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My Ice breaker speech ~ Toast Master

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This is a somewhat written format of my ice breaker speech at ice breaker at WWT Toastmaster – July 7, 2015

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Fellow Toastmasters -

Hello toast masters. Before I begin, i want to pose a question to you. How much does a polar bear weigh? Any guesses – well just enough to break the ice. Today i want to tell you a little about myself and how i ended here here. My name is Ram Wagle and I am originally from the himalayan country nepal.

 

Let me start with my childhood. I had one of the most adventurous childhood of anyone i have met. by anyone’s standards. When i think about it now, i wonder how i survived just with a dozen minor OTs and sticches, couple of torn ligaments, 3 broken bones, 4-5 collapses but never full day in hospital. Growing up in nepal under virtually no supervision was one of the most fun and wild things i have ever done. My family used to own our own business and my parents used to be busy pretty much the entire year. Which left me lot of time of my own to explore the world with my friends. however the fun didn’t last that long and i was a boarder student starting grade 4. although really busy at work, my father was a big admirer of great educational institute – although he never completed his high school, he always dreamt of sending me to one of the best in the nation. Well At aged 10 – i went to appear for the qualification exam to get enrolled as one of the 40 students out of more than 2000 vying for that coverted role. I got lucky and got into the program and i till to this date credit all my education, understanding, my belieft to what i learnt from that great institution. It was a world of its own with so much freedom and all my wild exploring insticts were converted to either sports or other creative aspects of schooling. I never had a dull day at school which might sound surprising but i would always find something to do.

 

my school boast being one of the most creative schools in nation and at age 10 we were building model ships vikings used to explore the world  or whatever the viking loved doing and we were building teh model of great egyptians pyramids to the finest detals and exploring our solar system and milky way galaxy during evernings. It was a privilege to be exposed to such infrastructure and open creative culture in a place like nepal where the literacy rate is still under 70% and more than half the student don’t graduate high school. and that single fact keeps me grounded to till day and i appreciate how fortunate and privilege i have been throughtout my life.

 

During my final 2 years of high school, i was thinking more about what i would do with my life. I had no clue but I have always wanted to be involved into creative stuff and be around creative people. In nepal, when you end your high school the best students go 2 route – one being a doctor and one being an engineer. In my class of 36 in highschool, 29 went on to become docs and rest of 7 ended up being engineers and techincal folks. I sure ended up being the latter. So statistically i had better odds of being a doctor than anything else and i am proud i chose this route.

 

I then qualified to go to a computer engineering program in one of the best technical school in nepal and after my college ended up working in a big software company. 6 months into that role i got an opportunity to start my own company and to collaborate with a team in Austria europe. We went on creating some really cool highly innovative stuff for 3 yrs when i began to realize, i would need more formal management and business lesson to really grow as a leader and succed. i came to us in 2009 and went to virginia tech for my masters. i got a job a day before i graduated and started as a technology consultant. i went on to became a project and program manager and worked for almost 4 yrs working with some of the fortune 50 companies. . last october my wife got a job in washington university st louis and I felt like we could grow our roots here in this great mid-west city. I was looking for opportunities and WWT came my way and here i am – with the best folks in the company with the one of the best companies to work for.

Thank you all for your patience. Over to you madame toast master.

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July 8th, 2015 at 2:04 am

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