Mumbai Toastmasters Newsletter April-June 2013

  • 416 views
Uploaded on

Mumbai Toastmasters Newsletter April-June 2013

Mumbai Toastmasters Newsletter April-June 2013

More in: Education
  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Be the first to comment
    Be the first to like this
No Downloads

Views

Total Views
416
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
0

Actions

Shares
Downloads
4
Comments
0
Likes
0

Embeds 0

No embeds

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
    No notes for slide

Transcript

  • 1. MUMBAI TOASTMASTERS CLUB Inside this issue President’s note .................................2 Interview with Avinash Agarwal…………………………………3-4 The magic of mentoring…………….5 Magajmari is good!............................6 If I can.....................................................7 Shout outs for DCP goal accom- plishments! ..........................................8 Outgoing and incoming Executive committee pictures...........................9 Int. speech contest and June 23rd, 2013 celebration pictures………..10 Ex-com interviews…………………..11 Member testimonials.....................12 Find us online…………………………13 FAQ’s and Contact us………………14 Special points of interest  Interview with Avinash Agarwal  Magajmari is good! Editor’s Note: April through June 2013 has been an exciting, opportune, and proud period for the Mumbai Toastmasters Club (MTM)! Our Executive committee worked relentlessly through the timeline to ensure that the Sunday sessions go on without a hitch. Be- sides witnessing a range of speeches that MTM is famous for, the sessions wooed members and guests alike through a versatile range of themes from social media to super heroes to celebrating hundred years of Bollywood! While our members were honing their skills on the podium, our club champions were busy battling it out at the division and district level speech contests and won a fair share of accolades for the club. Members’ enthusiasm for moving forward on their Toastmasters journey and gaining stage time was evident from an unprecedented demand for speech slots! A large chunk of the credit goes to Sanjiv Banerji, VP Education, for bringing his insatia- ble drive and passion to the role. He went above and beyond in his efforts to serve the club and its members and making speech slots quite literally ‘hot property’. July 2013 will see a new batch of Executive committee take on the reins of the club for the next six months. I wish a splendid tenure to the incoming team. Besides arti- cles, tips, and interesting testimonials, the present issue covers an exclusive inter- view with our International speech contest winner, Avinash Agarwal. Please enjoy the issue along with Mumbai’s incessant rains! Cheers, Medha Dixit Vice President– Public Relations, Mumbai Toastmasters Club 1 STEP UP! SPEAK UP! MOVE UP! April - June 2013 Club number 993448 | Division D |District 41
  • 2. “MTM continues to remain on track to close yet another year as a President's Dis- tinguished Club clearly showing that our progress is broad-based and driven en- tirely by YOU, the members.” PRESIDENT’S NOTE 2 Dear Members, A new term, a new TM year and new horizons beckon. As we prepare to handover to the new Ex-com from July 1st, it's a good time to reflect on what has been incredible year for Mumbai Toastmasters that promises even more. The highlight of the year would definitely be our triumph at the District 41 International Speech Contest, 2013. While we may have lost his hair :), Avinash Agarwal won us many laurels by winning the contest and becoming District 41's representative for ....wait for it.... THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF PUBLIC SPEAKING!!!! As he heads to Cincinnati in August, Avinash has indeed put us on the Global Map of Toastmasters International. Well done Avinash! Catch an interview with the man himself and his tips from World Champion Darren Le Croix. It is only fitting that a special fecilitation session for Avinash was held at our 23rd June meet with an equally incredible cake. Catch some of the photos inside if you were unfortunate enough to miss this. This was also the TM Year (July 1st 2012 to June 30th 2013) that saw MTM put together a tremendous humorous speech and speech evaluation con- test that threw up many champions including Amit Kumar and Rajesh Nair who stood 2nd and 3rd for the Humorous Speech and Speech Eval- uation Contest respectively. On other fronts, MTM continues to remain on track to close yet another year as a President's Distinguished Club clearly showing that our pro- gress is broad-based and driven entirely by YOU, the members. It is your commitment to giving speeches and taking up roles that enables us to achieve benchmark after benchmark. I hope the next term will finally see us capture that elusive Golden Gavel. I request all the mem- bers to work with the new Ex-com to achieve this. Speaking of new Ex-coms, I can hardly think of a more worthy candi- date to take over the President's role of this incredible club for the next term, Amit Kumar - ACS, ALS, Founder Member of Mumbai Toastmas- ters, Served as - Division Governor (2010 - 11), Area Governor (2009 - 10) , President of MTM, Vice President (Education) of MTM , 1st Runner Up at District Level - Evaluation Contest 2012, and a whole host of other laurels to his credit. Amit will serve as the club President for the term starting July 2013 through December 2013. He is aided ably by a dedicated, committed and passionate team comprising of Shruti Pandit as VP-ED (she is also on track to complete her CC!), Akash Jain as VP- Membership, Rimjhim Ray as VP-PR , Nidhi Sarag as Treasurer, Pinak Majumdar as Sergeant at arms , and Sheshadri Shelvagi as Secretary. This is also the time to thank the past ex-com comprising of that incred- ible paragon of energy, Sanjiv Banerji (VP-Ed), Mr, professional to the T, Sachin Bhandary (VP-Membership), Mr so efficient you don’t even realize the job is done Satish Poondla (SAA), Straight Shooter and dedi- cated speaker, Krunal Shimpi (Secretary) and ofcourse the "I don’t know how she comes up with these incredible flyers", Medha Dixit (VP- PR) and last but definitely not the least, "I'll flay anyone who wastes a cent of club money", Shruti Pandit (Treasurer). It has been a privilege serving as your president and the learning from working with such an incredible team has been all mine. As I bid goobye to my post and we bid Avinash good luck for his incred- ible journey in August, here's hoping that Mumbai Toastmasters moves up from conquering the district to conquering the world in true Alexan- der style!! Regards, Vikram Poddar President—Mumbai Toastmasters Club Vikram Poddar, President
  • 3. AN INTERVIEW WITH AVINASH AGARWAL, MTM CLUB CHAMPI- ON AND ORATOR EXTRAORDINAIRE! Q. How long have you been with Mumbai Toastmasters? Response: This year, I complete 2 years with MTM. But I have been with TM for the past 7 years, started right back in college :) Q. What according to you are the essentials to a good speech and how do you go about choosing speech top- ics? Response: There's only one rule as I see it- speak from the heart. And choose topics from your heart. Whether it's invest- ment banking or adventure sports or environment-friendliness- you can make it a great speech by speaking from the heart and connecting with your audience. Q. What were the learnings on your journey from Club to District winner? Response: Honestly, nothing's changed from the 'Club to District' journey. And yet, in a way, everything has. I am one of those MTM fanatics who believes that competition at our club level is way fiercer than even the District level. As for win- ning the competition, it has still not fully sunk in because it's a dream I had been chasing for years! All I can say is, "Samay se pehle aur kismat se jyada, kisi ko kuch nahi milta..." International Speech Contest winner Avinash Agarwal ( right) with former World Champion, Darren LaCroix 3
  • 4. Q. Tell us something about your Stand-up comedy activities. Response: I would like to credit TM Vikram Poddar, because of whom I got into stand up comedy. I had never even considered standup or being a humorous speaker until I saw him on stage. And the only thing on my mind was, "If he can do it, so can I!" He's one of my favorite speakers as well as competitors, and this is what pushed me into comedy! It's been a year or so since I started, so there's many miles to walk, run and fall before I sleep! Q. Could you share some tips with club members and readers on managing the nervousness and anxiety before delivering a speech? Response: I was fortunate enough to meet Darren LaCroix (former World Champion) before my contest speech and this is the advice he gave me- "It's your frame of mind that matters most before your speech. Walk onto stage as if this is your LAST speech ever, and see how you'll end up doing your best!" This is my advice to my fellow toastmasters Q. Would you like to share any other advice with our readers? Response: Again, as Darren says, "Stage time! Stage time! Stage time!" That's all there is to it :) “It’s your frame of mind that matters most before a speech. Walk onto stage as if this is your LAST speech ever, and see how you’ll end up doing your best!” Five speech tips from former Toastmasters world cham- pion, Darren Lacroix ! 1. Great speeches aren’t written but re-written 2. Don’t undervalue your life experiences. Share them! 3. Write your speeches deeper, so the message lives 4. Your last words linger. Make them memorable 5. Think “ How would I give this presentation if it were my last chance ever ?” 4
  • 5. THE MAGIC OF MENTORING! A Chinese proverb says “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” If we seek help from experienced and insightful people, we can avoid making mistakes that waste valuable time, effort and energy. Following through on this philosophy will help us go further, faster! This is the concept behind the Toastmasters mentoring program. What is a mentor? A mentor takes a personal interest in and helps an inexperi- enced person, offering knowledge, insight, perspective or wisdom. Most new members are not familiar with the club. They need someone to explain the program to them and show them how to prepare for various meeting roles. They also need help preparing and rehearsing their first few speeches. Mentors can supply the valuable personal attention and ongoing support new members need. Benefits of mentoring for new members:  Learn the program and club customs (CC and CL manu- als, club meeting roles, membership opportunities)  Develop confidence and improve participation in club activities  Quickly learn speaking skills to advance faster Benefits of mentoring for experienced members:  Refine and revitalize existing skills  Learn new skills Benefits for mentors:  Learn new information and perspectives from those you mentor  Keep your knowledge and skills sharp  Receive recognition and appreciation by fellow members Benefits for clubs:  Improved member retention  More satisfied members If you are a new member to the club, please reach out to the club’s VP Education for support. 5 “I believe there’s an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts. “ ~ Sylvester Stallone, American actor
  • 6. MAGAJMARI IS GOOD! My VP Education journey -by Sanjiv Banerji When I took over as VP Education, MTM club on January 1st, 2013, I had heard that its a thankless job, consumes a lot of your time, a hassle, a pain, etc. The Gujarati word 'Magajmari', sums up in one word, the impression most people have about this role. I didn't know the job well, but after I jumped into the role, I was deter- mined to do a good job. The first thing I did, was to work on my mindset. I was going to turn this 'Magajmari' job to my advantage. This was not going to be a thankless job. I was here at Toastmasters to practice various skills, so what skill could I practice in the role of VP Educa- tion? This train of thought threw up a whole slew of things to do. There was no time to ponder over whether it would be thankless or not. It was no longer about being 'thanked'. It was about me using this role to develop a priceless quality 'the Abundance Men- tality' and help my members develop the same. In a world full of 'Getters', we would practice being the 'Givers'. Then, I changed another paradigm. I decided that this was a great opportunity to practice the running of a business. So, the club be- came my business. The members were my valuable custom- ers. The speech, role bearer slots and the value addition I provided to my member-customers would be the product. The greatest challenge faced by any VP Education, is filling up the agenda, week after week. I was determined not to let this become a drag on me. But how would I do it? The answer lay in a very strong database of members and their speaking activity. I fired up my excel sheets and created simple lists that allowed me to precision target members who had not stepped up on stage in 30 days, in the past 3 months, and since the beginning of this year. I took great care to make sure every mem- ber had a mentor. If there was a delay in assigning a mentor, I made sure to inform the members that I would be their mentor till they got an official one. Besides offering to be their mentor, I of- fered to be their friend, advisor and even helper. Speeches started flowing in for feedback from my members at the rate of 2-3 per week. Was this 'Magajmari'? Nooooo!! It was an opportuni- ty! While helping my members, I honed my own feedback skills! How true! When you teach once, you learn twice! Another thing. Dale Carnegie said: "A person's name is the most beautiful sound to his / her ears". Using mail-merge in gmail to customize many of my emails by addressing each member by name, was very effective. Next, people will buy your product only if others are also buy- ing. This is the 'Full restaurant' syndrome. My club's agenda, dur- ing my tenure, was Not going to resemble an 'Empty restaurant'! I achieved this by offering my members 6 week blank agenda sheets to nominate themselves for various slots. They liked the idea of being able to plan ahead and started filling up the agen- da. First, it was the speech slots that started vanishing, then the TAG roles, then the GE and TTM role and finally, even the 'dreaded' TMOD role! Our Club's speech slots started getting filled within minutes! The record for all 6 slots getting filled, is 10 minutes! To me, it was a Tirupati-like situation. There was so much demand, but I couldn't increase the supply. Now this kind of rush towards a product (agenda slots) doesn't happen in isolation. Awareness has to be created. And the aware- ness has to be based on 'Self-interest'. My Sunday morning ser- mons to my members were all about creating awareness about why they were at the club, what they could get out of speaking, why speaking could give them almost all that they desired, putting speaking at a higher priority in their lives, etc. I also focused on universal themes like punctuality, integrity, commitment, team- work, not complaining, grabbing opportunities and staying ready. In my most recent address to my members, I asked them to find positive stories about people, and then 'talk behind those peo- ple's back'. This is exactly what I was doing. Talking about peo- ple. And the medium I found to do this, was perfect - the Minutes! What a marvelous opportunity to shine the spotlight on the positive qualities displayed by my members week after week! While most people would consider doing the Minutes to be 'Magajmari', I saw it as a great tool for recognizing my member's contributions! As I come to the end of my tenure, every single speech slot and role bearer slot is full. Most of my members are fired up and stepping up for almost any role! Brand new members are stepping up for the 'dreaded' TMOD role! But there have been some murmurs of dis-satisfaction too. Some people complained (not to me) that they were not getting speech and role bearer slots. If I were to do the role of VP Education again, I would definitely try to remedy this situation. Not by in- creasing the number of slots or creating mammoth sessions! No. I would remedy the situation, by doing more of what I have been doing. Encouraging people to persist, to persevere, to 'stay ready' when opportunities appear, to 'chase the slots' of life. Very often in life, things don't come to us on a platter. We have to persist, perse- vere and be ready. Our Club is a great place to practice these quali- ties. As I hand over the baton to my successor, I end with the words of Zig Ziglar that guided me through my tenure as VP Education: "If you help enough people get what they want, you'll get what you want." For feedback and suggestions , please reach Sanjiv on: sanjivba- nerji@gmail.com 6
  • 7. If I can’t I must…and If I must I can…Sounds vague doesn’t it? At first glace, it really did sound disconnected to me, until sud- denly an incident flashed across my memory. Well, let me try and explain. This incident happened when I was still a small kid of about 10 or so. During my summer va- cations we used to have a family ‘ritual’ of going to our native place, Trichur in Kerala, where my grandparents lived. Being an ancestral property, the place was a huge 2 storied mansion with mango trees, palms and hibiscus plants among various other trees and foliage in the huge compound. A kitchen gar- den with a well in the backyard, jackfruit plantations and a huge pathway leading to the portico completed the typical postcard kind of mansions you would find in Kerala Needless to say, me and my cousins enjoyed ourselves running around the trees and prancing around the huge open spaces. So on one such vacation afternoon, doing my sorties’ in the compound, I suddenly found myself up on a mango tree. I don’t distinctly remember how I had the urge to climb the tree for I was not a particularly adventurous kid. But as I was ex- ploring the views and the whereabouts from that huge tree, I remember seeing one of the most beautiful sights in the world! A squirrel’s nest with tiny squirrels huddled and cuddled on top of each other. I attempted a count, and for that I needed to get a good view from the top. As I started climbing up, from one branch to another, a weak branch gave way, taking me by total surprise. Suddenly, here I was, hanging by the strength of my arms, the ground literally slipping from my feet. For a mo- ment I was thankful, that at least my grip was strong enough to prevent the fall. The moment’s euphoria vanished in seconds, as I assessed the situation from up there! Beneath me was a 10 feet drop if not more. The nearest branch was too far off for my legs to reach. I knew if I were to fall I would surely break a couple of bones. My cousin had had a fracture on the elbow last summer, and his vacations were pretty bust that time. The prospect of ruin- ing my vacations was even more dampening than the pain I would go through. It was then that I realized that I had to get a handle on the situation, and prevent the fall. The only way out was to somehow hoist my legs and entwine the branch, com- mando style so that my back was parallel to the ground. This was the only way I could move forward with both my legs and arms to the main trunk. The point is that if someone had told me before hand that this was the only way, I would said ‘that’s impossible’. I CANT! But this was a crunch situation and there was only one way to prevent broken limbs and a horrible summer. I HAD to get my legs up on that branch. The first attempt was futile. My legs wouldn’t reach that far above. My arms were giving up. I reckoned that if I could swing my legs and build on momentum, maybe I would make it. And so I released my legs as far back as they would go and hoisted with all my might. My legs just about touched the trunk. It was a small victory, but I still hadn’t gotten out of this, nevertheless this gave me just that little confidence to try again! And this time I MUST, come what may. Again the back lift and the hoist, and I got one foot firmly, the other foot slipped. But the one foot was good enough, to get the other in as well, I just about made it. I had done it!! I MUST and so I CAN. Years later when I pieced it together, it all suddenly made sense, and that too in a very powerful way indeed. I can’t… so I must…and If I MUST…I surely CAN! .Trite but so true. I had motivated myself to overcome what seemed like an impossible situation! For feedback and suggestions , please reach Vijay on: vishwanathan.vijay@gmail.com 7 IF I CAN’T I MUST…AND IF I MUST I CAN - by Vijay Vishwanathan
  • 8. 8 APPLAUSE AND GRATITUDE FOR MEMBER ACCOMPLISH- MENTS TOWARDS THE DISTINGUISHED CLUB PROGRAM! Goal 1: Two Competent Com- municator awards: 1. Mr. Provin Kami 2. Mr. Vikram Poddar Goal 2: Two more competent communicator awards: 1. Mr. Aditya Sharma 2. Mr. Vijay Vishwanathan Goal 3,4,5,and 6: Advanced Communi- cator Silver, Advanced Communica- tor Bronze, and Competent leader awards: 1. Mr. Amit D Kumar (ACS) Goal 3: Advanced Commu- nicator Silver award: 1. Mr. Amit. D . Kumar Goal 4: Advanced Commu- nicator Bronze award: 1. Mr. Narsimha Murthy Goal 5: One competent lead- er award : 1. Mr. Avinash Agarwal Goal 6: One more compe- tent leader award: 1. Ms. Geeta Pillai
  • 9. 9 OUTGOING AND INCOMING EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Incoming Executive-Committee (L- R): Kunal Khanna, Amit Kumar ( President ), Shruti Pandit ( VP Education), Akash Jain ( VP Membership), Nidhi Saraf ( Treasurer ), Pinak Majumdar ( Sergeant at arms), Sheshadri Savalgi ( Secretary ), Chitra Raghavan Ex-com member not in the picture: Rimjhim Ray Out-going Executive Committee and their buddies (L-R): Manoj Kalyani, Pinak Majmudar, Kunal Khanna( Club mentor), Ruchin Bhavsar, Sachin Bhandary ( VP Membership), Shruti Pandit ( Treasurer ) , Medha Dixit( VP PR), Chitra Raghavan ( Club mentor), Nidhi Saraf, Sanjiv Banerji ( VP Education) Ex-com members not in the picture: Krunal Shimpi, Satish Poondla, Vikram Poddar
  • 10. 10 INTERNATIONAL SPEECH CONTEST AND JUNE 23RD, 2013 CLUB CELEBRATION PICTURES!
  • 11. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. “ ~ Mark Twain Please share your greatest success as the Vice President Membership for MTM club. Its good to take over something that was running well in the first place. I think that ensuring process- es were followed and clear demarcation of responsibilities between myself, Manoj- who was a fantas- tic buddy and Shruti- the treasurer- was probably a good thing- though I don't term it as a success. Please tell us about the greatest challenge you faced in this role. Tracking members who joined, ensuring uploading their membership is uploaded meant that we had to track membership applications well. but challenge clearly was the renewal. That's the high point of the VP membership term. I had the feeling many times that we would erode our membership by half as members did not proactively renew. If you could start over as the VP Membership, is there something you would like to do differently, and if so why? Nothing really. I was lucky to get a good handover, to find a great buddy and independent authority with guidance provided by the term president- Vikram Poddar. Yes, may be I would have liked to find more time to understand how the membership base could be kept consistent. Any tips/suggestions for the incoming VP Membership. Many, but I’d rather do that in person with Akash :) Please share your greatest success as the Treasurer for Mumbai Toastmasters Club. The greatest success that I had was an influx of funds due to high number of new members joining the club and also many renewals happened during my tenure. Please tell us about the greatest challenge you faced in this role. My greatest challenge was to keep track of incoming as well as outgoing funds to the minutest of detail. If you could start over as the Treasurer, is there something you would like to do differently, and if so why? No, nothing as such. Any tips/suggestions for the incoming Treasurer. Keep your spirits high. You are going to learn a lot about fund management from this role. All the best :) 11 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE INTERVIEWS SachinBhandary,OutgoingVPMembership,MTM ShrutiPandit,OutgoingTreasurer,MTM
  • 12. “At MTM I feel like that kid who has just discovered his latent powers, like a hero and developed the "Voice of Steel" that can tear through the inhibitions of a per- son and motivate an audience to a better way of thinking. “ What do you think is that power, which a man or a woman feels when he stands in front of a thousand peo- ple? The power and the ability to influ- ence a million minds. To bring about change. That in my opinion is the power of Public Speaking, the power of the lead- ers and what better way to hone that skill than at Toastmasters, especially Mumbai Toastmasters. Although my journey at MTM has just begun, in this short span, I have learned so much, and I believe it is a great community of a myriad of people from all walks of life, from leaders to l learners and we all come together for a common purpose of battling our fear of public speaking and learning leader- ship skills. At MTM I feel like that kid who has just discovered his latent powers, like a hero and developed the "Voice of Steel" that can tear through the inhibi- tions of a person and motivate an audi- ence to a better way of thinking. At the end all I wish is to be a better speaker and a leader one speech at a time. All thanks to Mumbai Toastmas- ters. :-) 12 MEMBER TESTIMONIALS Ruchin Bhavsar It was in the month of October last year that I attended my first Toastmas- ters meeting. I was working as a teach- er, in an autistic school. Despite being honest, god-fearing, and empathetic towards everyone around me, I felt hurt and shattered as people tried to belittle me . I’ve gone through a lot of ups and down since childhood and it wasn’t easy while I tried hard to keep myself strong and not to let anyone harm me. After a point, I decided that I wanted to work towards being strong- er and more confident. One of my cousins suggested that I join Toastmasters. I attended the first meeting as a guest and then decided to join as a member. I was very low on confidence and suffered from severe stage fright. For the first three months, I made it a point to attend every Toast- master meeting. I simply sat and watched the proceedings and felt hap- py being part of a group of supportive and positive people. At this time, the club’s Vice President Education, Sanjiv Banerji came to my rescue. He became my mentor and encouraged me to take various club meeting roles and pushed me to give my project 1 speech. His patience, encouragement, kind words, and faith in me helped me overcome my initial stage fear. I have finished my Project 1 speech and have taken on many club roles. MTM has been a blessing for me! It has helped my per- sonal growth and provided me a plat- form to express myself in a warm and sociable environment. Jaya Ragoowansi
  • 13. 1. Website: http://mtm.toastmastersclubs.org/ 2. Facebook page [ Page title: Mumbai Toastmasters Club] Page link: http://www.facebook.com/groups/15016169205/ 13 FIND US ONLINE
  • 14. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Vice President Membership: Sachin Bhandary|9819954815|bhandary_sachin@yahoo.co.in Vice President Education: Sanjiv Banerji|9819953046| sanjivbanerji@gmail.com Vice President Public Relations: Medha Dixit|9545517583|maydha.dixit@gmail.com President: Vikram Poddar|9819113500|vikram.fms@gmail.com Treasurer: Shruti Pandit|9190043485| shruti_p707@yahoo.com Secretary: Krunal Shimpi|918898210246| krunal4amity@gmail.com Sergeant-at-Arms: Satish Poondla|919920039327| pnrsatish@gmail.com CLUB MENTORS: Amit Kumar | 9820148045|amit@amitkumar.co.in Kunal Khanna|9967522448|kkunal.khanna@gmail.com Chitra Raghavan|9820363311|chitra_raghavan@hotmail.com In case of any feedback/suggestions regarding the newsletter, please write in to : maydha.dixit@gmail.com FOR ANY QUERIES, PLEASE REACH OUT TO: Mumbai toastmasters (MTM) club FAQ’s What is Mumbai Toastmasters? It is the largest Toastmasters community club in Mumbai city, set up to provide a supportive and positive learning environment for public speaking. Can I join the club? Yes, the club is open to anyone above 18 years of age, and interested in improving his/her public speaking skills. For further queries regarding joining, please contact VP Membership. When does the club meet? The club meets every Sunday morning from 10:00 AM– 12:30 PM. What is the meeting venue? On the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Sundays of every month, we meet at : Seminar Hall, National College, Linking Road, Bandra (W) On 2nd Sundays every month, we meet at: CCD, near Golibar Maidan, Santa cruz (E) What is the dress code? Smart casuals/ Semi Formals Do I have to pay a fee if I come for a meeting? Yes, any guest interested in attending a Mumbai Toastmasters session has to tender a nominal fee of Rs 150/- I stay very far from Bandra/ Santacruz. Can I still join the club? Yes, you’re most welcome to do so. However, given the challenges with commuting within Mumbai city, we would encourage you to explore other local Toast- master clubs in and around your area of residence, and then make an informed decision. What happens at the MTM club meeting? The agenda for a Mumbai Toastmasters club meeting comprises of the following: 1. Opening address by a member of the Executive committee 2. Guest introductions 3. Role bearer introductions and roles summary 4. Prepared speeches by various club members 5. Table topics / Extempore session 6. Tea break 7. Prepared speech evaluations 8. Result announcements and closing 14 Mumbai Toastmasters Club Creating speakers| creating leaders