Social groups discover new ways to engage with each other

Social groups discover new ways to engage with each other

By Maurice Garvey

ISOLATION has led a number of social groups to discover new ways of engaging with each other – via platforms like Zoom, Skype and House Party, reports Maurice Garvey.

Clondalkin Toastmasters are utilising the remote communications platform Zoom, and it has worked better than expected, according to Julie Gorman, vice president of public relations for the group.

Clondalkin Toastmasters Zoom compressor

Clondalkin Toastmasters conducting a meeting

“We conducted a meeting last week, some never used Zoom before but it went really well,” said Ms Gorman.

“There is really no difference other than getting up on stage. We sent out evaluation forms, people write their feedback on a Word document, take a picture and send it via WhatsApp.

“There is a bell for a timer, two or three minutes, it depends. Normally you give support and encouragement but we can use icons for that. I think people enjoyed it, we also had two visitors from Manchester. I’m really looking forward to it tonight.”

Clondalkin Toastmasters usually meet every second Tuesday and have been based in the Maldron Newlands Cross for years.

They count some 23 members but are always open to new members joining.

 “We love it there (Maldron), they recently renovated the facilities, with a big projector, which are great. Normally, we are there every second Tuesday, but we want people to know we are still here. It is important to have some company.

“We have people in Clondalkin Toastmasters for years. It is incredible the knowledge and experience they bring to the group.”

For more information contact Mary McHugh at 0852772287.

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