Interview with Larissa Doyle
Larissa Doyle is a young new member who is realising her potential through Toastmasters. Larissa is growing her confidence, leadership skills, and communication style.
VPPR Melanie Suzanne Wilson interviewed member Larissa Doyle for further insight into Larissa’s experience of Toastmasters.
What do you get out of Toastmasters?
I speak about Toastmaster with so much excitement that I become a wide eyed beast frothing at the mouth. People ask me what it is all the time and I’ll tell them all the wonderful things about it. Some people aren’t even slightly interested but that’s okay, it’s not for everyone. But anyone who’s willing to get up in front of a bunch of people and do a speech would probably thoroughly enjoy it.
Toastmasters was recommended to me by someone who thought I might benefit from it, and I really have. My confidence has sky rocketed and my everyday speech is more succinct. I’ve met so many wonderful inspiring people and learnt a ton along the way. That’s why I’d recommend it to anyone wishing to improve themselves and broaden their horizons.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
What is/are your favourite…
Purple. I also like the book, the color purple by Alice Walker.
I need you – m85, I first heard it when I was watching a movie called divergent and they play it while the main character is soaring high up through the city at night on a flying fox. Ever since then I’ve wanted to do that.
Battle Hymn of the tiger mother by Amy Chau. It’s a true story by a mother who was the stereotypical “Chinese” parent.
The wall. The movie with Pink Floyd songs and strange animation.
“It should not be hard for you to stop sometimes and look into the stains of a wall or ashes of a fire, or clouds or mud or like places in which….. You may find really marvelous ideas”- Leonardo da Vinci
“life’s most persistent and urgent question is….. What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King Jr
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking” – Haruki Murakami (from one of my favourite books of his called Norwegian Wood the character who says this is an egotistical but very respected and intelligent law student named Nagasawa)
…Ice cream flavor:
Things we don’t know about you…
I have memorized the whole periodic table of elements and I used to do a lot of Fine art – painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics and photography… Still try to make time for it every now and then if I need down time.
Who would you be if you could be a…
Some sort of science fiction character with a photographic memory and ability to control technology.
I would have to be doctor House from the TV show, House.
A pelican, to glide over mountains and drop an unwanted present on the heads certain people. Or one of the queens corgis and get pampered all day.
I don’t know much about celebrities. There’s another quote I’ve found which I really like. “We should know more about basic geography than we do about the personal lives of actors.”
This interview with Larissa will also appear in the Parra Natta newsletter. Parramatta Toastmasters members and guests always get to know each other better during the journey of learning and leadership.