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.