Saturday, July 3, 2010

A 2-year Toastmaster Journey

Oh dear! I had forgotten to mention that just two days ago, i had achieved a certain milestone in my Toastmasters journey. I have been a Toastmaster for two whole years. Looking back, I had achieved much – after all I did a total of 43 speeches and I had achieved the ACG and CL recognitions in the process. I had chartered a club and I am an active member in four clubs. But the journey continues because there are other challenges I wish to accomplish. I am grateful to be introduced to Toastmasters – special thanks to Lee Wei Seong – because it affords me a platform to learn and improve my public speaking. I recognize that I am more of a writer (that’s why I blog!) than a speaker but my involvement with Toastmasters has ‘magically transformed’ me into a good speaker – at least I hope so! Now I wish to work hard to become a ‘great’ speaker! Additionally, being a Toastmaster builds my self-confidence – many people simply cannot believe the fact that I am really a very private person. And I am intensely quiet. I can go on for days without speaking – of course, my present job disallows it – but, it’s true! Today, I daresay I speak more assuredly, more boldly, and more confidently.


In the Uruguay-Ghana match, it was the Black Stars who scored the opening goal when Sulley Muntari struck a long-range opener (45+2), while the impressive Diego Forlan equalised for the former with a free-kick (55).

But it was in the last dying minute of the game that got everyone on their seats! Uruguay’s Luis Suarez was sent off for saving Dominic Adiyiah’s header on the line with his fist, and Asamoah Gyan who had the opportunity to finish the game off by handing Ghana a well-earned victory, hit the crossbar instead. Then came the shoot-out and heartbreak for Ghana when Uruguay triumphed 4-2.

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