The Story Of A Wall by Ravi Yammanuru


Speech Title : The Story of a wall by Ravi Yammanuru

Toastmasters Project #3 Speech : Get to the point
Every speech must have a general and a specific purpose. A general purpose is to inform, to persuade, to entertain or to inspire. A specific purpose is what you want the audience to do after listening to your speech. Once you have estab¬lished your general and specific purposes, you'll find it easy to organize your speech. You'll also have more confidence, which makes you more convincing, enthusiastic and sincere. Of course, the better organized the speech is, the more likely it is to achieve your purpose.


  • Select a speech topic and determine its general and specific purposes.
  • Organize the speech in a manner that best achieves those purposes,
  • Ensure the beginning, body and conclusion reinforce the purposes.
  • Project sincerity and conviction and control any nervousness you may feel.
  • Strive not to use notes. 
  • Time: Five to seven minutes


Speech Opening

Everyone likes to hear stories, at least during our childhood days isn't it?? Today i'm going to tell you a story about a fictional evolution of today's most powerful weapon?? I'm sure you're going to figure out what it is in the next few minutes.

Fellow TMs and guests, a very good afternoon.


Speech Body 

Same with most of the stories, my story also begins with the same routine phrase "Long long ago", there was a farmer in a small town of a kingdom. One day this farmer fell ill and while he was about to die he called upon his 3 children Ramu, Somu and Bantu. 
He shared his 50 acres of land among Ramu and somu and a 10ft wall right in front of his house to Bantu.

One day a Swamiji came to this town. Bantu went up to him and asked "Swamiji, my father was unfair to me. He gave my brothers 50 acres of land but for me only a use-less 10 ft wall. I don't know how to use it and i'm planning to destroy it". Swamiji thought for a while and said "My dear Bantu, there is nothing like use-less in this universe, everything s got a purpose". For which Bantu asked 
"Swamiji, then can you please suggest me on how this wall can be made useful to me and to the others". Swamiji replied 
"Bantu, you first paint the wall white, go across every street and collect the news.  Then start writing it on the wall daily".

Bantu followed Swamiji's advice, initially no one cared about it. Slowly this wall started receiving attention from people. 
They started coming to this wall and read the news before starting their other r3outines for the day. Bantu went up to Swamiji and said 
"Swamiji, people are coming to the wall but what's the use for me? I'm not able to earn anything out of it". For this Swamiji replied "Bantu, Now you go to the town's market and meet all the business men there. Tell them that you're going to write good about their products. As more people are going through the wall, there more chances some of them might be interested to buy them. Once they agree, you can charge them some money". This idea was a hit. Most of the business people readily agreed for this new way of marketing and paid Bantu heavily. 

After a month, he again went up to the Swamiji and asked "Swamiji, now i want to become richest in the town. Can you please advice??" For this Swamiji thought for a while and replied " Bantu, divide the wall in to 3 portions, assign half portion of it for news, 
in the remaining half assign 1/4th of the portion for ads and divide the 1/4th space in to small chunks of blocks and allocate each block to the people to write their own messages. Charge them for their personalised use". This idea did wonder to Bantu. 

Bantu received lot of requests from People for their own blocks. He made sure to allocate the spaces to those who paid him heavily. 
 With this he became the richest. As the greed is the root of all evil, Bantu started charging people for reading the news and
reduced the news portion on the wall to increase the space for other sections for more money. Since Bantu's only interest became making money, He didn't bother about the content going on the wall. In their personalised blocks people started writing gossips about the others and ads defaming their business opponents started to appear. Eventually the wall ended up with all the filth needed. 

All these triggered disputes among the people and the kingdom started losing its peace. On seeing this king ordered a probe, held Bantu and his wall as culprits. The story ends with king ordering to destroy the wall and to seize all of the Bantu's properties.


Speech Conclusion

If we observe the story carefully it reflects the present day situation. Let me make some analogy of principle characters of the story:

Wall: Any guesses what it represents?? It's the media, the most powerful weapon. It can be Printed/Electronic and social media.

Bantu: Represents the mind of a greedy business man behind the media. 

Sage / Swamiji : Represents heart of Bantu, an abode of compassion to help the needy. 

King: Represents the governing body responsible to establish a proper framework for media.

People: Represents us. We have the responsibility on effectively using the social media with sharing the contents that are not objectionable to the others.

The goal of the people behind the media should be to report the news through the medium of money. But if the case becomes like
the goal is only making money through the medium of reporting news in which case NEWS won't be reported any longer but only doctored for the purpose of TRP ratings.

There is a Bantu inside me, you and many of us here whose hands are tied with the greed to earn more. Instead let's learn to untie it with the key of compassion to bring the spring back in the lives of the needy.


Ravi Yammanuru is a member of Ora*tors Club


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