A word from our President, Keith Bradley
Congratulations on taking the first step towards your public speaking goals. The hardest part is deciding you’re going to tackle your fear. Toastmasters will help you build confidence, leadership and improve your communication skills. We have a wonderful Club at Dublin 18 Toastmasters. Our committed Members are dedicated, supportive and of course, great craic. We are also eager to help you in your journey so if there is anything we can assist with please let us know. I look forward to watching you grow in confidence and have some fun while doing so.
Our meetings are held every second and fourth Tuesday at 8pm in the Clayton Hotel, Sandyford. You can bring a friend as a guest for the night anytime! To get started as a new member, talk to:
• Karen O’Donnell, VP Mentoring – she can organise a mentor for you, a longer-standing member who will advise you in the early stages, especially in your speeches.
• Emily Gallagher, PR and Pathways – she can help you to get started with Pathways, the Toastmasters education programme.
• John Dunleavy, VP Education or Niamh O’Meara, Assistant VPE – They will set you up on Easyspeak and help you to start booking roles at meetings. You can check what’s involved in a role on Easyspeak or on Toastmasters International.
Getting registered with Toastmasters International
Once you have paid your Membership Fee, please send a screenshot of the payment to our Treasurer, Colm Roe. He will register you with Toastmasters International. Once you have received your login details, you can log in and choose your Pathway.
Introduction to Easyspeak
Easyspeak is the site that we use on a day to day basis. It is where we request to make speeches, take on roles, see the agenda for meetings, keep a track on our personal progress and other routine tasks.
Pathways helps you to learn communication and leadership skills. There are 11 Paths to choose from, they are: Dynamic Leadership, Leadership Development, Strategic Relationships, Effective Coaching, Motivational Strategies, Team Collaboration, Engaging Humour, Innovative Planning, Persuasive Influence, Presentation Mastery and Visionary Communication. Each of these Paths has five levels with a number of projects in each level that build on the skills learnt from the level before. To complete a Path, you need to complete 14 projects or speeches across the 5 levels. You move through your chosen paths at your own pace and in your own time. For new members, we recommend starting with the “Presentation Mastery” path.
Pathways Projects include a questionnaire that relates to that Path and a speech, it is designed to help you write your speech and to teach you about the particular stage you are at. The speech is delivered after you have filed in the questionnaire. Having completed the speech, you finish the last short section of the questionnaire. After that, you can move on to the next speech.
What is the ‘Icebreaker’ Speech?
This is the first speech that you will make. The purpose of this speech is to ‘break the ice’ and introduce yourself to the club as well as learning the basic structure of public speaking. The idea is just to get you talking, this is the shortest of the speeches you will make and should be between 4-6 minutes long. The majority of the speeches you present will run between 5-7 minutes. After this first ‘Icebreaker’ speech, you can pick any topic you want for each speech, you just need to keep the speech objectives in mind.
How to earn achievements on Pathways
When you complete each of the five levels on your Path, you will earn both a digital badge and a certificate on the Toastmasters International Website. When you complete a Path, you will earn a certificate and can request a printed version from Toastmasters International. You then choose your next path. You can also move onto the Pathways Mentor Programme, where you have the opportunity to help others by learning how to provide effective mentoring. When you have completed this, you will be a Credentialed Mentor. When you complete two Pathways and serve in a number of officer roles at club and district level, you can become a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), which is the highest honour you can achieve in Pathways.
There are five different Competitions that you may like to take part in during the year.
International – A 5-7 minute speech on any subject you choose.
Evaluation – A 2-3 minute evaluation of a test speech .
Table Topics – A 2-3 minute impromptu speech on a given topic.
Humorous – A 5-7 minute humorous speech on any subject you choose
Tall Tales – A 3-5 minute speech on a topic that is highly exaggerated and improbable.
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