Faces of four is back and in full force! The first edition of 2017 highlights none other than the man behind the money. Let’s take a moment to get to know our District Finance Manager Luis Alvarado.
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.).
I have been with Toastmasters for almost four years. I have been part of 2 clubs, Stagecoach Speakers and SF Bilingual Spanish-English. The main reason that motivated me to join Toastmasters was the need to become more eloquent during conference calls at work and not being afraid to respond to impromptu questions.
Now that we’re in the New Year, what public speaking goals have you set for yourself in 2017?
For this year, I want to begin preparing myself for radio and TV interviews. I want to focus on the advanced manuals that help me improve these skills. My goal is that, with enough practice, I can be able to participate in live interviews for my work.
How has Toastmasters helped you in your professional career?
Toastmasters has helped me tremendously to become more confident and familiar with public speaking. Public speaking is an art that requires practice. It has been very rewarding for me that people at my work have noticed the improvement in these skills. It has also helped me become more familiar with feedback and most importantly to not be afraid to give feedback to my colleagues.
What is the best public speaking advice you’ve ever received?
Always speak from your heart.
People will respect you and your speech more if they can sense your honesty and passion. Always remember: be aware of your audience’s reaction and be flexible enough to adapt.
What has surprised you the most about yourself since you joined Toastmasters?
I have been able to learn so much from my fellow Toastmasters either at club gatherings or district events. I have replicated effective styles and methods that I see other people use on their speeches. Anything ranging from body movement, to delivery methods and preparation techniques. At the beginning, I thought that it was going to be hard for me to follow other people’s styles, but with time, I have become more comfortable learning from others and applying them into my own technique.
What are your interests and hobbies outside of Toastmasters?
I like to play sports, especially: basketball, soccer, and cycling. I like to play chess, sing karaoke and dance. I am happiest when I am doing outdoor activities with family and friends.
How would you describe the perfect meal?
Anything that involves Italian, Japanese or Mexican food. I really enjoy these types of food. Lots of pasta, cheese, sushi-rolls and tequila.
What is a fun fact most people don’t know about you?
I really enjoy movie films, I took film making classes back in college and even directed a few small projects.
Thank you, Luis! Please feel free to leave a comment below.