Toastmasters' Ovation 2012 in Colombo
Over 700 Toastmasters from South India and Sri Lanka will converge in
Colombo to attend the Toastmasters' District 82 Annual Conference -
'Ovation 2012' to be held from May 25 to 27. Sri Lanka gets the
opportunity to host this mega conference once in three years.
Aptly themed 'Build Confidence & Transform Yourself & Learn The Art
of Effective Speaking Towards Self Actualization' the conference will be
ceremonially inaugurated on May 25, at the state-of-the-art Musaeus
College auditorium under the aegis of Toastmasters International
President, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Michael Notaro, who will be
the Chief Guest at the ceremony. Over 1,000 attendees including 700
Toastmasters from India and Sri Lanka and invitees from around Sri Lanka
including corporate leaders, school principals, teachers, students of
schools and universities have been invited to this ceremony.
The conference will feature an interesting line up of educational
sessions which includes a presentation by Rory Vaden, world renowned
self-decline strategist and runner up of the Toastmasters' World
Championship of Public Speaking in 2007.
The District Level International and Table Topic Speech Contests will
be another highlight where over 36 best orators from South India and Sri
Lanka will be contesting having qualified at club, area and division
The International Speech Contest will be the high point of the
conference as the winner will represent District 82 at the annual
Toastmasters' World Championship of Public Speaking Contest - the
Olympics of Oratory - in Orlando, USA in August 2012. Ovation is also a
forum that promotes fellowship and networking amongst Toastmasters
across the District spanning Sri Lanka and South India.
The Toastmasters community consists of members with diverse
educational, professional, ethnic backgrounds and belong to different
age groups. Yet they all work towards one goal, i.e. self development
through effective speaking and improved leadership skills and helping
others also to find their voices.
The conference will facilitate building lifelong relationships
amongst Toastmasters and their families. The fun night planned for May
26 evening at Lighthouse Galley has been organized to foster friendship
and camaraderie among Toastmasters from India and Sri Lanka.
Established in 1924 in California USA, Toastmasters' International
has grown to become the world leader in developing public speaking and
leadership skills of individuals around the globe in line with its
watchword: Toastmasters - Where Leaders are Made.
There are over 270,000 Toastmasters in over 116 countries around the
world which has been possible due to the effectiveness of the
Toastmasters' communication and leadership programme.