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Toastmasters Club Speech Contest to be held at Brooklyn Campus, 3/23


Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1419

Brooklyn, N.Y. – So, um, you uh want to be a better public speaker? Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus Toastmasters Club teaches ways to improve speaking and leadership skills that can boost confidence and lead to success in a career, school or other social settings.

On Wednesday, March 23, the Long Island University Toastmasters Club, a branch of Toastmasters International, will host the Toastmasters Area 22 International Speech and Evaluation Contest. The contest will be held in the Brooklyn Campus’ Library Learning Center, Room 515, from 6-8 p.m.

Toastmasters clubs from across Brooklyn will participate in the event, with the winner going on to the Toastmasters Division Level and up the ranks further with the possibility of eventually participating on the international level.
Since 1924, more than four million people across the globe have had membership in Toastmasters International. Today, Toastmasters International (TI) counts more than 260,000 members around the globe.

The Brooklyn Campus Toastmasters Club is open to faculty, students and administrators of the Campus and to community residents. Darlene Bois, president of the Brooklyn Campus Toastmasters Club, is a member of the Brooklyn community.

“Guests can come in and sample a meeting,” Bois said. “Newcomers are usually in fear of public speaking and have preconceived notions about what to expect. When they actually see a meeting in progress, their apprehension often dissipates. Some voluntarily participate and many choose to become members of the club.”

Those who speak in the Area 22 contest can choose their own topic.

“The speech for the contest should essentially be new,” Bois explained. “However, if a speech is being recycled, it must be amended according to TI guidelines. Familiarity with or passion about a subject are usually what dictate the topic for a speech.”

For more information about the Area 22 International Speech and Evaluation Contest, or how to visit or join a Toastmasters Club meeting at the Brooklyn Campus, contact Darlene Bois at (718) 773-5209 or e-mail; or call Joan Pierre at (718) 488-1121 or e-mail

Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus is located at the corner of DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, just 10 minutes from Wall Street.

The Brooklyn Campus is distinguished by…
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 03/09/2011

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