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Why Hellfire?

Hellfire Toastmasters Trophies

Why Hellfire?

Toastmasters is organised on a club basis, i.e. every member joins a club which is a part of the larger organisation. Every club has a slightly different flavour, all are good but depending on your personality and what you want from Toastmasters, some may be a better fit then others.

There are many reasons you should choose Hellfire as your Toastmasters club, some of these are:

  • We’re a great way to develop your public speaking and debating skills.
  • We have the best name.
  • We’re extremely friendly, ridiculously so, come to a meeting and you’ll see.
  • We’ve been around 50 years, and we have a lot of experience in our club.
  • We meet every week, which gives you more opportunities to speak.
  • We’re ten minutes walk from Merrion Square
  • Our membership is incredibly varied, which means you get perspectives across age ranges and professions.

On that last point, one of the big worries for people attending for the first time, is will I fit in? Our members range in age from early 20’s to late 70’s, possibly even a little further, but I’d be shot for saying that. There are a handful of students, people working in their first jobs, people who are unemployed, people right in the middle of their careers and people who are retired. People have jobs in healthcare, some in retail, a few in banks . . .Suffice is to say, please don’t worry about fitting in.

but let’s be honest, the main reason that people choose a Toastmasters club is because the time and place of the meeting suits them. So if 8pm in Ballsbridge on a Tuesday suits you, please come along!

If that doesn’t suit, all Toastmaster clubs are great, and Dublin has a wide range to choose from.

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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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Membership Fees

The Hellfire Toastmasters year runs from January – December, but you can join at any point during the year. For 2013:

  • Yearly membership costs €150
  • If you’re a student/unemployed, yearly membership costs €100
  • If you’re retired, yearly membership costs €130
If you join in the middle of the year, then the membership fee is pro-rata’d.

There is an additional once off joining fee of €20, which goes to Toastmasters International.

The membership fee covers the running of the club, which is mainly fees to Toastmasters International of $72 per member per year, rent of room and competition fees.

 

Contact

If you’re interested in attending a Hellfire toastmasters meeting, you can just show up at the D4 hotel, on any Tuesday night and introduce yourself.

We always welcome guests.

However, if you have a question or just want to say hello first, you can email the committee at:

hellfiretoastmasters@gmail.com

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