New Year in­vi­ta­tion to try some­thing new

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

‘ 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 trans­form your life. 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 and Duhal­low area for 26 years. Since Oc­to­ber 1992, when the first meet­ing was held in the Hiber­nian Ho­tel, Mal­low, Speakeasy has en­abled its 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 wit-nessed the “shy” and “in­tro­verted” mem­bers find their voices and soar with con­fi­dence.

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.

So, if you are in­ter­ested in gain­ing a new and vi­tal skill why not pay us a visit? In­deed, one mem­ber, Liam Flynn of Mill­street, at­tended his first meet­ing in early Jan­uary 2007, hav­ing read news­pa­per ar­ti­cles about our meet­ings and hav­ing his cu­rios­ity aroused. He took the first step, de­scrib­ing it as one of the best de­ci­sions of his life and the source of many en­joy­able nights.

So, make a res­o­lu­tion and make that first step by com­ing along to our first meet­ing of 2019. It takes place in The Hiber­nian Ho­tel, Mal­low on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 10 at 8pm.

As al­ways, guests are wel­come and will not be obliged to speak un­less they choose to do so.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please check out our web­site speakeasy­toast­mas­[email protected] or fol­low us on Face­book. Al­ter­na­tively, con­tact Helsa Giles 083-8858848.

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