Toastmasters And You - 2015!
Why not come to the first meeting of 2015 Speak Easy Toastmasters? Its January, and you deserve the chance to spend one evening every fortnight than with friends, enjoying yourself, having a chat, learning and having fun!Speak Easy Toastmasters are part of Toastmasters International which is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.
Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization has hundreds of thousands of members in clubs in worldwide. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.
A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a friendly atmosphere. We have about 40 members who meet fortnightly to practice public speaking techniques. Meetings last for about 2 hours 8-10pm.
Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instil a basic foundation in public speaking. Participants learn skills related to use of humour, gestures, eye contact, speech organization and overall delivery. When finished with this manual, members can choose from 15 advanced manuals to learn skills related to specific interests.
Members also learn leadership skills by taking on various meeting roles and serving as officers at the club and district levels, and by working in the Competent Leadership manual and the High Performance Leadership program. In our learn-by-doing approach, we don't lecture our members about leadership skills; we give them responsibilities and ask them to lead.
There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings, serve as officers in various leadership roles and learn rules related to timing, grammar and parliamentary procedure. You can also just sit back, relax and enjoy the evenings entertainment.
Speak Easy Toastmasters is one of many clubs that can be found all over Ireland and was formed in 1993. Since its formation Speak Easy members have won numerous toastmaster contests at both local and district (Ireland and UK) level. The club is constantly recognised by Toastmasters International, and has just presented with a “distinguished area award.”along with its sister clubs.
Now for 2015, why not come along to any one of our meetings as a guest? Guests are never asked to speak at a toastmasters meeting so come along, relax and enjoy the evening.
The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on 8th January at 8.00pm. Rona Coghlan PRO. Further information visit our website at www.speakeasytoastmasters.