Kildare Toastmasters win double at Area Finals

March 30th, 2016 – Superb night for the club at the Area finals of the International Speech and Evaluation competition with club president Maureen McCowen and James Dunny taking the respective honours. Club VPM and Area Director Adrian Melia was non voting chief judge and Mary Reynolds and Anthony Casey were our club judges. We were also supported by Mary Caulfield, Eimear O Rourke and Paul McCowen.
Maureen’s performance was powerful and poignant and it was true courage to compete at all as she was sick all week. So much so that first stand by Anthony was already practising his speech.
James’ evaluation of Mullingar Toastmasters president Brian McLoughlin’s Send in the Clown test speech was amazing, detailed and thought provoking. Brian later said in the bar afterwards that he learned more for making his speech better from James’ evaluation.
Huge thanks to Naas Toastmasters for a great job at hosting and congratulations to Maynooth club president Jane Mooney on being elected to take over from Adrian as Area Director on 30th June.
Maureen and James now go on to represent the Area in the Division finals in Tipperary on Sunday 17th April.
Well done folks and best of luck in next round

Public Speaking is Real Life

Know and your audience! Know your room! Whether it is a speech made in the workplace, or at a wedding or any social event, it is important to make sure your voice carries throughout the room. Where better to learn and practice such great skills only in Kildare toastmasters, among friendly and supportive colleagues. Public speaking is for real life, and in our club you can practice this to get it right for whatever the occasion.

Mentoring the Mentors

Our favourite club matriarch Eilis McCormack continued the fine pattern of Kildare club members helping other clubs with an excellent workshop on “Mentoring the Mentors” last Monday at Maynooth Toastmasters club. The benefits of good mentoring are many. It is a great way to share expertise and obtain fresh perspectives. It is a valuable teambuilding tool and allows new members to ease their way into the Competent Communicator program. Above all, it invests in the future of Toastmasters!

The Leader within

At Toastmasters, we don’t just help you develop your communication skills, we also help you with unearthing those leadership talents within. Whether it is chairing a toastmasters meeting, delivering the table topics for guests and members to speak about or organising events, our Toastmaster club can help you do that and much more. And it is recognised too – far and wide. A hearty congratulations to Mary Reynolds who recently received a Select Distinguished award for her role as area director at the Black Cat Conference in Wyboston Lakes, England. Many thanks too to Adrian Melia for attending this year’s conference on our behalf where there was an exchange of many wonderful ideas among fellow Toastmaster leaders.

So allow the leader within you come to the fore. Join us at Toastmasters Kildare!

A different type of Christmas Gift

Christmas speeches are often expected as part of workplace celebrations or they may be included in a family get together on Christmas day. You could turn the speech you give into a gift by keeping it short, simple and sincere. How can you achieve this? Well, there are plenty of ways to learn at Kildare Toastmasters, such as; knowing your audience, knowing what the purpose of your Christmas speech will be, where is it being delivered, and how to organise the introduction, body and conclusion, and finally how to ensure the right message gets across.

You can avoid the dread of public speaking by joining your local Toastmaster’s club in Kildare and discover that it is no so difficult. And you know what they say….practice makes perfect.