Thursday, April 02, 2009

Rakes, Rebels and Good Advice

Speak Easy Toastmasters are holding a Theme meeting tonight
Thursday night, April 2nd, in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow.

The title of the meeting is "Rakes and Rebels" and is a look at
Mallow in the late 1700 and early 1800's........but with a difference.

The members presenting speeches will be doing so through the eyes of actual people who lived
at that time and who will also be dressed accordingly.

The meeting takes place in the famous "Long Room" (aka The Garden Room) and you will meet

President, Mortimer Murphy Esq. of Manor of Mallow (Ray Ryan)
Toastmaster , The Hon, James Murphy of Skahana (Tony O'Regan)
Topicsmaster, Captain D'Arcy RN (Liam Flynn)

Mrs Welstead (Anne Buckley)
Mrs Canty of Ballydaheen. (Angela Sheehan)
Mortimer Murphy Esq. of Manor of Mallow (Ray Ryan)
V Rev. Richard Cannon Smiddey (Joe Hassett)
Mrs Mary Davis (Cáit Murry)

Come along to the Hibernian Hotel tonight at 8.00 sharp, where members of Speak Easy Toastmasters will be bringing the history of Mallow to life.

Five tips for any kind public speaking, making a presentation or just making sure that you are heard in any situation.
(from by An article on Public Speaking by Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE)

1. To Sound More Intelligent:
Speak just a bit slower to allow yourself to select your most appropriate vocabulary and to give the impression of thoughtfulness.

2. To Sound More Powerful:
Use short, simple declarative sentences. You say what you mean and you mean what you say. Cut out any useless connectors, adjectives and adverbs, especially superlatives.

3. To Sound More Polished:
Never answer a question with a blunt 'yes' or 'no.' Append a short phrase of clarification. For example, "No, I did not see it." "Yes, I know Mary."

4. To Sound More Articulate:
Make a special effort to pronounce the final sound in a word and use its energy to carry over to the following word. Pay special attention to final 't' and 'ng.'

5. To Sound More Confident:
Carry your body up. Hold your head as if you had a crown on it. Don't let your arms and legs have side to side motion when you move. Keep your elbows and knees close to the midline of your body.

With the above in mind why not come along to any of our meeting in Speak Easy Toastmasters and see for yourself how we practice the skills of prepared speaking, speaking “off the cuff”, listening, and leadership.

We meet on alternate Thursdays, September to May in The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow at 7.50 for an 8.00pm start. We would be delighted to welcome you as our guest and guests at our meetings are never asked to speak.

Our next meeting is on April 16th which is the club’s Tall Tale Contest night.
Further information on Speak Easy Toastmasters can be had on our website at or contact our club PRO, Seán on 086 6054784

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