Woman behind Your Whole Voice to join in at Mullingar Toastmasters open night

Everyone is welcome to join the Mullingar Toastmasters open night next week, when – as well as the usual features of a meeting – there is a special guest speaker.

Judith Quin (above) is an international public speaker, author of Stop Should-ing. Start Wanting, who helps people deal with the fear of speaking in public and how to improve their techniques.

Julia's background is as a classically trained professional actress; also a qualified life coach, and voice-vibration sound healer, Judith transforms lives through liberating voices.

She is the creator of the Sound Your Voice oracle card deck, co-author of two Amazon bestselling books, and a member of the Association of Transformational Leaders of Europe.

Find out more about Julia at her website: https://yourwholevoice.com/ and see her speak on this video.

The Mullingar Toastmasters Open Night is on Zoom on September 24 at 8.30pm.


First meeting of the season

Mullingar Toastmasters, first meeting of the year: Mullingar Toastmasters were back on Thursday September 10 for their first meeting of the year in the virtual and safe world of Zoom!

Toastmaster of the night, Brian McLoughlin, was his usual humorous self, as he filled the Zoom room with alternative facts and light-hearted bonhomie.

Grammarian Joan Heduan brought us the word of the day, affirm, which was used with gusto throughout the meeting.

With a full programme of four speeches there was no time to waste and timer John Waldron was equipped with a new tool to enforce it. Voted in at the AGM, the bell had its first outing as signaller of the definitive time-up.

Ann Drury kicked off the speeches and Lorcan Sleator followed. Delivering speeches on the theme of achieving potential, Anne told a story from school of a pupil who metamorphosised from a quiet girl to a social influencer.

Lorcan considered human potential across the lifespan and how we can stay strong. ‘Yogameister’ struck a chord with those of us who are more Ferrero Rocher than Stephen Roche these days and was inspiring and humorous in equal parts.

Pat Cavanagh gave us an educational yet entertaining speech on vaccines and their origins in Ballycastle.

Speeches were evaluated by Anke Von Bunau, Lorraine Murphy and Mags Healy-Donohue before Chris Collins from the Loughrea club delivered a reassuring input on education programme, Pathways. Thank you Chris, we appreciate you taking the time and making the effort to do this for us.

Pauline McCabe dispersed the topics, which were amusing and thought provoking and went down a treat.

Maureen McCormack took on the role of general evaluator for the first time successfully and summed up the meaning with kindness, praise and suggestions!

The meeting was Zoom mastered by Joshua Yoon, with his usual understated competence. Joshua’s employers are lucky people!

An affirmative meeting that illustrates the strength of the club and how it continues to thrive and go from strength to strength in the virtual world of Zoom.

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