Division Q of District 20 - Toastmasters International conducted a enriching workshop on 18th November 2016 titled “Conquest 2016” at the Birla Public School, Qatar that focused on the quintessential elements of effective communication - the use of the English language, creative writing, storytelling techniques, analytical thinking while designing the anatomy of a speech, impromptu speaking skills while thinking on our feet and the use of humour. The workshop was well attended by participants both within the Toastmaster community and outside including many students, teachers, community leaders and enthusiastic learners from several countries and cultures.
Division Q Director Thayalan Kailayapillai welcomed the gathering and emphasised the need for a workshop that focused on fundamental skills of public speaking.
Conquest 2016 was entirely conducted by local champion speakers who have achieved success at prestigious public speaking contests and have consistently emerged as champions in public speaking over the years. Many of the resource speakers are Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) and top leaders in the Toastmasters fraternity in Qatar. DTM is the highest award bestowed by Toastmasters International in order to recognize members with a superior level of achievement in both communication and leadership. The resource speakers were Malini Sahni DTM, Rammohan Rai DTM, Manzoor Moideen DTM, Mou Bera DTM, Philip Cherian, Nisha Shivram, Abhishek Chattopadhyay, Jonathan Sequeira and Joseph Amande.
The event chairperson Mou Bera DTM quoted , “This workshop is by us and for us, we have a rich pool of resource speakers and it is unprecedented that 9 speakers get on stage in the same event to address the Quintessence of Communication, the workshop intends to give attendees the chance to meet the champions and learn from them”.
The guest of honor, Rajeswar Sundaresan DTM, District 20 Finance Manager, lauded the efforts of the organizing team and referred to "The Member Mantra" of which Mike Storkey International President of Toastmasters International is a staunch proponent. It is about the experience a Toastmaster derives from club and beyond. Sundaresan said: “Training and networking events such as these enhance member’s experience and improves perception about Toastmasters program for the added value it provides. Toastmasters Movement has been helping millions learn the art of public speaking and leadership since 92 years and it’s truly a blessing for the people in Qatar that they have access to such an organization.”
There are more than 50 Toastmasters clubs with more than 1200 members in Qatar. Toastmasters International is a worldwide non-profit educational organization since 1924. It has more than 345,000 memberships with over 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. It empowers individuals from diverse backgrounds to become more effective communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org.
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