The JN Speakers Bureau provides a formal context in which Toastmasters at JN and other employees are invited to participate and be available to undertake appropriate speaking assignments on behalf of the JN Group.
Toastmasters Clubs at JN
In 2011, the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) welcomed the concept of Toastmasters International, and in recognition of its capacity-building value to nurture competent speakers and presenters, supported the development of the JN Toastmasters Club, which was established that year at its Chief Office in Half-Way-Tree.
Employees responded positively to the opportunity to develop and refine their speeches; and the JN Toastmasters Club was founded in April 2011, with 40 plus members. To date, several JN Toastmasters have achieved the minimum Toastmasters certification, to become a Competent Communicator (CC); some members have achieved Advanced Communication certifications and one JN employee has achieved the top Toastmasters International certification, as a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM).
Following the success of the Kingston-based Club, a second group, the JN Articulators, was launched at JN Financial Services, Catherine Hall, in Montego Bay, St. James, in 2013 and held its Charter Ceremony on March 31, 2016.
The JNGI Tone Setters Club was founded in 2019, and in 2020, the JN Fund Managers Talking Titans club is expected to be chartered.
During the past five years, it became quite evident that JN employees who are members of Toastmasters have found themselves in a unique context, in that, many are now qualified speakers; and have the ability to address a variety of topics, particularly subjects in their respective areas of competence.
Other JN employees with specific areas of expertise, have been also been invited to be part of the JN Speakers Bureau. Senior members of the JN Group continue to be available to represent the JN Group and to speak on a variety of topics.
In addition to the members of the JN Speakers’ Bureau, the Society’s senior management team are experts in a number of areas. These include information technology, treasury management, general insurance, corporate social responsibility, mortgage, customer service, compliance and financial literacy.