Finding My Voice in Toastmasters – First Toastmasters Speech

Hi everyone! 

Imagine for a moment that somebody asks you for your opinion on a certain topic, whether in a professional or social setting. But what if you can’t speak up your mind even when you have the best ideas to share? 

A lot of times, I had been in the situation like this and I often felt frustrated when I could not articulate my thoughts and ideas concisely and get my message across. This is quite challenging especially for an introvert like me who always find myself struggling to put my thoughts into words and most of the time I

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When a man is unable to express his thoughts…

Came across a Youtube video of an interesting talk by Jonh Bowe, the author of “I Have Something to Say: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking in an Age of Disconnection“. In a part of his speech, he raised a quote by Ralph C. Smedley (the founder of Toastmasters International) which resonated with my current communication challenge and the reason I join Toastmasters.

When a man is unable to express his thoughts to his fellows, to express himself vigorously and comfortably in his business and social life, he lives a diminished existence. The greater part of his

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Toastmasters Timer’s Script

In today’s Toastmasters meeting I took a role as a Timer for the first time. Since it was a Zoom meeting, I used the virtual background that represented stoplight (available for download at: For the stopwatch, I used the Toastmasters mobile app ( which allowed me to easily count the time for each speech session. In addition, I had a printed timer log sheet to record the time for each speaker.

The following was my script:

Good evening everyone, in life we use time extensively to measure our

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Life is a matter of choices – My Toastmasters Icebreaker Speech

After officially joining as a member of Otemachi Toastmasters Club about a month ago, in our regular meeting session yesterday I delivered my first icebreaker speech as part of my Toastmasters Pathways project. If you are curious, the Pathways that I have chosen is Motivational Strategies.

It took me a couple of weeks to prepare, craft, and rehearse this first speech. Thanks to my mentor Mari, who kindly helped me to review the script, offered time for me to practice speaking to her, and also provided useful advice.

This was probably the first

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