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Toastmasters for developing communication and leadership skills


Nashik: Toastmasters International which is a non-profit organisation and world leader in communication and leadership development recently started operating in Nashik. The main aim of this organisation is to improve speaking and leadership skills of their members.

An introductory programme was organised on Saturday at Symbiosis Institute of Operations Management, informed by Toastmasters District 98 officers from Pune Division, P Director Umesh Agashe and Area P4 Director Himanshu Inamdar in a press conference here on Saturday.

They further said, “the world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate.”

Toastmasters International headquartered in Denver, Colorado which empowers its members to.be better communicators and leaders. It operates through. 16,600 clubs in 143 countries with more than 3,57,000 members.

Toastmasters enhances its members by regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals. In a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech.

During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback-and accept it. Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership.

Toastmasters is dedicated towards helping members achieve their goals and gain confidence. Members get to practise communication and leadership skills in a safe and supportive environment.

The club mission of every Toastmasters club is ‘We provide a supportive & positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication & leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence & personal growth.’

Meetings are conducted in clubs where members give prepared speeches with certain objectives. Those speeches are evaluated by other members based on those objectives. All aspects of a meeting, including language, general conduct of the meeting, filler words used by speakers, etc are evaluated by different role-players as they are called.

There is also a section on impromptu speaking called Table Topics conducted in every meeting where members can practise thinking on the spot and giving speeches without preparation.

Nashik is part of District 98 of Toastmasters International which covers the stales of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Goa.
The Toastmasters brand is well-established in the city of Pune with nearly 80 clubs and has benefited people from all walks of life, particularly students and professionals.

They are looking to do the same for Nashik. They will be explaining the benefits of the program and conducting a Q&A session as well. In addition this, they will also be explaining how to start new Toastmasters clubs for educational institutes, companies, and open community clubs as well.

Toastmasters Club of Nashik’president is Vivek Kumar Ray and Vice President Education Aditi Mishal will be representing the club here.


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