PM at Toastmasters conference: “Communication encompasses understanding and tolerance”

POSTED: 05/25/12 2:10 PM

MAHO- Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams addressed the 81st District Toastmaster’s conference at the Sonesta Maho Resort last Saturday. “On behalf of the government of St. Maarten, I congratulate the conference planning committee for a superb preparation and meticulous planning of this conference,” said Wescot-Williams, who founded the first corporate Toastmasters Club on St. Maarten in 2004: the Soualiga Corporate Club. She delivered her first Toastmasters speech in October 1994.
Toastmasters International (TI) is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. Through its thousands of member clubs, Toastmasters International offers a program of communication and leadership projects designed to help men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking.
“Leaders are good communicators and not only good speakers. Leaders set the tone; leaders show the way; leaders are themselves learners. To do and to be all this, you need to connect with people, with others for a myriad of reasons,” the Prime Minister said.
She pointed out that Toastmasters has not stayed behind during the technological revolution. “Technology has opened new windows of opportunity, not in the last place in the area of communication. It has broken down barriers and transcended borders and has connected millions of people who before this all evolved were shut off from the rest of the world and a Toastmaster has quickly tuned in to these developments. Communication in my view also encompasses understanding, not just listening, and accepting, not just tolerating. In this volatile world we live in, these attributes are indispensable/.”

The Prime Minister said that the government has remained an avid supporter of Toastmasters and the advancement of its members. “Toastmasters make good leaders and make good leaders better ones.”

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