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Welcome to Tragicomedy Toastmasters. We meet weekly on Thursdays at 8 PM EST via Zoom:

https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/5575130612

Feel free to attend as a guest with the above link and RSVP for more information.

Tragicomedy Toastmasters has a thespian theme with a focus on the dramatic arts. Speeches are dramatic or comedic monologues, and Table Topics are improv.

2022-2024 Tragicomedy Toastmasters Accolades

  • President’s Distinguished Club Recognition
  • Sensational 7 Award (Winter and Summer)
  • Talk Up Toastmasters Award
  • Smedley Award
  • District Monthly Newsletter Member Feature: Alondra Sánchez, EH5, CC, CL
  • District Mentor of the Quarter: Alondra Sánchez, EH5, CC, CL
  • Division International Speech Contest First Runner Up: Jay Karthik, DTM
  • District Evaluation Contest Finalist: Jay Karthik, DTM
  • District Club Member of the Quarter: Jay Karthik, DTM
  • District Club Mentor of the Year: Jay Karthik, DTM
  • District Toastmaster of the Year: Jay Karthik, DTM
  • District Communication and Leadership Conference Speaker: Joseph Esler, DTM
  • Membership-Building Leader for Sponsoring 15+ Members: Joseph Esler, DTM

District Pathfinder Award Winners:
Jay Karthik, DTM, Joseph Esler, DTM, and Mary Ellen Pataro, PM5, EH5, PI1

Honorable Mentions for District Club Member of the Quarter:
Adele Fuzaylov, CC, CL, Frank Fletcher, CC, and Michelle Lebo, EH2

We are the Tragicomedy Toastmasters…please come and check us out!

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The proven way to help you speak and lead.

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Congratulations – you’re on your way to becoming a better communicator and leader! Toastmasters International, founded in 1924, is a proven product and is regarded as the leading organization dedicated to communication and leadership skill development. As a member, you will gain all the tools, resources, and support you need.

Through its worldwide network of clubs, Toastmasters International helps people communicate effectively and achieve the confidence to lead others. Why pay thousands of dollars for a seminar or class when you can join a Toastmasters club for a fraction of the cost and have fun?

What’s in it for you?

Toastmasters is a place where you develop and grow personally and professionally. You join a community of learners, and we learn by doing so in Toastmasters meetings. Whether you’re an executive, stay-at-home parent, college student, or retiree, you will improve, building skills to express yourself in various situations. You’ll open up a world of new possibilities: giving better work presentations, leading meetings – and participating in them – more confidently, speaking more smoothly off the cuff, and even handling one-on-one interactions with family, friends, and colleagues more positively.

How does it work?

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The environment in a Toastmasters club is friendly and supportive. Everyone at a Toastmasters meeting feels welcome and valued – from complete beginners to advanced speakers. In a club meeting, you practice giving prepared speeches and brief impromptu presentations, known as Table Topics. There is no rush and no pressure: The Toastmasters program allows you to progress at your own pace. Constructive evaluation is central to the Toastmasters philosophy. Each time you give a prepared speech, an evaluator will point out strengths and suggest improvements. Receiving – and giving – such feedback is a great learning experience. In Toastmasters, encouragement and improvement go hand-in-hand.

Good leaders are good communicators.

Anyone who is a strong leader has to be an effective communicator. In Toastmasters, you will hone your speaking skills and develop leadership abilities – through evaluations, listening, mentoring, serving as club officers, and filling roles in club meetings. You will take those leadership skills into the world, running businesses, mentoring youths, organizing fund-raisers, coaching teams, and heading up families.