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Toastmasters Corporate helps with public speaking

March 26, 2014

The CSU Toastmasters Program Kick-Off/Demo featuring two guest speakers takes place 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3,in Durrell Seminar Room C.

What is Toastmasters?

Toastmasters is a service-based club that aims to improve confidence, public speaking and verbal improvisation. Community clubs are generally open to anyone, while company clubs  are limited to employees of that company and are closed to outside members. 

“Toastmasters is a laboratory of sorts -- a great place to experiment with, and hone presentations, before you present them in front of your students, your thesis panel, review board or investors,” said PenDell Pittman, Toastmaster’s area governor.

The Office of the Vice President for Research, CSU Graduate School, the Vice President for Diversity, the Multicultural Staff and Faculty Network and the CSU Toastmasters community club have offered to hold an interactive demonstration with a mix of CSU employees, students and Toastmasters volunteers.

Toastmasters helps members network with other existing Toastmasters members and possible partners in a non-work setting.  By raising the confidence, speaking and presentation skills of CSU’s staff, we also raise our level of customer service and interaction.

The vision of the CSU Toastmasters Program is to develop and build the program based on the diversity of CSU’s staff and students.  By leaving organizational titles and positions at the door, all members have an opportunity to take leadership roles within the program to develop their communication and leadership skills.

  • View the Toastmasters video.

Inspirational speakers

The kick-off features Dr. Kathy Fortune and Gregory K. Hernandez, both long-time members of Toastmasters, as guest speakers.

Dr. Fortune specializes in forensic medicine, and has worked closely with the judicial and prison systems. She has worked on high profile murder cases and assisted the FBI and Secret Service Agency. Fortune has additionally spent 20 years working as a prison doctor, and also is an online journalist for and a consultant for the NBA and NFL.

Hernandez, who has been involved with Toastmasters since 1998, is a businessman who owes his successful climb of the corporate ladder to his communication skills. Wishing to assist others in the practice of public speaking, he has launched his own speaking and training practice.

Additional information

The meeting is open to CSU students, staff and faculty, and registration is encouraged. Light refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend, but you must register to attend as space is limited.

The event is sponsored by CSU Graduate School, the Vice President for Diversity, CSU's Multicultural Staff Faculty Network and District 26 Area Toastmasters.