Happy New Year from Speak Easy Toastmasters and we hope you had a great Christmas. Did you make your new years resolution?….again, this year.
It is said that 90% of New Year resolutions will be discarded by the end of January and some of the reasons are, setting yourself too high a goal, not having a specific plan, keeping your resolution to yourself, not having the will power and so on.
So what about making a resolution that you really can keep, one whose goals are readily reachable and in which you will have a specific plan.
One with whom you do not have to keep to yourself and as for will power, all you need, is to want to, and you won’t believe the will power that you will achieve.
No one, but no one, will disagree that communication or lack of it is a serious issue in today’s world and it seems that face to face communication, in some situations, is a dying art.
In other words, people are not talking enough. People sending text messages instead of using their vocal chords. Even when one decides to make a phone call, you are likely to hear, “please leave your name” or the dreaded, “press 1 for accounts, 2 for repairs, “etc. People are spending hours staring bug eyed at tv or computer screens, be it at work or at home with the Xbox or ps3.
So what about in 2008 learning the art of communication? Communication is a two way process, talking and listening, meeting and interacting with people, oh yeah, I nearly forgot, enjoying yourself and having fun while you are at it.
Ok, I hear you asking, “what’s in it for me?”, why should I?”
How about this then? Personal Impact for a start.
You see, personal impact includes key elements of Communication; Presentation; Assertiveness and Influencing techniques. All these components enable you to make the impact you want. We all can improve our ability to influence others. You all cringe at that interview that went badly wrong or that appraisal you wish to forget.
Here is an opportunity to ensure that you will not repeat these experiences. In order to know making an impact works, there are a few areas you have to consider, and study.
- Knowing how and why things go wrong
- Improving your ability to influence others
- Understanding rules and conventions and boundaries
- Speaking your mind without offending
- Finding our how others see you
An awareness of all of these will increase confidence and raise self esteem. Come along to the next meeting, of Speak Easy Toastmasters, as a guest and see for yourself how we put these skills into practice. We do it in stages and in an encouraging way and you will be most welcome and don’t worry, guests are never asked to speak at a Toastmasters meeting and you can come as a guest as often as you like.
Speak Easy Toastmasters meet just once a fortnight for two hours, 7 to 10pm in The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow and our first meeting of 2008 is on Thursday, January 10th.
Now, two hours every two weeks to learn the art of communication, meet new friends from all walks of life and all ages, and to really enjoy yourself is a must for 2008, don’t you agree?
After all, “you’re worth it”
So put Thursday, January 10’Th at , in your brand new 2008 diaries and alternate Thursdays from then on until the end of May.
Further information on Speak Easy Toastmasters can be had by visiting our website at www.speakeasytoastmasters.com