Wednesday, January 01, 2020

A New Year's Invitation!

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step" - Buddha.

It's that time of the year again when we reflect on our lives and we make resolutions. Usually, we decide to "lose" something, be it some weight or a bad habit. However, far more can be achieved by trying to "gain" something, to acquire a good habit or a new and valuable skill.

January is also a time when we consider Adult Education Classes for our personal development. If you haven't done so already, have you ever considered acquiring or developing your communication skills? The ability to communicate with clarity and confidence is an invaluable life skill which can help transform your life and open up wonderful possibilities. There are many reasons why people wish to learn communication skills - to help improve their self- confidence; to help in job interviews and work presentations; to improve their leaderships skills and to enhance their social and conversational skills. Sometimes, gaining a new competency can be both satisfying and fun!

Speakeasy Toastmasters has been to the forefront in providing communication training in the North Cork Area for over 27 years . Since October 1992, when the first meeting was held in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, Speakeasy has enabled it's members to flourish. We don't just train, we entertain. Our motto is - "we learn most in moments of enjoyment". Though our meetings appear formal, fun can be had. And, on many occasions, we have witnessed the "shy" and "introverted" members find their voices and soar with confidence. In an era of Social Media communications, the ability to communicate your feelings, ideas and opinions in real life situations, is more important than ever.

But, we are not just about speaking. We also listen. One of the most fascinating aspect of our meetings is the diversity of subjects discussed by various speakers. From the sublime to the ridiculous, from the profound to the preposterous, speeches presented at our forthrightly meetings are a constant source of fascination and enlightenment. Moreover, the "Table Topics" of the meeting, gives members the opportunity to speak "off the cuff", a hugely beneficial skill in many social situations.

So, if you are interested in gaining a new and vital skill why not pay us a visit?, Indeed many members have stepped across the threshold to attend their first ever Toastmasters Meeting having read an article in this newspaper and were suitably impressed by what they witnessed.

    Speakeasy draws its members from all over the North Cork and Duhallow area. As Club President, Theresa O'Reilly asserts - "There is a mistaken belief that Toastmasters is for Solicitors, Auctioneers and suchlike But, our Club is for everyone. Our members come from all walks of life and of all ages. Everyone is welcome". 

So, make a resolution and make that first step by coming along to our first meeting of 2020. It takes place in The Hibernian Hotel ,Mallow on Thursday,9th January at 8.00PM.
As always, guests are made feel welcome and will not be obliged to speak unless they choose to do so.
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