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Vice President of Toastmasters speaks at WE's lounge

STAFF PHOTO: ANDREW BANTLY - Toastmasters First Vice President Balraj Arunasalam addressed the WE Toasted Toastmasters Club May 5.

Visitors and employees to WE Communications, a Lake Oswego public relations agency, were treated to an hour-long speech and Q&A session by Toastmasters First Vice President Balraj Arunasalam on Thursday, May 5.

Arunasalam, a Distinguished Toastmaster, led the conversation titled, “Lead Yourself, Lead the World” in front of a crowd of over 30 huddled in WE’s lounge.

The Colombo, Sri Lanka native used his own experience with Toastmasters, which initiated over 26 years ago, to discuss leadership, saying a daily activity of successful leaders is to “reflect and see how you impacted others, the influences you’ve made on others, then you’ve earned your day.”

WE Communications houses WE Toasted, a Toastmaster club born in 2007 that is open to the public.

“I am an example of a made leader, not a born leader,” Arunasalam said, “If you’re willing to reach out to develop yourself, the whole world is willing to help.”