Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) 1

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Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) 1

Venue: TAR College (Setapak)
23rd July 2011

The Theme of the day was We serve with Passion, Lead with Enthusiasm, Enrich Your Life, Light up Your Path and Speak to enrich People

 John Cheah, ACG, CL ,the Organizing Chair started with thanking everyone involved.

The opening address by Marian Lee ACG, ALB , Division W Governor  elaborated the  theme and logo illuminating Bulb and meaning of STEP , Speak To Enrich People given equal opportunities to develop our talent skills.  She elaborated on Communication and Leadership go hand in hand just like a pair of chopsticks.

Ramdas Nayar DTM, Lieutenant Governor Education and Training stressed on focusing on our members and obligation of the executive members towards the members.

Kiang Faang Pyng DTM, Lieutenant Governor Membership started the Plenary Session 1 on Attracting New Members.  During her term she held a breaking record of chartered most number of clubs. She emphasized we must attract new members like a magnet.  She updated us of Toastmasters clubs now stand at 12,600 with 270,000 members and existing in 116 countries.  Attracting new members requires branding, good services, support, marketing strategies, promotions, advertisements and exceeding customers’ expectations.  All toastmasters meetings one must make sure every meeting is a showcase meeting.

TI, Toastmasters International’s unique selling points are it is affordable, self paced program, guaranteed support and proven track record.  It is also relevant and effective.  Programs like speech writing and presentation, interactive meetings, table topics, evaluations and participation in meeting roles enable one to learn best when you are involved.

The next session was a break- out sessions and in groups of Presidents, Vice Presidents of Education, Vice Presidents of Membership/Treasurers, Vice President of Public Relations and Secretary/Sergeant at Arms. Each group was given briefing accordingly to their scope of duties.

Plenary Session 2 was Charting A Course for Club Success by Ramdas Nayar DTM, Lieutenant Governor Education and Training. In Toastmasters Leaders are Servant Leaders in clubs, areas and divisions.  A Club is a Learning Laboratory where members can make mistakes to learn the rudiments of public speaking and leadership skills.

Members must benefit and clubs must succeed.  The Critical Success Factors besides communication and leadership skills that can be acquired are the rate of retention and recruitment of members and also not forgetting the extension of new clubs.  To ensure success club must have a vision, set goals, build and motivate its team and monitor progress to achieve.  When setting vision one must involve its members in creating the vision so that there is a sense of ownership and responsibilities for them.

Next Plenary Session 3 was Motivating Achievement.  Everyone has a role to play from Sergeant at Arms dealing background work of the meetings.  The Secretary deals with record keeping while the Treasurer deals with the finance matters.  Vice President Membership deals with relationship management while the Vice President Education assist in goals of the club and the President charts the course.  With this Together Everyone Achieves More.

The day ends with a session on Questions and Answers follow a summation by the Training Leadership 1 Team and finally closing remarks by the Division W Governor .

TTDI’s team

*our VPE and VPM attended the TLI1 in Division P, UPM on 30th of July 2011.

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