It is that time of year again.The nights are closing in, there is an Autumnal feel in the air and we seek out meaningful pursuits to prise us away from that "box in the corner". Adult education classes become popular. Speakeasy Toastmasters is an adult education course with a lot of entertainment attached.
Like all adult education classes, Speakeasy helps it's members acquire and develop a skill. Our focus is on effective communication.The skill of speaking with confidence is hugely beneficial in work related presentations,in sporting and other voluntary organisations and in interpersonal communication.
Members of Toastmasters come from all walks of life and have varying skill levels. Some have prior experience of speaking in front of an audience and wish to develop their skills further, others join as inexperienced beginners and over a period of time become adept at communicating their ideas.The Toastmasters programme is self- paced, members present speeches when they feel they are ready.
Now in our 26th year, Speakeasy draws it's membership from the large hinterland area of North Cork - from "the County bounds" with Kerry to the Tipperary border. Our members hail from Kiskeam to Kildorrery, from Cecilstown to Castletownroche, from Banteer to Buttevant as well as the Mallow area. Our meetings have been described as hotbeds of education, entertainment and "the occasional gush of hot air".
Our incoming President is Sean Corcoran of Baltydaniel. Sean describes Speakeasy as "having a hugely positive impact on his life.Over a few short years,I became comfortable about speaking before an audience and at chairing public meetings. Toastmasters enables us to speak out". Sean believes that the biggest gift that Toastmasters gives it's members is "self-confidence.You get better all the time.You believe that you can do it.And the help and goodwill you get from other club members is inspiring".
|Club President Sean Corcoran with immediate Past President Helsa Giles|
Sean's aim over the coming season is to preside over " enjoyable and rewarding meetings where new members and guests will feel at home".
So,why not let Speakeasy be your night class and forthnighly workout.Guests are never obliged to speak unless they wish to do so.For further information, please check out our website Speakeasytoastmasters.com or Facebook.