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Contributed by Shelli Mekos on 06/29/2012
Members of Ithaca College’s Toastmasters club are never lost for words when it comes to conveying their messages. In fact, “verbal words” have helped this on-campus, professional development group earn Select Distinguished recognition through Toastmasters International.
Toastmasters International is a non-profit, educational organization with over 13,000 participating clubs worldwide. Located within local communities, companies and schools, membership in Toastmasters has proven to be very beneficial to individuals who have been seeking to improve their communication and leadership skills. Using workbook exercises and various speaking activities, members give presentations at the meetings and evaluate each other’s speeches, in a no-pressure environment. From the use of proper grammar to avoiding the use of filler words, speakers are coached on how to improve these detailed skills as well as others to help polish their professional presence.
Now in its 10th year, Ithaca College’s Toastmasters Club has achieved the Select Distinguished level for meeting club goals within the Toastmaster year of July 1 to June 30th. IC members collaborated as a team while working on their individual goals towards educational awards. Seven out of the ten International club goals were met; that determined the end-of-year Ithaca College Toastmasters Club status.
Congratulations to the following IC members that have recently achieved educational distinctions:
Marie Abb – Competent Communicator
Pam Ameigh – Competent Communicator
Colleen Barnes – Competent Communicator and Competent Leadership
Jane Ray – Advanced Communicator Bronze
Doreen M. Hettich-Atkins – Advanced Communicator Silver
Karin Wikoff – Advanced Communicator Bronze
To find out more about the educational distinctions as well as our College’s local Toastmasters club, please visit, http://ithacacollege.toastmastersclubs.org/. Once there, if you wish to sit in on a meeting and see how we work, just click on the Meeting Information/Directions link under the main menu. The group meets on alternating Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons, usually in the Cayuga Lake Meeting Room in the Campus Center near the front entrance to the Dining Hall. The club is open to any member of the Ithaca College Community or Longview and is supported by the Ithaca College Office of Human Resources and the Office of Career Services.
Contact Shelli Mekos if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in sitting in on a meeting, please let us know that you will be attending.
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