In Conversation with the Division Champs –International Speech Contest

 

When the stakes are the high, the preparation needs to be sky high. ‘Cos here’s an  opportunity to represent the district on the International platform, a chance to go to Washington DC and compete against the best talent across the globe.  But how prepared can you be for a prepared speech contest?

The district 92 PR team conversed with each of the contenders who will representing their division for the most sort after title.

 Division A

Div A_TT_Dirish Mohan

DIRISH MOHAN- Banjara Toastmasters

1.How has being a toastmaster created a difference in your life?

It has defined my life, helped me discover the artist in me and thought me that complacency has little space in life. Each time you’re on stage, it’s a new day, a new speech and a new beginning- give it your best!

2.If you could live the life of a famous personality for a day who would it be and why?

Live the life of the World Champion of Public Speaking 2016 and die the very next day!

3. Your message for fellow toastmasters who wants to excel in contests.

Keep competing. You may win some, lose many, but you certainly learn a lot about life!

4.How has your club/mentor helped you with contests?

Banjara Toastmasters has been a part of my life. A club that has helped me evolve to

becoming a better speaker, mentor and human being. This time around, while I

have worked at evolving the concept, there have been many dear friends who have

stood by and contributed to helping build this speech into a memorable one. I

remain indebted to them .

Division B

parikshith

PARIKSHITH V-Daffodils Toastmasters Club

1. As a contestant, what is the biggest lesson you learnt during this contest season?

As a contestant the biggest learning would be that, anything good can be made better. I say this in comparison to how my speech from club level has changed to the district speech.

 2.How did your club/mentor help you shape your speech? 

My mentors have always made time to help me with speech. There are so many people I have gone for help all from my club, hence all my club members are in a way my mentors. Every aspect of the speech the delivery the content and even the time taken were worked on. Senior member of the club would make time and would meet outside the usual toastmaster meeting and discus about how to make the speech better.

3.How has being a toastmaster created a difference in your life?

Being a toastmaster has benefited me a lot. It would not be surprising if I say I have acquired a job because of me being a toastmaster. But more then this it has taught me to communicate better with people and has taught me the importance of leadership.

4.Your message to your fellow toastmasters who want to excel in contests:

My message would be simple. Give speeches!! there is no other platform which give you confidence to go speak in front of a crowed. Every smallest of an incident can be turned into a speech, the next time anyone one says I don’t have a speech idea, just look back at your life and look at all the incidents taken place and surly you will be able make a speech out of it.

Division C

DJ

DEEPAK JUSTIN-DEEJAYS Toastmasters Club

1.As a contestant, what is the biggest lesson you learnt during this contest season?

This is the 6th year that I am contesting. And the biggest lesson is that it really doesn’t matter how many times you have contested. Look at every contest as your first.

2.Who is your favourite speaker in district 92 and why?

My new born son. He is not yet a Toastmaster, but one day he sure will be. After all he was born to two Toastmasters. He is the most persuasive communicator who can convince anyone with a single wordless cry. That is the power of his communication.

3.Your message to your fellow toastmasters who want to excel in contests?

The 7 minutes on stage is all yours. No one can steal it from you. Go out there and savor every moment of it.

4.Your message to your fellow toastmasters who want to excel in contests.

The 7 minutes on stage is all yours.No one can steal it from you. Go out there and savor every moment of it.

Division D

JAY

 

 JAYACHANDRAN- Smedley  Speaker’s Society 

1. As a contestant, what is the biggest lesson you learnt during this contest season?

Falling is not Failing – a recurring theme throughout the contests.

2.How did your club/mentor help you shape your speech?

My mentor helped me with the structure and cleaning up the messy parts. My club has always been supportive with good feedback during meetings.

3.How has being a Toastmaster created a difference in your life?
It’s helped me meet and be inspired by those ‘who have been there and done that’.

4.Your message to your fellow Toastmasters who want to excel in contests.

‘Believe in your message – there is someone out there who wants to hear it.’

 

Division E

AGNEL

AGNEL WORTH- Dhwani Toastmasters

1 .Who is your favourite speaker in district 92 and why?
T.k Ramesh. I admire him as a person and look up to him.

2. How did your club/mentor help you shape your speech?
VSV Prasad and Ajay Chittaranjan mentored my speech. They helped me a lot.

3.Your message to your fellow toastmasters who want to excel in contests
  Have the urge to deliver your message .Do not worry about winning or losing. Care more about touching people’s lives.

Division F

FF

FLEXON FERNANDES- Winners Club

1. How did your club help you shape your speech? 

I firmly believe that the Winners club has some of the most talented folks in the district. Most of them have been part of this fraternity for more than 10 years. I’ve known some of them since my high school days and have admired them for their lingual prowess and humble demeanor. They have always guided me with their wisdom and are my second family. They have helped me through each step of this contest with their feedback, suggestions but most importantly with their love and blessings.

2. How has being a toastmaster created a difference in your life?

Communication and leadership benefits aside, toastmasters has helped me build new bonds, make new friends and has given me memories that will last a lifetime. And these are the things that are truly invaluable in this day and age.

3. As a contestant, what is the biggest lesson you learnt during this contest season?

The biggest lesson I learnt during this contest season is – do not try to impress the audience. Simply focus on delivering an honest, sincere message. The audience will be impressed by your integrity and for who you are.

4.Your message to your fellow toastmasters who want to excel in contests.

Speak often, but remember always to speak from the heart.

 

Division G

MJ

MATHEW JACOB- ADVANCED TOASTMASTERS OF KERALA

1.What made you join Toastmasters?

In my job, I had to give presentations once in a while and I was not comfortable. During that time, I attended a training program. The trainer happened to be a toastmaster. I was impressed with his style and he mentioned about toastmasters. But after that, it took me some time to attend a meeting. Once I attended a meeting, I immediately joined.

2.As a contestant, what is the biggest lesson you learnt during this contest season?

There is always room for improvement. Take feedback from as many people as possible; you never know who may come up with some suggestions, which even experienced mentors have failed to notice.

3.How has being a toastmaster created a difference in your life?

I worked in the IT industry for a LONG time. I wanted to change my career and Toastmasters helped me build a new career as a trainer. Even during my IT career, toastmasters helped me in getting better at my job and even a few promotions.

4.Your message to your fellow toastmasters who want to excel in contests.

Take part in contests whenever there is an opportunity. I believe one contest speech is equivalent to 3 or 4 regular project speeches. It takes your speaking skills to a different level faster. Always take feedback after each level of contest from as many people as possible. Consider all suggestions. Don’t incorporate any change, just because someone suggested. Final decision should always be yours.

 

Division H

T

 

 TIJU V CUNJERIA-KOCHI TOASTMASTERS CLUB

1.How did your club/mentor help you shape your speech?

If I need to thank anybody for my speech, then that is all the members of Kochi Toastmasters Club. They helped me in all the ways possible to excel in drafting and delivering the speech.

2.How has being a toastmaster created a difference in your life?

It induced confidence, developed listening ability as well as leadership skills which are necessary for a professional in real life.

3.Your message to your fellow toastmasters who want to excel in contests:

Listen to the champions but be original in what you do and what you say.

4. As a contestant, what is the biggest lesson you learnt during this contest season?

Do your best and the rest will be taken care of.

Division I

PRATHIBHA

PRATHIBA B SHENOY – Mecon Communication Club

1.As a contestant, what is the biggest lesson you learnt during this contest season?

Rather than aiming to win, aim to improve at every successive level.

2.How did your club/mentor help you shape your speech? 

My mentor helped me from the stage of ideation to putting the finishing touches. My club members kept giving me great suggestions that I incorporated into my speech.

3.How has being a toastmaster created a difference in your life?

I communicate better, am more confident and am also a more inspired person thanks to all the inspiring toastmasters I meet.

4.Your message to your fellow toastmasters who want to excel in contests.

Tap as many sources of feedback as possible. But ultimately, let it be you who decide what

works best for you.

 

 Compiled by – Rohit Sharma
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