Toastmasters Club Members Share Life Experiences

Mr. Ken Agutu shares his experiences.

The hall was teeming with members of the Toastmasters Club who had gathered at JKUAT for the Hadithi Zetu, 2nd edition forum on June 30, 2023.

The JKUAT Toastmasters Club is meant to give the young talented minds a platform to harness their skills and gain confidence in the art of public speaking.

“Public speaking is like a baby; easy to conceive and hard to deliver,” were the sentiments of Mr. Ken Agutu, the outgoing president of toastmasters Kisumu.

Speaking during the event he graced as the chief guest, Mr. Agutu encouraged students to actively participate in public speaking.

He told students that their success depends on their fellow students and the society and they should let people write their stories. He asked them to take the initiative to act on their ideas.

Venessa Njoroge, an engineering student at JKUAT spoke on the hurdles she had to overcome as she tried to figure out her career path. Like most teenagers, she too was in turmoil when it came to selecting a Bachelor’s degree to pursue. She was at a crossroad, caught between a degree she was passionate about and one with a prestigious name and status, she chose the latter.

As she got admitted to pursue a degree course she was not passionate about, it left her devastated thus fell into clinical depression. The Toastmasters club played a great role in her mental health journey, as she found great comfort in socializing with its members through public speaking. She has since become a great advocate of students selecting courses they are passionate about.

“The Toastmasters Club came at an opportune time in my time at JKUAT. It helped me optimize on my spare time. Through quiz nights and testimonial Tuesdays, it molded me into the great speaker I am today.” Sylvia Chebet, a graduate in Telecommunication and Information Engineering, emphasized.

“The Club which has been functional for the past three years, annually holds a symposium where the club associates get a chance to share their encounters and milestones.” Caroline Waweru, the Club’s President explained.

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As every speaker took to the stage, they shared stories of hope, academic dilemma and their journey of self-discovery. Words flowed from one speaker to the other, leaving everyone in wonderment of the students’ vast experiences.

Najel Otieno told the story of hope once lost.  A young talented footballer who from the age of 10 years knew he wanted to be one of the bigwigs in football. His life’s mission and vision were one and the same: to play alongside the greats!

However, his dream was deferred abruptly as he had to undergo a complete hip replacement after an ailment making it impossible for him to play football.

Despite the diversity of stories and speakers, they had one thing in common:  A call to action for people to feel the fear and do it anyway by embracing every opportunity, leaving no room for regret.

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