Toastmaster’s Youth Leadership Programme
Toastmasters is an international organization which has several million members all over the world. It was started in the USA by a doctor, Ralph Medley, who was mortally shy of speaking and gathered a few friends together to address this issue.
From this mundane beginning, the organization has thrived and has helped thousands of its members to face the challenge of communication. Melbourne has over 50 clubs in several locations and they all meet one evening per fortnight. Each 3 hour meeting consists of chairmanship training, impromptu speeches, prepared speeches, evaluation of the speeches and evaluation of the meeting in general.
Through a series of graded speeches, one learns the techniques of public speaking, chairing meetings, speaking on one’s feet and the art of evaluation. The organization awards certificates at the completion of a set of speeches. The highest award is DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster). Toastmasters also conducts training for the young at schools. Called a ‘Youth Leadership Programme’, this training enables the participants to develop communication skills. It consists of eight one to two hour sessions that enable participants to develop communication and leadership skills through practical experience. Participants learn to:
- Evaluate speaking ability
- Organize and deliver speeches on set themes
- Give impromptu talks
- Control voice, vocabulary and gestures
- Give constructive feedback and more
About the trainer
Dr. Jayant Bapat