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Building The Team – District Officer Training Program

Any occasion that calls for a group of toastmasters to come together invariably becomes an experience to remember; old friends meeting again, new friendships being formed, experienced toastmasters sharing stories, new toastmasters with fresh ideas, and the combination of them all creates a blend of opportunities that ensures any occasion is worth remembering. New District Officers of District 82 would vouch that the District Officer Training Programme (DOTP) didn’t fail to deliver on that matter of course.

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Championship & Gratitude

It‘s known as the single-seater jet on 4 wheels! The aerodynamic down force is typically greater than the weight of the car. That means that, theoretically, at high speeds the car could drive on the upside down surface of a suitable structure; e.g. on the ceiling. Every Formula One car on the grid is capable of going from 0 to 160 km/h (100 mph) and back to 0 in less than five seconds. The car speeds up to 372 km per hour. That is over 100 meters per second. That is typically faster than a modern high speed train ever built on earth.

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The One Thing, Successful People Never Do

You can be successful in your job and career but you can also be successful in your family, at sports or a hobby. Whatever success you are after there is one thing all successful people have in common: Their ferocious drive and hunger for success makes them never give up. 

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The importance of teamwork

One of the most important things that I have learnt in my leadership career is the importance of teamwork. No one, no matter how brilliant they are, can achieve anything on their own. It is just over 6000 members. That’s almost the same as running a large organisation. We have a Management Team of 10 Division Governors, 41 Area Governors. To plan goals and to achieve those goals, we have to have teamwork. There can be no success without teamwork.

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Whacky tips for Unique Table Topics Answers

Table topics is my favorite part of Toastmasters meeting. I believe it is one opportunity to flex the creative cells inside our brains. I believe it is more important to give an outstanding uncommon answer than a common safe answer. Though the success rate might be lower, eventually the answers will stand out very often.

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How you say it!

A speech reaches audience faster when every element of it makes its mark. A winning speech may have many ingredients and one main component is the voice clarity and modulation in which the speech is rendered. A properly modulated speech will trigger the expected emotion in the audience. Modulation ensures that your content reaches the audience and is purely dependent on ‘How you say it!’

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The art of storytelling

As a new Research Scientist in a large firm – Joe had a task of publishing a monthly memo to all the employees updating R&D activities every month – and any key idea or point that R&D wanted to communicate. Joe did this boring task for many years – a report even fellow research scientists won’t be enthused to read. One day he struck an idea – he created a character as the research scientist and also named him.

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How Toastmasters helped me communicate in a foreign country

When I received my offer to pursue a Master’s Degree at the Australian National University, I was elated! It was an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Though I cleared all the hurdles between leaving Infosys to joining the ANU, there was a catch – I had never interacted with an Australian before! In fact, I had very limited interaction with anyone foreign to India. A couple of Americans (who happened to be my clients/on-site coordinators) and a few tourists here. These were the only foreign nationals I had ever interacted with.

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