Visiting District 71 Governor, Luanne Kent, attended and presented our President Colm Roe with his much deserved ‘Outstanding Member’ award. This was in part related to the conferral of Distinguished Club status on Dublin South Toastmasters.
James gave us a Halloween themed Table topics which resulted in some very entertaining participation from the audience. Liam and Gareth gave Stage 3 speeches. Liam gave us an insight into the way we behave (as a collective), and the way we are controlled by people who are aware of our ‘herd instinct’. Monty Python’ sprang to mind immediately. ‘Yes, we are all individuals’ – Well done Liam.
And Ted Corcoran. What a disguished TM to have in the audience. The only Irishman (or indeed European) to have been President of Toastmasters International. But he was charming, funny and wonderful, and a pleasure to welcome to our new club. His workshop was a treat. We learned how to write a speech in 10 minutes. I was also impressed with his ability to remember names.
Thinking about Ted afterwards what really impressed me was his generosity. For instance, how he devotes so much of his time passing on the skills he gained from Toastmasters. That’s a real Toastmaster. And it’s something we should aspire to. We begin our journey trying to improve ourselves, but then discover that, by helping others, we become better communicators, and (sometimes by default) better leaders.
Wonderful meeting. Big thanks to all involved. Karen