Here’s my opening speech to tie in with the induction.
We’re conducting the induction for Suhas and Titus today.
Most of us joined Toastmasters for similar reasons. Let’s hear from Suhas and Titus their reasons. This is so that they would be clear why they are here, and refresh our memories as well as to why we are here.
Philosopher Lao Tzu had this famous saying “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”.
Suhas and Titus, congratulations on embarking on this journey, and welcome on board.
We’re delighted to be your partners in your Toastmasters learning journey, and you as ours as well.
At Toastmasters, we learn by doing, giving speeches and fulfilling leadership roles. We learn through peer evaluation. We learn under the mentorship of experienced members who encourage, guide and support us.
While we offer support and companionship in your journey, ultimately you’re the one to decide how this journey would turn out.
Public speaking isn’t limited to twice a month of toastmasters chapter meetings or confined to this room.
Therefore, I would encourage you to read books on crafting speeches and public speaking, watch YouTube, and attend workshops and contests to hone your skill and enrich your experience.
As in all endeavours, the important ingredients are hard work and right attitude.
Now I’d like to touch on the values of Toastmasters.
Pradeep, since you mentioned it at one of the meetings, they’ve been etched on my mind.
The values of Toastmasters are aptly encapsulated in the acronym RISE – Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence.
Of these, I’d like to highlight Service. What’s service?
How do you think our meetings come about?
We are all busy but members take turns to take up appointments so that meetings are run successfully to enable us to practise public speaking.
Last evening, Steven said he had been busy at work and hadn’t drafted the script for his role as Toastmaster of the Day. But he would do it after work. Like him, executive committee members and appointment holders put in the time and effort for the meetings.
Every one of us, as a stakeholder in this journey, has a part to play.
So, I hope you would jump at the opportunity to serve at the next meeting and every meeting. Volunteer yourselves.