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Orators toast the nonagenarian master

Public speaking skills, fun and entertainment will come to the fore at a meeting of the Three Kings Toastmasters on April 3.

It will be held at the Fickling Convention Centre in Three Kings, Royal Oak in Auckland from 6 pm.

Such meetings in 2014 would be significant for Toastmasters Clubs worldwide as the Movement marks its 90th anniversary in October.

A promotional poster said that the Toastmasters meeting will be held in festive spirit with a confluence of cultures, accompanied earlier by a number of speeches by the veterans of the Club.

Indian culture and heritage will be reflected in the entertainment segment.

Progressive Movement

The origin of Toastmasters dates back to October 22, 1924 when Ralph C Smedley, an employee of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) established the Toastmasters Club in Santa Ana, California (US). Eight years later, it was incorporated under the Californian Law.

Toastmasters International, as the apex body is known, has served more than five million people in more than 120 countries through about 14,400 clubs, encouraging people to advance their speaking and communication skills, thereby promoting their scholastic and career prospects.

Toastmasters Clubs meet regularly (once a week in most countries), providing a platform for members and their guests to deliver impromptu speeches on current affairs and social and community issues or just practice public speaking.

Indian Newslink has been promoting Toastmasters Clubs and their meetings in New Zealand, especially those held in Three Kings since 2003.

Quality delivery

These meetings are designed to enable members to think on their feet and evaluate each other’s speaking ability, topic assimilation and courage of conviction. Many clubs also emphasise on diction, grammar, clarity of thought and delivery and keeping up to the allotted time.

Toastmasters Clubs operate as not-for-profit organisation and many engage themselves in community and social welfare projects and programmes.

Further details of the forthcoming meeting in Three Kings Auckland can be obtained from Sheela Shankar on 021-1488372 or Kevin Prohl (recipient of the Distinguished Toastmaster Award) on 0274-933186. Email: kevin@speechworks.co.nz

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