Public Speaking Workshop – 28th March


Find the fun in public speaking!

If you’ve always found public speaking more fearful than fun, this workshop is for you.

Many competent professionals have wasted years avoiding speaking situations, only to discover that with the right guidance, they can really come into their own.

This workshop will help you take pressure off yourself in off-the cuff speaking situations, and train you to be concise and relevant.  You will have lots of opportunities to practice and get feedback in a way that feels easy and fun.


  • Reduce self-consciousness and handle speaker stress. 
  • Think on your feet. 
  • Get to the point. 


  • Confidence building exercises. 
  • Easy, fun improv games to improve creative thinking. 
  • Paired and individual speaking exercises. 
  • Individual feedback.


Fiona O’Meara is an award winning speaker who teaches public speaking privately and in schools.

The cost of this workshop is €20 per person for non ISA members.

For more information or to book a place please send an email to or leave a message on 01 872 4405.

Employment Support Clinics

The Irish Stammering Association is pleased to announce the commencement of our monthly Employment Support Clinics.

Employment Support Clinics are a dedicated support service for people who feel that their stammer has negatively impacted their employment opportunities. They will take place regularly, on the 1st Wednesday of every month from 11am – 3pm.

Tailored advice and support in employment matters can be provided over video call through Skype or Zoom.

Please contact for more information or to book a time slot.

Employment opportunity with the ISA

Irish Stammering AssociationEmployment Support Officer (part time)

Job Description

You will be joining the staff team of the Irish Stammering Association (ISA). The role will offer a specialist support service for people who stammer who are in employment or looking to get into employment.

Purpose of the role

The purpose of this role is to design, develop and implement a sustainable model of support for adults who stammer entering the workplace and for those already in the workplace.

It will involve building up contacts and networks and developing and maintaining good working relationships with employers, adults who stammer who contact the ISA on employment matters, and other organisations that could collaborate with the ISA in offering an employment support service for people who stammer.

The role will bring specialist information on stammering to local generalised services and should deliver specific practical support to people who stammer.

Hours of work: 15 hours per week (2 days[1]). Overtime will be claimed as time off in lieu. Flexible working arrangements can be agreed.

Salary:  The salary scale will begin at the pro-rata equivalent of €29,609 p.a., being €12,004. Subject to a yearly performance review, there will yearly increments up this scale.

Leave:   Annual leave will be calculated on the basis of 8% of hours worked per year with a pro-rata addition for public holidays. This works out as 90 hours, being just over 12 days.

Place of work: Carmichael Centre, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7 and remotely / at events around Ireland

Accountability: Reports directly to Development Manager


To develop an Employment Support Network, building relationships with companies and relevant organisations to increase understanding of stammering in the workplace

Organise events for the Employment Support Network and deliver specific practical support to people who stammer

Be the visible contact for Employment Support Network

Deal with enquiries from the Irish stammering community on employment matters, investigating their needs and requirements, and developing the ISA employment support function and programmes in line with these. Maintain a database of people who stammer who have contacted the ISA seeking support on employment issues in line with data protection law and build and maintain relationships with these people.

Promote a positive perspective towards people who stammer in the workplace

Develop documentation and resources (with ISA team)

Person Specification:

Education and qualifications

Education to a degree level or equivalent would be an advantage but not essential

Desirable experience

Experience of working for or volunteering with a charity

Experience of working in or with a corporate environment

Experience of diversity and inclusion policies and practice

Experience of event organisation

Knowledge or experience of stammering

Knowledge of best practice appropriate to the post

Skills and attributes

  • Self-starter with the enthusiasm, ability and confidence to take on the role
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to engage and communicate productively with colleagues and a wide range of stakeholders in ways which demonstrate credibility, dignity, empathy and respect
  • Strong written communication skills with the ability to draft clear and comprehensive documents and correspondence.
  • Ability to work effectively alongside the ISA team and ISA volunteers including colleagues in different locations
  • Demonstrate discretion and judgement in decision making in line with the ISA Strategic Plan and its Vision, Mission and Values
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent administration and record keeping skills
  • Comply with ISA policies, guidelines and relevant legislation such as data protection, child protection and equal opportunities in the workplace
  • Strong project management skills and social media awareness

Closing date for applications

Please send cv and cover letter to by 10.00am on Monday 9th September 2019.

[1] Candidates with flexibility to extend their working hours  (if the role expands) are welcome to apply.