Tuesday 16 September 2014

Toasting their new president

Published 03/09/2013 | 05:42

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The new committee of Wexford Toastmasters (from left) Eamonn Campion, club Sergeant at Arms; Isabel Barros, vice president, public relations; Brian Matthews, treasurer; Angela Byrne, vice president, education; Jim Cowman, vice president, membership; and Carmel Walsh, club president.

A WOMAN who is not lost for words is Carmel Walsh, the newly-elected president of Wexford Toastmasters.

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Toastmasters is a world-wide organisation which helps people to develop public speaking and leadership skills.

Carmel joined the Wexford club in 2009 shortly after it was founded.

She always had an interest in public speaking and Toastmasters proved to be the perfect vehicle to perfect her skills, she said.

Nowadays, the ability to communicate verbally has taken a back seat to electronic communication.

'Emails, social media and texting are often the primary methods of communication but being able to communicate verbally is a powerful took and one that can serve people well in many situations, both socially and careerwise,' said Carmel.

The club's mission is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the chance to develop oral communication and leadership skills which, in turn, foster self-confidence and personal growth.

'Wexford Toastmasters provides an opportunity to overcome a fear of public speaking and sharpen communication skills,' said the new club president..

'Other benefits include the opportunity to increase one's confidence, build critical thinking skills and become an effective listener.'

The club meets every second and fourth Thursday of each month from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the fifth floor of Whites Hotel.

Meetings will resume on Thursday, September 5, following the summer break.

An induction ceremony will be held on the opening night to welcome the new president and other club officers including vice president, education, Angela Byrne; vice president, membership, Jim Cowman; vice president, public relations, Isabel Barros; treasurer, Brian Matthews; secretary, Bettie-Marie Burger-Smit and club Sergeant at Arms, Eamonn Campion

Members of the public are invited to attend meetings as guests to experience how Toastmasters helps people improve their natural ability to think, speak and listen more effectively.

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