Sunday, September 15, 2013

Enjoyable night at first meeting of Speakeasy Toastmasters

Enjoyable night at first meeting of Speakeasy Toastmasters

Speakeasy Toastmasters held its first meeting of the new 2013-14 season on last Thursday night 5th September. An energetic meeting with great speeches and engaging topics.

Marie Fitzpatrick was a delightful, warm, witty and encouraging Toastmaster for the evening. Brendan Foley was Topicmaster his first time to hold the role, he did a great job providing an interesting selection of topics for the members to practice their public speaking skills and Helsa Giles also held her first club role as Timekeeper.

Breda Forrest delivered her ‘Icebreaker’ (first speech in Toastmasters), it quite simply was an enjoyable and a very humorous speech a real treat for the club on the first night back. Maire Lynes gave a lovely evaluation of Breda’s speech.

Anne O’ Donovan did a very professional speech on the health risks associated with smoking. It was a speech rich in very interesting statistics and was very well put together. One fact that really stuck out from Anne’s speech is that there are 599 ingredients in cigarettes!

Rona Coughlan, delivered a speech in which she had to use visual aids. . She used powerpoint very well to discuss the early childhood curriculum, called ‘Aistear’, which means journey and is based on the idea of learning through play. Bridie O'Connell gave an excellent evaluation of Rona’ speech.

Pat Sexton’s speech was called “to filter or not”. This speech focused on many dangers that exist with modern technology. Pat spoke about the upsetting and hurtful posts that can be put on the internet and the real emotional damage that it can cause. Liam Flynn evaluated Pat on what was a thought provoking and wide ranging speech.

Ray Ryan was General Evaluator and did an excellent job

The first meeting of the season was really enjoyable with a great array of speeches and topics and we were delighted to see plenty of guests on the night

Speakeasy Toastmasters meets again on Thursday 19th September at 8pm in the Hibernian Hotel, for another enjoyable night of speeches, topics, laughs and chat.

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