Toastmasters

A great personality in any field, whether it is politics, literature, science, art or education, ensures to distinguish himself/herself by his/her extraordinary mental faculties and outstanding characteristics. Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela have carved a niche for themselves in the hearts of one and all, because of their boundless compassion for humanity – which was the greatest strength of their personalities. Shakespeare, an exquisite poet and playwright, is a marvellous literary personality of all time. M. F. Hussains paintings reveal his highly insightful personality.

Each role that students perform has its unique pre-set behavioral expectation from the people they interact with and to move forward and succeed, they need to be perceived positively and win trust each time they perform the role. It is very rightly said, “You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making”. The subject of personality development allows our students at Advaith amazing scope to improve our personalities mending the defects in us and adding to our positive qualities.

One such forum for personality development that we have for our students is our Toastmasters Club. The club promotes personal growth and self-development in our students by providing them with a non-threatening positive platform that allows them to hone their public speaking and leadership skills on a self-paced mode in a supportive environment. Every meeting serves as an opportunity for students to garner stage experience and confidence through performing various speaking and facilitation roles. Students acquire new competencies by participating in specific projects that help them to learn competencies including speaking to an audience, handling extempore situations, providing constructive and positive feedback, active listening, time management, planning and organising, being a team player besides several other personality developments.

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Finding a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows our students to achieve your goals at your own pace is what Toastmaster is all about and this is how it majorly contributes to our students’ personality development. It empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. The student-leaders not only accomplish, they communicate. Leaders emerge from the Toastmasters programme by regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer; they plan and lead; they not only provide feedback but also accept it.

We ensure that all our students’ achievements are celebrated through. As a matter of fact, our students learn to exercise integrity, respect, service & excellence and trust. Every club and society at Advaith School in Hosur imparts values helping our students build several personality dimensions including attitude and behaviour. Students explore opportunities for meaningful exposure, building lasting positive image with each other leading to boost their academic performance.

We believe nothing is more boring than a man / woman with just a career and Advaith strongly incorporates Toastmasters into the professional development of our students and encourage them to participate in the programme.

How the program works

Toastmasters at Advaith is structured for small group learning and are limited to 30 students. They are presented by a professional and experienced coordinator with coordinating teachers who attend each meeting. Meetings generally follow a format similar to that of a Toastmasters club meeting, with an announced agenda that includes practice in parliamentary procedure, prepared and impromptu speeches and the selection of presiding officers.

A few tips for to better at Toastmasters in order to gain maximum satisfaction is by teaching speaking skills to younger students. Our senior students enjoy and embrace teaching their juniors “Perhaps the best part of showing students how to speak is the look of exhilaration on their faces when they succeed,” he says. “They’re so excited when they realize that they did it all by themselves.”

Here are few tips for successfully educating young people about presentation skills :
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Focus
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Enjoy Yourself
Have fun learning and improving. Relax, get a little silly, and use plenty of humor during your Toastmaster journey!
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Be Expressive
Kids like to see animation and a lively performance. Work on gestures and make a big display out of it! Emphasize being purposeful with your gestures; audience love them.
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Do Your Homework
Take advantage of seniors and our teachers at school, take back ideas home and work on them! Internet has so much valuable material to share; learn from their experiences as well.
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Limited Participants
Take advantage of the limited number of 30 students
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Encourage Yourself To Give Speeches
Initially, students are a little shy, but once they start speaking, they often don’t want to stop. It gets difficult to stop them anymore!