Background: This was my script for my Innovative Planning Level 1: Ice Breaker speech project. It was delivered on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Gwinnett Technical College during the Gwinnett Technical College Students’ Toastmasters International Club’s meeting. The theme for this meeting was “Lights. Camera. Action!” and the word of the day was “ostentatious.” As part of the theme, we served delicious movie theater popcorn in red plastic cups to our attendees. 😋 Because I enjoyed writing this script and delivering this speech (and I’m proud of it overall), I decided to share it on here with you all. Enjoy!
How do you know the moon is going broke? It’s down to its last quarter.
Hi, my name is Jessica Dukharan and I like puns. They’re simple yet witty and one of my favorite types of jokes to share at Toastmasters meetings. Speaking of Toastmasters, today I want to share with you all how this club has shaped my past, present, and future. So, sit back, enjoy your popcorn, and listen carefully as we relive the day my Toastmasters journey began.
It all started on a Thursday night in March 2016. I was signed up to do a rehearsal of my persuasion speech for my public speaking class.
A few minutes before the meeting began, I was sitting in the corner typing frantically on my laptop.
What was I typing? Oh, just my speech script and my speaker bio that the President was going to use to introduce me to the audience. No big deal.
After I was done, I ran to the computer lab, printed out those documents, and made it back to the meeting room just before the meeting began.
Phew! “I’m good,” I thought.
Soon, it was time for me to give my speech. The President introduced me, I shook her hand, and I proceeded to the lectern with my notes.
I was what you would call an organized mess. I looked down at my notes throughout most of my presentation because I did not rehearse for it. My anxiety rose to a much higher level that night because I was not prepared. I just wanted it to be over.
Consequently, it was not an ostentatious presentation. It was terrible.
However, instead of running far away from this club after that horrific moment, I decided to stay. I needed to be here so I could improve my skills and not have a repeat of that night.
To do that, I participated in every meeting that I attended, served in different officer positions, and achieved several awards—all of which have contributed to who I am and what I do today.
Who am I? I’m the President of this Toastmasters club. What do I do? Besides working on my Associate Degree, I currently work for the Education Division of Gwinnett Tech.
Do you want to know something interesting [about my job]? My boss is not only the Dean of Education, but she is also one of the founding members of this Toastmasters club. She recruited me for this job because she saw that I have strong work ethic skills and I’m trustworthy through the various Toastmasters activities I participated in among other things.
Because this club has helped me in the past and in the present, I’m confident that it will help me in my future. How? By equipping me with the knowledge, skills, and confidence I will use in upcoming adventures such as speech contests, interviews for my career field, and maybe even a TEDx talk.
Now you’re probably thinking, “that’s great for you but what can I take away from your past, present, and future Toastmasters journey?”
You are in control of you who you are and who you will become. You can either allow life to knock you down and keep you down where you can’t grow, or you can get back up, put in the work, and enjoy the fruits as they bear throughout your various seasons.
I chose to face my fear of public speaking instead of running away from it, and my life has transformed dramatically in different ways because of that choice.
So my question is, will you do the same?