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An engaging TMOD theme titled “My First Days”

Some personal stories are universal – everyone can relate to them. TMOD sessions present a great opportunity to share them. Here is a TMOD theme idea by TM Karan from Bengaluru that draws upon this idea wonderfully. Have a look.

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MY FIRST DAYS

I clearly remember my first day on this earth, cute as a puppy, sleeping in the arms of my mother. And (after a pause) if I continued any more along this line, all of you would call me a fraud. Obviously no one remembers there first day on earth. Frankly, I don’t even remember my first day in school, it was such a long time back and I was a dumb kid.

But I do remember my first day in college. My sister who joined college three years before me made college look so cool. College, in my mind was the ticket to a trendy life, one where rocking things seemed to happen all the time. For my first day in college, I had chosen my attire two days back. I couldn’t sleep the night before and got ready so early that my mother turned nervous. Once inside the college, I checked out every corner of the campus like I was in Disney Land. I spent 15 minutes in the library – voluntarily. But my absolute favorite spot was the cafeteria. Tables buzzing with conversations, faces lit with smile and plates brimming with delicious fast food – I was in heaven.

My college craze continued for about a month after which things started normalizing. But that first day is still vivid in my memory, like a fresh coat of paint. Our first day in any new setting or environment is always memorable – heart pounding, nerves crazy and stomach giddy. I will walk you through a few more first days from my life. But for now, it’s time to help our guests for whom it’s their first day in Toastmasters. For their benefit, let me explain how a Toastmasters meeting functions.

Every Toastmasters meeting is divided into three parts. The first part is the Prepared Speech section where our members prepare a 5 to 7 minute speech in advance, get it mentored and deliver the same. The second part is the fun and exciting Table Topic Session where anyone can speak for 1 to 2 minutes on a topic given by our Table Topic Master. And the last part is the evaluation session where our General Evaluator will give a comprehensive report on the entire meeting. Let me invite our General Evaluator for the day TM Name.

Once the GE is done explaining his role, invite the Prepared Speakers. After this session, continue with the theme as under.

If the first day in college was exciting, the first day in my job was equally nerve-racking. I had still readied my attire the day before and I was still unable to sleep the night before. However, the sensation was diametrically opposite. I kept questioning myself – would I be able to deliver on the task I was assigned? Would the colleagues be friendly or see me as a threat? What if I became a subject of office politics?

Thankfully, it was all pointless. As most of you would know, your first day and the next few days in office are the most boring days. You are pretty much reviewing the office policies with hardly any real work assigned. Coworkers give you the “you are welcome but I don’t know too much about you right now” smile. There is one nervous encounter with the boss but it’s mostly empty since there is nothing to talk about. As the days passed I found myself ingrained in the office culture and things were mostly alright.

If you felt similarly in your first day at your job, here is an opportunity to revisit that in a small dose coz it’s time for our Table Topic session. Please help me welcome our Table Topic Master for the day TM Name.

Once the Table Topic session is over, continue with the theme as under.

If there was a time I felt similar to my first day in college, only ten times more nerving, it was the first day I met my girlfriend. Naturally back then, I did not know she would eventually become my girlfriend. Blushing face coupled with amplified politeness and mannerisms borrowed from Barrack Obama, my stomach did a flip every time she just smiled. I don’t remember the conversations because frankly they weren’t worth remembering. But I imagine they must be the same awkward small talk we have when we meet someone new – “What are your hobbies?”, “which school did you go to?” “What do you want to become?” etc. It was approximately 5 months later that I officially renamed her number in my mobile as “Cupid” And like all first loves in the history of mankind, it did not work out too.

Recalling this story has brought some memories to my mind. I think it’s time to do some stalking on Facebook. While I do that, let’s have the General Evaluator on stage to present his report. Please put your hands together for the GE TM Name.

Once the evaluation session is over, conclude the theme as under.

There is one more first day story from my diary that suits this occasion absolutely – my first day in Toastmasters. I had read and heard a lot about Toastmasters – how it helped you overcome your fear of public speaking and learn leadership skills. My stage fright bordered on psychotic levels. Before arriving at the venue, I had confirmed with the than VP Membership twice that I would not be asked to speak on my first day. And just to be sure, when I entered the venue, I cross confirmed it with two other members of the club. While I did not speak in the Table Topic session that day, no one told me that a small guest introduction was expected. Somehow, I managed to blurt out some unimportant details about myself and rushed to grab my seat. Thankfully, things are way better now, all thanks to the support and motivation of you fine members.

Do you have a first day story that is fresh in your mind – in Toastmasters or anywhere else? Let’s hear it out while the votes are being tallied. (Audience engagement here)  

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Thank you so much TM Karan for this wonderful submission. If you have a script or idea for any role in Toastmasters, do let us know here.

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