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'Best Speaker' brings recognition to campus Toastmasters

Communicating for the Cure member Anna Naumova's winning speech, "Eat That Frog," carries club toward international recognition; next stop, division contest April 14

April 9, 2012
Dr. Anna Naumova

Membership in the campus club, Communicating for the Cure, is open to all. "Best Speaker" Dr. Anna Naumova works in the vascular imaging laboratory at the University of Washington.

Photo courtesy Communicating for the Cure

Learn how to stop procrastination while discovering what membership in Communicating for the Cure (CftC), the campus Toastmasters club, can do for you. Attend the Toastmasters International Division competition, Saturday, April 14, starting at 12:30 p.m. at the Pemco Insurance Building, 325 Eastlake Avenue East, and hear campus club member Dr. Anna Naumova's prize-winning talk on time management, "Eat That Frog."  

Based on Brian Tracy's time management book, the talk earned Naumova, a researcher at the University of Washington, "Best Speaker" honors at last month's area competition. If she wins at the division level, Naumova will represent CftC at the District 2 competition (which extends to the Canadian border). From "district," the next level of competition for Naumova and CftC is the international competition in Florida.

Based on the Hutchinson Center campus, the seven-year old CftC provides a supportive and positive learning environment in which members can practice and develop effective communication and leadership skills to enhance professional and personal growth.

In addition to serving as leaders in various club roles, members learn:

  • Public speaking
  • The art of speech writing
  • How to plan and lead effective meetings
  • How to give and receive helpful evaluations.

Toastmasters is an 87-year-old international organization created to improve public speaking and leadership skills. The Hutchinson Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance hosts Communicating for the Cure, which is open to the public and meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month, usually at noon in the Yale Building, J1-102. Membership in CftC is $42 every six months, plus a $20 one-time material fee.

Learn more about the CftC and the upcoming competition by contacting Kari Ulatoski, sergeant at arms, kulatosk@fhcrc.org.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is a world leader in research to prevent, detect and treat cancer and other life-threatening diseases.