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TM Kishore – KEEP THEM LAUGHING (Humurous speech from advance manual)

Humorously Speaking

Project 4 – Make them Laugh

OBJECTIVES

Prepare a speech that opens with a self-deprecating joke.

String together two or three related jokes in the speech body.

Close the speech with a humorous story.

Time: 5 to 7 minutes

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Search for Einstein and Toastmasters Confidence

The 209th Meeting at Koramangala Toastmasters Club was eventful with two very inspiring speeches from two very talented speakers. Even the Table Topics session was quite out of the box with innovation from the Table Topic Master who had 4 speakers at one time delivering one Table Topic Session!

The Meeting started with a CC6 speech from Toastmasters Uttiya. A Science Geek and an explorer at heart, Uttiya has been on her search for her Mini Einstein. Albert Einstein once told, “Don’t Blame Gravity, if you fall in love”. Uttiya was confident that if she finds a man with even 0.00001% of the brains of Einstein, she would give that person a chance. She met a few men who did not really grasp the spirit of the Theory of Relativity as well as Einstein taught us in the 20th Century. Let us pray to the Energy and Soul of Great Albert Einstein that Toastmasters Uttiya comes across a Gentleman who could inspire her with his understanding of Einstein’s teachings.

Following Uttiya was a very inspiring Final Competent Communication Manual Speech by Toastmaster Suresh from NUK Toastmasters Club. Suresh took us through the evolution Toastmasters journey brought him over in 9 months of being a public speaker. From a shy, reluctant and scared speaker, Suresh took us through a journey of how Toastmasters took him to being a confident and competent speaker, whose spirit cannot be drained even by a crowd of over 2000 people. Suresh painted a picture of confidence that the canvas of Toastmasters can bring over any person. The only secret is Perseverance Against All Odds here.

We are all eagerly waiting for the next meeting, when more brush strokes of confident speaking will be performed over the canvas of Koramangala Toastmasters Club.


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Hello! Run for your life!

There was a firecracker of a meeting on 20th February Saturday morning at Koramangala Toastmasters Club. The day was special with a Tall Tales Table Topics Contest as well.

The day started with a cc6 speech by Toastmasters Dany. Aptly titled “Appa’s Hello”, Dany took us on a trip through village side Kerala where her father brought home a not so healthy and presentable, but wise dog. Even though Dany and her mother were not so approving of the dog, her father took good care of the dog and magically things started to change in the house. Sometimes luck and prosperity steps into our house in the form of furry animals. The bravery and wisdom of the dog (called “Hello”) when it saved the family from the deadly sting of a Cobra brought amazement to the crowd at KTMC on the Saturday late morning.

Following Danny’s heart touching story was an ACS2 talk by Toastmasters Aalap Mehta. Aalap is also a Koramangala Toastmasters Club Mentor. The experience and flair of Aalap’s talk was visible in the Ah Counter not capable of finding a single glitch in the talk. A professional speaker and a very motivating character, Aalap drove home the message that Motivation is like taking a bath. We need it daily. Aalap brought in many incidents from his childhood and with his father that made us realise the importance of Motive and Action. An interesting anecdote was brought in by an interesting story of a Cheetah chasing  rabbit. Aalap proved beautifully that Cheetah could not catch the rabbit, in spite of the Cheetah being the fastest animal on the planet, as the Cheetah was running for hunger and the rabbit was running for her life. So, let us all work for our life rather than short term goals.

Following the prepared speeches were very intense tall tales in a table topics format. The entire club and the guests were taken on some awesome roller-coaster rides by the speakers.

 


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A six Laned Ice Breaker Marathon

This Saturday, 6th of February 2016, was a Debutante affair at Koramangala Toastmasters Club. 6 speakers broke the ice and spoke their first prepared Toastmasters speech to a packed audience. The energy, ideas, humour and spark of new speakers were very visible in this group. Surprisingly none of them looked like they were taking the stage for the first time ever. The ease and grace were truly remarkable.

The first ice breaker was from Toastmaster Jinesh.

<Please excuse the poor camera skills on the mobile camera… Thank you!>

Jinesh

Jinesh had an interesting story to tell with love for Astrophysics, Communist Principles spoken out at his college days and repeated breaking of his hand in childhood. From an academically poor performance in early school years to topping his school in Board Exams, he had a long struggle with textbooks. But, this intellectual curiosity lead him to pursue Computers Post Graduation and finally years of techie experience in Bangalore. Jinesh is an avid Cricket fan too.

<Again poor skills on camera from the author here. I deserve some classes on mobile stability! :p>

Sidhu

Following Jinesh was Toastmaster Siddhu – an avid Steve Jobs fan. Siddhu made a tremendous entry on stage with Steve Jobs’s famous words on Misfits. After all Toastmasters are classic Misfits fitting into the structure of a Public Speaking World with stories of love, fear, success, joy, sorrow and a million other things. Siddhu was a super good student who even landed 3 MNC jobs right after college.

Bala

“Mind should control the body” – so said Ramakrishna Paramahansa and echoed Mahatma Gandhi. This was the biggest lesson that Koramangala Toastmasters Club members learned from Toastmaster Bala’s ice breaker speech. Bala structured his talk into two parts – life before Bangalore and life after Bangalore. The pre Bangalore life was colourful with village sights and rustic experiences. Stories of hanging from an Amla tree while trying to escape from a village elder and an accident while playing cricket are classic childhood experiences we had in a pre technology invasion days. A happily married man with a beautiful child and a great wife, Toastmasters Bala is indeed kicking it well in Bangalore today.

Neela Devi

Toastmaster Neela Devi followed soon afterwards with her Ice breaker. Like a wave from her Native Kanyakumari Neela Devi took us into her vast life experiences. A very enthusiastic Dancer in her school days, she wanted to hide her craze from her parents. But, seeing her parents watching the dance performance was traumatic for her, but a funny one when recollected years later at our Toastmasters Club. Neela Devi has a unique mix of Under Graduation in English Literature and Post Graduation in Computer Applications. It is rare to find such mixture of heart and brain in our everyday lives. An avid lover of the Kolkata city and culture, Neela carries a sweet tooth with her 🙂

Vinay

Like a Toophani wind, Toastmaster Vinay followed soon enough to deliver his Ice Breaker. A self confessed Bully in his younger days, Vinay has turned out sweet today. A weekly trip to the Principal’s office in his school days was his normal when he got treated with lethal weapons like sticks, shoes and such corporal punishment techniques. Vinay must be happy about the new rules of treating children with love in schools today. The tremendous effort to lose over 25 kilograms to win the love of his then life in college is a very motivating one for all of us.

Kishor

Toastmaster Kishor concluded the Ice Breaker Marathon of the day with his speech aptly titled “Making of Kishor”. The 7th out of 8 siblings in his family in Madhya Pradesh proves Kishor was a well loved, pampered and inspired child. Kishor claims that he has been made by different people and circumstances ranging from his parents, brothers, sisters, neighbours, teachers, friends and so many other people directly known or otherwise. A very wise thought indeed. His lessons from a Black and White Photography adventure and cooking lessons in college were indeed motivating. He claims he learned a lot from getting a year back in college. Life Lessons learned from challenging times sticks with us till the end.

An awesome Saturday well spent in getting to know six wonderful individuals will stay with all who came to Kormangala Toastmasters venue on 6th of February 2016.

 


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Men, their Restrooms and Rabbit Fence

The Koramangala Toastmasters Club meeting on 30th January 2016 was really special. The number of people interested in our proceedings are increasing day by day. Just take a look at this audience here. It is almost like a packed classroom!

Crowd

The energy in the room is so high and the mood so jubilant that once you step into a Koramangala Toastmasters Meeting, you will be hungry for more!

The first talk in this meeting was an Ice Breaker speech by Kiran. He took us through a journey of his personal and professional life punctuated with pink slips and a lot of fun.

Next was a cc5 speech by Dany. She sure had a great history of athletics in her school days. Dany’s talk was aptly named “On your mark! Get set! Go!” She took the audience on a very entertaining ride of heavy shot put, not so heavy discuss throw and the agile Javelin. She was able to convince us that even if she could not throw things far, wide and accurately, she could run like the wind and clinch the 400m race in style. Dany sure could send any experienced public speaker on a run for his money with her oratory skills.

Gopal followed shortly afterwards with a cc6 speech on the “Beauty of Inconvenience”. The ease of life provided by online services, credit cards and professionally managed wedding planners is taking the unpredictability out of our lives. We rarely go out of our comfort zones to buy vegetables from the mandi, get lost in a taxi and ask around for our destinations or lose track of hot tea at the wedding only to be caught by our uncles. However, Gopal did assure that there was still some beauty remaining in the inconvenience caused by Indian Railway ticket booking system. We love Railways for more than just the inconvenience, don’t we?

Do men lack restroom etiquette? Nilesh explored this question in his cc6 speech.

Nilesh

A super dynamic speaker with a well developed humour, Nilesh can entertain an audience with his comedy. Nilesh proved almost to a scientific level that men do possess supreme restroom etiquette. It is a tragedy that women fail to realise this fact and appreciate our males for strictly following an unwritten rest room code of honour. After hearing Nilesh, we would never see the Men’s room as before.

The highlight of the day was a great stand up comedy show by Veteran Comedian, Praveen Kumar who took us on a ride from Kancheepuram to Koramangala.

Praveen kumar

Half an hour on laughter riot that took us from Tamil Nadu to Cricket matches in BITS Pilani to sad stories of failed romances to simple pleasures of married life really resonated with the audience. There must be at least 20 Toastmasters who must have made it a point to learn the art of stand up comedy after listening to Praveen.

Following the laughter with Praveen Kumar was an informative and entertaining ride through the early 20th century Australia with Past President Jyoti.

Jyoti

Jyoti delivered an ACB2 speech on the Ecosystem damage caused by Rabbits in Western Australia after 24 wild rabbits were introduced to the continent by touring Englishmen. They multiplied exponentially to cause an ecosystem imbalance in the region. With vintage pictures to enhance the talk, the audience was lead through the challenges of that time period.

The members of KTMC is eagerly waiting for the next meeting for more thoughts, laughter, insights and ideas. May the public speaking Gods shower their grace upon Koramangala Toastmasters Club!

 


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Courage, Inconvenience, Selling and Freedom

The fourth Saturday of 2016 was a very inspiring day for the Koramangala Toastmasters Club. The prepared speeches and training session really moved the members and guests to great joy and knowledge.

The day started with a CC4 speech by Toastmaster Raj Thakur on Courage. Raj took us on a journey of an Army Man’s family. The speech really moved the audience to appreciate the trials and tribulations of the lion men who spend their time in the hail storms of bullets at the border. Courage, we were reminded, was an everyday thing that was needed by the common man who spends a common life as does a brave warrior who protects his country with his life.

Next, we had a CC6 speech by Toastmaster Gopal Karmakar on the Joy of Inconvenience. Gopal moved the audience to the time before the great internet and professional services made our lives easy with door delivery and real time services starting from e-commerce, train ticket booking to even grocery delivery at our convenience. But, wasn’t there a joy in getting out and buying vegetables? Was there not a satisfaction in organising a wedding ourselves before the wedding planners brought in their professionalism? Wasn’t there the joy of getting lost on the way to our destinations before Google Maps guided our souls to the dropped pins? Where can we discover that lost joy of inconvenience?

The two ACB talks of the day raised the standard of the proceedings to amazing heights.

Toastmaster Pramod Nittur brought in his professional wisdom when he taught us how to sell well in his ACB 3 talk.

Pramod

Pramod stressed the fact that how we sell is more important than what we really sell. From a seemingly real life experience of buying a car, he taught us how a good sales person can bring about a great effect in a customer’s lives. It is not just about products, Pramod said, that Sales touches us – but even with ideas, concepts, thoughts and much more.

There were five key lessons from this ACB 3 talk.

  • Be enthusiastic when you sell
  • Be empathetic with your customer
  • Learn to be insightful about the product, service or concept that you sell
  • The customer should learn to trust you as a seller
  • Have a sense of emergency about closing the sale

After the business lesson, Kormanagala Toastmasters Club was on for witnessing a patriotic masterpiece. President Toastmaster Pramit Pratim Ghosh presented a speech by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on this very day that the 100 files of Netaji was declassified by the Government of India.

And Pramit had an uncanny resemblance with Netaji as well during his presentation 🙂

Pramit

The call for Men, Material and Money to raise an army against a weakening English force was well received by the Audience. When Netaji asked for Blood in return for Freedom, this blog post author was choking to hold back tears of passion to join the ‘Jai Hind’ Cries!

Table Topics is one of the most feared creatures in Toastmasters. Toastmaster Viraja came up with practical tips to attack this very beast called Table Topics. The first and most important tip was to listen to the Table Topics Master closely and take a deep breath.

Viraja

Viraja presented a template to do Table Topics. These tried and tested methods could help any aspiring Table Topics conqueror to reach her goals.

  • Try a Pros and Cons approach to Table Topics Topic.
  • Try painting a picture of Past, Present and Future with the Topic.
  • Go beyond convention and think super creative. This will give you extra brownie points.

Overall, we could not have asked for a better way to spend a pleasant Bangalore January Saturday morning :).