Medley Toastmasters Club’s Newsletter Let’s Speak Theme—Aspire to Inspire
President — TM T R Thiyagarajan Between “U” ………...and “ME” What U are viewing is the product of sustained efforts put in by the Editorial team of Medley Toastmaster‟s Club. It is a daylight fact that TM movement is all about Effective Communication and Competent Leadership. Effective communication economizes words, motivates positively and productively while Competent Leadershippromotes self-confidence, courage and sustainability.Toastmaster Clubs are centres which offer a friendly and supportive environment for the development ofthese arts. Is there any classic example by which any individual has been benefited? You may ask “CanU vouchsafe for it?” Yes.If I were allowed to go down memory lane when I was a member of Royapettah TM Club a young boywalked in during the meeting. We saw diffidence and frustration written on his face. When his turncame to speak he literally broke down as he was a stammering. He had come out with flying colors inCivil Services Examination with enviable credits but missed the ultimate as he fumbled and mumbled inthe viva voce. Stammering stood as a dark devil on his way to achieve his desired goal. The whole clubtook a sympathetic attitude. After discussions, a veteran TM was appointed as Mentor and he advisedhis mentee to practise certain techniques which he had learnt while in Army. Mr.Reddy practisedrigorously and to a great extent he was able to exorcise the devil of stammering. The day was not far off when he reappeared for the civil What a Cajoling Article !! services examination and triumphed dazzlingly with a feather in his cap. Soon he was appointed as Asst. Commissioner of Income Tax, in Ahmedabad. This story should inspire any Tom, Dick and Harry, not to Toaster speak of a TM in Medley. I sincerely aspire Medley should churn out a plethora of such potential leaders. Dont Be Afraid I search for words to praise the Editorial team. Flattery is anDont be afraid to lift your wings alien word in my lexicon. In a nutshell editorial team is aAnd soar through life each dayFind joy and love and happiness symbol of three ―Ds‖, namely Dedication, Duty and Devotion.As you go along your way. Adieu. Over to Editor!Life is steeped with ups and downsAnd troubles not so funChin up high and shoulders back Difference between Aspire & Inspire —We meet them one by one. Aspire means to hope, dream and pursue ! Inspire means to stimulate and encourage !!Dont be afraid when sorrow comesThe answer is quite clearGet down upon your knees and prayFor God is always near. Toaster’s Punch Line—- by TM Vidhi Sharma To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often—Winston Churchill
Lt. Gov. Education & Training at District 82 —DTM Nina John Great Service is a Choice !! How many of us do our duty to the minimum we can, and how many do it beyond the best we can? Do we ever aspire to inspire others through our work, our principles, our lives? It was Martin Luther King who said "If a man is called to be a street sweeper, heshould sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespearewrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,„Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.‟ I found this to be true of the lady sweeper on the road next to our house. I take the dog for a walkand I can see the difference between the quality of the roads swept by her and any of the others – herstretch is spotless, all the leaves and garbage gathered into tiny neat, mounds, not a mote of dustsettling anywhere on her turf. The lady who sweeps the outside of our apartment, on the other hand, isthe other extreme: she will gingerly sweep around the leaves, always missing more than she cangather, insisting that the area outside is for the municipal sweepers, and she is a private one.Whenever I see the other lady I make it a point of appreciating her work because we take these thingsso much for granted.And I often wonder –are such perfectionists born or are they made? Do they truly find their own Oh my God!! My name might reward in the work itself, or be changed to Sweeper !! does the work pay off in the long run? Harvay Mackay, prize-winning management author talks about the time he got into a cab at an airport. Toaster The driver was dressed as neatly as his cab was shining.He invited the customer to sit in the cab while he loaded his bags and meanwhile offered him a missionstatement : ‗to get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possiblein a friendly environment.‘ That cab driver found that defining his mission statement-and carrying it out-elevated him to a level far above his co-drivers, and made him a role model.When we do receive such service, do we appreciate it or return the favor? A recent news article spokeabout an industrialist from Pune whose chauffeur died after 30 years of service. The industrialist rusheddown from Mumbai when he got the news, cancelled all his meetings, and requested the drivers familyto await him for the cremation and came back immediately by a helicopter. On reaching Pune he askedthe limo to be decorated with flowers as he wished the driver should be taken in the same car whichhe himself had driven since the beginning. When the family agreed to his wishes, the industrialisthimself drove from his home up to the ghat on his last journey, ‗a small return for all the years ofexemplary service he had rendered.‖ Each of us, then, has a choice: to live life on our own terms, tobenchmark our actions as we see fit, or to be judged by our peers and bosses and live only up to theirexpectations. If you aspire to inspire, set your sights high and raise the bar every time. Over toEditor!
Division G Governor — TM Saro Velrajan Small things make perfection, but perfection isnt a small thing!! True to Alfred Lord Tennysons words, "For men may come and men may go, But I go on forever"... Medleys Toastmasters Club is standing tall and strong in our Division G. It gives me great pleasure to write an article for the first newsletter of MedleysToastmasters Club.How many of you have written pages & pages of essays during your school or college tests? How manyof you take time to organize the essay under proper sub headings & underline the important points?Well, it took a while for me to understand these simple things. I spent hours and hours writing essaysduring the tests but didnt spend another 5 or 10 minutes to underline the important points. The resultis - I didnt get the grade that I deserved.A teacher or professor evaluates 100s of papers a day. Most of the teachers dont have time to readeach and every line from the essays. All they look for is perfect presentation. It just takes anadditional 5 or 10 minutes to provide a good presentation. When I mastered this art, I became theclass topper.Since then, I started to strongly believe "Small things make perfection but perfection is not asmall thing".Let me give you an example from my work place. Ive seen several colleagues spending hours andhours in the office to complete their deliverables. They even work over the weekends. However, theywont spend another 5 - 10 minutes in sending their status reports or giving a status update to theirboss. How would the boss know that you had spent extra hours if you hadnt projected it yourself?Sending a status report is a small thing, but it creates a significant effect on your performance. How many of you have Perfection is a BIG Thing ! experience preparing soups? You wouldve added several ingredients to make your soup delicious. What if you miss to add a pinch of salt at the end? The soup wont be tasty. Look at our contest speakers/winners - they pay attention Toaster to the exceptionally small details which differentiate their performance from others. If you want to be a successfulspeaker - find out the small things that prevent you from climbing the ladder of success. It may bethings like repeated use of filler words, staring at the roof, keeping the hands clasped or keeping ahand in the pocket. Seek feedback from fellow toastmasters and mentors, who‘ll make your journey tosuccess shorter and faster.Let us keep this in mind "Small things make perfection but perfection is not a small thing". Letus try to add "the pinch of salt" that brings perfection to everything we do in our life. Over to Editor! Toaster’s Punch Line— You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones—Saint Augustine
Vice President Education —TM Rajaram Fear to Fun !! A Japanese woman in her late 60s (about 67 years old) had obtained a black belt in Karate, in 3 styles. The Tigers Style, The Hard and Soft Style and Chen style. An Indian gentleman, soon after retirement, had a paralytic stroke and from his bed, started to paint—No previous knowledge of painting. If you take a look at these paintings, you will call them professional.Does that sound inspiring?? In the former case, it is a case of single-minded aim, a focus, that beliedage. In the second case, instead of wallowing in self-pity, a sudden decision, makes it look like amiracle. Imagine a person; handicapped! No previous experience in drawing and painting, suddenlyturning out masterpieces.These stories -- Nay, real life incidents tell us, what can happen, if only a person takes a decision to act.These Aspirations become Inspirations for all of us!Speaking from a very personal stand-point, my becoming a toastmaster is nothing less of a miracle.The story goes like this. On a particular evening, I happen to be at a departmental store and see asmall notice stuck behind the cash counter, about a certain Medley ToastmastersClub, and the mobile number of Mr. Sundararaman who was an officer bearer isright there. I make a note of this and the rest is History. And How?? From ahesitant but ASPIRING person to one who is totally inspired is what the journey isall about. What started as a curious enquiry has led me to a field, the possibilitiesof which are enormous.It is a process of self-discovery - No Less!! This place has unfolded a potential,which I was never aware of - Honest!!Call it Providence, call it Divine Grace, all I can say is that I Have Surprised Myself. I remember myselfas a five year old in a small gathering of residents in a neighbors home. The elder children are giving aperformance before the elders enacting plays. skits and children 5 years and below were to recitenursery rhymes.My turn came. The first line came with less effort. The second line was a mistake and are-actioner ―ILLAI" (Vernacular for NO ) came out of my mouth. What followed was peals of laughterand tears in my eyes. The lady of the household lifted this hapless child, and took him inside thekitchen, giving him a biscuit.THE DAY PASSED, BUT MY STAGE FEAR DID NOTIn school, I would shy away from debating competitions. Though I was Ok in one on one conversations,despite my early boyhood shyness, my fear of addressing a group persisted. Toaster’s Punch Line— You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream—Les Brown.
Toastmaster sessions took all that away to uncover an articulate person --ALL IN FLAT SIX MONTHS. To my credit, I would say, that I made it a point to be regular as a good student and What a Change Over !! was encouraged by the office bearers and other members. Today, my only aspiration is to inspire people, who are, as I had been and tell them, that public speaking is only a decision away. Fear and Phobia turn to Fun and Joy and everything is so easy, that it is Toaster unbelievable. Importantly, there can be no other place doing a better job, than a Toastmasters Club.Foot prints of Medley Toastmasters’ Club..!!Membership Building Programs Beat the Clock—the club added five new, dual or reinstated members during May & June—2010-2011 Smedley Award—August & September—2009-10 Talk up Toastmasters —Feb & March—2010-11Distinguished Club Programs President‟s Distinguished Club—the highest level of recognition available — 2009-10, 2010-11 & 2011-12 Select Distinguished Club —2008-09 Received Best Club Award among District 82 — 2010-11 A Default Winner !! Some people may feel proud for being in Medley Toastmasters Club, while Medley Toastmasters Club feels proud for One Lady, she is none other than the TM Sandhiya Rajaram. She was the Table Topic Contest Winner in the District 82 Finals, in 2011. Just like ―Where there is a Will, there is a Way!‖ ―Where there is a Contest, she wins the Contest!! An epitome for ―Aspire to Inspire” !!
Secretary — TM Varadarajan R Listening…!! Listening is an important aspect and a prime activity in Toastmaster meetings. Without proper listening one can neither become a good speaker nor can one justify his/her role as an Evaluator. So at first, one should be a good listener. There are three ways by which we can acquire our knowledge. They are: by seeing,listening and reading. Seeing and reading can be done by ourselves at our own convenience. But thatis the not the case with listening. If we miss a point while listening, it is not possible to get it back,because the input for our listening has to come from an external source ie. the speaker. So, oneshould understand the importance of listening in Toastmaster meetings and the need for availing thesame when it is delivered. That‘s why the great Tamil scholar and saint Thiruvalluvar has glorifiedlistening by saying that ―when nothing is available to feed your ears, then feed something to yourstomach.‖God has given us three important body parts – eyes, ears and mouth - for seeing, listening andspeaking respectively. Except the ears, God has provided us with inbuilt auto shutting mechanism.The ears can be closed by availing external help ie. with the help of one‘s hands. God thoughtlistening is the most important activity and hence did not provide any auto shutting facility for ears.Listening is a 24/7 activity to be pursued.Listening should be a quality listening. If we don‘t apply our mind while listening then it will becomeonly a hearing. By hearing we don‘t gain any knowledge. Proper listening needs total attention,concentration and focus so that one can understand, interpret, and evaluate what they hear. Goodlistening needs perfect silence without distraction. Thats why in Toastmaster meetings people areasked to switch off their mobile phones, maintain silence and not to move around. Conversing withthe next person sitting along also should be strictly avoided during the meetings.In Toastmaster meetings everything depends on good listening. One has to learn to listen properly. According to me, listening is a skill and it I’m Listening !! varies from person to person. Those listeners who do not have good hearing capability should get seated as close as possible to the speaker. And the speakers should ensure that their speech is audible enough to reach the people sitting at the farthest place in the meeting hall. Toaster In order to become a good speaker be a good listener.Enjoy the Toastmaster meetings by honing your listening skills. Apply your listening skill in totality soas to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in toast master meetings. Ifyou are a good listener you can become a good speaker very easily and can achieve your goals. Bygiving priority to listening, everything else will automatically fall in place. March ahead taking othersalso along with you. Remember that “Good listening” is an important aspect in Toastmastermeetings and be a good listener. Over to Editor! Funny Corner — Toaster : After buying this new hearing aid, I am able to hear something two blocks away. ToastMaster : Cool, how much did it cost? Toaster : The time is three past ten.
Vice President Public Relations —TM Vijay Prasaad K T Where is DTM KTVP Avenue?! Dear readers it is the time to know who is DTM K T V P. By the time you read this article, I could hear your inner voice ―Who is DTM K T V P ?!‖ A mixed voice of doubt and astonishment. It is none other me, my name in acronym. Becoming DTM is one of my dreams in my Life. Do you know what do I get ? if Ibecome a Distinguished Toast Masters !! I swear !! I don‘t know the answer for it. If I sit near thesea shore and flash back my path, ―What have I achieved?‖, I found only sand !! Let me swim againstthe shocking tides and soaking waves until I reach the horizon. It‘s better to swim against the watercurrents, instead of being swept away at the shores like a dead fish. If not ready to swim, let us sailthru the ship. Don‘t be feared of Cape of Storms, let us have fire to see the Cape of Good Hope. Let usembark into the ship with a thought ―Something is better than nothing‖. Let that something be anaspiration to inspire as a DTM.It is worth mentioning few lines by MINE!. A remix of Robert Frost‘s poem “Stopping by Woods ona Snowy Evening” as “Stopping by Seashore on a Sunny Evening”.The seashore is lovely, splendid and placid,But I have promises to keep,And knots to sail before I sleep,And knots to sail before I sleep… Though the dream of Wiped out by cloth ! becoming an International Cricket Player was wiped out, let the dream of becoming a DTM come true thru our unaltered determination and unconditional commitment. Let this be one of the mile stones in our journey towards perfection. Toaster One day when some one walks thru the DTM KTVPAvenue, he gets inspired by me and of course by you in your own avenues!!. Over to Editor! Toaster’s Punch Lines — You must have an aim, a vision, a goal. For the man sailing through life with no destination or "port-of-call," every wind is the wrong wind—Tracy Brinkmann We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit— Aristotle.
TM Monisha Chase your dreams! A French writer and the Nobel Prize winner Anatole France once said, "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." We all have someone as our role model – Anna Hazare, Sachin Tendulkar, A.R.Rahman. The list is just endless! History is full of such greatpersonalities who didn‘t get on to the top overnight. Most of them faced numerous hitches that forcedthem to work harder and show more determination than others. It is their ―higher aspiration, enduringdetermination and realization of their dreams‖ that makes them stand apart from the rest of the crowd! “I will not say I failed 1000 times, I will say that I discovered 1000 ways that cancause failure”. Those were the golden words of one of the greatest inventors of all time, ThomasAlva Edison. He dreamt of a lamp that could be operated by electricity. He stood to put his dream intoaction, and despite more than a thousand failures, he stood by that dream until he made it a physicalreality. Moving to the renowned writers of recent times, the author of the highly successful HarryPotter series, also well known for her rags-to-riches story, J.K.Rowling, was nearly penniless, severelydepressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel.Despite failing on such an epic scale, her hard-work, determination and aspiration propelled her to suc-cess. How many of us know that the mastermind behind Let me Dream in the office! the Apple empire, Steve Jobs, was given up for adoption, quit college because his college fees were slurping up his parents‘ savings, and was fired from the very company he founded? But all these never stopped this gentleman Toaster from setting up the gigantic empire of products thatrevolutionized computing, telephony and the music industry. In his most famous and inspiringgraduation speech he says, ―Don‘t let the noise of others‘ opinions drown out your own inner voice.And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow alreadyknow what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.‖ The mention of the word ―dream‖ will remind us of this young boy, who sold newspapers toenhance his family‘s income, and finally become the President of the world‘s largest democracy, India!Yes, it is our ex-President Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam. Toaster’s Punch Line— Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements - Napoleon Hill.
Some people just dream, and some others just do. But the world needs dreamers who do.Wright Brothers, Mother Teresa, Bill Gates, Dhirubhai Ambani they all dreamt big and pursued them. Iwould like to conclude with the words of James Allen, from his work “As A Man Thinketh” - ―Dreamlofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of whatyou shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil .” So goahead and chase your dreams! Dedicated to Those aspiring minds Who inspired me. Over to Editor! Few Snaps of Medley Toastmasters Club’s Yesterdays!!