PESONA Toastmasters Club held its first Open Day on 22 August 2017, since its establishment nine years ago in PETRONAS. The event was held at the Dining Hall, Level 40 of Tower 1, PETRONAS Twin Towers.
The Open Day aimed to promote PESONA Toastmasters to PETRONAS employees and showcase its benefits such as helping its members develop and enhance their communication and leadership skills, practice organising their thoughts, as well as becoming confident speakers.
The event attracted 55 participants from various PETRONAS Operating and Holding Company Units, as well as members from other Toastmasters Club in Klang Valley, namely MISC, Hitachi, Sunway Construction, HELP University, Midvalley TMC, Intergraph Process Power and Offshore, and Technip FMC.
PETRONAS Group ICT Chief Leadership Officer and Head of Strategic Communications Michele Lum, in her opening remarks, emphasised how PESONA Toastmasters is an excellent platform for PETRONAS employees to enhance their communication and leadership skills.
Guests to the event were given a preview of the Toastmasters’ curriculum and pathways by Distinguished Toastmaster Janette Pang from Group ICT. The new pathways introduced by Toastmasters enhance the learning experience by honing five core competencies – public speaking, interpersonal communication, strategic leadership, management and confidence.
Participants at the event were given the opportunity to try out speech crafting and deliver an impromptu speech. After picking up some tips on effective evaluation by past District Evaluation Champion Nazaruddin Abdullah, the participants also had the opportunity to practise what they learnt by giving feedback to the speakers.
According to author and management expert Ken Blanchard, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions”. In Toastmasters, feedback is called evaluation, and it is the heart of the Toastmasters educational programme. Toastmasters observe the speeches and leadership roles of club members and offer evaluations on their efforts. This is because it was found that if one truly wants to improve their speaking and leadership skills, one must learn how to give and receive helpful evaluations.
PESONA Toastmasters Club President Siti Nadiah Halmi presenting Tokens of Appreciation to the guests who participated in the speech crafting and delivery exercise at the PESONA Toastmasters Open Day 2017. If you would like to learn more about Toastmasters, visit their official website (www.toastmasters.org) or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest.
PETRONAS Group ICT is the host for PESONA Toastmasters’ meetings in 2017, an initiative by Group ICT’s Communications Academy to provide experiential learning and upskill its employees' communication and leadership skills, whilst serving as a platform for bridging cross-organisation learning.
PESONA, which stands for ‘Persistent Speakers on Air’, is a corporate club within Area P6 of Division P in District 51 Toastmasters, Malaysia.
About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, United States of America, the organisation's membership exceeds 345,000 in more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries that make up its global network of meeting locations.