Lessons learnt from World Champion Public Speaking 2015 Runner-up DTM Aditya Maheswaran


In the past four years as a Toastmaster, I have had the opportunity to listen to some of the greatest speakers of all time. A few weeks back, I was a part of a Toastmasters Division level conference. We had around 700 registrations for the event that included 20 humorous speech contestants and 20 evaluation contestants. The icing on the cake was the keynote by DTM Aditya Maheswaran who was the 1st runner up at World Championship Public Speaking 2015 that was held at Las Vegas.

In most of the events, the keynote sessions are talks given by eminent speakers about the topics that are close to their heart followed by a few questions from the audience. But here we were in for a surprise. He asked us to shoot questions and assured us that he will answer each question from his experiences and learnings.

DTM Aditya Maheswaran - Keynote

DTM Aditya Maheswaran – Keynote


Let me share a few questions and his responses to the same.

Q : What is the one thing that should be included in my speech to make it world class? What makes that difference between a good speech and world winning speech?

A : Its really very simple. Always concentrate on what message you want to drive home and what impact your speech must create in the minds of the audience. If you have figured that out clearly in your speech, the rest is easy.

Think of what you can leave the audience with rather than what you can should include to make your speech better.

Q : How do I become better at Toastmasters?

A : Toastmasters is an amazing platform where in whatever you do here will make your life better everywhere. This helps you to become greater at work, life and much more.

Q : When I give a bad speech, I get disappointed and become very reluctant towards giving my next speech. How do I overcome that?

A. The only place where you can fail and fail successfully is at Toastmasters.

The only time you need to feel bad is when you feel you have not given your 100%

Q : How can I make the most of being in Toastmasters? 

A. Let me ask you a question. I take everyone of you to a beach and ask you to bring water from the sea to me, how much of water can you bring?

(Random answers : 1 litre, 2 litres, 10 litres etc )

The amount of water that you are capable of bringing back from the sea totally depends on what you carry along with you to fetch the water. It can be a small glass, a large jug, a bottle or a bucket and depending on that, your quantities vary.

Similarly how much you can take back from Toastmasters depends on what vessel you bring along to take that.


It was one amazing session where words of wisdom were shared in abundance and I am sure every Toastmaster would have thought about his first step into Toastmasters and how it has been fruitful ever since.

Coimbatore Toastmasters with Aditya Maheswaran

Coimbatore Toastmasters with Aditya Maheswaran


DTM Aditya Maheswaran, World No : 2 of Public Speaking 2015 would be here with us @ Coimbatore Toastmasters for the very first time on November 14, 2015

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Emergence 2015 @ Coimbatore – August 1, 2015


Its been almost four years since I became a Toastmaster and the journey has been amazing so far. Thanks to the awesome people who I make friends with and work together, the ones who mentor me on my strengths and weakness and every new Toastmasters who walk in to the club with something to share.

For the first time, we are having an Officers Training Program and Emergence 2015 @ Coimbatore. The best part is it is not just for Coimbatore but it is for Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai, Salem and Virudhunagar.


Its an excellent initiative from the District 82 to extend their support and mentoring to the remote clubs and we have grabbed it with all our hands. We have District officers coming in from Chennai, trained Trainers who will take us through the roles and responsibilities of the office bearers.

Coimbatore is known for its hospitality, weather, water, Mysurpa ( I can add on ) but very soon, it will also be known for Toastmasters movement helping people become better leaders and communicators.

We cordially invite all the Toastmasters to experience Coimbatore, learn, share and network with the like minded folks around because at Toastmasters, you will find the chosen few destined to be your friends or partners in crime. There are so many examples.

So what do we have in store?

  • Officers Training Program
  • Judges Training Program
  • Contest Management
  • Tips to become a better Humorous Speaker
  • How to Evaluate like a pro
  • Club Success Plan
  • How to start a new club

Also inviting my co Area Directors from Division G – TM Sunil Baffna, TM Lavanya Adapala, TM Jerald, TM Vejey Subash and our beloved Division Director of Division G TM Vikram Nagaraj.

Also gracing the event is TM Pravin Mani, Division Director of Division D. Special welcome to Toastmasters Leadership Institute’s chair – DTM Guruprasad. Also a big battalion of Toastmasters from our very own Trichy headed by the Area Director TM Mythily Ramanan. Trichy is making waves in Toastmastering currently.

And drumrolls please – Presenting to you the youngest ever District Director of Toastmasters International – District 82 Director DTM Sastharam Ravendran.

Venue :  PSG Institute of Management

Time : 8.00 am onwards to 4.30 p.m

For more information, contact Agilan – OTP Chair @ 9942380787


Snapshots from 100th Coimbatore Toastmasters Meeting


100 is  a Special Number. Be it Sachin’s century or someone blessing you for a happy life of 100 years – 100 is awesome. We at Coimbatore Toastmasters Club were awaiting this milestone meeting for weeks together and it was certainly a great start for the Year. Here let’s go through the tit bits of the Meeting.

Coimbatore Toastmasters Welcomes you

Coimbatore Toastmasters Welcomes you

Before the Start of the Meeting

Before the Start of the Meeting

The Venue was the Conference Hall in Hotel Annalakshmi – in the heart of the city. The Chief Guest of the Meeting was Shri Shankar Vanavarayar, JC of Kumaraguru College of Technology and the Guest of Honor was Mr.Ramaswamy Nandagopal, Director of PSG Institute of Management.

Practice leads to perfection. Toastmasters of the Day

Practice leads to perfection. Toastmasters of the Day

Sergeant @ Arms Tm Nivetha welcomed the audience with warm thoughts on the milestone meeting and introduced the President TM Sundaresan to deliver his Presidential Address. He welcomed the guests and toastmasters and gave a brief idea about what Toastmasters was all about and how special is Coimbatore Toastmasters Club being the only club in the cotton city.

A Packed House with people from all walks of life

A Packed House with people from all walks of life

Sergeant @ Arms - TM Nivetha

Sergeant @ Arms – TM Nivetha

Presidential Address by TM Sundaresan

Presidential Address by TM Sundaresan

He passed on the control to TM Shantanu and TM Neethu, the Toastmasters for the evening. They helmed the meeting from start till the end with pleasing smiles and made sure the hall was entertained with their simple yet effective humor. Loved the way they introduced the role takers and Speakers especially TM Veerappan.

Toastmasters of the Day -TM Shantanu and TM Neethu

Toastmasters of the Day -TM Shantanu and TM Neethu

Seasoned Toastmaster TM Nassar was the General Evaluator of the Day and he made the audience comfortable with the roles of the tag team and himself.

TM Nassar - General Evaluator

TM Nassar – General Evaluator

TM Anmol took his ACS P1 from Special Occasion Speeches Manual and what a fitting toast to Entrepreneurship as he is personally stepping into his fourth year in Entrepreneurship.

TM Anmol - ACS P1

TM Anmol – ACS P1

TM Nivetha completed her Competent Communicator with an inspiring speech on Prevention of Killer Disease Cancer and she clearly emphasized the vital points with examples and a personal story.

TM Nivetha - CC P10

TM Nivetha – CC P10

TM Sandheep was the Table Topics Master of the Day and he surprised everyone by inviting the Chief Guest of the day Shri Shankar Vanavarayar for a table topic which he aced with ease.

Table Topics Master - TM Sandheep

Table Topics Master – TM Sandheep

The next was the evaluation which was taken care of by the General Evaluator TM ACB Nassar. The individual evaluators were TM ACB Sivakumar Palaniappan and TM CC Sundaresan for TM Nivetha and TM Anmol respectively.

TM Sameer - Timer for the day

TM Sameer – Timer for the day

TM Guna - Ah Counter

TM Guna – Ah Counter

TM Deepika - Grammarian

TM Deepika – Grammarian

Shri Shankar Vanavarayar addressing our audience

Shri Shankar Vanavarayar addressing our audience

The evaluation was followed by the Chief guest’s address and Coimbatore Toastmasters was fortunate to listen to one of the most inspiring persons from Coimbatore – Shri Shankar Vanavarayar. This address added a whole lot of value to the magnanimity of the Meeting and it was interesting to hear the personal experiences of the Chief guest that was related to Public Speaking.

Newsletter Unveiling by the Chief Guest

Newsletter Unveiling by the Chief Guest

TM Harish had done a splendid job with the Newsletter by collecting our thoughts and shaping them into a compact yet powerful newsletter. He has also promised a monthly newsletter from January 2014.

Founder President TM ACB Sivakumar sharing his Toastmasters Journey

Founder President TM ACB Sivakumar Palaniappan sharing his Toastmasters Journey

Tm ACB Sivakumar Palaniappan shared his personal experiences with Toastmasters and how it shaped him to become a better speaker and a leader.

New Members' Induction to the Club

New Members’ Induction to the Club

We had five new members inducted into the Club on the 100th Meeting and it was a great moment for them being inducted amidst the icons of Coimbatore.

Congratulating the Outgoing Ex-Comm by TM ACB Sivakumar Palaniappan

Congratulating the Outgoing Ex-Comm by TM ACB Sivakumar Palaniappan

Now comes the moment which everyone is waiting for – the new team which is going to take Coimbatore Toastmasters Club to greater heights this term.

The New Ex-Comm Team

The New Ex-Comm Team

From left to right : TM Naren ( Sergeant @ Arms), TM ACB Nassar ( Treasurer), TM Sarveshwaran ( Secretary), TM Rajeesh ( VP – PR), TM Gopal ( VP – Membership),  TM Nivetha ( VP – Education) and wait for it TM Sandheep ( The President of CTC)

Taking the Oath

Taking the Oath

Ex-Comm with the Chief Guest

Ex-Comm with the Chief Guest

We were about to take a group click with all our Toastmaster friends  when we found someone missing – TM Gopal VP Membership had already started performing his duties with the 66 Guests we had on the Meeting Day

TM Gopal - Most Wanted

TM Gopal – Most Wanted

Coimbatore Toastmasters Club

The Coimbatore Toastmasters Club

Smiles Smiles Smiles everywhere

Smiles Smiles Smiles everywhere

Thus the story of the 100 th Meeting comes to an end and the Toastmasters and the Guests who graced the meeting lived happily ever after 🙂