Beware the ides of March - Shakespeare.
Like thousands other sporting and social events, Speakeasy Toastmasters 25th Anniversary Celebration Night fell foul to Storm Emma and was postponed. Sadly, the Red Weather Warning was issued after the Print Deadline for publication.Hopefully, by that time the bitter winds of March will be a distant memory.
In the meantime, it's full steam ahead for Speakeasy Toastmasters. On Thursday, 8th March, we are hosting our Annual Speech and Evaluation Contests. Toastmasters prides itself for hosting meetings that are friendly and relaxed. Speakers compete only with themselves - improving their communication skills step by step. However, twice a year we turn up the temperature and host competitions which both challenge and entertain.
The International Speech Contest which ultimately leads to the World Championship Public Speaking Finals in America requires the speaker to present a speech with a strong message. In the past, Speakeasy has been well represented at the District 71 (Ireland and Britain) Final. In 2016, Kieran Butler finished Third with his ode to a single life. In 2004 and 2005, Deirdre Linehan finished in the top three with fine performances. In 1999, Pat Sexton represented the club in the District Final.
In this year's competition, a range of speakers will cross verbal swords for the honour of representing the club in future rounds in Cork and Munster. In the Evaluation Contest, evaluators will pitch their skills and evaluate a guest speaker and provide him with appropriate feedback. Over the years, several members have reached the District Final, including Michael Cronin and Pat Sexton who both finished in Second Place.
As always, guests are welcome to come and watch and will not be obliged to speak.
For further information, check out our website, speakeasytoastmasters.com or Facebook. Alternatively, please contact President Helsa Giles - 0838858848.