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Building bridges with words: The power of Toastmasters international

Building bridges with words: The power of Toastmasters international

In a world where divisions and misunderstandings often dominate the headlines, building bridges between people and communities has never been more crucial. One organisation that has been quietly doing just that for decades is Toastmasters International. By providing a platform for individuals to learn and practise effective communication, Toastmasters has been instrumental in bridging gaps and fostering global understanding.

At its core, Toastmasters is about building bridges with words. It’s about harnessing the power of language to connect with others, inspire, and educate. Through its unique “learn by doing” approach, Toastmasters empowers participants to develop their communication and leadership skills, enabling them to become more effective bridge-builders in their personal and professional lives.

By joining a Toastmasters club, individuals are exposed to a supportive environment where they can practise public speaking, active listening, and critical thinking. Through regular meetings and workshops, members learn to craft compelling stories, articulate their ideas with clarity, and engage with others in a constructive and respectful manner. These skills are essential for building bridges, as they allow individuals to connect with others on a deeper level, understand different perspectives, and find common ground.

One of the most significant benefits of Toastmasters is its ability to bring people from diverse backgrounds and cultures together. In a Toastmasters club, you’ll find individuals from all walks of life, each with their own unique experiences and perspectives. This diversity is a strength, as it allows members to learn from one another and gain a deeper appreciation for the complexities of human communication.

Through Toastmasters, participants develop the skills and confidence to communicate effectively in a rapidly changing world. They learn to navigate cultural and linguistic barriers, to empathise with others, and to build relationships that transcend borders and boundaries. In short, they become adept at building bridges with words, and in doing so, they help create a more connected and compassionate world.

Toastmasters International is a shining example of the power of words to build bridges between people and communities. By providing a platform for individuals to learn and practise effective communication, Toastmasters empowers its members to become bridge-builders, fostering global understanding and connection. In a world that often seems divided, Toastmasters reminds us that words have the power to unite, inspire, and transform. So let us continue to build bridges with words and, in doing so, create a brighter future for all.

The District 94 Conference will be held from May 22 to 25, 2024, at the Ecowas Secretariat in Abuja. The theme of the conference is “Building Bridges with Words.”

This year’s conference promises to be an unforgettable experience, and you can expect influential thought leaders, insightful discussions, and collaboration opportunities.

The District 94 Toastmasters Conference is an annual event that brings together Toastmasters members from across West and Central Africa. The event features inspiring keynote speakers, engaging workshops and speech contests, city tours, and a gala night on May 25, 2024.

Ime Enang, Executive Director, BD Foundation: (BD Foundation is the development arm of BusinessDay Media and can be reached through [email protected])