Speak like everyone is listening
Hands sweating, throat choking, legs shaking. I was standing at the end of the room, mic attached to my shirt, as I heard the master of ceremony call my name: ‘Next speaker: Saby Sengupta!’
I walked towards the stage. Loud applause, cheers, whistles. I shook hands with the MC before he left. Now I was all alone on the big stage. The 400 people in the crowd went silent.
This was my moment. I was about to give a speech evaluation in the European finals of the Spring 2015 Toastmasters Contest in Porto, Lisbon.
This was my moment. Finally I could put my months of practise and preparation to action.
This was a most nerve wrecking moment. Little did I know it would turn into one of my happiest.
As a closing line, I decided to speak my truth: “in public speaking, if you do not yet have the gift of gab, you need the gift of guru”
Later that evening the MC again announced my name: “And the winner is….!” And that closing line became my reflection.
Now I ask myself what kept me going on stage, despite the nerves and the pressure. My answer is simple: guidance and connection. Guidance came from my mentors who helped and motivated me. Connection was build through energy between the audience and me. That is all you need to light up the stage, and speak like everybody’s listening.
Want to hear more from Saby
TEDx Art of Networking 2017
A mesmerizing master storyteller by nature, Sabyasachi captures the audience with his amazing speaking skills. Popularly known as Saby, he is a reputed and experienced TEDx speaker in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Europe. Bagging several public speaking awards at Toastmasters European and Dutch contests, Saby helps guide executives, corporates, and students shape their stories and presentations. His tailor-made programs help them develop excellent speaking skills, a connect with the audience, and the ability to express themselves effectively. Saby focuses on three key aspects of communication in public speaking: 1. How to capture the attention of the audience 2. How to structure one’s thoughts into a logical form 3. How to verbalize those thoughts with confidence His main objective of …. is to assist the participants in being able to express their complex and critical thinking with simplicity, using relatable stories and helping them create a powerful impact. Saby’s speeches have been well-received in more than 10 countries across 3 continents. His signature keynote speeches include topics such as diversity, networking, and finding your voice. He believes that speaking is like ballet; you need to prepare, practice, and perform with confidence and grace. Dance like everyone is watching and speak like everyone is listening!
Member since 2010
TEDx Manipal University 2017
TEDx Colomiers coach 2018
Member of RCAI since 2016
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Awards and Recognitions
1st Prize in Europe 2015
2nd Prize in Europe 2018
1st Prize in the Netherlands 2018
2nd prize in Europe 2014
1st prize the Netherlands 2015
1st prize the netherlands 2014
2nd Prize in Europe 2017
1st Prize in the Netherlands 2017
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