Meet Our Buddy: Irfan Ghaffar

Where are you from?

I was born in Pakistan.

Where do you live?

I live in Saudi Arabia.

What are your top 3 favorite activities?

My favorite activities are playing tennis, cricket and walking.

What brought you to Toastmasters?

I want to improve my public speaking skills.

Why Buddies?

I heard that Toastmasters club is the best place to improve public speaking skills. I googled online toastmasters club and selected Buddies because of its convenient timing. I found it better than my expectation because of professional meeting environment and nice and helpful buddies.

How much have you grown since your first Toastmaster meeting?

I have gain some confidence since I joined the club. I learned from the feedback about my weaknesses which I need to work on.

How is Toastmasters helping you in life?

It is a practice environment and people are from diverse backgrounds who are helping each other to improve and learn. This learning through teamwork is very helpful.

Who are your top 3 favorite speakers?

  • Steve Jobs
  • Martin Luther King
  • Barack Obama

What’s your top 3 favorite speeches?

I like all speeches of Steve Jobs. I am listing four favourite speeches below.

What kind of communicator and leader do you want to become?

I want to learn all style. However persuasive style is my favorite.

Where do you think you can go with Toastmasters in 12 months ahead?

I think I will be significantly better speaker in 12 months time.

Irfan Ghaffar

Meet Our Buddy: Hasitha

Interviewer Note: Hasitha is a member full of will and makes sure to get a chance to speak whenever he joins our weekly meetings. It’s great to get to know him more and get a sense of where he’s at on his journey and later on look back to see how far he was able to grow as a communicator and leader. I’m grateful to see Hasitha supporting our club as a member and can’t wait to hear more from his next speeches.

Where are you from?

Sri Lanka

Where do you live?

Sri Lanka

What are your top 3 favorite activities?

Playing Cricket, Reading books, Traveling

What brought you to Toastmasters?

fear of speaking

Why Buddies?

Friendly and helpful members on the club

How much have you grown since your first Toastmaster meeting?

50%

How is Toastmasters helping you in life?

office meeting its very helpful

Who are your top 3 favorite speakers?

• Peter D’Almeida

• Dananjaya Hettiarachchi

• Jack Ma

What’s your top 3 favorite speeches?

• An Ounce of Consciousness Is Worth a Ton of Creativity

• Dananjaya Hettiarachchi World Champion of Public Speaking 2014 – Full Speech

• GREATEST SUCCESS STORY

What kind of communicator and leader do you want to become?

CEO of my current company

Where do you think you can go with Toastmasters in 12 months ahead?

yes

Meet Our Buddy: Tricia Grow

Interviewer Note: “Trish was one of the first speakers that stood out to me since day one at Buddies. While I still wasn’t sure whether online Toastmasters was for me or not, having her as part of our meetings gave me more certainty that I’d be surrounded by people with the skills I was looking for and eventually grow more. Thanks for all your support and commitment to our club, Trish.”

Where are you from?

Born in Rochester, Ny

Where do you live?

York Springs, PA

What are your top 3 favorite activities?

Reading, Speaking and Teaching

What brought you to Toastmasters?

I felt I needed to share my stories with others

Why Buddies?

Misako invite me to help boost this club and it’s still one of my favorite clubs

How much have you grown since your first Toastmaster meeting?

Leaps! I was not capable of speaking in front of more than a handful of people without feeling ill.

How is Toastmasters helping you in life?

It has grown my leadership skills, I feel more comfortable being in the lead

Who are your top 3 favorite speakers?

Darren Lacroix, Joyce Myers, Aaron Beverly (fellow District 38 member)

What’s your top 3 favorite speeches?

I have a dream; If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed; I see something in you

What kind of communicator and leader do you want to become?

A better one

Where do you think you can go with Toastmasters in 12 months ahead?

I hope to have competed in Paris at the 2020 International Speech contest!

My experience with Toastmaster Buddies!

My experience with Toastmasters Buddies is excellent. Since day one, which was in June 2019, my Buddies:

  1. Showed great care in my progress
  2. Showered me with positive and
  3. Constructive feedback

Which did miracles with regards to my communication and leadership skills.

Rediscover yourself in communications, leadership, mentorship, creativity and much more. We will promise you that you will not get bored.

Besides creating and delivering your speeches based on different projects, there are different challenging roles you can take during the weekly meetings. Sometimes….. multiple roles, which really prepares you for multi-tasking and still remain calm.

Our Buddies are all over the world, so you will learn and get evaluated by individuals with different perspectives and cultural background.

YES… this is the message you were waiting for….. and YES, take yourself to the next level with Toastmaster Buddies. Join us today!

By Toastmaster member Ingeborg Sint Jago

Goal Setting

After listening to a very inspiring and relatable speech by one of our Buddies on journaling, I began to reflect on my own life and given the time of year, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to focus on goal setting. 

For most of us, the end of one year is a time for reflection and setting goals for the upcoming year. For me, this is a pivotal aspect of my life. I have set goals for every area of my life such as travel (being such a travel enthusiast, I have travel plans set out for the next 5-7 years), savings, personal development, even as a Toastmaster I have goals set for completing my pathways projects.

As I grow older, my appreciation for the importance of setting goals and sticking to them deepens. This first hit me when I was in my very early twenties and attended an interview. The interviewer asked the famous “Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?” At that point in time I was lost for words not knowing how to answer this. Of course I knew I needed a job because I wanted to travel, I wanted a car and to be able to afford certain luxuries so I needed an income but the interviewer did not want to hear this. That’s when I realised I needed to have goals to work towards. Over the years I have tweaked my processes a lot and always do because things are always changing but one thing remains the same is that I set goals. I have an idea of what I hope to have accomplished and where I want to be 1, 5, 10 or even 20 years from now. 

Setting goals allows us to sharpen our focus and gives your life direction. It also provides a map which show what areas you are actually succeeding at and which areas require improvement. Looking at goals from a yearly perspective may seem daunting at first. The secret is to break these up into smaller chunks so you can have yearly goals broken up intomonthly goals, weekly goals and daily goals. 

One of the main things I covered while studying which has stuck with me is that you set goals which motivate you and S.M.A.R.T. goals. SMART goals mean:

S – Your goals should be clear and well defined. 

M – Include precise amounts, dates, etc. so you can measure your degree of success. 

– Make sure that it’s possible to achieve the goals you set. 

R – Goals should be relevant to the direction you want your life and career to take. 

T – Goals must have a deadline. This means that you know when you can celebrate success. 

I also found that visualisation helps me to achieve goals. So post your goals in visible places to remind yourself every day of what it is you intend to do. You can post them on sticky notes on your walls, desk, computer monitor, bathroom mirror or refrigerator as a constant reminder. Accomplishing goals take work. You simply don’t set goals and wave a wand. You work at it and keep working at it everyday until it is complete.There will be stumbling blocks along the way but keep pushing forward and you will get there. 

If you haven’t yet done so, I hope that this encourages you to set some goals for the upcoming year J

Written by Buddies member, Jamieann Wells-Fletcher