When you lay your emotions out in the open, it becomes a cathartic experience. You feel a huge burden off your shoulders. It’s still a part of you but it’s easier to breathe because you shared it with others. The beauty of showing your vulnerability in a Toastmasters’s speech is that everyone is listening to you and is affected by your experience.
Tomo Osako presented a powerful speech for Project 4 – A Dramatic Talk, of the Advanced Communicator Series. Titled “What is your Legacy?”, Tomo revealed to us the story of her father in his deathbed, the events leading up to it and what he left as his legacy.
I was touched at her courage to take us to a vulnerable part of her life. This made me think about a book I’m currently reading, Rising Strong by Brene Brown when she talked about courage.
“Courage is contagious. Rising strong changes not just you, but also the people around you.”
Not many people are bold enough to be in a vulnerable state, particularly when you’re standing in front of a crowd, some of which are strangers. Yet Tomo stood firm – even in the midst of tears, she kept her composure. I couldn’t help but cry either. In fact, I observed many others in the audience who cried with me. All of us were touched by her story in one way or another. And possibly given us the chance to ease tender emotions we’ve kept far too long inside.
In the past year, I’ve witnessed many courageous acts from fellow members who allowed us to be a part of the darkest days of their lives. It allowed me reflect on my experiences and even made me consider to take a courageous leap in revealing my vulnerable side.
The end of every Toastmaster meeting is dedicated to recognizing the Best Table Topics Speaker, Best Evaluator and the Best Speaker saved for last. It wasn’t a surprise that Tomo Osako received Best Speaker. She truly deserved this recognition.
Did you miss Tomo’s speech? If you’d like to view it, please visit our YouTube page by clicking on the link => Tomo Osako ACS Project 4 Speech
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Written by Elaine Dusetzina, VP Public Relations