Why and How I Joined Toastmasters

The reason & the events that led to me joining toastmasters is quite interesting.

From early days,I have a great interest towards public speaking & Soft skills as during my school and college days,I had this fear towards public speaking.So I did read lot of softskill & public speaking related books.As time went on,both become almost my field of interest.

Then when I started to make youtube videos,I watched those videos.Somewhat whatever I spoke in those videos felt.
I was not happy with the way I delivered the video.I watched the videos made by others basically public speaker,their videos were impressive with the way they delivered,the rate of speech and they were great but my mine was bit not impressive for an audience.

So I thought that I should go to a public speaking course to make a better videos.Already I went for a public speaking course long back and had no much improvement.Then I heard about toastmasters and made a thorough research about toastmasters.

Toastmasters is a club in which members meet every week to give speeches in a self paced manner in a conducive and supportive environment which helps in improving their public speaking skills.First I went to a club where it was too crowded and I got lost in the crowd.I was not impressed and left the meeting in the middle.

Then I went to another club where the members greeted me well and they also gave a impromptu topic to speak.It has really impressed.Still I did not join because it was on a sunday.Already I have a 6 day job,then working on a sunday it will become a 7 day job life spoiling my work-life balance.

But in life you get signs and you need to identify the signs.In a 6 month period,I crossed paths about toastmasters
1)A Member from Mcdermott club said great about toastmasters
2)Met one of the member of the club which I visited in one of my client place.
3)I Greatly admire Rich dad Poor dad book and in his book,he has mentioned about toastmasters & it helps to improve your skill to speak in Public.

Finally I made that decision to dive into toastmasters into blind faith.I must say that it was a great decision and it was like a turning point in our life.It has given a rebirth to me.It has helped me to speak in public and also improve my leadership.More to explore in toastmasters & endless opportunities for a toastmaster.I got recognized in toastmasters at many levels and finally helped to make youtube videos in a better way.

Rosebud-Compare a movie with Toastmasters Speech

An Old newspaper baron in his palace in America utters the word “Rosebud” and dies in his death bed in the movie Citizen Kane.The news paper publishers are puzzled with the word “Rosebud” and a group of reporters proceed to investigate the reason for the Citizen Kane to utter the word in his death bed.

The movie Citizen Kane released in the year 1941 is considered to be the best movie  and it’s the topped as 1st in the American film institute’s top 100 fillms of all time.It was scripted and directed by Orson Wells.Like in toastmaster where there is a more emphasis on a structure for a opening,body,conclusion for the success of a speech.Any movie has the opening,body and climax for its success and I have chosen Citizen kane.A structure fails,a movie or a speech fails miserably.

So the opening of the movie was strong with a suspense about the word “Rosebud”. The movie travels with reporters trying to investigate the meaning of the word and the audience were also engaged through the movie with this opening suspense.

When a toastmaster gives a speech with strong opening with a story,quote,question,anecdote ,it makes the audience to bend forward to hear the speech as it has set the tone for suspense or something interesting.

Again,back to the movies,There are 3-4 segments in the movie.In the first segment,it shows the child hood of Citizne kane where he was in poverty but playing happily with a snowskate.His family gets a fortune and he was sent to a different place with a guardian for his education.

In the second segment ,he becomes a successful newspaper publishers with fighting for public  interests.He was very strong in his ideals intitially but later due  his ego and a dominating self interest,he loses the control of the newspaper.

In the third segment,due to his ego he loses trust of his best friend.He forces a compelling love on everybody and even with his wife also.His forces his wife into  singing career which she is not interested.Finally,his wife leaves him alone in his palace.And at the end,Citizen kane dies by uttering the word “Rosebud”

Like in the above movie script,in toastmaster,there is an emphasis to have 3-4 points or examples to support our title.The transition between each example must fade in/fade out like in a movie smoothly.When the examples are portrayed with body language,vocal variety as in the CC manual ,it makes the audience to stick to the speech instead of losing the interest since there is no strong & no lively examples.The speech becomes lifeless if the speech does not have strong and interesting points as a Body of the speech.

Like as mentioned in CC manual of toastmaster,The conclusion or the climax of the speech shoud end perfectly for a call for action,a resolution or an answer to the suspense.Climax fails,movie fails.Conclusion fails,the speech fails.Once through the movie,audience conclude with a immediate reaction of a great movie or a boring movie.In the same way,once our speech is over,the audience conclude immediately as a boring or a great speech.

Oh ya!!!still I did not say what  is rosebud.Yes it was an emotional ending to the movie.Rosebud is the name of the snowskate which citizen kane played during his happiest times as a kid inspite of poverty.He yearns for that happiest moment in his old age as he is now left alone and unhappy.

This movie is very much interesting visually and not as sad as in my article.Do watch this movie and it is a highly entertaining black and white movie with its mind blowing sets,lighting,dialogues and different kinds of story flow and editing.Also Never,ever,ever,ever forgot the structure of opening,body & Conclusion in a speech as in the CC manual of a toastmaster.