tom hebel

The Story of You 

- Saturday & Sunday at 8:30 am

What comes easy among friends becomes a seemingly insurmountable challenge in front of a crowd. Toastmasters teaches us technique, but not how to be ourselves. The good news is that we already know how to do it. All we must do is learn to apply it to a speech and reveal the Story of You.

  • Believe in what you say
  • Let Go of the inner critic
  • Accept your flaws
  • Give In to nervousness
  • Remember: Real > Perfect

Disclaimer: no sexy acronyms were invented in the making of this workshop.


Tom has been passionate about public speaking ever since he realized he could wing it in history class by making up a presentation on the spot. With this new-found confidence, Tom went on to study business and economics at university, believing he could apply the same approach there. University taught him many hard lessons in humility and the value of genuine preparation, which has served him well in work and leisure alike. During his studies, Tom continued his passion for public speaking, competing on the European debating circuit. He lost to teams from across the continent, including from Cambridge, Dublin, Berlin, and even Hull. Coming to Ireland in 2011, he joined Toastmasters, after the local university's debating team refused to let him join.

In 2013 and 2016, Tom was a District 71 finalist in the International Speech Contest. Topping this, he was disqualified from this year's edition on account of a clerical error.

To console himself, Tom recently took on the role of Pathways Ambassador in Division A, which combines two of his favourite activities: travelling and talking about Toastmasters.



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