Monday, January 21, 2013

Me & Toastmasters

Last Saturday, I attended a gathering of Indonesian Toastmasters which was held at the Prasetya Mulya Business School in Cilandak, South Jakarta.

The event was organized by the Toastmasters Leadership Institute of District 87 to provide training for members of the Executive Committees (EXCO) of Toastmasters Clubs in Indonesia.

I am not a member of Exco of my club i.e. the Jakarta Toastmasters Club or other clubs, but I was there as Governor of  Area I1 which covers 4 Toastmasters Club : Jakarta TMC, Carsurin TMC, Masterpiece TMC and Sari Husada TMC.

We gathered at 12.30 pm for socialization and lunch, and the training itself started at 1 pm and ended at 6.30  pm.

Me (standing - No.4 from right) and Exco of the Jakarta Toastmasters Club
For those who are not familiar about Toastmasters, I deemed it necessary to explain that Toastmasters is a non profit organization based in California, USA, which provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment for its members to develop their communication and leadership skills (in English) which in turn foster self esteem.

With Fathia (left) & Valeria (right)
Toastmasters came to Indonesia on October 1979, with the setting up of the Jakarta Toastmasters Club. Today, there are 78 Toastmasters Clubs all over Indonesia i.e. Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Bali, Medan, Batam, Riau, Balikpapan, Soroako. And the number of clubs is growing every year.

Toastmasters in Indonesia is part of District 87 of the Toastmasters International, which covers Indonesia, West Malaysia and Brunei.

For further details, please visit the following websites :
- www.jakarta-toastmasters.org
- www.toastmasters.org

If you want to develop and practice your English communication skills, Toastmasters is the answer.

10 comments:

colson said...

Happy to see both you and the Toastmasters are in very good shape :). And by simple counting I conclude Toastmasters also is an emancipated organization; gender equality put to practice :).

Harry Nizam said...

Hi Colson,
Yes we are in good shape, fortunately
but frankly speaking there are more females than males in my Toastmasters club or other other clubs.

Wisata Murah said...

akhirnya bisa bertatap wajah dengan pak Harry walau hanya dalam foto, hehe

kedengaran wadah ini sangat menarik dan positif sekali ya pak. seandainya saya dikasih talenta mahir berbahasa inggris, saya ikutan dan mendirikan untuk wilayah jogja. sayang saya agak kedodoran mengikuti bahasa yang satu ini. kurang tahu saya malah fasih dan cepat menghafal bahasa arab, mungkin karena kalah kebiasaan sejak anak ya pak

Harry Nizam said...

@Wisata Murah,
Toastmasters menciptakan lingkungan belajar yang positif dan suportif bagi para anggota untuk mengembangkan skill dibidang komunikasi dan kepemimpinan dengan memakai bahasa Inggris.
Biayanya murah meriah.

Daisy said...

That's a nice picture of your group. I have heard about Toastmasters Club before. Those who have been in it give it high praises, so I think it must work well to train those who are in it.

Harry Nizam said...

Hi Daisy,
Toastmasters educational program emphasize on making its members to speak in public, so that they can think on their feet and speak without any preparation.

Annmarie Pipa said...

I'll toast to this group!

Harry Nizam said...

@Annmarie,
Thanks a lot.

midnightvisitor said...

So there is a toastmaster in Cilandak, so close. Interesting info and nice picture of the whole toastmaster group there.

Harry Nizam said...

@Midnight Visitor,
Yes we have several clubs in the TM Simatupang area, mostly corporate club, which are only for members of the companies.