Name: Martina Clancy
Date joined: March 2016
Clonmel Toastmasters, Co Tipperary, Republic of Ireland
Club number: 00005462, meetings 2nd & 4th Thursday each month
- Club Officer roles: Membership Management, VP Education and currently President
- Completed CL, CC and PL1 pathways
- Contributed in achieving President’s Distinguished for the last 3 years
Give it a go before you make up your mind, you might even enjoy it.
My sister asked me to come to her first Toastmasters meeting with her. After sharing that experience with a friend, three of us joined in March 2016. I saw Toastmasters as an opportunity to help me to prepare for a job interview. I set and achieved my goal to complete my CL within 12 months. I served as VP Education and VP Membership – increasing membership by 33% in a six-month period.
My confidence in presenting in public has grown. I improved my listening skills. I learned many transferable skills in Toastmasters, that I can utilise in my career.
The evaluations and feedback, I receive from club members tell me what works and what doesn’t. I learned the importance and power of a ‘PAUSE’! My club is supportive and positive. It is a safe space with no negativity. I tell others that Toastmasters is a superb platform that provides tools that offer skills for life, both personal and professional.
As Club President, I encourage all our members to take ownership and responsibility for making our club the friendliest and the best. Our members are friendly, committed and organised. They bring a range of experiences, facts and great stories.
Our most recent success was our open night where we had a Clonmel Toastmasters record of 13 guests. This was achieved by all members promoting our club and sharing a combined vision. At every meeting, I remind members that it is our club and encourage them to participate and strive to achieve as much as they can.
I joined Toastmasters to help me with preparing for an interview, but I got so much more: confidence, improved communication and leadership skills, new friends and THE JOB!