Give Yourself Permission To Do Something Unique and Meaningful To You

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I made a decision to be a guest in “Art Of Speaking Toastmaster’s Club” (that I have never done) and had a clear intention of making it with my husband. We had no idea how it would turn out to be. What is it that motivated me? Following line in the Newspaper Ad motivated me to make the decision

“This will be a learn-by-doing workshop where participants hone their public speaking and leadership skills in a no pressure atmosphere.”

The event was scheduled on Saturday at that North Edison Library at 10.15 AM. My emotions of excitement masked me from even making it to the correct venue. We made it to the South Edison Library…da..

To my surprise, my hubby was cool and determined to make it the North Edison Library, even tho’ we were late. By the way the Librarian assured us that Toastmasters club is a very informal one and we shouldn’t be concerned about making it late as a guest.

Well, we entered the room that was full except for two seats in front. Feeling ashamed, I took my seat and so did my husband. At that time a Toastmaster was speaking about the company Apple, Inc and his concerns about its falling Share price. We had no idea what we were supposed to do. After his speech, he handed small chits of paper that we picked randomly to give a speech.

To my surprise, my husband, whom I perceive as a shy guy was the first one to volunteer. He took and read the chit which required him to speak impromptu about how he will handle the fall in Apple Inc’s Share price as a “Chief Operating Officer”

After watching a couple of other people give their impromptu speech, I volunteered.

Long story short I got the chit that read “Chief Financial Officer”. I was supposed to speak How I would address Apple, Inc’s falling share price as a Chief Financial Officer.

I was excited/feeling funny and silly about my capability to give an impromptu speech. I just did it anyway from the bottom of my heart being my authentic SELF.

Well, guess what?

We had Timers evaluating our time, Ah-Counter/Grammarian recording the use of unnecessary filler words such as “ah” “ums”/grammatical errors..

At the end, Presiding Officer Bob Austin announced Best Table Topics Speaker is Lalitha…

Vow, I was shocked and there you go! I came out with a happy face!!!!

You guessed it! Thats my picture above with “Best Table Topics™ Ribbon”

I researched the internet to learn about Table Topics Speaker AFTER the event.

You can read here a link from Toastmasters International website…>

Why am I sharing this story with you?

Well, may be you are underestimating your ability OR may be you are shy of taking that first step OR may be you think you are not good enough or too old or not well versed…whatever..

The point that I want to drive here is…

Just listen to your heart and take that first step, all others will be revealed to you..

Now it is your turn..,

Action Step

If you are inspired by my story, take that first step and share your story by clicking Comments section on the top of this post.

If you have already stepped out of your comfort zone and done something that is meaningful to you, I would love to read yours too!


  1. Mary K. says

    Wow, Lalitha, this is awesome, your picture with the Best table topics award, is super, inspiring. I will be there one day soon..Thanks for your inspiration. God Bless

  2. says

    Lalitha, congratulations!

    Recently (well over a month ago), out of the blue I got a phone call from one of the board members here at our HOA.

    There were two resignations and no takers to fill the voids.

    They finally did fill one position based on the annual election vote (in January), but still didn’t know what to do about that other position.

    In the far reaches – way in the back – of my mind, I’d thought about it – but I’d never said a word to anyone.

    I did, however, go up to the mike on several meetings (including an all-out warfare issue during January’s election count to calm down the crowd – long story, but I guess I was there for a reason).

    Anyway, before I ramble on too much further, out of the blue four hours before March’s monthly meeting, one of the board called me to see if I would fill the remaining portion of that open Director’s position.

    First… I asked a lot of questions!

    Long story short (too late), with an unanimous vote, guess who’s now on the board?

    The talking in front of a crowd part isn’t scary to me nor the day to day activities of living where we do.

    Getting to know an “older set” of individuals is the unique aspect. They all know each other and I’m the squeaky wheel – for now.

    So while I never expected to do this – and never in my life expected them to call me directly – I’m glad I did.

    I’ll only be serving until the end of the year, when elections come up again, but this way I’ll have time to see if this is something I’d continue doing or not (running and seeing what happens).

    Similar I think – hope my story fits 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your story!
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    • says

      Thanks Theresa for taking time to share your story. Yes, you may call it synchronicity OR coincidence, but your story tells me that you did something that was unique and meaningful to you. Your contribution made a BIG difference, I guess.

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