A Seminar on ‘Leadership and Communication Skills Development: An introduction to Toastmaster USA’ has held on 29th May 2011 at Campus 1 Auditorium at AIUB. The seminar was initiated by Md. Maksudur Rahman Sarker, Professor & Director, AIUB Quality Assurance Center (AQAC) and moderated by Anisa Sultana, Faculty, dept. of Management & HRM, FBA and the overall logistic support was given by AIUB Business Club.

The seminar was of high importance as The Toastmaster USA has already stepped into 116 countries worldwide and AIUB is the 117th venue where the organization wants to advocate the energy of effective leadership and communication skills. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. The keynote speaker of the seminar, Mr. Michael Notaro, DTM, the president of Toastmaster International, explained how a last bencher and bashful personality could be transformed into a world class public speaker. He shared his own story, how did he triumph over his inner fear and eventually became the president and brand ambassador of Toastmaster international. On top of everything, he is a true master of public speaking and leadership. He inspired the students to know their own fear of public speaking and overcoming the problems by practicing toastmaster techniques. Along with him, Mr. Balraj Arunasalam DTM - International Director was present as a guest of honor, Mr. Shuvo Hridayesh, Mohammad Safiullah, FCMA Sponsors & Mentors, Dhaka Toastmasters Club , Md. Ali Haider Chowdhury, FCMA -President of CMA Bangladesh Tigers Toastmasters Club were also present to motivate the students , Faculties and other officials present.

Prof. Dr. Charles C. Villanueva, Dean, FBA and Dr.Ehsanul Huda Chowdhury , Director of BBA programme delivered the welcome speech and the Vote of thanks, respectively. Certificates of Appreciation and Souvenirs were presented to the guests and the keynote speaker at the end of the seminar. The seminar ended with a positive note as it has brought the opportunity for FBA to set up a Toastmaster club at AIUB and to be the part of the Toastmaster International’s facilitating and mentoring.

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