BANGALORE SHG meeting report : 06 Sept , 2015
Yes , it was late ! Today we started the meeting at 10 30 , since I reached late to our usual place of meet in CUBBON PARK , BANGALORE. The always high-humidity, hot Bangalore surprisingly had a pleasant weather today ! Isn’t that why we call Bangalore a GARDEN CITY !
First we had 7 people and then people rolling in took the count to 11. Some say 11 is a good number, but it’s a bad number to co ordinate! Anything over 7 seems difficult to manage since everyone needs to get a chance to speak in a limited time!
The attendees were Avnish , Mansi , Rohit , Naman, Praveen , Jonali , Pramod , ‘Pink’ Reuben , Santhakumar, Kavish and me, Sharath. The latest addition being Jonali Das, who is from Assam and presently working in Bangalore.
I noticed one thing in the first session, being the introduction round. We have been doing the introductions since long. And everytime, every person gives a different introduction each time they introduce themself. If one could remember the important points and go by them , it would really help us to speak well without thinking much.
Btw , Just when I thought that I had forgotten about Rohith, Pramod and Avnish , they appeared like the phoenix in the SHG and reimplanted their images in our heads ! Good to see you all after a long time !!
Well ,once the introductions were over , we jumped to Extempore round. Each person would be given a topic to speak for 2 minutes. We tested ourselves on how calm and composed we can be in those 2 minutes and even think on the spot on day to day topics. Its nice to see ourself fumble for words in those two minutes and sometimes two minutes feels like an hour to some. The day you feel two minutes is too less for you to speak on any topic given to you, you can be confident of being a great orator.
Then we had a practical interviews round, where we go and speak to people about stammering! It’s a easy task, one may think but to make it a bit more special and difficult, we thought of speaking to people using our technique. Just being conscious to use the technique each time will help us a lot.
Many people cannot use the technique in front of friends and family because they may feel shy to do it or some even feel ashamed to do it. Acceptance of stammering can be really found here! The social stigma about stammering and not speaking about it in public can also be removed. And surprisingly enough, you can find another stammerer too while you go out to speak to people. (Well, the Bangalore SHG members found one of us like that )
The reactions from public may vary highly as the members told after the practical round. Some are receptive, some are not , some may sympathise , some may run away and some might even laugh at us. But believe me, many don’t think it as a problem and many even know how to react well to a stammerer.
Next there was a debate as to whether we have to have a debate round or the role playing. And not surprisingly, we chose to debate it out.
The topic selected was to whether GIVE UP THE LPG SUBSIDY scheme is helpful or not. ( More details here - http://www.givitup.in/ ) . I was happy that the debate went well with strong points from both the sides. Well , i must say that I loved the way Naman, Rohit and Avnish made up their points and put it across. A little patience would have helped us to give out the points efficiently and effectively. Although it was engrossing, we had to stop since the time was not on our side.
We then dispersed at 1 20 pm.
See ya next week !
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