Nirmala Lilly, DTM

Member Spotlight: Destined to be Distinguished

Nirmala Lilly, DTM

Journey began in 2006

My Club

Kerala Toastmasters
Club Number:
Kochi, KER, India, District: 92
Meeting Time:
Thursday 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

“Toastmasters was and is the medicine for my weakness as far as articulation is concerned.”

Journey Highlights:

  • Strong mentors guided me; without their evaluation and encouragement I would not have been successful.
  • I have grown every year, from CC to DTM, from club president to lieutenant governor marketing. At one point, I was a member of five clubs.
  • I participated in all the contests, progressing to the area level of the International Speech Contest and the division level of the Humorous Speech Contest

I am the CEO and owner of Infinity Hospitality Services, a firm that focuses on tourism, consultancy and training in India and internationally. I’m also a member of the Institute of Directors [a nonprofit association] and a managing committee member for many businesses and organizations in Kerala.

It took two years for me to join Toastmasters; I was petrified to stand in front of an audience. But because of the sheer persuasion of fellow members, I joined. Once I did, it was like a duck to water, there was no looking back. I was pretty confident that I would become a better communicator and leader and would shine in the corporate world.

Although I worked with Taj Group of Hotels for 18 years, because of my poor communication skills, I could not reach higher positions. My Toastmasters experience made a huge impact and I gained confidence in speaking and interacting with my higher-ups. Toastmasters was and is the medicine for my weakness as far as articulation is concerned. It gives me the courage to quit and get better jobs, better positions and better [salary] packages and, of course, recognition.  

After I completed my Competent Communicator manual, I tried to understand the various roles and leadership positions. I participated in all contests and received accolades as well. I realized it was a wonderful opportunity for anyone and wanted to spread the good message of Toastmasters as much as possible.

Toastmasters taught me that “you learn best practices by doing.” This leadership experience helped me immensely in my professional life.