GCC Toastmasters Club Seeking Members

Group Focuses on Public Speaking Skills

Batavia, New York—The skills needed to be an effective communicator in an increasingly global business world are taught, practiced and honed during regular meetings of the Multi-Cultural Communications Club at Genesee Community College, which is now accepting new members from the College and general community.

Members of the public are invited to join GCC faculty, staff and students for their next monthly meeting at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2012 in the Conable Technology Building. The club, also known as Toastmaster’s International, is affiliated with the College’s Leadership Certification program. Meetings focus on improving listening skills and evaluating the ideas and delivery styles of other members, with the goal of developing and refining communication skills. Pizza and cold drinks will be served before the meeting which ends promptly at 6 p.m.

Toastmasters clubs provide an atmosphere “where members become confident, charismatic individuals who gain practice to become the leaders, speakers and negotiators which the global employment marketplace is always looking for,” according to GCC adjunct professor Jacqueline
Di Bella, who advises the group with John McGowan, GCC’s Career Center Coordinator.

The organization continues to celebrate the school’s strong multi-cultural influence. For a second semester, the club is being led by international students Maki Kojiroi of Japan and Peru-born Miluski Escudero of Japan. Once again, they share the presidency of the campus club, which encourages leadership through public speaking and networking opportunities.

Both students say as leaders, they “hope to educate the members of the club that great organizations thrive on communication and effective leadership stimulates constant communication.”

Instructor Di Bella says GCC is taking a leading position by responding to employer’s growing interest in soft skills such as communicating, team-building, leadership and interpersonal relationships. “Public speaking expertise is one of the most valuable assets a business professional can have. Good verbal skills are essential to success in every component of the work environment.”

For more information on the Toastmasters International Club at GCC and to make reservations, contact Jackie Di Bella via jedibella@genesee.edu or John McGowan jmmcgowan@genesee.edu
or visit the GCC website: http://www.genesee.edu/campuslife/students/clubs/.

And, mark your calendars – there will be another meeting on November 19, 2012!

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