Toastmasters to host meet-and-greet night
Wanting to voice an opinion, but too afraid to use your voice?
We’ve all been there. But now a successful West Cork club which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary is calling on members of the public to see just how easy it is to become a good public speaker.
Bandon Toastmaster’s Club throws open its doors tomorrow for a meet-and-greet open night at the town’s Munster Arms Hotel, to give members of the public a chance to see how meetings run and learn about how they can benefit from membership of the club:
“People can have the chance to see speeches delivered both by beginners and by experienced speakers,” says Imelda Westcott, club PRO and former President.
The club has about 20 members, a figure the man- agement committee expects to see increase by about a third in the coming weeks.
“This is our 30th anniversary year, and part of our birthday celebrations involves our continuing efforts to spread the word about the benefits Toastmasters’ membership offers everyone,” says Imelda, who adds that anyone who joins the club before the end of September can avail of a discounted annual membership fee at €80.
Whether you have to give a work presentation wedding speech, stand up at a Parents’ Association meeting — or anything that involves standing up and speaking in public — Toastmasters will give you the confidence to speak your mind.
“When you come to one of our Bandon Toastmaster Club meet-ups, it’s the first step. You do it at your pace,” says Imelda.
“We promise you that to- gether we will crack it so that interview, that wedding speech, that promotion you want to go for, will be easier to do.
“We all learn from each other little techniques and often interesting stories too every week — all over an informal tea and coffee — well you’ve got to wet the whistle.”
Many people, says Imelda, fear they might become tongue-tied, forget their speech, or feel intimidated by all those eyes watching.
“That’s just plain old fear telling you that. We know because many of us in our Toastmasters club here in Bandon once felt the same,” she says.
“Together, though, we help each other overcome that fear.”
Open night for Bandon Toastmasters takes place at Munster Arms Hotel, Bandon, from 8.15pm on Wednesday, September 26
Imelda Westcott, Toastmasters PRO, presenting Philip O’Brien with his certificate for communicator gold.