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Counting voices

October 12, 2014 Leave a comment

A lively group discussion, an intimate tête-à-tête, an inner monologue — in your view, when it comes to a good conversation, what’s the ideal number of people?

In my opinion, any conversation be it one-on-one, a group discussion or a monologue is the need of the hour.  We are losing out on meaningful dialogue today due to the advent of gadgets like smartphones and tablets.  Thus today we would  see people texting on their phones or  tapping on their ipads rather than talking to each other.

Today, we find very little time to share thoughts over a cup of coffee or to spend time having a conversation with our family.  This is the form of communication that is of vital importance.  Speaking is important as it helps us to bridge barriers and understand each other better.  It helps to connect, resolve conflicts and strengthen bonds.

Technology has grown by leaps and bounds and today most of us are slaves of technology.  Smartphones, tablets, the internet have pervaded our lives.  Today, very few people look face-to-face and smile or exchange pleasantries.  So having
a conversation is a rare thing nowadays. Technology has simplified our lives but it has also made us a lazy lot switching from one gadget to another in a virtual world.

Other interesting posts in this category;
1) http://tuckedintoacorner.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/people-by-numbers/
2) http://tombalistreri.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/lets-talk-about-it/
3) http://movingtowardsthelight.com/2014/10/11/talking-to-myself-haiku/
4) http://linusfernandes.com/2014/10/11/counting-voices-conversational-monologue/
5) http://lindaswritingblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/one-is-enough/
6) http://bhalsop.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/daily-prompt-counting-voices/
7) http://teepee12.com/2014/10/11/whos-talking/
8) http://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/who/
9) http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/tea-for-two/
10) http://cowpasturechronicles.wordpress.com/2014/10/12/good-conversation-a-wonderful-dream/

Naked with black socks

September 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Are you comfortable in front of people, or does the idea of public speaking make you want to hide in the bathroom? Why? 
Photographers, artists, poets: show us PUBLIC.

The greatest fear in the world today is the fear of public speaking. I am an introvert by nature and would avoid grand parties etc. but I love speakng in public. I have enjoyed taking part in elocution and debate competitions since  school days. It has helped me a lot to become comfortable and confident.

A toastmasters program is a structured program with a communication and leadership track. It is a great platform to conquer your speaking fears and to be evaluated by peers in your club. You also have an opportunity to develop leadership skills by taking on meeting roles or positions in the Exco of your club. You get to learn to write a good speech, to listen, to evaluate, to mentor, to give a humorous speech and to inspire others to join your club. A typical chapter meeting at a club consists of Prepared speeches, Table topics (Impromptu speeches) and evaluations. There is also a language evaluator who can help you to improve understanding of pronunciation, articulation and grammar. A general evaluator gives tips on how to improve the meetings.

A toastmasters club is a wonderful avenue to meet after work and improve on speaking, listening and leadership skills. It is a great place to network with people of diverse backgrounds and get diverse perspectives on current events, topics of interest and have fun. It also helps to develop our leadership abilities by way of taking up roles at meetings within the club and networking with other clubs.

I joined Toastmasters International 5 years ago and am currently doing my Advanced Project manuals. I would like to take this  interest further by being involved in training and leadership for companies.

I am currently President of Bishan Toastmasters Club located at Bishan CC in Singapore.
Other interesting posts in this category:
http://unknowinglee.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/alleyesonme/
http://storyofmylife1993.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/daily-prompt-hide-me-away/
http://lessthanthreechickens.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/naked-with-socks-in-public-no-cops-bring-it-on/
http://jitterygt.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/overcoming-the-fear-of-public-speaking/
http://alienorajt.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/nude-speaking/
http://amandakho88.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/daily-prompt-naked-with-black-socks/
http://edwardhotspur.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/black-socks-down/
http://noncitygirl.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/daily-prompt-naked-with-black-socks/
http://terry1954.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/daily-prompt-naked-with-black-socks/

Are we communicating enough?

January 27, 2013 6 comments

We have come a long way since that first call by Alexander Graham Bell that revolutionized communication.  Today the mobile phone has become a ubiquitous medium of communication so much so that the vegetable seller, the milkman, the cleaner and everyone else are dependent on it for their daily livelihood.

Starting with the newspapers, television, mobile phone, smart phone, personal computer, laptops and tablets – today instead of people looking out for information we have an information overload.  Today, we have a plethora of choices and our time is spent in discerning as to what we need to do.

But this gadget-craze has had an impact on our face-to-face communication.  Today, we find very little time to share thoughts over a cup of coffee or to spend time having a conversation with our family.  This is the form of communication that is of vital importance.  Speaking is important as it helps us to bridge barriers and understand each other better.  It helps to connect, resolve conflicts and strengthen bonds.

What are some of the ways that we can keep our face-to-face communication alive?

1)      Join a Toastmasters Club – A toastmasters club is a wonderful avenue to meet after work and improve on speaking, listening and leadership traits.  It is a great place to network with people of diverse backgrounds and get diverse perspectives on current events, topics of interest and have fun.    It also helps to develop our leadership abilities by way of taking up roles at meetings within the club and networking with other clubs.

2)      Join a Special Interest Group – We all have interests – related to our work or outside be it. IEEE, Project Management, Quality, DIY, singing, guitar, cycling etc.  Joining these groups is a great way to network with like-minded people and learn a lot more.  This is also a great way to find a job in your area of interest.

3)      Meetups – Social media enthusiasts on twitter organise twestivals or meetups where people get to know each other and also gather to discuss about causes that concern the world.  It is also a great way  for entrepreneurs to network for youngsters to find their partners in life or just have fun.

4)      Volunteering – Many volunteer groups spend time training kids or engaging with old folks or the disabled.  Doing such work gives one an opportunity to network with  a lot of volunteers and make friends.

Communication is slowly proving to be a lost art.  People hardly find time to exchange pleasantries or chat over a cup of coffee.  Written communication like letter writing is already obsolete and is today replaced by email.  Technology has simplified our lives but it has also made us a lazy lot switching from one gadget to another in a different virtual world.

Do you feel that you are spending too much time online or with gadgets?  Are you missing out on networking with friends and face-to-face communication?

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