"If you're not aware, you're nowhere" says TM Ravin Papiah and I'm glad that this first edition of the e-Newsletter will be a stepping stone to keeping you aware most of the times, of the events and happenings of our Club.
Our Club has reached 16 years of existence and over the past years, the Club has produced 3 Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM); 18 Members with Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB); 6 Members with Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG); 11 members with Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS); 12 Members with Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB); 3 Members with Advanced Leader Silver (ALS); 46 Competent Communicators (CC); and 23 Competent Leaders (CL).
Our Club is the second club on the island with nearly 50 members and we have spun over new clubs in the past years, to grow more leaders and we're on a roll to create more ! Thank you for being with us and I hope you enjoy this edition which has been spearheaded by a team of women leaders.
- Vyankoj, DL1
I am TM Narvadha Veeramootoo, PhD in e-Government, working as Lead Analyst at the Ministry of Financial Services and Good Governance. The reason why I joined Plateau Toastmasters is because I want to develop my leadership skills
I am TM Shivani Bhatia, from Gurgaon, India. I am a mother of two beautiful children and have been in Mauritius for the last 3 years. I graduated in commerce and I am a designer by profession & I am fortunate enough to work with the leading garment brands. I joined toastmasters to enhance both my listening and speaking skills and would like to educate people and help others fighting depression. I am looking forward to be one of the reason for the success of my organisation
I am TM Subhiraj GAJADHUR
I joined Plateau Toastmasters Club this month only, on 1st October 2019 but became Toastmaster one year ago when I joined my first yet another club. Within that 1 year , I completed my Level 1 & 2 of Innovative Planning Pathway. I even participated in International Speech Contest at National Conference -July 2019.
I joined Toastmasters to master my fear of speaking in front of an audience. Too often I refused "to say a few words" when requested to do so in a "chawtari" reception or at a birthday party. When I did speak, I did it in a messy way causing me too much of post-mortem discomfort for months afterwards. Even today , I have not yet fully achieved this objective but I am far better today compared to one year ago. With the help of Toastmasters, I wish to become a very eloquent public and private speaker, in few years time.
Our Members' Progress within the Club
5 Tips to ace the Table Topics Master Role
1. Be inspired by the meeting theme. Adopting the meeting theme would open up the possibilities for questions.
2. Formulate the table topics questions in a fun and creative way that would allow speakers to offer opinions or share personal stories.
3. How to choose effective table topics questions?
- Go for open-ended questions.
- Pick questions that do not require specialised knowledge and be sensitive to people’s circumstances. For example you wouldn’t ask someone about best parenting experience if that person does not have a child.
- Opt for general questions instead of being specific, for example asking someone on his or her views on a specific football team instead of asking a general question on football.
4. State the question and then welcome someone from the audience warmly and enthusiastically to participate. The rationale behind this approach is that everyone in the room listens carefully, thinks about how they would answer and get that little jolt of adrenaline wondering if they are next.
5. The TTM can make brief comments related to the table topics speech in order to boost the speaker’s confidence before moving to the next topic. But remember avoid any NEGATIVE remark that would not encourage the speaker to come back on the stage!