IBM Blue Voice Toastmasters In this complex world there are things that is still simple. The color of Diversity is one of them. Though many countries impose monolithic notions of “national unity”, there exist countries like India which has established diversity as its strength. Cultural Diversity is not evangelized blindfolded. It is equally important that people around the world know and understand that the flip side of diversity is deep division and inequalities that exists ranging from trivial basis of age, gender, sexual orientation to most malicious system of them all, the caste system. From an organization or community perspective, building cultural competence makes aRead More →

Gurgaon Toastmasters Club Guest Abhishek Guest Akansha Guest Aman TM Ashish TM Sandeep TM Sourabh TM Sudhir TT Winner Ashish Cultural diversity is integral part of life in India. In cities like Gurugram and Delhi, almost every language and culture has carved its niche. On one hand, we have heritage monuments which are historical and cultural masterpieces. Examples are Red Fort, Taj Mahal, Udaipur, Jaipur etc. On the other hand, we see technology and science deeply connected with them, for example – Jantar Mantar. It was on discussion during the table topic section in the meeting held on 26th August 2018. This day was alsoRead More →

Faridabad Toastmasters Club As Indians, we are proud of our cultural diversity and strongly believe in the slogan, “unity in diversity”. But what importance does diversity hold for a Toastmasters Club? Toastmasters is a platform which by design promotes cross-learning between individuals coming from different cultural backgrounds, different professions and different walks of life. So, diversity of club members is crucial to promote this cross-learning. We celebrated this diversity of FTMC Club members in our 240th meeting on 19th August 2018. Our toastmaster of the day, Tara, led this meeting and shared her insights on how toastmasters coming from diverse backgrounds are united by aRead More →

Elite Toastmasters http://Array Drawing parallels – Indian Cultural Diversity, and Toastmasters 29 states, 22 major languages, in 13 different scripts (over 720 dialects), multiple ethnicities, numerous festivals, and one nation: INDIA. No wonder, we can proudly state that no other country is as culturally diverse as ours. On one hand, we have festivals like Durga Puja, Christmas and Eid, the celebration of which involves months of preparation, dedication, creativity, love and faith, quite similar to the Prepared Speeches at Toastmasters. On the other hand, some festivities are to be celebrated by living in the moment, like playing Holi, akin to Table Topics Session in Toastmasters.Read More →

Delhi Toastmasters Crossing millions of years on this earth and developing as human beings we took cultures to create our lives. Cultural diversity is a sense of unity in the vast array of different perspectives. It exhibits meeting of mind even after being different from each other. This term can be destructive or constructive depending upon how the circumstances make one behave. The circumstances in Delhi Toastmasters results in celebration every week. The members of Delhi Toastmasters belongs to 13 different states and even 3 different countries altogether. In this one meeting themed as CULTURAL DIVERSITY, our purpose – Distinguished Toastmaster ABBAS AKBAR made usRead More →

Capital City Toastmasters Capital City Toastmasters club organized a great and  fun meeting on 24th August, 2018 in Himachal Bhawan, Mandi House New Delhi. It was hosted by TMOD TM Dheeraj Jain. This meeting’s objective was to find out how culturally diverse is our club. He started by explaining what is cultural diversity and how India is full of diverse people. He asked people what background they came from, not just according to their caste; but also professionally. Some are Punjabi, some were Jain etc. People are also very different professionally. We have students, people working in Big Four and businessmen. The TMOD also conductedRead More →

Participation: The event witnessed around 45 members from 6 clubs across the division which comprises of states Odisha, Jharkhand, and Bihar. The event was also attended by The Club Growth Director of District 41, TM Nimish Joseph, Division Director of Division I, Dr. Chetna Verma, Public Relations Manager of District 41, Smita Pati , Area directors of Division I, Soumojit Chowdhury, Medha Hossain, and Somali Mallick, Immediate Past President Distinguished Division Director DTM Kaushik Bhattacharya, past area directors Mitra Samal and Amarapali Pattnaik. Highlights: The distinguished club program and district awards by Nimish Joseph enabled clubs to plan and estimate how much the clubs could achieve until the end of the term. This was beneficial for the clubs as it made each club’s EC set aRead More →

A reflection of our belief. At Adobe, we believe in making work fun for the employees. The Escape FunFair 2018 was a reflection of our belief. The fair was a consort of multiple games that gathered an enormous crowd and Adobe Toastmasters Club, like always, created a bar of high socialization and made sure that employees get to know more about Toastmasters International through a unique way. Thanks to leaders from the Adobe Toastmasters Club, we were able to host two games at the fair – scrabble and tongue twisters, and we were euphoric to see employees participating in our games. Lastly, Adobe Toastmasters ClubRead More →

Lucknow Toastmasters Club Words can empower, motivate, words attract, elevate, demean, alienate, haunt and kill. Words can do all of them and none at all. Blessed with the power of wielding words, should we ask for more? We hear and speak words every day for the reason that we heavily rely on them to communicate. Because of this, words play a very important role for shaping our beliefs and perception of reality. It is estimated that the average person speaks more than 7,000 words per day. Even though we hear and speak words every day, most of us have no clue as to how powerfulRead More →

There is a strange looming urban legend associated with my time as a Vice-President Membership at Delhi One Toastmasters (DOTM) – that every member who eventually enrolled as a member during that term went through some kind of a litmus test conducted entirely at my discretion and judged solely by myself, before being considered ‘fit and proper’ to be inducted as members. (The fate of those who did not pass this notorious test, are known to this day only by the then Club President, TM Nimesh “The Beard” Bansal (CC, ALB), the then Vice-President (Education), TM Devina “The Pout” Chaturvedi (ACS, ALB) and my assistingRead More →

For a long time, the subject of dream has intrigued me personally. What are dreams really? Philosophers say, it is a projection of our own reality, and psychologists say it is our subconscious mind that builds pictures. But then, if reality is just a matter of perspectives, as they say, then why are dreams unreal? This is three years back from now. It was late night that day and I was sitting in my office cab, playing with my blackberry, and waiting for Driver Bhaiya to start the car when it’s time. Suddenly a story idea struck me. Yes, story ideas always strike me atRead More →

It seems like it was only yesterday that NEI Toastmasters Club took its first step of Toastmasters journey and now here we are completing our one full month at NEI. NEI – National Engineering Industries (CK Birla Group), is a leading bearing manufacturing company of India. Founded in 1946 and  located in the heart of Jaipur city, it is one of the biggest manufacturing companies in Jaipur with more than 2000 employees. The seed of starting a club at NEI was sown on 29th July 2017 with a demo meeting. This could happen because of persistent efforts of Division-D Director TM Sangeet Rajoria and AreaRead More →

In Steel Toastmasters Club, Jamshedpur As goes the Buddhist proverb, if you light a lantern for someone, your own path gets enlightened, and this clearly explains how Mentoring matters in our lives.  Our 168th meeting started off with the mandatory rules explained by our SAA TM Shilpi. TM Medha as the Acting President and TMOD uncovered the beautiful aspect of mentoring and how Toastmasters uses the concepts and values of mentoring in its educational program.  Giving examples from her own Toastmaster’s journey, she presented how even the mentee can turn out to be a mentor’s inspiration. The audience drafted a cumulative dos and don’ts tableRead More →

“Dreams are not that you see when you are asleep, rather dreams are the things that keep you from sleeping.” – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam We had a collective dream to set up a community toastmasters club at Ranchi, and it took us almost two years to realise our dream. It has been a journey, full of hard work, commitment, dedication and sheer thrill. The most wonderful part of this journey has been the amazing people we have met and added to our family. Even though we got officially recognised as a club last week, we had stitched together our “Club” long back. We hadRead More →

Dear Sir Ralph C. Smedley, We would like to express our gratitude and respect to the Founder of Toastmasters International in this 5th of September on the occasion of Happy Teachers Day. Even though we don’t bring your name during Toastmasters Meetings, but every time we say ‘Toastmasters’, we say Smedley. You said, “All speech is for communication, and there is no possibility of communication unless people understand. Your Club can help you to find out whether you are making yourself understood.” On 22nd October 1924, you invited a small group to meet in the Santa Ana, California YMCA where you conducted the first meeting ofRead More →

Keeping up with the traditions of Toastmasters Community Club, organized its annual celebratory event, ‘Carnival’ on 27 August ’17.  Hours of planning, hard work and dedication led the event to a grand success. The MOC TM Souraja hosted the event with finesse and flair. Her welcoming attitude made the guests comfortable. The first presentation of the evening was by TM Sweta of TechM Toastmasters who shared her experiences throughout her TM journey. TM Ankit of TMBTC carried with Table Topic Workshop that charmed all the guests and induced them in taking part in the TT contest. TT Master TM Shivasish of TMBTC-KP conducted the contestRead More →

As we were coming up with ideas for the theme in our 15th North South University Toastmasters meeting, a post by Smita Pati, District 41’s Newsletter Editor to have a meeting themed “The Secrets to Great Leadership” popped up on Facebook. Thus, it was obliged. We had 15th meeting themed “The Secret of Great Leadership”. Even though the preposition was different but the motto was same. The 15th North South University Toastmasters meeting was held on 24th August 2017. The meeting marked our members’ completion of ice breaking speeches from their CC Manual making us earn The Smedley Award. The meeting was opened and invocatedRead More →

  First Birthday marks a major milestone in anyone’s life and everyone looks forward to it. The club members were excited about the club’s birthday. Delhi Toastmasters celebrated its first birthday on 20th August 2017. A full house was welcomed by a commemorating impromptu dance and decorated venue was taken into control by two thieves-aka-Surprise Toastmasters of the Day at gunpoint. And fun started hence. After a rib-tickling session of the TMODs who had adorned themselves with beards and big plastic guns, two prepared speeches were delivered followed by their evaluations. A birthday party without musical chairs is incomplete. Hence, the guests and the membersRead More →

Turning Point Toastmasters’ 16th Meeting turned out to be an energy-packed, informative and knowledgeable session. TMOD Mridula with the theme “The Secrets to Great Leadership” kept everyone engaged with many leadership tips. Speaker Rahul Chaudhary delivered an excellent speech on the plight of Indian farmers in the present era in the first section of the session. This was followed by Table Topics conducted by TM Heena with some amazing topics. Member and guests both participated in the Table Topics Session. General Evaluator TM Anuj Gupta with his team of evaluators – Karan, Vijay and Sweety presented the evaluation, ‘sandwich-ed’. The cherry on the cake wasRead More →

Division L, District 41, the newest division of 2017 has been in the limelight since its day of inception. Spreading its wings from Bhubaneswar to Bihar and Jharkhand, a top-up COTP was arranged in Jamshedpur for the clubs who could not attend the training at Bhubaneswar. Dr Chetna Verma, Area Director, L3, took the responsibility to conduct an equally amazing session for those who missed all the fun and learning at the COTP. XLRI Toastmasters and Insteel Toastmastersshowed excellent coalition as hosts.  Insteel Toastmasters, XLRI Toastmasters, IIM Ranchi Toastmasters and Hourglass Toastmasters International-NIT Rourkela Chapter were the participating clubs for the training. The event had an appropriate balance of learning with fun, and great cuisine. Setting the right mood of excitementRead More →