The public speaking scene in Nepal is growing at a fast pace, whether it be stand up comedy, life coaching or motivational speaking.
If you are someone who wants to learn public speaking, then Toastmasters might be the right choice for you.
What is Toastmasters?
Toastmasters International (TI) is a non-profit educational organization based in the United States that operates clubs across the globe to promote communication and public speaking skills. It was founded at the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, USA by Ralph C. Smedley on October 22, 1924.
Toastmasters International uses a club-based local structure with approximately 20-40 members each. Meetings take place every week or fortnightly,at morning or afternoon.
Toastmasters isn’t like a college program where you study about a subject for years and then do the practicals. Toastmasters is known for it’s “peer to peer learning by doing” methodology. You learn from other members and other members learn from you by giving speeches and evaluations.
What is the meeting format of a Toastmaster meeting?
The meeting is usually divided into three sections:
Table Topics Session
This is the impromptu speaking session of the meeting. This session intends to help members build their impromptu speaking skills. If you happen to be a guest, you can actually take part in this session and win. (Guests mostly win, trust me!)
Feature Speeches Session
This session is for the members. 2-3 members deliver their prepared speeches which have been mentored by their mentors. The members should fulfill some objectives of their curriculum(CC manual or Pathways) as per their level and project.
In this session, you get instant feedback. The speakers are evaluated by their designated evaluators and other technical evaluators evaluate all the other speakers.
How many clubs are there in Nepal?
There’s a total of 18 Toastmasters club in Nepal but the number seems to be growing every year. There are 14 clubs in Kathmandu alone, one in Dharan and two in Pokhara.
When did Toastmasters start in Nepal?
The first club Kathmandu Toastmasters club was established in Nepal in 1992 by UN expats. Toastmasters entered in Nepal way before it did in India.
List of Toastmasters clubs in Nepal
The following is a list of existing Toastmasters clubs in Nepal :
- Everest Toastmasters Club
- Himalaya Toastmasters Club
- Kathmandu Toastmasters Club
- Tourism Toastmasters Club
- Laxmi Bank Toastmasters Club
- Standard Chartered Toastmasters Club
- Bodhi Toastmasters Club
- Reliance Toastmasters Club
- Rato Bangala Toastmasters Club
- Shangri la Toastmasters Club
- Founder’s Toastmasters Club
- Professionals Toastmasters Club
- Pokhara Toastmasters Club
- Dharan Toastmasters Club (Dharan)
- Gandaki Toastmasters Club
- KCM Toastmasters Club
- Kusom Toastmasters Club
- Bhaktapur Toastmasters Club(proposed)
Here’s a table containing all the club timings, days and venue of different Toastmasters club in Nepal:
|1||Himalaya Toastmasters Club||6:00 PM||Thursday (Weekly)||Sap Falcha, Babar Mahal,Kathmandu|
|2||Shangrila toastmasters Club||6:00 PM||Wednesday (Weekly)||Embassy Restaurant, Panipokhara, Kathmandu|
|3||Laxmi Bank TMC||9:30 AM||Tuesday (Alternate)||6th floor, Conference room, Laxmi Bank head office, Hattisar|
|4||Standard Chartered Bank TMC||9:00 AM||Wednesday (Alternate)||Standard Chartered Bank, Head Office. Naya Baneshwor, Kathmandu|
|5||Reliance Toastmasters Club||5:00 PM||Tuesday (Weekly)||Reliance Public School, Kapan, Kathmandu|
|6||Tourism Toastmasters Club||6:00 PM||Tuesday (Weekly)||Opium Restaurant and Bar, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu|
|7||Everest Toastmasters Club||5:45 PM||Sunday (Weekly)||Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur, Kathmandu|
|8||Kathmandu Toastmasters Club||5:45 PM||Monday (Weekly)||Yellow Pagoda Hotel, Kantipath, Kathmandu|
|9||Rato Bangala Toastmasters Club||2:15 PM||Sunday (Weekly)||Rato Bangala School, Lalitpur|
|10||Bodhi Toastmasters Club||5:45 PM||Monday (Weekly)||Brihaspati Vidhyasadan, Naxal,Kathmandu|
|11||KUSOM Toastmasters Club||5:00 PM||Tuesday (Weekly)||KUSOM,Lalitpur|
|12||KCM Toastmasters Club||8:45 AM||Friday (Weekly)||KCM, Lalitpur|
|13||Baneshwor Toastmasters Club||7:15 AM||Wednesday (Weekly)||Carnival Restro and Meeting,Thapagaun|
|14||Professionals Toastmasters Club||6:00 PM||Wednesday (Alternate)||Attic Restaurant, Gyaneswhor,Kathmandu|
|15||Pokhara Toastmasters Club||6:00 PM||Thursday (Weekly)||Dunga Restro and Lounge Bar,Lakeside,Pokhara|
|16||Founders Toastmasters club||6:00 PM||Wednesday (Weekly)||Opium Restaurant and Bar, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu|
|17||Dharan Toastmasters Club||6:00 PM||Wednesday (Alternate)||HPE Hall,BPKIHS,Ghopa Camp, Dharan|
|18||Gandaki Toastmasters Club||3:00 PM||Friday (Alternate)|
How to become a member of a Toastmaster club in Nepal?
Becoming a member of a Toastmasters club is easy. You go to different clubs, check them out , find the best one for you and join. Each club has its own membership fee. No one gets paid and the money is spent on your Toastmasters International membership fee, venue cost, food cost, stationery cost,etc.
How to choose the best club for you?
Do the following steps to find the best club for you :
- Use Find a club
- Find clubs that are nearest to you that meet weekly .
- Go and visit those clubs. See where you fit.
- Talk to the VP membership club which you’ve chosen and he/she will help you with the registration
Note: There are some clubs that requires you to be of certain profession to get into them. For example: Laxmi Bank Toastmasters and Standard Chartered Bank Toastmasters only allow their employees as members. Similarly, Tourism Toastmasters is for people who are involved in Tourism in Nepal. Bodhi Toastmasters is mostly for Educators. Founders Toastmasters is for founders/bloggers. So, if there’s a Toastmasters club that aligns with your profession, joining it would be advantageous for you.