Having always been very anxious growing up, public speaking was something to be avoided. However, to start my 3rd year I knew I had to develop my communication skills to get an internship. This led me to joining Ryerson Toastmasters, where I continually made progress in managing this fear of public speaking so many of us have. Eventually, by my commitment to showing up, presenting and working through the projects in our Pathways educational program I achieved my initial goal. In which I obtained a 16-month internship with Celestica; even becoming a member of their corporate Toastmasters club. Throughout my journey, I have exemplified the Toastmasters motto of “Where Leaders are Made”; as being part of Toastmasters has allowed me to positively challenge my self-perception, and rewarded my efforts with countless opportunities. As President of Ryerson Toastmasters, I seek to show others how conquering public speaking can transform their lives.
“Talking can transform minds, which can transform behaviours, which can transform institutions.”
Most people fear public speaking. I was one of them. Throughout my Toastmasters journey, I slowly transformed my mindset and developed the confidence to take on bigger challenges. I got comfortable being uncomfortable. Public speaking reshaped my mindset, igniting my confidence to pursue other ambitious endeavours. There will be people with brilliant minds, hidden talents, and outstanding potential, but the lack of self-confidence can prevent individuals from showcasing their beauty to the world. Not only should we build that confidence within ourselves, but it is our responsibility to instill that confidence in others as well. Be confident in articulating your ideas.
“Sometimes it takes a long time to learn how to play like yourself”
I firmly believe that success is measured by the ability to add value to the community around you. I realized the fact that in order to do that I need to be a good speaker first. That’s when I came across Ryerson Toastmasters which helped me develop the confidence to speak and pursue my ambitions. Also, I am an ambitious entrepreneur with a passion for exploring different cultures and creating a positive impact on the lives of people around me. My favorite things to do include swimming, cooking and travelling.
“Grasp the subject, the words will follow”
Domenic is a very hard-working, passionate individual who truly cares about his friends and family. He is an extremely competitive person from a high energy family. As a high-performance athlete, if he isn’t studying or spending time with others, he’s in the gym or on the court playing sports. Professionally he is passionate about marketing, finance, leadership and economics.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma.”
Ann was a general member at Ryerson Toastmasters in her third year. Her experience at the club has allowed her to step out of her comfort zone and combated her public speaking fear. This year, Ann continues her participation at Ryerson Toastmasters and is working as the VP of Finance. Her favourite pastimes include listening to music, working out and trying new eateries in Toronto.
“If you opt for a safe life, you will never know what it’s like to win.”
Abdulrahman Al Bochi
The Ryerson Toastmasters has been an instrumental part of my undergraduate journey ever since my second year of university and continues to aid in my self-growth, leadership, and communication skills. Public speaking has allowed me to continuously get out of my comfort zone and realize its immense potential, especially when it is coupled with exquisite delivery and a passionate message. I am excited to collaborate with the Toastmasters team in creating events that allow Ryerson students to foster enriching experiences beyond the classroom.
“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.”
Directors and Managers
Director of Digital
I have always been an individual who has been goal oriented and task focused; whether that be in my academics, my career, or my personal life. As such, I have always been focused on improving my skill set and being the best I can possibly be. I have learned that one of the best skills an individual can foster is the ability to confidently and effectively express themselves through public speaking. Through toastmasters, I have realized the importance of communication in order to realize my goals in all aspects. Through Toastmasters and public speaking, my goals of lifelong learning can be realized through utilizing a skill that is nearly essential to every aspect of our lives.
“In our global, networked economy, you can’t allow your social capital to lie dormant. Reinvest”
Director of Marketing
I was always passionate about public speaking and enjoyed doing presentations in front of audiences. I came across Ryerson Toastmasters and saw how perfect this opportunity would be. Not only would it help my communication skills for future job settings or professional interactions, but it would be a great way to improve my skills and obtain useful feedback. As I have chosen the marketing major and a professional communication minor, this club is especially important in encouraging me to “break out of my shell” and try new public speaking experiences. Public speaking is an important skill that requires hard work and dedication and being in this club has helped me learn not only these qualities but others including leadership and organization.
“Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.”
Social Media Manager
I used to have difficulty with public speaking due to the fear of making mistakes in-front of an audience. During high-school, I participated in a variety of performance art- performances and I learned to be okay with making mistakes. I knew I wanted to take my new found confidence and join Ryerson Toastmasters to learn how to speak with confidence, making clear, sound and concise presentations.
“Too many people spend too much time trying to perfect something before they actually do it. Instead of waiting for perfection, run with what you go, and fix it along the way…”
Growing up, I was shy, always finding myself fearing in-class presentations and having trouble initiating conversations with new peers. As I grew older, I realized my shyness and introversion had become a hindrance to my success, and that it was time to get out of my comfort zone. This realization led me to join Ryerson Toastmasters. For me, Toastmasters is a gateway to not only foster my self-confidence but my personal and career growth as well. I hope to help others like me overcome their fear of public speaking and bring out their inner leader. Remember it’s at Toastmasters “Where Leaders are Made”!
“It’s all right to have butterflies in your stomach. Just get them to fly in formation.”
As a shy, extremely introverted child, one of my biggest and most persistent fears growing up was public speaking. However, through practice and hard work, I slowly came out of my shell and began to realize the significance of public speaking, how it could be a wonderful channel to communicate ideas rather than a scary obstacle. My learning in this regard is far from over – that’s why I joined Ryerson Toastmasters. Moreover, I would like to help my peers, who may be in the same situation that I was in, transform public speaking from being a hurdle into a tool that can help them express themselves. After all, as the saying goes, you are only as smart as what you are able to communicate.
“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.”
Sandeep has worked with the Ryerson Toastmasters ever since his second year at Ryerson University. The student group transformed his perspective on self-development and the significance of possessing a growth mindset. Sandeep worked as Education Associate, VP of Education, and finally in his last year of university, as President of the Ryerson Toastmasters. Sandeep now ventures onward to law school and one day dreams of working for the Magic Circle across the pond in the UK.
“Strive to be comfortable in the uncomfortable”
Senior Advisor and Web Designer
If you made it to the bottom of the page then I congratulate you on your patience. We have a lot of team members so you must be really interested in the club. I bet if you check out a meeting you’ll love it. No pressure, but I like my odds. If you actually are interested in my bio then I’ll just say that I do websites and podcasts (Shameless plug: http://www.standardhumans.com/)