VIU Establishes Toastmasters Club

Are you one of the countless individuals suffering from glossophobia? (I’ll spare you the Google search: glossophobia is the fear of public speaking, also called speech anxiety.) Glossophobia is extremely common, but many of us have to face that fear at work, at school, or at social events. We have felt the palms of our hands grow cold and sweaty; we have felt the butterflies in our stomachs; we have heard our voices betray us by shaking, cracking, and breaking when addressing a group of listeners. Fear no more, glossophobes! Your redemption is here!

Virginia International University and the School of Business are pleased to invite members of the university community to join the newly formed Toastmasters International club at VIU. Toastmasters International is an educational non-profit organization whose goal is to foster public speaking and leadership skills in its members worldwide. The organization was established in 1924 and has nearly 300,000 memberships in more than 120 countries.

VIU’s Toastmasters club is open to university students, faculty, and staff. Meetings are held on the first and third Friday of each month in Commonwealth 4 from 12:00-1:00 pm. Membership fees include a one-time $20 fee to join, as well as member dues in the amount of $6 per month for the first 6 months (total of $36). Anyone interested in joining may complete the membership application here: http://www.toastmasters.org/memberapp.

If you would like more information about VIU’s Toastmasters club, please contact Dr. Mark Robinson at mrobinson@viu.edu. For more information about Toastmasters International, please visit www.toastmasters.org.