Toastmaster Speech 9 – Persuade with Power

Today, I delivered my Project 9 Speech and won the Best Speaker Award for the session.

As for Project 9 Executive Summary, the ability to persuade people – getting them to understand, accept and act upon our ideas – is a valuable skill. Our listeners will mor elikely be persuaded if they perceive us as credible, if we use logic and emotion in our appeal, if we carefully structure our speech and if we appeal to their interests. Strcitly, avoid using notes because they may cause listeners to doubt our sincerity, knowledge and conviction.

  1. Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action.
  2. Appeal to the audience’s interests.
  3. Use logic and emotion to support your position.
  4. Avoid using notes.

The general types of persuasion are: Inspire, Convince and Call them to action. I choose to opt for the last type because I felt comfortable in discussing about my community work and honestly speaking, it was easy and natural to me.

One of the feedbacks, I got is to work on my voice modulation a little bit more and to get my speeches recorded. I am planning to do so from my P10 speech and I will share all the videos over my blog from next time 🙂

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Will you Help us?

[Showed the poster of a small village school saying “We cannot afford Microsoft Windows, a laptop or even a Personal Computer, Can You Help us?]
They can neither buy licensed software nor afford to sustain expertise to teach computers in their schools.
But You Can ! And I earnestly call upon you to do so.

Dear Toastmasters and Guests, today I am going to talk about a project called “Free Software Movement Karnataka (FSMK)”.
This project is doing a yeoman service in ensuring the usage of free softwares and providing computer education in community and government schools.

Free Software is a matter of freedom, not cost. It is a matter of liberty, not price. The word `free’ in Free Software has a similar meaning as in free speech, free people and free country and should not be confused with its other meaning associated with zero-cost. Think of Free Software as software which is free of encumbrances. Think of it as delete: insert: swatantra software.

In many parts of India, we don’t have necessary infrastructure to educate children. So, forget about India as IT super-power or India Shining tags! Governments consider these investments as huge economic burdens. They don’t see any point in educating these kids with the latest technology. And we say, this is where the action is!!!

Computer Education for a kid born in a poor family is still a pipe dream.
So friends here is your chance to utilize your expertise and take your knowledge from cubicles to open communities by joining hands with FSMK.

How can you help?
Donate your old laptop or PC. Volunteer your time by registering as a FSF India Volunteer. Your generous donations will provide them with necessary hardwares. Volunteering your time will help train their teachers to create a conducive environment in their school.

You may ask what is the guarantee that my donations are well spent?
It is a very valid question! A project like this has to be run by trustworthy, effective and efficient people. FSMK is a non-profit organization committed to advocating, promoting and propagating the use and development of swatantra software in Karnataka. We regard non-free software as a problem to be solved, not as a solution to any problem. The Free Software Foundation of India (FSF India), the official Indian affiliate of the FSF, was formally inaugurated by Richard Stallman at the
Freedom First! Conference at Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala on 20 July 2001. Richard M. Stallman, a celebrated programmer, an accomplished hacker and founder of GNU Project, then working at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, left to pursue the Free Software Movement in 1984, inspired by the ideals of American independence: freedom, community and voluntary co-operation, which leads to free enterprise, free speech and free software.

On what basis do they select the communities for sponsorship?
These are the ones which are government schools; they belong to the poorest sections of society; their parents of the students are illiterate; they come from communities where deplorable practices like child labor, early marriage etc. are prevalent.

Will you come to know about the community you are donating to?
Yes. You can personally visit the establishments at any moment of time. Ambedkar Computer Community Center, where I work, is right opposite to your office at Tilak Nagar

Every moment, millions of underprivileged children are living with the hope that someday, someone would reach out to them with love to fulfill their dreams and aspirations.

Fellow Toastmasters and Guests, each one of you can be that special someone? Support Free Software Movement just at the price of your favorite pass-time or even without spending a single penny from your pocket!!!

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