Sunday, January 29, 2017

distinguished visitors

Speakeasy Toastmasters were joined by members from Tralee Toastmasters for a joint meeting this week.   Maire Fitzpatrick, President extended a warm welcome to our visitors from the Kingdom.    Claire O’Connell was Toastmaster for the night.  Vicky McCarthy from Tralee was Topicsmaster for the meeting and had us on our toes asking the audience did they know the origins of popular phrases such as “For Pete’s sake”and “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.”  Anna Dokurno from Tralee Toastmasters took on the job of Timekeeper.

The first speaker of the evening was Michael Cronin with a speech titled “Divine Intervention.” Michael gave a humorous account of his time as an Altar boy and of the first time he read at Mass.    Therese O’Reilly evaluated Michel’s speech.

Next up was Anthony Garvey, from Tralee Toastmasters with a speech which fell under the public relations manual project speaking under fire.   Anthony delivered a controversial proposition and answered hostile questions on same. Bobby Buckley evaluated the speech.

Anne Buckley was next to the lectern with a speech titled “Thanks for the memories.”  Anne related how being a member and past President of Toastmasters has been an enjoyable and learning experience.   Dermot Kennedy evaluated Anne’s speech.

The final speaker for the evening was Michael McEgan from Tralee Toastmasters.   Michael gave an interpretive reading  from the novel “All Quiet in the Western Front..”  It related the story of a German soldier returning on leave from World War 1. Pat Sexton evaluated Michael’s  reading.

Tony O’Regan was General Evaluator for the night and thanked the visiting club for joining us for the meeting.
Our next meeting is on Thursday  9th February  at 8 p.m. in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow.   All are welcome.    Guests are never asked to speak.

Note for the Diary:   Theme Night Thursday 23rd February – a 60s Theme. So members get the costumes ready!

Further information on Speakeasy Toastmasters can be had by visiting or by contacting Marie Fitzpatrick, President
(086)8548389 or Helsa Giles, E.V.P. (086)0762015

Monday, January 09, 2017

New Year-Join Toastmasters!

Happy New Year from Speakeasy Toastmasters and we hope you had a great Christmas.
Tonight Thursday 12th January all roads led to the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow,  Why?
Because it is the first meeting of 2017 for Speakeasy Toastmasters.    We are facing a couple of more months of dark and maybe cold evenings and where better to spend one evening every fortnight than with friends, enjoying oneself, have a chat , learning and having fun.
Speakeasy Toastmasters are part of Toastmasters International which is a non-profit educational organisation that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.   Speakeasy Toastmasters is one of many clubs that can be found all over Ireland and was formed in 1993.
Have you made your new years resolutions yet?
It is said that 90% of New Year resolutions will be discarded by the end of January and some of the reasons are, setting yourself too high a goal, not having a specific plan, keeping your resolution to yourself, not having the will power and so on.  So what about making a resolution that you can keep, one whose goals are readily reachable and in which you will have a specific plan.    No one will disagree that communication or lack of it is a serious issue in today’s world and it seems that face to face communication in some situations is a dying art.
A Toastmasters meeting a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a friendly atmosphere.   Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking.   Participants learn skills related to use of humour, gestures, eye contact, speech organization and overall delivery.    When finished with this manual members can chose from 15 advanced manuals to learn skills related to specific interests.    Members also learn leadership skills by taking on various meeting roles and serving as officers at the club and district levels.
Now that 2017 is well and truly with us why not come along to any one of our meetings as a guest.   Guest are never asked to speak at a toastmasters meeting so come along, relax and enjoy the evening.
Speakeasy Toastmasters meet just once a fortnight, on Thursday nights, for two hours 8– 10 p.m. in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow.
Now, two hours every two weeks, to learn the art of communication, meet new friends from all walks of life and all ages, and to really enjoy yourself is a must for 2017 don’t you agree?
Further information on Speakeasy Toastmasters can be had by visiting or by contacting Marie Fitzpatrick, President(086)8548389 or Helsa Giles, E.V.P. (086)0762015