KATHMANDU: District 41 of Toastmasters International organised its District Officer training programme from July 22 to 24, for the first time in Nepal. More than 90 District officers from India and Nepal gathered to develop their leadership skills, share best practices and network with each other.
The event witnessed inspirational speeches and insightful training led by some of the most experienced and erudite leaders of District 41. Toastmasters International started in 1924 in the USA and is present in 149 countries. Nepal started its first club in 1991.
Setting the mode to the training programme, the District Director of District Ankur Yadav, DTM, highlighted and shared – “Becoming a good leader is grasping the idea of being committed to the organisation, being grateful and being self-aware. Every year starts with a different motivation. This year will be a year of learning, a year of transformation and a year of correcting ourselves.”
Continuing on the course of motivation, the Immediate Past District Director of District 41 Ranjit Acharya, DTM addressed the leaders and shared – “As leaders, be better, not the best. Always compete with yourself and a mantra to be successful in this is – Get Serious, Get Smart, Get Going, Get Excited, Get Away.”
The event was graced by a guest speaker Sunil Thapa, who is a prominent name in the Nepali film industry and has also done recognised roles in Bollywood, with movies like Mary Kom. While inspiring the Toastmaster’s leaders, Thapa recognised the value that the Toastmaster fraternity puts in time management and mentioned, – “It is commendable to see you all value time and I hope this is a learning that you take back to your personal and professional lives as well.”
The Programme Quality Director of District 41 for 2022-23, Suman Shakya, DTM, who was also the Chair of the event, shared the challenges of the new normal that Toastmasters must adapt to as a leader “The mantra that to be resilient is to Raise – Rebuild – Revive as we revisit the basics and make our fundamentals stronger”.
The Club Growth Director of District 41 for 2022-23, Moon Pradhan, DTM along with her team, led the session on the marketing aspect of Toastmaster. The session centred around planning on expanding the toastmaster fraternity and orienting the leaders on the procedural requirement.
The sessions while being interactive, were packed with knowledge that the newly elected leaders of District 41 took back with them. Along with all the learning, the Nepal team extended the warm hospitality and showcased the Nepali culture to tall Indian delegates.
Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organisation that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, the organisation’s membership exceeds 300,000 in more than 15,800 clubs in 149 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.
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