In my recent Toastmasters speech project, I was tasked to deliver a 5-7 minutes speech to inspire my audience. I shared my growth journey so far and inspired my audience to commit to growth, skill development, value addition, and challenge their fears in 2020. This is what I had to say;
I joined Toastmasters to add excellence to my speaking skill, develop it, and become an effective communicator and leader. I had no idea how the journey would be especially preparing speeches, but after witnessing Toastmasters meeting for the first time, I knew I wanted to be part.
The enthusiasm to be part was so high I registered to be a member at their next meeting. I knew speaking was an inherent skill when developed, would add value to my life so I went for it. From my first speech as a Toastmaster, the Icebreaker, which I titled ‘My Purpose Journey’, amidst the fears and shyness, today, I am on Level 3 on the Pathways Presentation Mastery path and I’ve given more than 10 amazing speeches as a Toastmaster.
I wasn’t a professional speaker when I joined, I was a bundle of flaws with two powerful assets; my voice and passion. With these assets, I spoke so well my flaws were rarely noticed, but thanks to speech evaluators, who no flaws or mistakes can escape them, they gave me feedback that shaped my speeches and presentations making me better over time.
After receiving awesome feedback from the speeches I gave, I decided to share them with the world, include them in my journey, and inspire as many as I could reach. I started my blog to chronicle my Toastmasters journey- blogging my speeches and the roles I take during Toastmasters meetings.
I wasn’t an experienced writer when I started, I didn’t know the principles, art, and skill of writing, but with my two powerful assets, I started writing and I wrote my heart out just as I gave my speeches. Thanks to those who give me feedback on my writing, correct my mistakes, and encourage me to do more, within a space of less than a year, I think I’m one of the best writers you can find.
From a free WordPress blog, mytoastmastersjourney.wordpress.com to a customized website thenancynyarko.com, I have graduated from blogging only my Toastmasters speeches to writing articles on national issues, personal growth development, and interviews with institutions who are interested in my speaking skill and my audience can not wait to read my articles.
With one opportunity from Toastmasters, I became a speaker, writer, thinker, and a leader. 2020 will offer you opportunities 2019 prepared you for, don’t make excuses when you meet them, be ready and take them. This year, challenge yourself to grow beyond the normal, set your standards so high it scares you when you read them.
Commit yourself to continuous intentional learning, skill development, and value addition. No company is going to pay you so much money for just owning a certificate, in the marketplace, you are as valuable as your skills. Do something- grow, improve! And once you are ready to do something right, there is a crowd ready to applaud and support you, you only have to start.
Don’t be scared to attempt something big and too cautious to fail, fail big! it usually carries the most important lessons if you are willing to learn and it’s the evidence that you are trying. For people like me who love to talk and no time is enough to share our thoughts, it’s amazing how I am able to share all that needs to be said in a speech excellently, in 5 – 7 minutes. That’s progress, growth, and skill development.
If you are our guest at tonight’s meeting, you are welcome and thank you for coming. Your decision for personal growth in 2020 can start today, register to be a member. For our regular visitors since 2019, this is the 2020 you promised to join Toastmasters, finally it has arrived, make no excuses, do it now. Apart from giving speeches, I’ve taken up all the Toastmasters’ meeting roles, there’s no doubt that I’m growing, you can too.
Like my Toastmasters journey, I am graduating from one level to another, learning along the way, and challenging myself to be better. I am not a pro in Toastmasters yet though I’m looking forward to being a DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest level in the Toastmasters programme) soon, I committed myself to a growth process which I’m proud of. None of us knows how the end will be like but we are ready to challenge ourselves to get there. In 2020, show up for your dreams, start now.