Chartered Toastmasters, a club exclusively for Chartered Accountants affiliated to Toastmasters International. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit organization started by the great visionary Dr. Ralph C Smedley on 22nd October 1924 at the basement of the YMCA at Santa Ana California, USA, to improve the public speaking and leadership skills. In addition to the development of communication and leadership skill, club members use this platform for discussion on issues of professional interest in a lighter vein which helps members to thrive their knowledge and confidence in profession and empowers them to take assignments and leadership in various public and social activities.
Chartered Toast Masters at Kochi have regular meetings on Fridays during 07.00 to 09.00 pm at YMCA Palarivattom, Kochi.The meetings are held with the aid of an agenda circulated in advance with time schedules. There will be two or three project speeches. Speeches are evaluated. These evaluations will help the speaker and audience to identify areas of improvement. There is a session for extempore speeches called as ‘Table Topic Session”. The speeches are made with the aid of a structured learning programme of International Standards. The lessons include projects targeted to make ‘competent speaker’ and ‘competent leaders’. ‘Chartered Toast Masters’ being the exclusive club for Chartered Accountants part of the meeting time is dedicated for ‘discussion on matters of professional interest’. Besides, there are exclusive sessions on selected topics of academic interest for CAs.