District 41

SERVING NORTH AND EAST INDIA, BANGLADESH, BHUTAN AND NEPAL

Ranked #1 District (2016-17)

Smedley Distinguished (2019-2020)

A Livewire Article

MY JOURNEY THROUGHOUT TOASTMASTERS

Greetings of the day readers,

My name is raj and today I am going to share my whole journey as a toastmaster how I joined toastmaster, why I joined toastmaster, and how was my overall experience with toastmasters international.

First and foremost toastmaster has nothing to do with some sort of cooking or toast making club. For those who don’t know what Toastmasters is all about allow me to explain, toastmasters international is a non-profit educational organisation that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. When I was in 9th class there was a book of English literature and in that the 1st very chapter named INDIA’S HEROE’s, Basically it was a chapter dedicated to all martyrs of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. I literally read that particular chapter for like 20 times and got so inspired after reading it, that day only I decided by myself that I will join the defence forces. I gave exams for NDA (National Defence Academy) like 3 times. got selected for SSB (Service Selection Board) 2 times. My first very ssb was scheduled in Allahabad (Now Paryagraj) was very excited and euphoric. that very moment when I saw that ssb entering gates for the first time in life, that feeling I won’t be forgetting for the rest of my life. As soon as I entered the ssb well with that pace only got rejected in the very first round of ssb (lol), but no disappointment I was taking a lot of good memories with me back home. my next ssb was scheduled in Bhopal, excited and very euphoric to face new challenges like always, and I don’t know how, but I made it to the last round of ssb that is the 5th day of ssb THE CONFERENCE, there my commanding officer asked to come upon the stage and speak on a topic for about 2-3 minutes. I don’t know what happened to me but that very moment not a single letter came out of my mouth. Seeing a group of 40 people in front of me my feet went numb. sweating was visible and what not! I got rejected there on my last day of ssb. it’s not like that I didn’t know about that topic, I knew everything but that day, that moment I wasn’t able to speak. that day I discovered my fear of public speaking and lack of good communication skills. after trying for NDA, I took admission to college and my journey with toastmaster started there.

To be precised I joined this esteemed club 2 years back from now, in September 2018. when I got enrolled in college, on the very first day of orientation I got to know that our college has a public speaking club named toastmasters and which was at that time headed by my one year senior Avantika. well I might be lucky, Avantika was my neighbour as well, our homes were hardly like 300 meters away from each other. I got very impressed by the communication and leadership skills of her and that very day only I decide to join Toastmasters. To be honest, the fee was a bit high but that’s okay if you want to improve and enhance with something which will explore a new ability in you, so by October 1, 2018, I got myself successfully registered. I thought it would be fun, doing interactions with my seniors and batch mates but don’t know what happened to me I got scared or something I stopped attended meetings, I entirely cut off myself from meetings. To be precise I hardly attended like 10 or 15 meetings in a year, which was like just 20% or probably less than that of whole meetings conducted. But by the time I reached my 3rd semester of engineering, I attended my first very event of toastmasters outside of college with my friends and I must admit that event changed my life, got to know different toastmasters clubs, made friends there, there were people from different age groups, different professions, different regions, etc. I was astonished seeing this

much of diversity in a single toastmasters event. that day onwards I started participating in every single toastmaster event inside and outside of the college. I then made vice-president (membership) of our club I started giving speeches representing our club in different toastmasters events. well, I gave my best shot to toastmasters, and changes were started happening in me. I was more confident in speaking now, my communication skills got improved and now if you give me a stage to speak, I can convey my speech, message to audience without fumbling and with confidence irrespective of count of audience. And later this year in April by the grace of God and some hard work I was made the president of my club that is Chitkara University Toastmasters club (HP). I was very happy when I first come to know I am now the president. when I was given the responsibilities as club’s president I had a vision in my mind that till now our club’s representation in any contests or events organised by toastmasters international were quite low as well as there were very few members who were doing their pathways (Pathways learning experience is Toastmasters’ education program. This multi-language online learning tool allows you to leverage over 300 practical workplace skills like Dynamic Leadership, strategic relationships, innovative planning, etc.) regularly. and now when my president ship has come to an end, I can proudly say I have improved the participation and pathways completions as compared to what it was before. Being a President of a club, people think everything is done by other members and the president has to just relax, let me tell you one thing being a president of a club isn’t a piece of cake or a joke, there’s a quote that says great power comes with great responsibility. Well, I must admit one more thing I forgot to mention, whatever today I am, my club is! all credit to the executive committee of my club. without those, I can’t imagine myself here at this level. I would like to say thank you to everyone in my executive team which includes( Tm Tegbir, Tm Aman, Tm Deepali, Tm Kinshuk, Tm Natasha, and Tm Tanish {Here Toastmaster is abbreviated as Tm}). Well, now the time has come for me to leave toastmasters due to some personal issues, and let me assure you, if I got a chance to enrol in toastmasters again in the future, I will for sure grab that opportunity. Being a member of toastmaster I would also encourage you (readers) to enrol themselves in toastmasters once, I can bet it will be a decision that you will never regret off. whether its professional career of personal, toastmaster will help you a lot, making your communication better, making you a good leader, a great speaker, and much more. So after you find a club that you like, joining is easy. When you join, you will be assigned a mentor, who will be there to answer any questions you have and help guide you on your journey to personal and professional growth. Each club features a unique culture, so there’s no pressure to join the first club you visit! Attending club meetings as a guest is free, so visit as many as you like until you find a club that fits your personality. i would suggest to go through this link as well: https://youtu.be/383gehepo8M

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that would be all I guess, it was a great learning experience and an unexpected journey, these toastmasters memories will be with me forever

Regards

Raj

(President) Chitkara University Toastmasters Club HP

Author

Raj

Club

Chitkara University Toastmasters Club (HP)

Theme

RENEW YOUR PROMISE, REVIVE YOUR SPIRIT!

Date

September 2020