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Welcome to Cork Douglas Toastmasters Club

Cork Douglas Toastmasters Club is based in the Rochestown Park Hotel.   We meet on alternate Wednesday nights at 8pm, between August and May.   Visitors to our club are guaranteed a warm welcome and we hope an enjoyable nights entertainment.   We believe in promoting learning but always in a friendly and fun way.  

Overcoming barriers to better communication.

The story of how Toastmasters membership helped our past president Damien Lynch DTM.                                      

As a young person in school, I was always interested in communication, then representing my alma mater in secondary school debating around the City. What really sparked my interest further was a guest from a local Toastmasters Club demonstrating the power of effective public speaking. I have to say the man in question was a pleasure to listen to and only new to Toastmasters. He explained to us that we would progress gently in a warm, friendly and supportive manner, make new friends and boost our confidence levels. It sounded good to me.

I remember thinking that this skill could help everyone in their everyday life, work, and social occasions as well. I was too young at 17 to join but I kept it in mind.  There and then, I resolved to join Toastmasters as soon as I could, but a thing called life got in the way and it was a number of years before I had my opportunity.

The opportunity happened in the work place. I was working and living in the United States at this time and communication in the workplace was critical to career development. I was working as a financial advisor for a large Stockbroking firm and the ability to convey information and educate the clientele on the intricacies of the market place required special skill. The firm I worked for insisted that all advisors join Toastmasters to help them in their jobs. I can only say that it did, the ability to speak with confidence in front of crowds of people can only help you in your job, at a wedding, or making a presentation, and is becoming increasingly essential today.

That was fifteen years ago. Since then, my communication skills have changed for the better. I have gained skills in leadership and improved my confidence immeasurably. Since joining Toastmasters I have gone through  a structure of developing from an Ice Breaker speech (the first one presented by any new member) through to becoming a confident speaker, Toastmasters has helped me so much in the area of communication, that I offer coaching in the subject.

I feel very confident now as a communicator because of the friendly, supportive environment Toastmasters provides and I am no longer worried when asked to “say a few words”

Again, all of the changes to this aspect of my life have occurred gradually in a safe friendly and supportive setting and I've managed to have a lot of fun in the process.  I could not recommend Toastmasters highly enough.

Thank you Toastmasters.

Damien Lynch DTM,

Past President,

Cork Douglas Toastmasters Club.

 
About Toastmasters

Looking to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Ignite your career? Gain the confidence to speak up?

You’ve come to the right place. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped more than 4 million people just like you, from around the world, become more confident speakers and leaders. 

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development, with more than 345,000 members in over 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. This network of clubs and their learn-by-doing programme are sure to help you improve.

Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to express yourself effectively in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retired, Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills. You'll learn how to:

  • Formulate and express your ideas effectively
  • Be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations
  • Improve your one-on-one dealings with others

Don't delay! Become the speaker and leader you want to be. Confident, charismatic leaders weren't born that way. As you progress in Toastmasters, you'll get to practice your skills by organising and conducting meetings and motivating others to help you. Become a better negotiator. Gain trust. Inspire your team.

Visit our next meeting - guests are most welcome. You won't regret it!



 
Toastmasters Mission

The Toastmasters Mission
A statement of shared values

Every Toastmasters club shares the same mission, clearly defined in the following mission statement:

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater selfconfidence and personal growth.

Through this mission, each Toastmaster gains a clear understanding of the club's purpose, and the organization as a whole benefits from a shared set of values and goals.



 

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