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Month: December 2018

The Humorous Speech Contest

By TM AVS Prasad Around contest time, you often find sour-faced individuals milling about in Toastmasters clubs. Upon inquiry, you find that they are contestants for the Humorous Speech Contest. Most of them lose what little sense of humor they had as they prepare for and deliver their contest speeches. As the contest date approaches…

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Toastmasters was the call I was waiting for

By TM Kapil K Somawaram I served Talent Acquisition function and I enjoyed talking to people, interviewing candidates, negotiating with them day-in and day-out for over 13 years. And then, there was a major paradigm shift in my career. I moved to Software Consulting in Oracle HCM as a Functional Consultant. Here, the focus was…

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Virtual Planning, Real Success

By DTM Ajay Hiraskar, District Administration Manager and TM Moazzam Daimi, District Credentials Chair Find it challenging to arrange a regular meeting for your club? Imagine having to arrange a meeting for Officers across the District! The District Council Meeting (DCM) is a meeting where all the leaders of the District, ie, the District Officers,…

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Be the Change

By TM Shekhar Khobrekar Mumbai Toastmasters has played a vital role in my life. Being a member of this club for the past five years has not only developed my public speaking skills but has also improved my listening skills. Earlier when I was at home, at the workplace, or with friends, I wouldn’t listen…

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Communication and Gender Dynamics – The Intersection

Dr. Bhavana Nissima holds a doctorate in Communication from University of New Mexico, and has taught several communication related subjects in the United States and India for eleven years. She has mentored several books. She is a creativity and NLP Trainer, a popular writing coach, writing therapist and design-thinker. She is known as The Lightweaver…

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One push to leadership

By TM Umme Salma Babrawala There are many times that a responsible individual is given a leadership position. Then, there are other times when leadership positions make one responsible. My journey into Toastmasters leadership started in the year 2013. I joined Toastmasters to enhance my speaking abilities. I was never interested in taking up any…

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The Toastmasters Podcast – Behind the scenes with Ryan and Greg

As Toastmasters, we focus most of our energy on becoming a better speaker. However, listening also plays a vital role. The Toastmasters Podcast is one such channel that helps Toastmasters become better listeners. Hosted by Bo Bennett, Ryan Levesque and Greg Gazin, this podcast sponsored by Toastmaster International has aired more than 140 episodes till…

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Stepping Stones to Success

TM Vibha Pandey  In May 2017, I had just completed my Competent Communicator manual and was searching for a community club where I could kick start my Advanced Communication journey. After attending 4-5 demo meetings, I joined Bibvewadi Toastmasters Club as a charter member. The first phase of this club, just after its installation, was…

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