Ghana Toastmasters Community, a local chapter of Toastmasters International will from May 10 to May 12 2018 host the West and Central African Toastmasters Spring Conference in Accra. The conference, according to the Local Toastmasters Committee Chairman, Mr. Moses Cofie will be held under the theme, “Communicate to Influence. Lead to Solve.” Addressing a press conference ahead of the event, Cofie said the conference will have distinguished Ghanaian leaders like Mr. AlhassanAndani, Managing Director of Stanbic Bank Ghana, Dr. Joyce Rosalind Aryee, Executive Director of Salt and Light Ministry, Mr. Ace Ankomah, Managing Partner at Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa and Ankomah Law firm and distinguished Toastmaster Papa Arkhurst who will lead presentations on topics relevant to leadership in Africa.
According to him, the conference is an exciting educational and networking event for a district’s clubs which has four objectives of communication and leadership training opportunities in support of the district mission, creating opportunities for networking and the exchange of ideas, recognition and celebration of district accomplishments and running district business. He averred that “the world needs leaders, head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others.
These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. “By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters programme,” he noted. He said: “Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback; and accept it.
Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership.” Mr. Cofie explained that during the main conference, presentations by other leaders and captains of industry from the visiting West African countries will be delivered that will be geared toward preparing today’s African leader for the future. “Leaders from 15 West and Central African countries will join their Ghanaian counterparts in Accra from 10th to 12th May, 2018 at the Events Haven, International Trade Fair Centre, Accra,” he said.
In an interview with Today, one of the distinguished Toastmasters, Mr.PapaArkhurstsaid that, “the conference is a yearly event, and Ghana Toastmasters wants to reach out to more Ghanaians so as to open more clubs across the country”. “I believe in what Toastmasters stands for. My colleagues and I want to see more Ghanaians benefit from what we are benefitting. It is giving us the opportunities to grow and helps one to understand the opportunities around them so that they can take advantage of that and grow themselves.” Papa Arkhurst also mentioned that the structure of the organization is in such a way that, if one wants to benefit he or she must lead, stressing that the time has come for leaders to move beyond communication and influence change.
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