meeting. It was the excitement of hosting Mani Sir (Mr. Manimaran from Chennai,
the national coordinator of TISA) in our meetings that motivated us a little
A few of us first went to pick Mani Sir in the lodge. We
met Mani Sir and his family at the hotel, and greeted all. After that, we
headed straight to our venue- the YMCA hall, with Mani Sir. Others joined us
there in the hall.
getting to know him and him getting to know all the members. We introduced
ourselves and spoke about our professions and background.
stammering, how he landed up in self-help, then as Chennai chapter coordinator
and now as a National Coordinator, running the first full-fledged centre in
and the causes, and the three wrong things we (the PWS) do while speaking-
Not enough air in the lungs before speaking
Quick thought process than normal
with all the above three mistakes we commit. This is a kind of speech therapy
exercise which can be easily done by sitting on chair. Mani Sir first
demonstrated the exercise, and then each one of us tried it. Mani Sir guided
and corrected when required. He told us how and when we should do this and
urged everybody to practice this for atleast 1 year.
us spoke about – just anything that came to our mind. For some of us, Mani Sir
asked questions and made us talk more. He also asked a few funny questions
which made it more fun. After each speech, Mani Sir gave a feedback to each one
of us, mentoring us on what we should be working on.
talking, and Mani sir would say stop. The last word that the speaker said had
to be the first word of the next speaker. This was more like an ‘antakshari’ of
speech. We had two rounds of this, and the second round was hilarious. Vikas
introduced humour with an interesting topic, which we all continued with. (Any
guesses for what the topic was??)
ended. We at Goa SHG are thankful to Mani Sir, who despite his personal visit
in Goa attended our SHG meeting and spent three hours with us. These three
hours were full of quality learning, fun and inspiring with a mentor in Mani