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Thursday 19 October 2017

Wexford Toastmasters celebrate their 7th birthday

By David Tucker

Wexford Toastmasters celebrated their seventh birthday at Clayton Whites Hotel last Thursday.
Wexford Toastmasters celebrated their seventh birthday at Clayton Whites Hotel last Thursday.

Wexford Toastmasters has just celebrated its seventh birthday.

The celebratory cake was skilfully crafted by Club President Isabel Barros and cut at Thursday night's celebration at Clayton Whites Hotel.

Wexford Toastmasters currently has 25 members and has become part of the fabric of Wexford town, meeting at 8 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month in the Executive Suite, fifth floor, of the Clayton Whites Hotel.

Toastmasters is an international, mutually supportive forum to practice and hone the craft of speaking before a group. It uses tried and tested systems.

For instance, when a member joins, they receive two manuals in the post. The first one is the 'Competent Communication' manual. This outlines 10 speech projects - the subject matter and pace being entirely up to the individual - but building on an incremental set of presentational skills. After attaining the Competent Communicator pin, one may pick from 12 advanced manuals.

It is not a 'sit back and be entertained' place, though - meetings work because everyone carries a bit of the work. All meeting jobs afford mini-speaking opportunities, in coming to the lectern to introduce oneself and to give end reports. These 'transferrable' organisational skills bring us mind the second manual Competent Leadership, where a fellow member ticks a box as you progress.

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