August of 2011, exactly 1 year and 2 months earlier, opportunity of personal growth had knocked on my door. I took the opportunity and joined toastmasters. My journey of opportunity for growth began.Like many of you, I joined toastmaster to enhance my communication skillsnot just for the toastmasters community most importantly for the worldoutside of toastmasters.
In this past one year , I have been making the of my bestefforts in learning to over the language barrier, overcome thehesitation and above all overcome the fear of public speaking.I have learnt and still am refining myself in these four aspectsof my life. 1. Emotionally 2. Personally 3. Professionally 4. Socially
1. Emotionally Toastmasters has provided a platform , a friendlyenvironment, to speak and express myself freely. I have come to learn that…. I can also speak too. This feeling has made me an emotionally stronger person in life.
2. PersonallyToastmasters has given me the opportunity to take mysecond step, I talked to my mentor, if I was capable of speaking at another club. And within a week, I was speaking at the other club.Today, in October I am very happy to share with you all that, during my ninth speech today… I can say , I feel like a 3C person • Comfortable • Confident • Competent
3. Professionally Through toastmasters, I have learnt, how to say things, body language, eye-contact and most importantly how to evaluate with being respectful. Itook these skills & presented myself to my management and I am happy to say that I have grown and improved in my professional life.
4. Socially Before I joined toastmasters, my professional life took more precedence over my social life. I shelled out of social gatherings and preferred to work instead.Toasmasters has made me realize that there is a life outside ofwork. I have transformed from being just physically present … to be able to contribute in a gathering.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Toastmasters is full of opportunities for growth and absolutely rewarding as long as you participate in the meetings. Take any opportunity and begin your journey. For all the experienced toastmasters in this club, Jun, Jackie, Marlene – I want to thank you for being such good role models, please continue to do your good work.For all the CC, CL achievers, I strongly invite to you all go to the next level with me. For our guests, who are thinking of joining toastmasters, please join in with us.