Toastmasters International hosts a convention every August!
The convention that I attended in 2014 in Malaysia remains firmly embedded in my mind for four reasons:
- it was a multi racial experience. I met and interacted with toastmasters from all over the world, e.g. Philippines, Singapore, U.S. etc. It’s interesting how despite where we come from, we all share a common goal of developing ourselves in leadership and communication.
- witnessing the world championship of public speaking first hand, the best of best in public speaking, your equivalent of the soccer world cup in Russia.
- it was a multi cultural experience. The Malaysian street restaurants food, and social ambience and fanfare were unforgettable.
- it was an opportunity to bond with toastmasters from Southern Africa outside Southern Africa. Hence that respect and friendship remains to this day.
If I had the opportunity to attend another international toastmasters convention, I would definitely do it again. The 87th Annual Toastmasters International Convention runs from August 22–25 in beautiful Chicago, Illinois. Will you be there?
William Bapire, DTM
Engineers Toastmasters Club – Zimbabwe