Dublin South Toastmasters celebrated another great event in April. John Kelly the founder of the Dublin South Toastmasters club received his Distinguished Toastmaster award.
Toastmasters is a worldwide organisation with over300,000 members. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. Speaking in public, is consistently ranked as number 1 of the most frightening things to do. It’s an irrational fear that affects most people in many situations – best Man speeches, work presentations or if you’re required to chair a committee. However irrational it might be, it is a very real fear.
It was apt that John received the highest award the Toastmasters organisation bestows at the Leopardstown club he started 5 years ago. The evening was a special night and Dublin South Toastmasters hosted a packed event. John’s friends, family and fellow Toastmasters celebrated John’s many achievements including delivering over 40 speeches, mentoring and leading at club and Dublin area level.
Dublin South Toastmasters has gained a reputation as a very successful and extremely friendly club, its members range in age from 20’s to 60’s and visitors are always welcome to attend any meeting. As they say ‘Visitors are not expected to speak, so just turn up, sit back and enjoy the meeting’ . Dublin South Toastmasters provides a supportive environment where members gain the skills and confidence needed to comfortably stand up in front of an audience. There is a tried and tested programme, but it’s flexible. You progress at your own pace, advancing when you’re ready to take the next challenge. Each meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. There is no instructor and members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure
Anybody wishing to find out more about the Dublin South Toastmasters can go to the contact section of this website!
Note: South Toastmasters meet on the 1st and 3 rd of each month at the Clayton Hotel, Leopardstown
Dublin South Toastmasters hosted their Tall Tales competition in January. There was an amazing turn out with 11 contestants taking part in a night of entertaining story telling.
Well done to all of the Dublin South contestants and of course to Michael Kenny the winner ( below, middle, with Paul Schwartzman (VP Education, left) and John Kelly (Dublin South Toastmaster Club Founder, right)
Dublin South Toastmasters is a friendly and enthusiastic Toastmasters club with a focus on providing a supportive environment for public speaking. At the club we aim to –
help people get over public speaking fear or nerves
teach the techniques and provide feedback to help improve your public speaking
teach listening and evaluation
have friendly and social meetings that are enjoyable and interesting
The Club was started in 2011, and follows the proven Toastmasters International Education Program.
We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month from September to July in the -1 level of the Clayton Hotel (formally Bewleys) in Leopardstown. The meetings begin sharp at 8pm so guests should arrive about 10minutes early.
If you are interested in coming to a meeting to see what we do we welcome guests. As a guest you can come to two meetings free of charge, a charge of €5 is required for subsequent meetings to help cover room and refreshment charges.