Time for toast? No, we’re not talking about the great-smelling-morning-bread kind, but the kind that gives you a better voice. We’re talking about Toastmasters International, the international organisation – now in its 91st year – which was formed by Ralph C. Smedley for the purpose of teaching people how to speak in public, hold meetings, plan programs and work together in a team.
In October this year, Brunei will host the biggest Toastmasters event. A total of 4 International speakers along with 2 of our local speakers, Rhymin & Partners’ trainer Stuart Lee and Darussalam Enterprise’s CEO Soon Loo will be giving educational workshops. A highlight of the event will be the speaking appearance of Human Resources Development (HRD) specialist and motivational speaker, Dananjaya J. Hettiarachchi. Mr. Hettiarachchi is also the 2014 World Champion of Public Speaking. His attendance is a terrific honor.
Rano Iskandar (AKA Rano Adidas), known as Brunei’s number one social news blogger, was instrumental in bringing Hettiarachchi to the convention. Rano is heavily involved in entrepreneurial and commercial projects here locally, and has been an influential source of information for Bruneians for almost 15 years. In fact, Rano is the Organising Chair of the Brunei Conference 2016. In anticipation of Dananjaya J. Hettiarachchi’s participation at the conference, Rano says, “[He’s] a world champion. A motivational speaker. An individual who can unlock something special in you. His journey has been inspiring to many from the failures to the successes that he never thought he would have dreamt of.”
Wanna know some tips on how to be a Toastmaster?
Speak for the audience
Substance over style
Practice, over and over again