The Daffodilian Toastmasters Story – Birth of a Club

Daffodils Toastmasters Club – Celebrating Actions

Daffodils Toastmasters Club was chartered on 12th June 2003 and is a community club based in Malleswaram. We are part of Area B2, Division B, District 92 of Toastmasters International. Daffodils has been distinguished ever since inception and our biggest testimony comes from the Executive Director of TMI , Daniel Rex who termed Daffodils “The Best Club In the World”.

Unity is our biggest strength and we pride in ourselves because we are “More than just a Club”.

The Birth of Daffodils Toastmasters Club

Toastmasters International’s driving creed – “to make effective oral communication a worldwide reality” – has always found ready takers in Bangalore. Fate, however, ordained that most of those early believers would come to set up their clubs – outposts of the Toastmasters movement – in the heart of the Garden City, and consequently out of reach for a great many of the city’s denizens. And it was thus that a need arose to broad base the extent and reach of the movement in Bangalore. Daffodils Toastmasters was born in response to this need.

Conceptualised by a thoroughly eclectic group – the charter members included a financial consultant; a laparoscopic surgeon; an orthodontist; entrepreneurs in the software services, chemical and forestry sectors; an HR professional and even a banker – meetings of the club were consciously situated in the leafy, so-called “pensioners’ locality” of Malleswaram in order to make the Toastmasters movement accessible to an entirely new strata of individuals. The initial meetings were admittedly sleepy and it took a fair while for things to take-off, but when they did….by God!

The club secured its charter i.e. its official recognition from Toastmasters International on 12th June, 2003; and has gone on since then from strength to strength.I believe we have succeeded in what we set out to achieve – to help each other become better speakers, listeners and leaders. And the journey has only just begun! Three cheers to Daffodils Toastmasters!

The Club’s Mission

Creating a warm, receptive environment where even the most timid amongst us can acquire the poise and confidence to address a public audience. To help each other – each one of us, Daffodils and guests – bloom and become better people.

A Typical Meeting

Here’s how a Typical Meeting goes:

  • A typical meeting has 20 to 40 members who meet weekly on Saturdays.
  • The 1st session is the prepared speech session where members of the club come prepared with speeches on a topic of their choice using the guidelines outlined in the Competent Communicator or one of the Advanced Communicator manuals.
  • The 2nd session is the Table Topics where meeting participants give impromptu talks on assigned topics.
  • The 3rd session is the Evaluation session where experienced toastmasters evaluate the speakers and provide constructive feedback.