Society Toastmasters marked its thirtieth anniversary in 2020 and we all look forward to returning to Chartered Accountants House on Pearse Street when we can.

New member, Emer O’Neill, took the opportunity to ask one of its longest standing members, Alan Tracey, about his Society Toastmasters experience – and she asked him to offer advice to prospective members.

The one-minute video is HERE.

The full ten-minute video is HERE.

Alan Tracey (F.C.A.,M.B.A) has been a member of Society Toastmasters for about thirty years and has served as Club President and in club, Area and Division leadership roles. He has also represented the club in both Area and Division Toastmasters competitions.

Toastmasters programmes require members to deliver prepared speeches, to develop a capacity to respond to impromptu Topics and to provide immediate feedback on the efforts of others in Evaluations. In doing so they build leadership skills. Alan believes the skills learned at toastmasters are invaluable at all levels of the accounting profession:

“As a Chartered Accountant, employed as a Financial Controller within a challenging professional environment, it is an absolute requirement that I communicate effectively with fellow professionals. The real challenge is to make presentations interesting, meaningful and relevant to Board Members of differing backgrounds, abilities and focus. Toastmasters provide the communications and leadership tools and confidence to achieve all of this to an exceptional level.” Alan is confident that these skills can be developed in all willing participants. He says “If you have the inclination, Society Toastmasters has the structure!”