HUMOUR FILLED EVENING
The excitement echoed around the room as the judges were briefed on the rules and regulations. A number of judges come from other clubs, so that there was no bias. Marie Lynes, our president, warmly welcomed guests, members, contestants and judges alike to a wonderful night at the club for the humorous speech and table topics competition. She sincerely thanked Liam Flynn of Duhallow Landscaping for generously sponsoring the prizes. Liam is a well thought of member of the club and who, as last year’s president, brought us all on a very enjoyable outing around Millstreet in June.
Michael Cronin was a natural choice for contestant chair as he himself has previously won the competition. Counters for the evening were Noel O'Connor and Helsa Giles who were unwavering in their mathematical skills. There were two time keepers on competition night, Mary Moynihan and Angela Sheehan. This is a very important job because the contestants can gage the time by looking at the lights.
Bridie O’Connell was topics master. When asked a topic there are a number of ways to deal with it. Pause, take a breath, and stand up slowly – a technique that gives competitors a chance to gather their thoughts. Topics are great because impromptu speaking is a transferable skill that can be put into practise in a variety of situations. Prepare an opening statement and agree or disagree with the topic.
Have a joke or anecdote you would love to tell. Can you twist the topic to suit your story? The five contestants were given the topic "It's not the winning it’s the taking part" as they entered the room. They have two minutes to speak on the subject. All the contestants did wonderfully and made easy work of speaking off the cuff. It was a tightly fought competition but Pat Sexton came first and Marie Lynes second.
In the humorous speech contest we were entertained and in awe of four very talented speakers with their unique and hilarious tales.
Claire O'Connell was first up with a speech entitled "The best roller coaster ride ever". It certainly was a topsy turvy world for her leading lady as Claire gave a wonderfully confident presentation, generously seasoned with delightful ideas for example; charity, friends and location.
Pat Sexton was the second speaker with a speech imaginatively entitled "The donkey is dead or the age of chivalry is dead ". It was a tale of woe for our misunderstood hero of the piece is Don Quixote, who tried his best with modern life. Trial and tribulation increased his confusion.
Brendan Foley was third out of the gate with a speech "jumping on bandwagons" and it didn’t do him much harm as he retold his recent experiences of running. He easily had us laughing at his coping mechanisms.
Last but not least was Bobby Buckley with "The sad search for laughter", a wonderfully thought out presentation with a garnish of philosophy. This speech was a great piece of sardonic humour.
Well done to all the contestants who entertained us thoroughly. Brendan Foley was awarded first place and Pat Sexton came second. We wish all of the winners the best of luck as they proudly represent us in area final in Fermoy on the 20th of October. Speakeasy Toastmasters will be meeting again in the Hibernian Hotel in Mallow on the 22nd of October at 8.00 sharp. Guest are more than welcome and for more information contact E.V.P. Brendan Foley 087 7938641 or President Marie Lynes 087 9746974 or the club website www.speakeasytoastmasters.com
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