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Toastmastering Season Begins!

Autumn is here, well it has been here for the past 30 days but thankfully the weather has helped us live in denial for just a little bit longer. Of course with Autumn comes a next term of “toastmastering”. On the 16th of September we will restart our Toastmaster sessions in Hellfire. We’ll have 3 or 4 speeches, a debate and table topics. Guests are very welcome to come and don’t worry you don’t have to contribute anything at your first meeting unless you’d like to of course. There is no charge for attending as a guest.


So to recap…. September 16th (Tuesday) at 7.45pm in the Ballsbridge Hotel (D4 Hotel). Email me (Eric) at if you have any further questions.

January’s Program and Debate Topics

So the January Program has been sent around, and as usual it looks to be a fun-filled month.

This months debate topics are:

January 8th We are going backwards by becoming technology dependant
January 15th Gender quotas should be introduced in the Dáil
January 22nd As a society we need to learn how to demonstrate
January 29th The Government should abolish funding for the arts

I’m looking forward to it already!

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What is Toastmasters?

Public Speaker at Hellfire Toastmasters

Speaking at a Meeting

Toastmasters is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to help people improve public speaking skills and master leadership skills. Every member joins a locally based club (like Hellfire) and the club offers support, feedback and guidance when you give a speech or take on a leadership challenge.

So how do people usually join the Hellfire Toastmasters Club, and what happens once they do?

New members usually start by attending one or two meetings as a guest. To attend as a guest, just show up at one of our Tuesday meetings, in the D4 hotel Ballsbridge, and say hello. Attending as a guest is completely free, and you can attend as a guest for a few meetings while you decide whether or not you want to join. You will be invited to speak, but you don’t have to.

Once you decide to take the plunge and join, you pay your membership fees, and the Vice President for Education will put you on the meeting program to speak. Your first speech is known as an icebreaker, and is a chance to simply tell us all about yourself in four to six minutes.

In the mean time, toastmasters international will send you out your first two manuals – the competent communicators manual and the leadership manual. The competent communicators manual has a program of ten speeches to follow, each one building up your skills and abilities until by the time you reach speech ten you are a confident and accomplished speaker. The leadership manual builds up your roles and responsibilities within the meetings and the club. It focuses on skills like organising and chairing meetings.

Generally you will be on the meeting program once or twice a month, giving speeches, debating,  and as you progress evaluating, carrying out topicsmaster and toastmaster duties. Whether you’re on the program or not, you will always be given the opportunity to speak at every meeting.

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Toastmaster's Summer Outing

The Summer Outing!

Our regular meeting slot is:

  • Every Tuesday at 8pm
  • D4 Hotel, Ballsbridge

Click here for full details.


We take a short break over Christmas and a longer break over the summer. We’ve just had our Christmas Party, our 50th Anniversary Party and our annual walk to the Hellfire Club. On the other hand our members will be competing in the next round of the international speech competition in the Engineers Toastmasters club on the 26th March and we haven’t set a date for the summer outing yet.

Keep an eye out for our special events and outings throughout the year.

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The calendar below has details of all our meetings and activities:


Meeting Format

A Hellfire Toastmasters Meeting

Meeting in Progress

Every club does slightly different things at meetings. Some meet every week, some every fortnight, some do debates, some focus more on speeches, some have a summer break, some don’t.

At Hellfire, we meet every Tuesday at 8pm, in the D4 Hotel, Ballsbridge

The weekly programme is usually:

Speeches: These are given by members old and new, on topics from online dating to dancing, to the history of the German national anthem. Most meetings have three or four speeches and most speeches are about six minutes long.

Debate: One of the more unusual features of Hellfire Toastmasters is that we have a debate every week. The proposer and opposer both speak for 4 minutes, then all meeting attendees can comment on the issues raised. This gives everyone a great opportunity to practice thinking on their feet, and gain the confidence to give short impromptu speeches. The opposer and the proposer are then given two minutes to sum up and the winner is decided by public vote.

Tea Break: Because sometimes it’s nice to chat.

Topics: A “topicsmaster” will state a question or topic briefly and then call on a respondent. Each speaker receives a different topic or question and participants are called on at random and have up to two minutes to reply

Evaluations: Since toastmasters is about improving your public speaking abilities, every speech is evaluated by an experienced toastmaster. Every speaker is given constructive feedback on what they did right, how they met the aims in their speech and what they could do better next time.

General Evaluation: (almost) finally, the evening as a whole is quickly summed up by one person. The general evaluation can comment on any aspect of the meeting, but it’s usually used to give feedback to the debators, the topicsmaster and the evaluators.

Trophies: At Hellfire, we award three trophies at every meeting

  • Best Topic Awarded by the topicsmaster for the best response to a topic
  • Best Evaluation Awarded by the General Evaluator for the most helpful evaluation
  • Best Contribution Awarded by the general evaluator to whoever made the best contribution of the evening.

And then we go home!

If you want to read a bit more on a meeting, there are regular blog posts about our weekly meetings in the News section, or simply come along and find out for yourself!

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