This week’s Faces of Four highlights our favorite blogger Alyssa Ng! Every week she spotlights various district members. This time, let’s take a moment to get to know our District 4 Press Secretary.
Tell us a little about your Toastmasters career (e.g. How long have you been with the organization, what clubs do you belong to, what made you join, etc.).
My Toastmasters journey began a little over two years ago. I was browsing through my company’s social intranet and clicked on a link about a public speaking and leadership club called Toastmasters. After calling the President at the time, Maik Pietsch, I decided to visit the club. A few meetings later, I ran for secretary during the 2014-2015 term, and that’s where it all began! I belong to First Republic Toastmasters and just finished my President’s term a few months ago. I’m now happy to be District 4’s Press Secretary.
How has Toastmasters helped you in your professional career?
Toastmasters has given me tremendous opportunities to succeed in the workplace. From my time practicing in our club, I’ve been able to transfer those skills in the workplace by giving presentations in front of our CEO and Bank leadership team. I’m no longer afraid to speak up to give a poised and confident presentation!
What is the best public speaking advice you’ve ever received?
“Know your audience, and remember, the audience has no idea what you’re about to say!”
It’s always a good idea to research who you’ll be presenting to so you can find ways to connect with your audience. I also find comfort knowing that if I ever forget a rehearsed line in my speech, nobody will know! You just have to feel comfortable talking table topics (or impromptu speaking) style, and you’ll still be able to give a great presentation.
What has surprised you the most about yourself since you joined Toastmasters?
I’m surprised by my courage to lead a successful club. When I was younger, I ran for Vice President of my elementary school leadership board (I lost, by the way). Since then, I never had the courage to be the President–until last year that is. It was the single best decision of my life and for my career and personal growth.
What are your interests and hobbies outside of Toastmasters?
I am very passionate about advocating for mental health awareness and competing in sprint triathlons. I hope to complete an olympic distance triathlon in the next year or two. I also love traveling and eating a good pizza!
Describe your perfect meal.
Speaking of food…my perfect meal is at my favorite Japanese restaurant. I love sushi! The perfect meal is salmon sashimi and a few delectable sushi rolls ranging from caterpillar roll to cherry blossom roll shared with a loved one.
What is a fun fact most people don’t know about you?
A fun fact about me? I haven’t chewed gum since the 6th grade! It hurts my jaw, so I prefer altoid minis.
Bonus – Check our Alyssa’s recent recap of the District Executive Council meeting.
What questions do you have for Alyssa? Now’s your chance. Leave a comment below!