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The Toastmasters philosophy works on the premise, how best you can work as a team, how can you help others grow and make them look brilliant?

I remember attending the first few meetings of the newly chartered ESCF Toastmasters club.  The club had a phenomenal start, the membership was at its peak and the meetings were vibrant.  However, over the length of time and evolving global economic scenario the membership dropped, when I joined as a mentor.

A small team of never say die members were intent on keeping the spirit go. And this was a lesson for me. “No matter how bleak the scenario, how sad the situation, as long as you have a team to push and pull; the community survives and thrives.” ESCF Toastmasters club underwent the phase of surviving and subsequently thriving.  The team deserves the applause for believing in themselves.  And during the course of the rough patch the team gained valuable lessons, developing into a formidable team that has gained valuable wisdom to pay it forward.

TM Alok K Singh: A leader with an indomitable spirit and the quest to learn, apply and share.

TM Manoj Chingan: A hidden treasure.

TM R.K. Raman: Toastmaster who never seizes to amaze me.

TM Haniappa Abdul: You take up challenges with a toastmaster’s spirit.  He never says no to stage time.

MTM Aurabelle Dian: The smiling toastmaster with a quest to paint ESCF in pictures.

TM R.K Rao: Your love of language inspires your audience.

TM K. Ramesh: A gentleman, a learner and a friend who has the heart to touch the hearts of others.

TM Rathnakar Shetty: Treasure of talent and creativity.

TM N K Balaji: Always eager to absorb.

TM Mohd Ghani: A toastmaster conundrum; creative and practical.

TM Royston Fernandes: A leader and an inspiration for ESCF and the toastmaster’s community stretching from the GCC to Australia.

MTM Dr Mitra : Bundle of knowledge and wisdom on human psychology and behavior.

TM Tirupathi Rao Vaddi: A Story teller by heart who never seizes to amaze with twists and turns.

TM Sanjay: New B+ in the ESCF family.

MTM Gladys Dias: A Toastmaster with a spirit-full of life.

The formidable team of ESCF has crossed an important milestone and the boat has winds in its sail to reflect inspiration for others going through a rough patch.  And like Zig Ziglar said “If you want to succeed in life help enough people in life to succeed “.  Because team ESCF what you give away always comes back.

 

 

June 2007: The ESCF toastmaster’s was set up to add value to the Emirates supply chain forum.  I recall their first few meetings that were resounding successes and even the venue was a full house.

Years later, when I got a call from then Area Governor to mentor ESCF Toastmasters Club, I was taken aback and was curious to find out how a club could go from such a high to being resuscitated?  During my first meeting with the Excom, I met members who were resolute and wanted to bring back the glory to the ESCF Toastmasters club meetings and would never say die.

Now when I look back, I truly believe it has been a successful year for ESCF Toastmasters, new blood, regular fun meetings, healthy members and guest participation.  We are not there yet, but, we are moving forward on the right track.  There is one thing I would like to share with the Toastmasters community. The ESCF progress has been possible due to the step by step progress made by the Excom following DIP [discipline, initiatives and perseverance.]    Having said that, this would not have been possible without the help and support of the Toastmasters community, because, you came forward when they needed you the most. Be it for educational sessions, evaluations or mentoring programs.

I would say that success in toastmasters or in life is about getting the right team in place.  Like Jim Collins said in his best seller book “Good to Great” …….  “The first thing level 5 leaders do is –  Get the right people on the bus and others off the bus.”   As of December 2010, ESCF has an enthusiastic Excom team on the bus under the leadership of TM Alok Singh that drives at full throttle on the highway.

I wish them a wonderful and successful journey ahead.

Vinod Mehra


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