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OPEN Night 8th February 2022

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It is said that a goal without a date is only just a dream! If your goal is to improve your public speaking skills, set a date in your calendar for Tuesday February 8th.
We welcome people to attend our online open night, for free, to get a glimpse of how you can achieve your goal.

What are we all about?
By participating in meetings, we all practise and learn the basic skills of both impromptu (off the cuff) speaking and prepared speaking.
This helps us with everything from giving presentations, to interview skills all the way down to general small talk.
Speaking in public is a skill that can be improved with practice.

Our club is not only a place to learn and grow but also to find support and build friendships.

How will you grow?

* An interactive learning environment
* Improve public speaking skills
* Practice writing speeches and presenting in a group setting
* Build leadership skills
* Gain a competitive advantage in the workplace
* Networking opportunities in a small and supportive environment
* Build self-confidence and self-awareness
* Allows for unlimited personal growth

It’s guaranteed to be a great evening and we would love to see you there.

Email us for details of our Zoom Meeting @ eastcoasttms@gmail.com

Beach/Summer Party 16th June

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We are having a Beach/Summer party next Tuesday night.  As we can’t meet up for a summer get together this year, let’s have the party online. 

Wear your most outrageous beach wear and sip on your most potent summer cocktails, its a social event so let your hair down.

The meeting will consist of a topics session, allowing everyone to get involved, the only catch is you are also all topicsmasters 😉 

Please prepare 2 topic questions each to bring with you and everyone will get a chance to ask questions and answer topics.  

This is a great opportunity for anyone who has never done the Topics master role, as it will give you a chance to see how it feels.  

Topic: Summer Party
Time: Jun 16, 2020 08:00 PM Dublin

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84104918653?pwd=eUo0M1J0NG1vWi9SdjBXRGFVSGI5dz09

Meeting ID: 841 0491 8653
Password: 436417


Shakin’ All Over!

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Tuesday 2nd June 8pm – Zoom Details Below

Everything you ever wanted to know about being a confident speaker…but were too nervous to ask!

Gerry French would like to invite you to his Scardy Cat masterclass…

Using Gerry’s expert tips, tricks, tools and techniques, you will develop the qualities necessary to banish your nerves and feel so relaxed you will connect with any audience and really wow them.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86260284225?pwd=YUdUWUpPRHZGZi8wUmM5K1NRRHc1QT09

Meeting ID: 862 6028 4225
Password: 434010

Open Night 18th February 2020

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Do you want to know what we do and how we might help you? Come and see for yourself.
We are having an open meeting on Tuesday, 18th February 2020 at 8pm in The Carlton Airport Hotel.
Just come along, no need to book ahead, entry is free and there is free parking in the hotel carpark. We will run a regular meeting so you can get a snapshot of how it goes.

A Members Toastmaster’s Experience – What can it do for you?

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My Toastmasters Journey

by Eileen Hopkins, CC. CL.

On 9th March 2017, I made my first visit to Toastmasters feeling very nervous & self-conscious. However, I somehow plucked up the courage to speak during the topics session. I received much encouragement that first evening and many members applauded me for speaking at this, my first meeting. I left that night full of enthusiasm and I returned to every meeting since that.
I delivered my first speech, ‘The Icebreaker’ on 29th May 2017 and once again, I received so much encouraging feedback. I was hooked, so much so that I received my Competent Communicator award on 23rd April 2018, just eleven months later.

On 29th April 2018, I reached second place in Division C in the International speech contest. I may not have won that competition. However, I truly won for my club and for me because I gave it my very best in every way. It was a much bigger audience which I found nerve-wracking to say the least, however many of my club ‘buddies’ were there to support me.
In October 2018, I entered the humorous speech contest, again I reached the division but wasn’t placed.

Early in 2019 while I was snowed under with college work, I received a call from Barry Lane
(Division C Director) asking if I would consider representing Division C in Norwich at the district final as the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place speakers were unable to attend. After giving it some thought, I decided that I couldn’t miss an opportunity like this to participate at this level. Planning and excitement then began. The speech, the outfit, flight, tickets & lots of practice. In the run-up to Norwich, I was invited to deliver my speech in many clubs & I have to say that the encouragement, support and kind words of the many toastmasters I met during this time was unbelievable. Ohh, and college…well, I never did assignments so quick!

In Norwich, the semi-final was on Friday & I dared to dream of reaching the final on Sunday & I was thrilled to make my dream a reality on Sunday 12th May. My vision for the final was to do my best & enjoy the experience. I was drawn to speak first. As I stood at the back of the room, connected to a microphone, pacing up and down. My heart was racing, palms sweating, breathing rapidly. Yet, I kept telling myself that I was so excited. My name was called, and I walked onto the stage to the cheers & applause of the whole audience. I delivered the speech of my life and I had an absolute ball. While I didn’t reach the top three in the final, I realized that I had just beaten my biggest opponent…. Myself.

I am almost three years in Toastmasters, and my journey has been incredible. On 9th March 2017, I never imagined that I would be competing in the district final. What this proves is that if you are passionate about doing something and are prepared to dedicate your effort into it, you can truly achieve it.

What made all of this possible for me?
Everyone in Toastmasters is there because they want to better themselves. However, they also want to help others better themselves. In every club, some mentors willingly give of their time to guide & support you, and also to provide constructive feedback and encouragement with every step of the way. I was very privileged to have Ted Corcoran as my mentor. There were times that the input may not have been what I wanted to hear, but I took it all on board and I improved as a speaker because of that.

Today, I am no longer terrified of getting up to speak in front of people. I still experience some ‘nerves’ before a speech, but it’s more like nervous excitement now. Toastmasters has helped me to ‘think on my feet’ and express my thoughts coherently. My self-confidence has also significantly increased. I have also met so many beautiful people in my club and in the other clubs I have visited.

Tony Robbins once said that; ‘Where the focus goes your energy flows’. I have found this to be so true in many areas of my life, most notably in Toastmasters.
I would encourage you to join Toastmasters. I can guarantee that you will receive a warm welcome. I am so glad that I took that first step on 9th March 2017 as it has been a life-changing experience.

Open Night – January 21st

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We are hosting our annual Open Night on Tuesday, January 21st at The Carlton Hotel, Old Airport Road, from 8pm-10pm. We will have a special guest speaker, Ted Corcoran (Ireland’s only International Past President), and free refreshments (and cake!) on the evening. What makes this night so special is that this is the club’s 25th Anniversary. Our club is not only a place to learn and grow but also to find support and build friendships. Our club has touched the lives of hundreds of local people, professionally and personally, over the last 25 years and we aim to continue to contribute to our community. As it is also an open night we welcome people to attend, for free, to get a glimpse of what we do. It’s guaranteed to be a great evening and we would love to see you there.