Speaking in public still remains one of the most common human fears, and motivational speaker Gerry Duffy’s intense fear of it was just one of the many obstacles he has faced since his life-changing moment in 1995. The athlete, author, entrepreneur, and coach will tell his story about how he overcame his pathological fear of public speaking this coming Tuesday January 28 to the public open night of the Athlone Toastmasters.
Gerry’s achievements have been chronicled in his two successful books Who Dares, Runs and Tick Tock Ten, which demonstrate how he has consistently faced his fears and burst through his comfort zones; from weight loss to giving up smoking, to running 32 marathons in just 32 days, to a published author, and to working as a motivational speaker. And all of this while finding his confidence as a public-speaker. His success with this challenge to become a better communicator will be the main focus of his talk, as these skills are a key component of the Toastmasters ethos - communication is more than talking, it is about giving your voice potential.
Under the motto ‘Talk Tall’, Athlone’s Toastmasters Club has been providing speaking, communication, and leadership skills to members for over 25 years.
Gerry’s talk will take place on January 28 at 8.15pm in The Prince of Wales Hotel. This will be part of the club’s annual open night, which will include a number of other short speeches and impromptu topics by members.
This open night is open to members of the public to experience what Toastmasters meetings are all about.