By Julia Block
The ToastMasters International club will be holding a meeting at Sayreville Public Library on March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Public speaking professor Jeremy Nickerson said ToastMasters is a club he would recommend for students.
“I’ve never actually been to a meeting, but I certainly know of them. I even show some Toastmaster videos in my public speaking classes. There are several clubs both here in Edison and surrounding towns. I certainly think students should check out a meeting, especially if they’re interested in fields where public speaking is an integral skill such as business, public relations, etc.,” said Nickerson.
Narayanaswamy Nagarajan, one of the Distinguished Toastmasters who holds the role of president for a club in Middletown and secretary for the Sayreville club, said, “The club meeting consists of three segments: prepared speeches, Impromptu speaking and evaluation. The fundamental principle of Toastmasters is practice, feedback and practice.”
He said you do not need to be a registered ToastMaster to attend a meeting and that anyone could attend up to three meetings without paying any fees for registration.
Nagarajan also said the minimum age required to join ToastMasters International is 18 years old.
The Sayreville ToastMasters club meets the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.
ToastMasters International has clubs in Middlesex County that meet at different times in different locations. Locations can be found on www.toastmasters.org/find-a-club.
For more information about ToastMasters International, visit www.toastmasters.org/about/all-about-toastmasters or contact Nagarajan by email at [email protected]