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Toastmasters International addressed by Earl Jarrett

Published:Monday | May 23, 2016 | 12:06 AM
Earl Jarrett, general manager of Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) and Essie Gardner, conference chair for Toastmasters International District 81, are photographed at the JN Toastmasters Homecoming held at JNBS Half-Way Tree branch recently.


More than 300 members of Toastmasters International District 81 from across the Caribbean, are scheduled to attend a regional conference in Jamaica, under the theme 'Sprinting to Success', at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, from May 20 to 22. Essie Gardner, conference chair for District 81, made the announcement recently, adding that Earl Jarrett, general manager of Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), will deliver the main address at the opening ceremony.

"Toastmasters International is one of the foremost organisations for the development of leaders as effective communicators and has assisted many executives and managers in Jamaica to develop their communication skills and overcome their fear of public speaking," said Gardner. "We, therefore, welcome the opportunity for Mr Jarrett, a distinguished communicator and leader, to address our conference, as our organisation strives to assist members to refine how they represent and communicate the vision of their companies or organisations."

The Toastmasters will also benefit from presentations by other local and international presenters, who will focus on subjects including: motivation, self-development, communication and leadership building skills.

"We selected the theme ... in recognition of 2016 being an Olympics year and the fact that the Caribbean has a rich history in the sprints, at the Olympics," she said. "And, we felt that this was also an opportunity to influence our Toastmasters to sprint towards their personal and professional goals." Jamaica National has been associated with Toastmasters for the past five years and has two clubs, the JN Toastmasters, at JN's chief office in Kingston, established in 2011); and the JN Articulators, at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, established in 2013.

District 81 comprises 7,000 members in 24 countries across the Caribbean. It operates in six divisions, with Jamaica in Division B, along with The Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Toastmasters International was founded by Ralph Smedley in 1924 and currently has more than 332,000 members in 15,400 clubs, in 135 countries. The organisation is recognised as a world leader in communication and leadership development