Speak­ers to of­fer words of wis­dom

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Áilín Quin­lan

A se­rial quit­ter-turned-ad­ven­turer who stood face to face with a griz­zly bear, and sur­vived to tell the tale, joins an in­ter­na­tional au­thor and man­age­ment con­sul­tant to speak to an au­di­ence of some 150 in a West Cork town next week.

And if you’re among the 75% of peo­ple who suf­fer from a con­di­tion known as glos­so­pho­bia, you should think about at­tend­ing. Glos­so­pho­bia is the fear of pub­lic speak­ing, and is very com­mon but con­sid­ered one of the great­est fears a per­son can have.

But Imelda West­cott, pres­i­dent of Ban­don Toast­mas­ters, says it’s a con­di­tion which is not all that dif­fi­cult to over­come.

So, Ban­don Toast­mas­ters Club has ar­ranged for two mo­ti­va­tional fig­ures to speak at the Mun­ster Arms Ho­tel on Thurs­day week next, Fe­bru­ary 22.

It’s the first time the or­gan­i­sa­tion has in­vited speak­ers of this cal­i­bre to the town and, al­ready, some 150 in­ter­ested mem­bers of the pub­lic are ex­pected to at­tend the Ig­nite Your Po­ten­tial event.

Henk van­der Klok quit two uni­ver­si­ties, a wrestling team, the Dutch marine corps, and many other things. In 2011 he says he rein­vented him­self as an ad­ven­turer, in or­der to prove to him­self and to oth­ers that he could stick with some­thing.

In the years that fol­lowed, Mr Van der Klok walked from Eng­land to Rome, cy­cled from Hol­land to Is­tan­bul, spent sev­eral months lead­ing pack horses across the Canadian wilder­ness, and pad­dled the en­tire Mis­sis­sippi river in a kayak. He slept in grave­yards, was chased by feral dogs in Ro­ma­nia, and stood face to face with a griz­zly bear in Canada. Over time, he dis­cov­ered that try­ing all these new things had a sur­pris­ingly ben­e­fi­cial ef­fect on him.

Eigh­teen months af­ter join­ing Toast­mas­ters, Mr Van der Klok gave his first TED Tall, and Ban­don or­gan­is­ers say he’s a hugely in­spi­ra­tional speaker.

Mr Van der Klok’s fel­low speaker on the night is au­thor, busi­ness coach, man­age­ment con­sul­tant and for­mer lawyer Walt Hamp­ton, who now lives in Cas­tle towns hen din West Cork.

Mr Hamp­ton will speak on the im­por­tance of liv­ing a life that mat­ters. Doors open at 7.30pm and the event be­gins at 8pm. Tick­ets through Eventbrite, €10 plus book­ing fee.

Henk van der Klok: Dutch mem­ber of Toast­mas­ters.

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