After 7 years of hibernation, I joined a Toastmasters club in Belmont ,California. I delived my ice-breaker speech recently. Below is the speech script.
Objective : Introduce yourself to the audience
Time : 4 – 6 Minutes
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. I don’t know who said that, all I know is that’s not true in the world of Toastmasters. I delivered my first ice breaker speech in 2003. This is my second chance to make a first impression in my second home club. When I look back and review my life situation between these two ice breaker speeches, I find some similarities & some differences.
Let’s look at similarities first. I had 3 reasons for joining Toastmasters back in 2003.
- To become an effective communicator and articulate my ideas clearly
- To meet like-minded people who want to improve themselves
- To enjoy the act of speaking in public, moving from fear to pleasure
Event today the same 3 reasons catalyzed me to restart my journey with this club. Same reasons; a new season.
Now let’s look at some differences in my life now compared to the year 2003.
- I was single back then, now I have a family; a lovey wife Anusha & a lively son Samyak aged 5 years
- In the year 2003, I lived in Bangalore, India and visited Bay area on work every year. Now I live in the Bay area and visit Bangalore twice every year
- I have lost around 35 pounds of body weight; I have also lost an incalculable amount of emotional weight. I look younger and feel lighter than I used to in the year 2003
From the year 2003 to 2011, I actively delivered speeches in Toastmasters and participated in speech contests. In the words of Jim Rohn, “I worked harder on myself than I did on my job”.
I completed Competent Communicator and Advanced Communicator Bronze manuals. When I took a hiatus in 2011, I was one speech short of completing Advanced Communicator Silver level. After 6 years of hibernation, I am now motivated to reconnect with my voice and shape my thoughts into words.
Today I am restarting my Toastmasters journey with a blank slate, starting from the icebreaker speech. My goal is to complete the competent communicator track by the end of this year.
I like community clubs because of the spirit, commitment & diversity. It’s rare to find these three elements in corporate clubs. That’s why I joined a community club this time. I have attended 2 club meetings here as a guest. The quality of speeches is outstanding. I am joining HighSpirit Toastmasters club with a high spirit.
As I embark on this journey, I want to remember 3 key learnings from the last decade of my life and use them as a guiding light as I walk ahead.
- Perfection is the enemy of execution. Never wait for a perfect script to deliver the next speech.
- Progress is made by actions, not merely by intentions. Planning definitely helps, but action brings vision into fruition.
- The journey is more important than the destination. Enjoy every step in the path of progress. Don’t lose the moment in search of momentum.