This is my first Toastmasters project, the Ice Breaker. The objective is to tell something about yourself. I used this PDF version of a Keynote presentation on my iPad with GoodReader to help me read it.
Toastmasters Project #1 The Ice Breaker Fears and Believes
Mister Toastmaster, MadameGE, Fellow Toastmasters and welcomed guests... Is there a better way todescribe a person than to present his or her fears and believes?
That’s exactly what I’m going to do in this IceBreaker, my ﬁrst Toastmaster Project.But before that, just a little presentation.
My name is Bernardo, you can all read that in my tag at the desk, but you can just call me Bernie, which I think is more friendly.I moved to Canada just over a year ago from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
So far, I’m loving this country, itspeople and culture. The winter, well that’s another topic ... I am an IT consultant, but aftermoving here was such a changein my life, I recently decided toalso change my career and go back to study
Ok, enough for a brief presentation, so let’sgo back to the main topic here.. FEARS!
I thought it could beinteresting to share with you what are my biggestfears when talking in public,and maybe that would help me exorcise them
The ﬁrst one is Fear to forget my speech, and that is why Ihave everything write down here! I’m gonna read the rest
Fear to be ridiculous Fear not to ﬁt.Fear not to speak english very well, because is my second language.Fear to speak too soft or too loud, too quick or too slow. Fear to be judged.
The list is not so long, butfears are a powerful force in the human mind. And so are... BELIEVES
I believe that The Golden Ruleis the basis of all human understanding.
When I studied somephilosophy some years ago, I was surprised to learn that variations of "do to othersas you would have themdo to you" are the common ground for religions in allcultures. So I choose to live mylife according to this principle.
I remember when I was a small kid this tall everybody was thinking that "in the future wewould all be non-sociable robot- like beings, only talking withcomputers" and that technology would change our essence, andit is the other way around!
If you think of the basichuman characteristics, youwould ﬁnd the most successful technology behind them:
• Curiosity: Google,Wikipedia• Gossip, procrastinate: Facebook, Twitter• Books: Kobo, Kindle, iPad• Music: in our pockets• Games: lots of devices to play
We invent and usetechnology to be more human! As the geek that I am, I cannot wait to see howhistory is going to continue about this
I believe that We can achieveanything we propose in this life.
The only three tools we need are: FOCUS DISCIPLINE PATIENCE
I know, I know, I didn’t say it is easy, but isn’t it greatto know that we can achieve any goal we set out to do?
So, one of the goals I set for myself it is to be a goodpublic speaker, and that’sexactly what I’m trying to do with this ﬁrst speech.
I also believe thatThe most valuableasset in life is TIME
The time you need tomeet great people like you,experience new things andhave a wonderful time in this life
Hoping that I didn’t taketoo much or too little of the time for this speech,I really want to thank you all!