Tullamore Toastmasters 2013

Tullamore Toastmasters will resume meeting in the new year on Thursday the 3rd of January. See you all then!

Party tomorrow night!

To correct my previous post, which I got wrong. (My brain is like a sieve, as one of my teachers in school used to tell me.)

Tullamore Toastmasters are having their last meeting of the year tomorrow night, the 6th of December, in the Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre on Bury Quay, Tullamore. This will be partly a normal Toastmasters meeting, and partly a party.

Normal meetings will resume in January.

The year turns

UPDATE: I got the details wrong in the post below. See corrected post.

We’re approaching the end of 2012. Has it been a good year for you? It has been for me, in the main.

Tullamore Toastmasters have only two meetings left this year: a standard meeting this week, on Thursday the 6th of December, and then the Christmas Party before we close down for the holidays.

All systems go for 2013!

The competition went well

Congratulations to Fionnuala Galvin, who won both the Humorous Speech competition and the Table Topic’s competition at last week’s Tullamore Toastmasters meeting.

The club’s next meeting is on Thursday the 24th of October, at 8:30 p.m., in Tullamore Court Hotel, as usual.

In other news, the widget which should show our latest Twitter posts in the sidebar of the blog has stopped working. I’ll see what I can do to fix it.

11th October 2012: Competition Night

Tulamore Toastmasters’ next meeting is at 8:30 p.m. on the 11th of October in the Tullamore Court Hotel. This is a special meeting, being the Humorous Speech and Table Topics Competition Night. The two competitions are open to all Toastmasters. And, as usual, anyone and everyone is welcome to come along and watch.

Successful Open Night

There were many new faces at last night’s Open Night at Tullamore Toastmasters. After being greeted with wine and canapés, they enjoyed a lively meeting. First, Fred Dolan led an interesting topics session, with subjects as varied as the first day of school, which supermarket is dominant, and whiskey. Then, after a break for tea and coffee, we had three prepared speeches. In “Tick Tock (goes the clock)”, Claire O’Brien, giving her third speech for Toastmasters, presented an interesting idea for a citizen’s basic income scheme. Then Patrick Hynes gave an entertaining speech titled “Sekora’s Shop”, in which he recounted some stories from his time in Romania. Finally, we had a guest speaker. Des Doyle, former president of Tullamore Toastmasters, came back to the club to talk to us on the subject “What Toastmasters did for me”. He told us how Toatmasters had helped him in his personal and professional life, and about his career on the radio and in teaching communication skills.

All in all, it was an enjoyable evening, and it presented an excellent demonstration of what Tullamore Toastmasters is all about: a supportive, friendly learning environment, enlivened with good humour and wit.

Open Night, Thursday 27th September 2012

Tullamore Toastmasters is having an Open Night this coming Thursday (the 27th). Come along to the Tullamore Court Hotel at 8 p.m. for wine and a friendly chat before the meeting. The meeting itself will be tailored so that newcomers will feel welcome and included.

Tullamore Toastmasters meet every second Thursday, and every meeting is open to the public. Anyone who wants to join, or wants to have a look, or is mildly curious, or is just at a loose end on a Thursday evening is always welcome to come along. But the upcoming meeting on Thursday the 27th will be particularly good for first-timers. Do come and join us!

Ready to go?

The summer break isn’t quite over yet, but it is drawing to a close. Tullamore Toastmasters will have our first meeting of the new season on Thursday the 13th of September 2012 in the Tullamore Court Hotel at 8.30 p.m. See you all there!

How web video powers global innovation – Chris Anderson

We love TED Talks here at Tullamore Toastmasters. Here’s a really good talk by Chris Anderson on the influence of video which shows how people are now learning new skills (dance,educational,speaking) online. Through video ideas are spreading faster and to a widener audience connecting people on a global level. He makes an interesting point that speakers are learning from online video improving their techniques, sometimes spending up to 6 months preparing for a 20 minute speech, raising the bar for all who follow. Yikes!

Great Start to the New Year for Tullamore Toastmasters Club

Tullamore Toastmasters club commenced into the New Year on an optimistic note with positive viewpoints on topics featuring throughout the night. There was great attendance and everyone was in high spirits. For many the Tullamore Toastmasters Club is much more than a place where they can develop their public speaking and leadership skills. It is also a social outlet; a place to meet new people and exchange stories and laughs from the humorous topics that always feature at our meetings.

Speakers at our last meeting included Patricia Dunne who brought us on a virtual journey throughout Poland with her speech entitled ‘ my visit to Poland’ and Nuala Murtagh-Carton with a thought provoking speech entitled ‘the state of the nanny state’. Fionnuala Galvin gave her advanced speech ‘speaking off the cuff’ on the iconic Titanic disaster and really portrayed her skills gained at Toastmasters as she confidently spoke and quoted facts.

Our next Toastmasters meeting takes place in the Tullamore Court Hotel this Thursday 26th January at 8:30. As always, we welcome guests to come along and see what its all about or bring a friend for support if you’re feeling apprehensive.

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