Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Operation Transformation in Speakeasy!

Do you need to say a few well chosen words on those special occasions?
Do you need to sharpen your communication skills for work presentations or interviews?
Do you wish to chair meetings effectively?
Do you wish to improve your creative writing skills?
Or are you simply looking for a good night's entertainment?

If the answer to any of the above questions is "Yes", then Speakeasy Toastmasters is for you. For many people, speaking before an audience is a daunting challenge. In various surveys, respondents listed speaking in public as their number one fear,outranking even the fear of death by a two to one margin.

Speakeasy Toastmasters is devoted to enabling it's members to express their thoughts, ideas and opinions in an enjoyable, yet professional training programme. "Learning by doing" is the best way to learn any new skill and that is how Toastmasters works. You start speaking in a helpful, supportive and positive environment and in an "Operation Transformation " fashion you will grow in confidence and will get better and better.

We are very familiar with the term - "butterflies in your stomach". Toastmasters will help you to manage your butterflies or to help them "fly in formation". You will be introduced to various speaking techniques on how to organise your thoughts and speech structure. You will gain valuable experience on body gestures, on vocal variety and on the use of language to get your across. 

To assist each member, speakers are assigned an "evaluator". The evaluator provides helpful, constructive feedback to the speakers which helps them pinpoint their strengths, identify areas for improvement and gives useful suggestions for future speeches. Other important facets of Toastmasters is the experience gained in chairing a meeting and participating in the impromptu part of the meeting, which is called the "Topics Session ". The Topics Session gives members the opportunity to let off steam and express their views on a broad range of issues, some of them serious, others humorous. And all of this takes place in a two hour meeting, held fortnightly .

          Participation in Toastmasters helps take take the fear out of speaking. In fact, many members 
          begin to find Speaking in public to be an enjoyable and confidence building experience. Many
          members of Speakeasy go forward and do what they previously thought unthinkable and take             up leadership roles in the Club and in many other sporting and community organisations. 

          Speakeasy Toastmasters draws it's membership from across a large hinterland area of North 
          Cork, taking in both Avondhu and Duhallow regions - from Rathmore to Mitchelstown.            Members come from all walks of life - nurses, self-employed, farmers, teachers and housewives. 
As we face into a New Year,now is an appropriate time to take up new challenges or do the things you've often promised yourself you'd do. And what more rewarding opportunity can there be than honing your communication skills.Toastmasters is open to everyone from 18 to 81 years of age and beyond! Old dogs can learn new tricks and important life skills.

With this in mind,Speakeasy Toastmasters issues an invitation to the interested and the curious to our first meeting of 2020. It takes place on Thursday,9th January in the Hibernian Hotel,Mallow at 8.00pm.
Guests will not be obliged to speak unless they wish to do so. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday night.
For more information on Toasmasters,please check out our website or look us up on Facebook.

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