By joining a Toastmasters club you will improve in your work within two years. Along with that you will learn how to chair meetings, improve standards of listening, thinking and speaking and meet a full cross section of the community in which you live. It is all about doing it. If you apply yourself by preparing carefully, actively participating and speaking as often as possible you will be amazed at how quickly your communication and leadership skills will improve in a fun and friendly environment.
Location details and directions.
All meetings begin at 7.45 p.m. for 8:00 p.m. and are generally held every second Tuesday (bar the summer).
At an average Blarney Toastmasters meeting of twenty five people our President opens the evening at eight o’clock and passes control to the Toastmaster of the night. At each meeting a different member gets a shot at this and all the other jobs. The Toastmaster welcomes all the members and guests before introducing the agenda for the evening.
After this the Topicsmasters gets up and asks members to speak on a subject for two minutes unprepared. An example of this would be “If you were to be stranded on a deserted island what five items would you bring with you if you were only allowed five?” Guests are always free to join in but are never compelled to. Then we break for coffee.
When we come back we have generally three prepared presentations given by our Blarney club members. The Toastmaster introduces each speaker. The subject matter can be on anything under the sun but since we follow educational programs there must be a definite emphasis. These include preparing a talk that allows the speaker use to body gestures in particular or vocal variety, organisation, persuasion skills, interpersonal relations, storytelling, etc. The speeches are usually around seven minutes long.
When all the speakers are finished up comes the General Evaluator. This person leads the evaluation section of the evening. The General Evaluator calls the evaluators to evaluate their preassigned speakers. Here the evaluator gives his or her overall impression of the speech, in what ways the talk met the stage objectives and maybe one or two ways in which the speaker may improve. Then the General Evaluator calls on the Topics Evaluator, the Timekeeper and the Grammarian to give their reports. Finally the General Evaluator gives his or her own personal opinions on the meeting as a whole before giving out prizes for the best contributions during the evening. When all this is done the General Evaluator passes control of the meeting back to the Toastmaster who in turn gives it on the the President.
The President then closes the meeting at around ten o’clock and some of us retire to Christy’s bar at the Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel, Cork, off solving the real problems of the world!
We hope to see you there.