Invictus

Toastmasters in Nepal

Organizing Team: Division O, District 41, Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a non-profit initiative that helps to foster leadership and communication skills among its members through clubs that exist globally. In fact more than sixty percent of Fortune 500 companies and many top academic institutions in the world have in-house toastmasters clubs to help their stakeholders work on diverse leadership and communication skills. In Nepal, the Toastmasters movement has recently gained momentum with many corporate houses starting to have in-house clubs as a part of their human resource development program. To encourage this momentum and help ensure that professionals in Nepal are acquainted with the benefits of globally recognized educational programs curated by toastmasters international, we are constantly trying to create platforms where the members work together with communities outside of it. We also try our best to connect experts from various fields whose experiences can be monumental in shaping the learning curve of professionals in the country.

Description of the Program

Invictus aims to bring out the significance of communication especially in virtual context utilizing the expertise developed within the toastmasters community. It is a video speech challenge wherein interested participants submit a recorded video of a 2-3 minutes of self-prepared speech based on the theme provided by the organizing committee. It is accompanied by a series of workshops and resources endorsed internationally in the field of communication and leadership, and is open to both members and non-members of the toastmasters community.

Our program constitutes of the following three stages:

  1. Call for registration and participation
  2. Empowering the participants through series of webinars and through enhanced access to communication and leadership resources
  3. A mega finale event

Date and Timeline of the event

Registration of Challenge opens: 12 August 2020

Registration closes: 10 September 2020

Video Submission Deadline: 21 September 2020

Finale: 28 September 2020

Theme of the Contest

Resilience

(The participants can choose their own speech topic based on the theme Resilience)

Objective

The event aligns with the strategy of Division O that aims to bring toastmasters closer to communities. Hence it aims to

  1. Raise awareness on the importance of communication and leadership in the contemporary professional world
  2. Spread a relevant social message
  3. Share knowledge and expertise created within toastmasters community to general public and aid in the process of developing confident and skilled manpower in the country

Expected Outcome

  1. Increased interest of general public on toastmasters program, communication and leadership
  2. Pool of confident public speakers and communicators in Nepal

Actitivity Plan

S.N Activity Timeline
1. Video Speech Challenge Call for participation: 12 August 2020
Registration Closes:
10 September
Submission deadline: 21 September
Finale: 28 September
2. Share speechcraft, communication and leadership resources to participants 14 August – 10 September (every 5 days)
3. Organize Webinar on virtual communication 21 August 2020
4. Organize webinar on effective speech writing 04 September 2020
5. Organize a grand finale event on a national television 28 September 2020

Challenge Rules

  1. Eligibility: To be eligible to submit a video for Invictus, a participant must:
    1. Be from within Nepal
    2. Have registered their participation through the following link before 23:59 NST 10 September 2020:
      https://forms.gle/uW63GnLtCQeXuvXt5

  1. Speech Subject and Preparation: Participants must create their own speeches in English language, and each must be substantially original.
    1. 25% or less of the speech may be referenced but the source must be mentioned in that case.
    2. Every participant must certify in writing that the content of their speech is or will be substantially original by using the Speaker’s Certification of Eligibility and Originality along with video submission.
    3. The theme of the video speeches should be “Resilience”. A participant may choose to have their own content and topic based on this theme. The speech should be 2-3 minutes long. Speeches beyond either of these time limits will be disqualified.
    4. Humor and props may be used to support or illustrate the speech.
    5. The video speech of participants must be sent to the organizing committee before 23.59 NST 21 September 2020. Speeches sent after 21 September 2020 shall not be considered for the challenge.
    6. The video must be uploaded to the google drive link forwarded by the organizing committee after the participant registers for the challenge through the link provided in Participation Rules Section 1. b.
    7. The video should be completed on a single take. Edited clips will be disqualified.
    8. Only one entry for each participant will be accepted.

  1. Disclaimer: By participating in this challenge, you agree to sharing your name, image and video by the organizing committee to promote the event in future. This discharges us from all claims, demands, rights, promises, damages and liabilities arising out of or in connection with the use or distribution of the recorded videos, including but not limited to any claims for invasion of privacy, appropriation of likeness or defamation.

RSVP: Asira Khanal 9841868493 | Ekta Lamichhane 9801006746