"Toastmasters has allowed me to meet wonderful people who will be friends for life."
- Becoming VPPR of my club is the main highlight of my Toastmasters journey.
- The support I received from my club members Merrilyn Campbell, Fergal Rice and Fiona O’Meara during my time as VPPR.
- Meeting the wonderful people in my club who will be friends for life.
I work on the digital sales team of the Irish National Tourism Development Authority, known as Fáilte Ireland. As part of my job, I edit an electronic magazine, the Digital Alert, and write articles on the latest developments in digital marketing and sales. I am a member of the Vox Populi club in Dublin, and two years ago served as its vice president public relations (VPPR) to gain practical experience in areas such as blogging and managing the club’s Facebook page.
I qualified as a speech and drama teacher in my 20s and have always had an interest in public speaking. I was also a member of a semi-professional theater company back then and enjoyed performing on stage. Toastmasters was a natural follow-up from this interest.
When I was VPPR of my club, I enjoyed writing the weekly club blog and coming up with innovative topics, such as “The Vox Populi Toastmasters Ten Commandments” and “Spread Your Wings with LinkedIn and Toastmasters.” I also became comfortable using Facebook and gained practical skills that I apply to my work.
My initial experience of blogging as VPPR motivated me to start blogging on social media. I enjoy staying in the know and writing about topics that I have researched, including email marketing, Facebook, digital photography and YouTube.Read some of Gemma’s digital tips for your club’s social media platforms on page 14 in the August issue of the Toastmaster magazine.