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Club Highlight; Strathmore Toastmasters Club Sharpens Students’ Speaking and Writing Skills

Strathmore Toastmasters Gavel Club began in 2016; the first Club of its kind to be started in a Kenyan university. The Club was formed by law students with the aim of sharpening their speaking skills.

The Club provides a positive learning experience, through which members are empowered to develop leadership and communication skills resulting in improved self-confidence and personal growth.

Toastmasters Clubs exist globally, with very few locally. They are expensive and therefore prevent students from accessing them. The idea to start the Club at Strathmore University hence, opened a door for members to access and enjoy the benefits that come with it.

The Strathmore Toastmasters Club holds weekly meetings, where members are trained in several techniques they can employ in their speeches to make them effective. Through communication manuals, participants obtain instructions on how to improve in speech; both impromptu and written speech. The manuals contain 10 speeches for users to practise with, arranged beginning with the simplest and going to the most advanced.

Members are also trained in: public speaking, creating powerful speech structures; using their voices effectively; proper use of body language and eye contact; and how to build self-confidence.

The Club also outsources trainers from Kwanza Toastmasters Club which has been in existence for many years. The trainers, who are old hands at public speaking, assess and strengthen the lessons learned through manuals.

Strathmore Toastmasters Club seeks to leave behind a rich legacy. Some of the Club members have already brought honour to the Club. One such member is Arnold Nciko who was awarded for delivering a wonderful speech in one of the renowned toastmasters clubs in Nairobi. So far the most advanced student is in the 4th speech in the communication manual.

Students who wish to improve their oratorical skills are encouraged to join the club and are required to pay a fee of Kshs.1000 every academic year for membership. For more information, contact the club through toastmasters@strathmore.edu

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