Toastmasters International is a non-profit organisation that teaches leadership and public speaking skills throughout the globe. Currently, Bangladesh has five Toastmasters clubs.
For the first time in history, the Bangladesh clubs are participating in an international Toastmasters contest. To decide who would represent Bangladesh in the international level, “Toastmasters Area K5 Humorous and Evaluation Speech Contest 2017” was hosted by North South University Toastmasters Club at their premises on September 15, 2017. The outstanding speakers who formerly won in their respective clubs competed against each other.
Three humorous speeches took place, each making the audience bellow with laughter. The winner of the Humorous Speech Contest, Md. Salam Bin Shawkat from North South University Toastmasters, gave a speech titled 'You Fill Up My Senses'. His captivating speech was embellished with lyrics inspired from his wife. The runner-up, Nafees Kausar from Dhaka Toastmasters, gave his speech 'Trust is a MUST' where he shared an amusing story about nobody trusting the mischievous child that he was.
Toastmasters emphasises the importance of listening skills too. The Evaluation Contest required three contestants to productively evaluate a prepared speech delivered by a fellow Toastmaster. The winner of the Evaluation contest, Ashhab Manzoor, from North South University Toastmasters, and the runner-up, once again Nafees Kausar, addressed the strengths and areas of improvement for the prepared speech.
The event also consisted of an interactive leaders' panel discussion revolving leadership and communication, and a demo Toastmaster meeting to show the audience how Toastmasters clubs conduct their regular meetings.
The two winners, Shawkat and Manzoor, will be representing Bangladesh (Area K5) at the division K5 contest in Calcutta, India, on October 8, 2017. The final competition, for District 41, will be held in New Delhi, in November, 2017.