With the objective of improving communication skills in the employees of the member organizations, FITIS in collaboration with Braybrooke Toastmasters Club organized a Speech Craft program in late March 2014. This program comprised 10 sessions covering different aspects of effective communication including listening skills, time management and effective use of words with guidelines to making an effective speech and evaluating a speech was attended by 14 participants including many Exco members including present chairman of FITIS Mr. Chinthaka Wijewickrama.. This participant engaged program was coordinated by Toast Master Thulitha Piyasena with the able assistance of Ms Manesha from the FITIS Secretariat. Many eminent Toast masters such as TM Niranjan de Silva, Distinguished Toast Masters (DTM) Sudash Liyanage, DTM Srianthie Salgado, DTM Padmini Samarasinghe conducted valuable sessions on “How effective speaking and communication improves a person”, “How to organize and deliver an effective speech on time”, “How to evaluate a speech”, “Working with Words”, etc. The participants were also fortunate to attend a session by 2014 World Champion of Public Speaking, TM Dhanajaya Hettiarachchi titled “Your Body Speaks”. The success of the program was witnessed by all who attended the Final session held at the Great Wall Restaurant where many participants who were afraid to speak for 20 seconds at the first session could not be stopped speaking even after 3 minutes.
FITIS Members in Final session of the Speech Craft Program