Monday, November 11, 2013

Gearing Up for Schools Contest

Club gears up for Schools Contest

This years Speakeasy Schools public speaking contest takes place on Thursday 21st November. It gives transition year students from local schools the opportunity to speak at the club. The contest is again sponsored by Mallow Credit Union and is also supported by the Hibernian Hotel. Every year the members of the club are always impressed with the high standard of speeches.

At our last meeting four of the clubs experienced members also gave speeches. Marie Fitzpatrick speech entitled ‘Diffusing Criticism’ was very interesting as it included the speech, some role play and a questions and answers session. Anne Walsh giving her first club evaluation gave Marie a thorough and helpful evaluation. Michael Cronin followed with a entertaining speech on reading at Mass. James Kelleher evaluated the speech.

Angela Sheehan then completed a toastmasters project which involved ’Presenting an award’. Angela used the opportunity to present an award which was given by Toastmasters World Headquarters to last years President and committee for their great work during the year. Claire O’Connell evaluated the speech. Our final speaker of the night was Pat Sexton fresh from his soapbox completion win at Mallow Library. He gave a very entertaining speech about all the biography’s that will appear coming up to Christmas. He questioned as to how people in their twenties could publish one and the quality of others as it seems they are just trying to cash in. Noel O’Connor evaluated Pats speech.

Bridie O’Connell as Topicsmaster hosted a very lively session with a varied selection of topics. Bill Martin as General Evaluator brought the meeting to a close. The clubs next meeting takes place on this Thursday night the 14th at 8pm in the Hibernian hotel. Everybody is welcome to attend and guests will not be asked to speak. Follow the club on Facebook and Twitter or check out our website at