This Saturday, on the occasion of the 150th meeting of the Bhakatpur Toastmasters Club, they are celebrating their past and discussing the future with Dr. SWARNIM WAGLE. Experience the energy of the Bhaktapur Toastmasters Club and get connected with people from different walks of life.
Bhaktapur Toastmasters Club
Starting with an orientation program on September 8, 2018 held at Genuine Secondary School with an accolade of the then Area Director Trio as well as a guest populace of 50+, multiple rounds of demo meetings, publicity through including FM Radio interviews to the second orientation program on July 20, 2019 to the demo meeting on August 3, 2019 at Club Bagmati, Bhaktapur Toastmasters Club finally got chartered on August 13, 2019, under the leadership of Chartered President Neel Krishna Tamrakar. One after another, bagging various awards including President’s Distinguished, setting benchmarks year after another, and struggling through the toughest times during COVID pandemic, Bhaktapur Toastmasters Club has successfully completed 149 rounds of learning and networking and now is stepping into 150th meeting.
Legacy of 95 years
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, the organization’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.
Toastmasters in Nepal
Kathmandu Toastmasters Club became the first club to start in I991. The second Everest Toastmasters Club was chartered in 2004. Nepal joined District 41 (Bangladesh, Bhutan, North and East India and Nepal), in 2017 July with 8 clubs. Thereafter, there has been steady progress in corporate and institutions wanting to offer growth opportunities to team members to become more articulate speaking in public and take up leadership positions.
The community has grown to over 1000 members in over 50 clubs including 2 clubs each in Pokhara and Butwal, and one each in Dharan, Jhapa, Bhairawa, Birgunj, and Chitwan. There is a pipeline of another 50 clubs waiting in the wings. Fear of public speaking is considered among the topmost fear to express themselves in front of a group. Similarly, there are recognized speakers of repute who could do with finer nuances of curated courses, guidelines, and mentorship. There are many stories of transformation in Nepal, from addressing stuttering, to becoming motivational / TEDx speakers, and stand-up comedians, and help succeed in their profession.