Today's meeting is simply wonderful, it has taught us how to talk in public, how practice is important with a beautiful activity proposed by our fellow member Mr.Aditya.
Members attended the meeting w.r.t below pic(left to right ) are
Activity-1: We saw a great inspirational video of "Nick Vujicick" .He has no arms and no legs. He inspires a lot with his Happy Living Life. One of the greatest guy i remember every time.
Activity-2: Meeting started with National Anthem by physically challenged children.
Activity-3: We meditated for 15 minutes for knowing the importance of living in present moment. We do our best if you live in present moment rather than living in past thoughts or future expectations.
Activity-4: Our friend Aditya has been proposing an activity from past 3weeks so we finally done in this weekend, its like an experiment to make people feel good that they have spoken with confidence in presence of a public without knowing that he is addressing to a public gathering. Actually they are blindfolded in this activity. No member knows what is going to happen (except Aditya and myself).
Member is just given an instruction to prepare a sentence of around 15words which include difficult words where he would stammer a lot. He was told to stand in a remote place far from us (so much far from us in fact )and asked to utter that sentence with eyes open. We also told him that when he is confident enough in his speech with no blocks he shall clap 3 times and we actually misdirected him that this clap sound is for your brain which takes it as a signal that you are confident enough but actual thing is we wanted to know if he is properly uttering his sentence or not, so from then on whenever he utters without any blocks he claps and it is a signal for us :)Like this he repeats it till someone stops him. May be around 20-30 times :)
For first 2 minutes his eyes were open but later we closed his eyes with a cloth by interrupting in his activity and saying this would help him to concentrate on his speech rather than his outer world and we made him believe that we went far from him by talking loudly from far place so that he will be confident enough and he will be in a feeling that he is alone and he never blocks. Some more sounds were made by us intentionally to make him feel that rest of the group are busy in their own activity and left him aside. We also assured him that this is a good remote place where no one comes so even in his blindfold nothing is going to happen and he will be safe so he was busy in his activity seriously :).
When we observed him clapping for continuous times we came to know that he is confident enough so we slowly came back of him without making any sounds, we added people around us in that place for every clap time , we added some strangers (some visitors and workers in park)to our gathering and when the member was asked and told to open his eyes he was shocked seeing many people along with strangers around him but still he uttered with a great confidence.
After opening his eyes he was asked to utter again and to our surprise he was very confident enough and he never blocked at his words even before many strangers around him. (Mahipal and Santhosh have performed it one after other in this activity with blindfolded ) Kudos to Aditya for great activity !!!
Activity-5: We discussed about Bouncing technique and shown live examples in my speech where I bounce. We also discussed how it helps us to have better control on our blocks.
Activity-6: We practiced slow reading of an article of "how speech is produced from our body" by using bouncing technique whenever we found blocks in our speech. People enjoyed their slow reading activity.
Activity-7: We did breathing exercises (anulom-vilom and kapalbhati ) and discussed their importance.
Today meeting is awesome, we had a great time. We are recharged :) We signed off the meeting and wished Bye to each other at 1:30 pm.
Note: Some more pics
(1)Mahipal doing his blindfold activity
(2)The Pool side pick of Park's.
(3) Santhosh doing his blindfold activity.
Thanks for your time. Have a nice week :)
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