“Great speakers are not born, they are most definitely trained.”  I have always wondered at all these great leaders who spoke immaculately, were they naturally talented or did they practice a lot? I have never considered myself as a speaker. Being an introvert, I could only speak well in front of my employees or people I knew. Last year I enrolled in a Leadership Academy Program organized by the Entrepreneur Organization, with participated from international business communities. It was a close camp for few days, and to my horror, I came to know that out of many programs, one of them was to give a compulsory speech in front of everyone, NO EXCUSES. I felt so pressured and stressed, it was a very unpleasant feeling. Anyway that day I did manage to give a speech, which was a personal story and to my surprise, I actually made someone cry. But I promised myself that I would look for ways to improve my speaking skills.

I joined Tourism Toastmasters last year from a recommendation by a friend.  I would not say I have been very active but I have taken various roles as timekeeper, ballot counter, SAA, and have given 3 speeches so far. I would never forget my first ice breaking speech and the encouraging feedback got from the evaluator. I am truly impressed by the dedication of fellow toastmasters. The camaraderie and constant inspiration provided by my fellow toastmasters are truly commendable. 

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.” I would definitely like to be a better speaker one day, and I have realized how important it is to be a great communicator in life. It will not only help in my work but also in my personal life. So, I am looking forward to great learning, bonding, and a good time. Cheers!

Chandan Kayastha, Tourism Toastmasters 

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