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Oh What A Year! Jan 8th Meeting Report

Toastmasters Debate

We Are Going Backwards y Becoming Technology Dependent

In spite of the best efforts of the hotel to misdirect our new members, a motley collection of new faces were present to welcome in the new Toastmastering year. Ably guided by the Toastmaster, Barry, the meeting got off to a prompt and energetic start.

First up was Aengus, who gave a fascinating and in depth speech about the history of gun control laws in the US. It was a challenging topic for a stage three speech, but as Rose noted in the evaluation he handled it well and kept it interesting, though it was a little long.

Up next was Marlene, giving her stage six speech, the aim of which is to entertain us with “vocal variety“. And entertain us she did, with a great story about a trip she won at the age of 17. If the drama involved in 17 year olds stranded in a boat that won’t start trying to get back to their sailing ship isn’t a great topic to show your vocal variety, I don’t know what is.

There was quite a change of pace for the final two speeches of the night. Denis practised a three minute speech he is to give at the opening of a very formal and prestigious conference on Friday, and he received some great recommendations from Paulo. The final speech came from Sinéad and was on Ergonomics. Sinéad gave a very thought provoking speech on health and safety in and out of the workplace, though I have to say I’m now a bit worried that I’ll injure myself if I bend over to pick up a pen.

The it was time for the debate . . .

We are going backwards by becoming technology dependent

Myra was first up as the proposer, and she put the case extremely well, discussing how technology interrupts our daily lives and makes it more difficult to really be in the moment and enjoy real interaction with real people. Zanya countered by bringing in the enormous benefits technology in healthcare, food production and transport has brought to human lives. The floor then got involved with several excellent contributions, including the best quote of the night from a guest, Axel who spoke against the motion. I can’t get it word perfect, but a picture is worth a thousand words and what he discussed was the cartoon in the top left corner.

The debate, unusually, but showing the skill of both speakers, ended in a dead heat, and so we adjourned for a tea break.

After the tea break, Brian stepped up as topics master and with a clear knowledge of current affairs generated some great contributions from the floor. Again a guest – Brendan, made the best response, in this case to a question on Pat Kenny and his ability to retire.

The night then finished with the evaluations and an excellent (as always) general evaluation from Mike, who spoke in praise of the toastmaster Barry, the topicsmaster Brian and the president Susan. Mike also complimented the speeches and the evaluators. Really the only quibble was with the lack of a sergeant at arms speech, which turned out ok since the building didn’t go on fire. It should be sorted for next week though.

So all that remained was to award the trophies and wrap up the meeting:

  • Topics – Brendan
  • Speech – Marlene
  • Evaluator – Niamh

 

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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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Meeting Location

Now that you’ve decided to attend the next Hellfire Toastmasters meeting, all you need to know is when and where . . .

Hellfire Toastmasters meets every Tuesday in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road Dublin 4. Arrive at 7.45pm for an 8pm start. Meetings finish (before) 10.30pm. There’ll be a sign telling you where to go in reception, but we’re nearly always in the Mezzanine Room.

Guests are always welcome, and there’s no charge.

  • When: Every Tuesday, 7.45pm for 8pm
  • Where: D4 Hotel, Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Getting here:

  • Drive and park on Pembroke Rd or Landsdowne Rd, free weekday evenings.
  • DART to Landsdowne Road and walk ten minutes
  • Buses that stop in front of the hotel include the 4, 7, 7A, 8, 18 and 120
  • Walk or Cycle in less than 15 minutes walk from Merrion Square (North)

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Hellfire Toastmasters

Three key pieces of equipment for meetings of Hellfire Toastmasters Club

Hellfire Toastmasters

Hellfire Toastmasters is today one of Ireland’s most vibrant public speaking clubs with a packed program every week and members regularly competing in both national and international competitions. At Hellfire we learn to:

  • Become a better public speaker
  • Be a better listener
  • Easily lead teams and conduct meetings
  • Give and receive constructive evaluations

Hellfire Toastmasters prides itself on being one of the oldest Toastmasters clubs in Europe and the friendliest club in Dublin. Based in Dublin, Ireland, Hellfire Toastmasters was founded in 1963 and inspired by both the legend of the nearby 18th Century Hellfire Club, as well as the nature of the first debates!

From the outset, Hellfire proved to be controversial by defying Toastmasters International and becoming the first Toastmasters club in Ireland to allow women entry, a task which was achieved by every member registering their first initial rather than their first name on the membership application forms. The earliest known meeting place was The Bankers’ Club, 93 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. However, both the eighteenth century legend of the nearby Hellfire club combined with annual trips to it felicitously established the club’s name as Hellfire Toastmasters.

We meet every Tuesday, in the D4 Hotel Ballsbridge, at 8pm, and we’re looking forward to meeting you!

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