Speech CC1 – The Showman Breathes

Toastmasters CC1 – The Showman Breathes. I’ve recently joined Toastmasters International and this is the video and transcript of my first prepared speech.

As I’ve mentioned in Letters to Myself over the past few weeks, I’ve joined Toastmasters International, which is an international leadership and public speaking organization. As part of the club development programme, I’m required to give prepared speeches periodically with increasingly difficult objectives. This helps me develop writing and speaking skills, as well as focus on body language, message delivery, audience captivation, and voice strengthening.

This past Thursday, I delivered my first prepared speech, which required me to introduce myself. What follows is the speech script I wrote, as well as a video of my performance.

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Hello Again, Here I Am.

Daily Prompt for 22nd September, 2014 – Introducing yourself in 4 minutes.

Hi my name is Vaibhav Gupta and I’m a bit of a jackhole. I’m 22 years old and by way of introduction, here are the defining experiences and principles of my life. Continue reading “Hello Again, Here I Am.”

Let Me Reintroduce You

Hello again.

To put this in context, the last posts I made were 5 Reasons We Feel the Need to Hate and The 2 AM Friend on 5th and 4th April, 2013 respectively. So yes… It has been 9 months.

Yesterday, I signed up for the Zero to Hero 30 Day Blog Challenge, which is why I am writing this.

It is not that I don’t like writing. I have 3 short stories and at least 8 articles either in draft form or as ideas saved in various places such as my Sky Drive, my Google Drive and the Memo app on my Smartphone. Why is it then that I have not posted anything in such a long time?

Hi, my name is Vaibhav Gupta. I am currently a final year student at Christ University, Bangalore, India pursuing B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science. My blog name is outdated. It was a funny pun last year, and I wasted yesterday evening trying to come up with another name, which brings me to what this blog is about. Yesterday I learnt that I do not know how to define myself – I do not have a USP. I am unable to boil myself and my blog down to, say, 3 discernible features.

It is not that I am a thoroughly uninteresting person – Indeed, I have engaged extensively in theatre (Yes, British spelling), dance, writing, debate and many other activities. I am (albeit inexperienced) a web designer, and have an understanding of Adobe Photoshop and Flash, and several programming and scripting languages. I enjoy reading, and the occasional art. Cue end of shameless self-promotion Yet, I don’t particularly imagine myself impressive. Oh, also, I can type without looking at the keyboard. 😛

So why should you read my blog?
Firstly, thank you for reading this.

  1. You can find decent or semi-decent fiction here from time to time. I write essays, articles and poems, and last year, I started writing (or drafting) short stories.
  2. You can accompany me on my journey of self-discovery, choosing either to help me with your feedback, or (I hope) taking away something which helps you in return.
  3. I spend most of my time over-thinking things. If there is a topic you would like to discuss, I could write a post on it after appropriate research. Of course, this depends on your feedback.

So far, my posts have been about abstract concepts that I have found interesting. However, my interests are something I have (not actively) kept away from this blog. I shall remedy that this year. Last year, I took up making small clay models after my sister bought some clay and never used it. I cook quite often, and I made a ton of food last year. I also made a couple of paintings and some arty displays. I’ll soon start putting up pictures of these. I can even add recipes for the food if you would be interested.

I also follow a lot of TV shows. My favourites (British spelling, yes) are Doctor Who (British show, yes) and the WWE. I also like How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Glee and Community, and am currently watching Breaking Bad, and a nice load of Japanese movies. I may or may not write about these in the near future (hopefully).

In conclusion, I’d like to ask for your help in keeping this blog alive through your feedback, which would motivate me to write more.

Again, thank you for reading.

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