Talk of the Towers Toastmasters Club #5446

President’s Letter 2018-2019


Jerry Seinfeld once quipped, “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

Are you looking to conquer this irrational fear of public speaking and no longer be the brunt of Jerry Seinfeld’s jokes? Are you already good and looking to get better? Do you want to meet a motivated, positive community of people in Manhattan? If any of the answers to the previous questions is “yes,” this is a great place for you. At Talk of the Towers Toastmasters, you’ll find a diverse team of professionals dedicated to improving both our communication and leadership skills in a warm and cozy environment. We leave our egos at the door and understand we are all here to better ourselves as communicators, leaders, and overall people.

To introduce myself, my name is Bobby Graziano and I am honored to serve as President of this club for the 2018-2019 year. My public speaking career began in the fourth grade when I would give presentations to my class about how the San Antonio Spurs would match up against the Los Angeles Laker’s triangle offense. I forgot about my passion until my last year in college, when I listened to one of my friends in my major and went to the Georgia Tech Public Speaking Club.

After looking around for clubs to join in Manhattan, I immediately felt at home and felt I was able to be myself in front of this great group of people. People laughed when I discussed my track suit and gold chain fashion phase in middle school, cried when I joked about my romantic struggles in my freshman year of engineering school, and were inspired when I discussed how to manage one’s ego in my competition speech, “The Ego is The Enemy.” Moreover, in the last year and a half, I’ve been able to compete in city-wide competitions, host a rap album release party, and meet great friends. As President for this year, I have the duty of picking the motto for the club and this year it is “Live Deliberately.”

For all those that feel like they are going through the motions in life, or are not living to their fullest potential, this is the motto and club for you.  

A little bit more about our chapter’s composition and structure:

Club Members

Our club is an embodiment of diversity that is New York City. Our membership is comprised of individuals from all walks of life. We have business executives, retirees, entrepreneurs, creative artists, teachers, engineers, architects and more. Furthermore, our club is diverse in thought, gender, race, age, and background. We encourage our members and guests to not hold back and bring their true selves to the podium.

Meetings – Frequency and Structure

Our two-hour meetings occur every 1st, 3rd and if applicable, 5th Tuesday of each month. The general structure includes:

  • Prepared Manual Speeches – members prepare a speech to meet the objectives in the various Toastmaster Manuals.
  • Table topics – members and guests could speak extemporaneously on a new topic for one to two minutes.
  • Evaluations – overall feedback on the meeting and individual speech evaluation including timing, use of grammar and verbal crutches.

Club History

Our club was started in 1990 in 1 World Trade Center; hence the name, Talk of the Towers. Over the past 26 years we have maintained a tradition of support and excellence. We have achieved numerous awards from Toastmasters International including “President’s Distinguished”, “Perfect 10/Club Excellence” because of members achieving their goals as leaders and communicators.

Looking Ahead

Join us and Live Deliberately too. Our leadership team and I are happy to answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to meeting and welcoming you to this great club – “Talk of the Towers.”

Best Regards,
Bobby Graziano

 Club Officers Name Email
President Bobby Graziano, CC
Vice President Education Tanya Alvarez
Vice President Membership Jake Jones
Vice President Public Relations Juliana Marulanda
Secretary Marielle Sweeney
Treasurer Alice Wei
Sergeant-at-Arms Guy Barash


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