5A’s of my latent Needs.
My Path completion speech at Toatmasters for Presentation Mastery Path.
Do you know the Uniqueness of yours name?
Do you see something Different in my Name?
I noticed that I have 5 A’s in my English Spelt Name.
Fellow Toastmasters and Distinguished
About an year ago, at a Toastmasters Club I heard a term – it was called “Smedley’s CURSE!. Yes. You heard it right. CURSE. And How.
It was explained that the club which does not applaud its speakers get the Smedley’s Curse.
But jokes apart there is a saying by Dale Carnegie which says “Applause is a Receipt, it is not a Bill” .
I realised that I have an APPLAUSE FACTOR. Now when you add Factor to the word applause it becomes a deficiency, a psychological phenomenon.
This is my 1st A and it made me to COMMIT with Toastmasters journey rather than FLIRT by coming for some meeting and absenting in others.
It made me think – Why is it a psychological phenomenon – it is a LATENT NEED like food, shelter and clothing.
We see its origins in the 2nd A which I call as need for AFFIRMATION. ‘
Acclaim, Approval by others. Acknowledgement and Appreciation by others.
Did I already give you all my 5 A’s ?
AFFIRM, ACCLAIM, APPROVE, ACKNOWLEDGE, APPRECIATE, APPLAUD.
Interesting isn’t it? See what you find from your name?
An year ago, I won my 1st Table Topics Best Speaker Ribbon. I posted the picture in Facebook today as the 2nd Path Presentation Mastery taught me to become STRONGER IN MY STRONGEST SPOT that is Social Media. So I found to my surprise, I had received 5.2 Lakh over Half a Million views on my two blogs and acquired 50000+ followers across networks like Linkedin , Facebook Twitter and I am a Quasi – Celebrity already !
Now that’s what the learning at Toastmasters does to us and we should all crave for – using what we learn here outside, in society, in public life.
What did I learn in the Presentation Mastery path that I remember most.
• 1. Ice Breaker
• 2. Evaluation and Feedback
• 3. Researching and Presenting
Level 2 – Total Speeches: 4
• 1. Understanding Your Communication Style
• 2. Effective Body Language
• 3. Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring
Level 3 – Total Speeches: 3 Done 4
• 1. Persuasive Speaking
• 2. Using Presentation Software
• 3. Make Connections Through Networking
• 4. Extra: Managing a Difficult Audience
Level 4 – Total 3
• 1. Managing a Difficult Audience
• 2. Building a Social Media Presence
• 3. Level 4 Completion]
Level 5: Total Items: 3 Done 4
• 1. Prepare to Speak – Professional Speaking
• 2. Lessons Learned
• 3. Level 5 Completion—Presentation Mastery\
• 4. Path Completion—Presentation Mastery
TRUTH is some of the toughest learning and speaking experiences were:
Role-Playing, Cross-Cultural speech – in front of Kazakh, Polish, Russian audiences
Interview, Panel and Difficult audiences were tough assignments and I enjoyed them.
‘Global exposure was great experience.
It motivated me to keep building my Social Media followers on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Youtube.
I gave KeyNote addresses in schools and colleges appeared in Trade associations, Global conferences as Panel Chairman.
‘I gained opportunities to enhance Toastmasters learning in personal and professional life.
Difficult is what takes longer. Presentation Mastery was the toughest path I found as it took longer. I began with the Icebreaker in November 2018 and could complete this month.
My biggest take from two paths is I can use the skills learned outside of Toastmasters.
Like everyone here who wishes to learn must complete the path. It is a great value addition to ourselves and society.
OVER TO YOU, TOASTMASTER.