlingly caleidoscopic blend of characteristics. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A country blessed with a cornucopia: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oil revenue riches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A mestizo population of great beauty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beaten records in World Beauty Pageants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A Controversial Political Situation… </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Stuck… <ul><li>A country of such riches </li></ul><ul><li>Also the reason we yearn </li></ul><ul><li>To come to America, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where the path to riches is not trodden/laden with: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Political Corruption, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nepotism and above all, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Levels of personal insecurity that border on the kafkian. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>We looked at each other </li></ul><ul><li>Frustrated about our future </li></ul><ul><li>No other logical choice but to come here </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only available possibility was transfering to Miami. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Here to Stay… <ul><li>Coming back in 1995 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No Easy Feat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Both my wife and myself: “middle aged”. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Having to reset and restart your life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From scratch! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Complete Rebuild… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Of one’s persona, values and other essentials </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Here Today… <ul><li>Enough about the past! </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on today </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How that past brought me closer to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>my professional dream of becoming an entrepreneur, a business owner. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>In transition for the past few months </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yet, there’s always the atmosphere of possibilities untapped that pervades this place, this Land of Opportunity </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Care for a Limoncello? <ul><li>They say to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ make the best of what life throws your way” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Whether Lemonade, Martinis or Lemoncellos </li></ul><ul><li>We all have a chance to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ innovate ourselves out of” - most every situation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I stand here in front of you today </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Declaring myself to be well on my way to becoming: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a published author </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a professional speaker and of course </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a DTM . </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Distilling and Extracting <ul><li>Current thrust comes from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The training and experiences I’ve lived as a Toastmaster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exposure to great members both in District 47 as well as worldwide, via Social Media Forums </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Toasmasters is an organization where </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are able to polish many facets of our lives; i.e. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a budding desire to make my writing better </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to channel my love of technology into said writings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to take it all upon the stage, as to spread a message of positive engagement with the current set of technologies. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Flavoring and Seasoning <ul><li>So after almost a decade and a half; </li></ul><ul><li>Whilst facing a historic Job Market: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decided to take the reins of my life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pull myself up by my own bootstraps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gathered all my resources… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>… Started a business anew! </li></ul>
  10. 10. A Perfect Blend <ul><li>Able to draw from ALL of my past experiences: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First of all, as a successful entrepreneur between 1983-1989, as Owner/CTO of Data Realty and Data Advertising, a leading MLS provider in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second, and most recent, as an Enterprise-level IT resource between 2005-2008 at General Electric </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Third, as an SMB (Small-Medium Business) IT manager between 1999-2005 at Telephonetics. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fourth, as a Junior Art Director at a top hispanic Ad Agency, between 1998-1999 at PM&A </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fifth, as a Desktop Publishing intern, at a Scuba Diving Certification Company, between 1996-1999, at SSI Latinamerica. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. A Perfect Past <ul><li>And this is based only what happened here, after coming to America </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prior to that, held positions of responsibility at various companies in Venezuela </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mentioning just to illustrate: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Having been exposed to: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Manifold Business Systems and </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership Situations. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>And Highlight my Experience in the Latinamerican/Foreign Markets </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Perfectly Aged <ul><li>Ready to provide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Merchants, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Businesses and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionals in the West Palm Beach market with </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“Social Media Mentoring” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Perfectly Targeted <ul><li>Through this Mentoring approach I will: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enable my customers to better leverage existing social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, YouTube, WordPress, etc to improve their existing Business Processes and overall Communication Strategies. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Perfectly Timed <ul><li>Personalized Support </li></ul><ul><li>For the applications they choose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>for their business. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intelligence based on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>current market trends </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>breaking news </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools they add to their arsenal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>for added exposure and higher recognition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A complement to existing online efforts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The ability to do it on their own; or </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To hire me to do it for them </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Much like a Concierge takes care of its guests. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Now, in Perfect Tense <ul><li>Who I am today: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A person who looks into the near future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sees, recognizes and acts on the tremendous potential of this latest of Technological “Sea Changes” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An individual who </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Values the opportunities given by the challenges we all face as a society, retooling and innovating our way into better times for all </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A human being </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grateful to have been able to improve his living conditions, by being accepted and integrated into one of the greatest and most compassionate societies known in this corner of the universe. </li></ul></ul></ul>