Monday, March 10, 2014

A Historical Journey

On Thursday night last, March 6, Speak Easy Toastmasters held a Historical Theme meeting and what an evening it was. Members and guests alike were treated to an evening of speeches from members that had researched the lives of local historical characters and delivered those speeches as if those characters were making their first speech to a toastmasters club.
The atmosphere for the meeting was set as soon as one entered the Garden Room in The Hibernian Hotel as lights were dimmed, candles placed at strategic points and members dressed in various historical garments.
President Noel O'Connor welcomed members and guests and explained the purpose of the meeting. Margaret O'Regan as Toastmaster set the tone of the evening with her introductions of well researched information of the various characters. Liam Flynn as Topicsmaster gave members historical topics to test their skills in off the cuff speaking.
Ray Ryan was first of the speakers with his speech as Edmund Burke (1729-1797) followed by Marie Lynes as Nano Nagle (1718-1784). Then came Michael Boyle with his speech as John Roche(1820-1890), Tom O'Connor as Cannon Sheehan (1852-1913), Marie Fitzpatrick as Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) and Mary Buckley as Edel Quinn (1907-1944)
All of the speakers delivered their speeches as if they lived the lives of their characters, with emotion, humour and factually corrects events of the times.
Every toastmasters meeting is different and members constantly strive to increase and improve their communication and leadership skills in a very sup portative environment.
Speak Easy Toastmasters meet every fortnight and the next meeting on March 29th will be the Club's Speech and Evaluation Contests. Guests are always welcome at our meetings and are never asked to speak. For more information see our website, or follow us on Facebook of Twitter.
More photographs of the evening can be seen here

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