IUB student becomes champion in Toastmaster Int’l contest
Yusra Binte Sikandar, a student of School of Life Sciences (SLS) of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) won the prestigious title of ‘Division L’ Champion in Humorous Speech Contest 2019 under Toastmasters International (TI). The event, named ‘Ebullience 2019’, was held in Cox’s Bazar from November 15-16, 2019. Yusra will be representing Bangladesh in Oration 2020 (TI District 41 Conference) in May 2020 at New Delhi, India against division champions of Bhutan, Nepal and India.
Division L is made up of all 16 Toastmaster clubs of Bangladesh distributed under 5 areas namely, Area L1, L2, L3, L4 and L5. The competition, Ebullience 2019, was participated by 5 Area Champions representing these 5 areas. All these Area Champions, at first, had to win in their respective club levels and then had to win in their area levels as well to represent their respective areas in the Division competition. Yusra belongs to IUB Toastmasters Club under Area L3.
Every year, Toastmasters International holds ‘humorous speech’ contest to provide an opportunity for speakers to improve their speaking abilities and to recognize the best as encouragement to all. It also provides an opportunity to learn by observing the more proficient speakers who have benefited from their Toastmasters Training. It brings out the best of the best Toastmasters where the Division Champion competes in the District level and then to the International level.
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Headquartered in Colorado, U.S.A., the organization's membership exceeds 358,000 in more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.