Monday, December 29, 2014

No Mon(ey) No Fun? Oh yes there is, at Speak Easy Toastmasters

No Mon(ey) No Fun?

No Mon(ey) No Fun? Oh yes there is, at Speak Easy Toastmasters  

Christmas is gone – the pockets are empty, and you cannot afford a night out.

-You will get for the total cost of € 5.00 - coffee/tea and biscuits ; a warm comfortable room; convivial company; many laughs; the greatest personal satisfaction and sense of achievement when you take part; no hangover; no sore head; no empty pockets; you will make new friends and go home energized. Can you find a better offer than that? I doubt it.

-Hibernian Hotel Mallow on alternate Thursdaysat 8 pm sharp for the first meeting ofSpeakeasy Toastmasters Club  Thursday 8th January.
Why -
Because you will learn to
  • Think and speak on your feet through impromptu speaking
  • Prepare and deliver effective presentations
  • Provide constructive and structured feedback
  • Successfully lead and energise meetings
  • Network
  • Build self confidence when communication skills in all areas of life
  • These tools will help you to fulfill individual potential in and out of the work place.
Relaxing Speak Easy Toastmasters Meeting in
 The Hibernian Hotel

May I clear up some misapprehensions about coming to a Toastmasters Meeting. It is widely understood or should I say misunderstood that you will be asked to speak, and worse still, if you do stand up to speak, you will become asphyxiated, and will have to be resuscitated - NOT TRUE. You may come along as a guest to meetings and keep your mouth shut for as long or as short a period as you wish to do so. However, you will, should you request it, be ‘mothered’ and ‘mentored’ for a limited period. I say ‘limited’ because it would not be in your own interest for you to sit on your pretty little ‘tot’ and do nothing month after month. We are a learning by doing Club.There is a great feeling of achievement and self-satisfaction when one takes part at a meeting.

So my dear readers take that gigantic step (we will be there should you trip), and come to our next meeting with an open mind. Give us a chance to impress you, and you will be suitably pleased with us. We are ‘awfully nice’ people.

For further information visit our website at
  or by contact Liam 087 6380053 or Marie 087-9746947

Toastmasters And You - 2015!

Toastmasters And You - 2015!

Why not come to the first meeting of 2015 Speak Easy Toastmasters?  Its January, and you deserve the chance to spend one evening every fortnight than with friends, enjoying yourself, having a chat, learning and having fun!
Speak Easy Toastmasters are part of Toastmasters International which is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.
Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization has hundreds of thousands of members in clubs in worldwide. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience.
A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a friendly atmosphere. We have about 40 members who meet fortnightly to practice public speaking techniques. Meetings last for about 2 hours 8-10pm.

Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instil a basic foundation in public speaking. Participants learn skills related to use of humour, gestures, eye contact, speech organization and overall delivery. When finished with this manual, members can choose from 15 advanced manuals to learn skills related to specific interests.

Members also learn leadership skills by taking on various meeting roles and serving as officers at the club and district levels, and by working in the Competent Leadership manual and the High Performance Leadership program. In our learn-by-doing approach, we don't lecture our members about leadership skills; we give them responsibilities and ask them to lead.

There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings, serve as officers in various leadership roles and learn rules related to timing, grammar and parliamentary procedure. You can also just sit back, relax and enjoy the evenings entertainment.

Speak Easy Toastmasters is one of many clubs that can be found all over Ireland and was formed in 1993. Since its formation Speak Easy members have won numerous toastmaster contests at both local and district (Ireland and UK) level. The club is constantly recognised by Toastmasters International, and has just presented with a “distinguished area award.”along with its sister clubs.

Now for 2015, why not come along to any one of our meetings as a guest? Guests are never asked to speak at a toastmasters meeting so come along, relax and enjoy the evening.

The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on 8th January at 8.00pm. Rona Coghlan PRO. Further information visit our website at
  or by contact Liam 087 6380053 or Marie 087-9746947

Monday, December 15, 2014

Speakeasy Celebrate Distinguished Award

Speakeasy Celebrate Distinguished Award

Speakeasy Toastmasters are delighted to announce that Area 17 (Mallow, Fermoy, Mitchelstown and Charleville) has won the prestigious “Distinguished Area Award” under the stewardship of Speakeasy club member, Anne Buckley. Anne Buckley’s gentle and caring manner inspires confidence in those she meets. Her attention to detail was beneficial to all, in her role as Area Governor last year.

The Distinguished Area Programme recognises Areas that plan, set goals and achieve success. The programme builds on club success and compliments the goals that Divisions and Districts set, to earn distinguished recognition.

Areas earn Distinguished Awards by meeting the goals outlined in the Toastmasters International Programme. In 2013-2014 the Area 17 achieved this award. This award recognises clubs that provide positive and supportive environments that leads to member success, which is at the heart of Toastmasters.
Roles in toastmasters help to develop confidence and provide experience in everything from budgeting, organising a meeting, planning a program and booking venues. If these are skills which would benefit you, why not visit our website to learn more.

The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on 8th January at 8.00pm. Rona Coghlan PRO. Further information visit our website at
  or by contact Liam 087 6380053 or Marie 087-9746947

Santa Came to Speakeasy

Santa Came to Speakeasy
Our meeting was thrown into complete disarray by the unexpected arrival of Santa Claus. Welcoming committee Margaret O’Regan, Helsa Giles and Brendan Foley were initially stunned when Santa arrived and asked for advice on where to park his reindeer and sleigh. Ruldoph wore a hat over his shiny red nose to avoid dazzling cars on Main Street, from his parking spot on the roof of the Hibernian Hotel.

Ray Ryan (Division A Governor) Anne Buckley (Former Area 17
 Governor) Pat Duggan EVP Guardian Toastmasters

Congratulations to club member Ray Ryan who has assumed the role of Division A Governor in succession to Eddie O’Mahony.Ray Ryan was our Toastmaster for our Christmas meeting with David Roche assisting with timekeeping. Ray was having a musical night, treating us to a song from both himself and his red and white singing tie. Both were fantastic, although only one required batteries.
Tonight’s speakers included; Anne O’Donovan, Noel O’Connor, Helsa Giles, Claire O’Connell and Liam Flynn. Anne’s speech called “Done Deal,” provided tips for using the site successfully. Her technical advisor (her son) had taught her well and I might just try putting her tips to use! Noel gave a beautiful Christmas speech entitled, “What You Get.” Every present should create a memory. Noel had a list of thoughtful gift ideas for all ages. Santa was taking notes during this speech! Noel also let a secret out of the bag. If you go to Doneraile Park on Christmas morning you might just see some very tired reindeer resting up after a busy night pulling Santa’s sleigh. Helsa gave a speech entitled, “Why Santa Is Real.” Perhaps this is the reason Santa came along to our meeting? Santa certainly found the speech very entertaining, chuckling away to himself throughout the speech as Helsa provided evidence of his existence. Claire gave a thought provoking speech simply titled, “Rebecca.” Claire’s heroes are ordinary people who make a change. Rebecca turned her life from negative to positive, earning Claire’s admiration. It was a timely reminder to look around our local community this Christmas and see the struggles and triumphs of those around us. Liam gave a tribute to the larger than life character who was, “Jackie Healy Rae.” He shared many of his distinctive quotes and some of his achievements for his constituency. Tonight’s evaluator
Mary Moynahan and Marie Fitzpatrick
s were Tony O’ Regan, Mary Moynihan, Angela Sheehan, Anne Buckley and Pat Sexton .
The topicsmaster for the night was Michael Cronin. Michael loves to ask questions and he had thought up a fantastic and in some cases, unprintable, set of questions. “Do you like Brussel sprouts?”, “What’s your favourite Christmas song?” “What was your favourite Christmas present?” The meeting was evaluated by Pat Duggan who awarded ribbons to Anne O’Donovan (speeches), Pat Sexton (evaluation) and Bridie O’Connell (topics). Santa gave a special thanks to everyone for their warm welcome and on behalf of his reindeers, he thanked the Hibernian Hotel for the carrots and oats.
The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on 8th January at 8.00pm. Rona Coghlan PRO. Further information visit our website at
  or by contact Liam 087 6380053 or Marie 087-9746947

Monday, December 08, 2014

Join The Festive Fun!

Join The Festive Fun!
Tonight’s meeting will be the Christmas meeting. There will be light hearted speeches and Christmas themed impromptu topics.  Find out what people really think of Santa and his elves. Discover people’s true feelings about cold turkey and Christmas trees and if you’re feeling talkative, throw in your own comments whether it’s during the tea break or the formal impromptu session.
Christmas is a time for nostalgia! Looking back to 2010  Sean Corcoran, Bridie O'Connell, Margaret O'Regan, Angela Sheehan 
If you see a piece holly or a picture of Santa what pops into your mind?  Welcome to the power of the visual aid. In our image rich world people have become visual learners so when making a speech or presentation it is important to use an effective visual aid or prop to enhance your message and to make your audience remember it.
Here are a number of tips that will help you use such visual aids correctly.
Visual aids should be easy to see. Whatever aid is chosen it should be seen by all of your audience, so choose the size and colour so that the people at the back of the room can see it clearly.
Visual aids should look professional. Your audience should be able to look at your aid and immediately get the point. If you are using a Flip Chart or Powerpoint, keep text or bullet points to a minimum.
Visual aids should be explained clearly. Don’t assume that your audience will automatically know what the prop means. Explain what it is for, and what it represents.
Visual aids should not be distracting. The aid that you use is meant to enhance your speech. Show the aid at the appropriate stage in your presentation. As a rule of thumb, you should not pass around a visual aid around a room during your presentation as the audience will be looking at it and not listening to you.
Visual aids should be appropriate to your audience. Use common sense when choosing an aid to use in your presentation. Choose a visual aid with the same care and attention that you prepare your speech with.
The above are just a few tips on the use of visual aids for a speech or presentation. Use of such aids is an important skill that needs to be practised regularly.
In Speak Easy Toastmasters every fortnight, this skill and indeed all of the many skills that go into making competent and professional speeches are practised and perfected by club members. A Toastmasters Club is not a classroom but a workshop where Toastmasters meet to hone their skills and most importantly to enjoy themselves.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Calling all farmers!

Speak Easy Toastmasters Club: Calling all farmers!
The silage is in the silo.
The straw is in the shed.
The cows are all gone dry.
What are you going to do instead?

You could mend the fence.
You could mix the feed.
You could do an awful lot indeed,
But do it in the morning if you need!

Impress at the IFA.
Be a marvel at the mart.
Conquer at the co-op
Make speaking your art!

Farmers avoid the disaster
Of becoming tongue tied.
Attend Speakeasy Toastmasters,
And deliver your speeches with pride!

Farmers if you have time spare this winter, we would be delighted to see you at Speakeasy Toastmasters.  Many of our distinguished toastmasters work as farmers. Several of our past presidents come from the farming community; Margaret & Tony O’Regan, Michael Cronin, Pat Sexton and Noel O’Connor, to name but a few.
With changes to the quota system on the horizon, it is important to be able to express yourself and your vision for your business clearly.  Speakeasy Toastmasters is the place to perfect this skill. It is also the place to relax and enjoy the banter.  I’m certainly willing to bet that we’re the only club in Mallow to write you a “poem” this week!

Speakeasy Toastmasters Club, Mallow, at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, at 8.00 p.m. We meet alternate Thursdays. Next meeting: 11th December. For more information go to
 or contact Liam on087 6380053 or Marie 087-9746947

What a night

What A Night!
The great thing about a Toastmasters meeting is you never know what will be treated to. Tonight’s program had a great mixture between new speakers and experienced speakers. New member Paul McCarthy gave his second speech entitled, “The aerodynamics of flying.” Anne Buckley evaluated his speech.  Bridie O’Connell, a great favourite with our club, gave a speech entitled, “A memoir of Maeve Binchy” which Michael Cronin evaluated. Margaret O’Regan, former club chair, gave a much anticipated speech entitled, “Instinctive or learned behaviour,” which was evaluated by Ray Ryan. Pat Sexton delivered another distinctive speech, “Behind closed doors,” which was evaluated by Marie Fitzpatrick. Brendan Foley rounded out the evening nicely with his speech, “Visualize a new you,” which was evaluated by local poet Tom O’Connor.

Anne O’Donovan made the role of Toastmaster her own, with David Frawley as her timekeeper. Tony O’Regan as topicsmaster provided a varied and interesting impromptu public speaking session. Angela Sheehan, who herself is an experienced toastmaster, dispensed words of wisdom, advice and praise as General Evaluator. She awarded the prizes to Jerry O'Callaghan, (best table topic), Margaret O'Regan  (best speech) and Anne Buckley (best evaluation.) 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Schools Contest Update

The standard of the entrants at the Speakeasy Toastmaster's School Competition was very high. Speakers were confident, entertaining and informative. Congratulation to St. Mary's Secondary School Charleville on winning the "Best School's Award." Congratulations to Caitlin O'Fylnn of St. Mary's Secondary School Charleville who won 1st place, Nicole Mannix of St. Mary's Secondary School Mallow won 2nd place and Marie Murphy Scoil Mhuire Kanturk won 3rd place. 

Jerry O'Callaghan  Credit Union Rep. Presenting a cheque to Liam Flynn Speakeasy Toastmasters president.

Jerry O'Callaghan of Mallow Credit Union who sponsored the event, gave an inspiring speech on the importance of young people being able to express themselves and speak out.The competition is the brain child of Mary Buckley. Thanks to our four schools coaches; Marie Fitzpatrick, Tony O'Regan, Pat Sexton, and Michael Cronin. 
Liam O'Fynn chaired the competition with Marie Lynes taking on the demanding job of organising the program. Brendan Foley was our Toastmaster with Helsa Giles as Topicsmaster . Rona Coghlan took care of P.R., Michael Cronin- time keeping, Margaret O'Regan and Anne O'Donovan - sign in, Tony O'Regan, Noel O'Connor, Kieran Butler and David Roche who were a great help.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Múineann Gá Seift (necessity is the mother of invention)

This evenings toastmaster was Marie Boyle with Marie Fitzgerald as general evaluator. Claire O'Connell took on  the  role of time keeper.
David Frawley gave a speech entitled, "Whiskey." Whiskey is  by  far the  most  common  remedy that won't  cure  the  common  cold. This speech gave the  history of  whiskey. It was  evaluated by Brendan Foley. 
Liam Flynn gave  a speech entitled, "Presenting An Award." Using Thialand's  system of acknowledging achievements, Liam presented a white elephant to the  lucky recipent. This speech was  evaluated by Michael Cronin.
Bridie O'Connell (best audience member)
  Kieran  Butler (best speech), Marie Fitzpatrick (General Evaluator)
Tom O'Connor gave  a speech entitled,  "Action, Consequence And  Reverberation." The Louisanta and its tragic sinking was the topic of this speech. It was evaluated by  Ray Ryan, who won best evaluator.
Kieran Butler won  best speech for a speech entitled, "Calming The Internal Fires." Mindfulness was  the  topic  covered. Taking control of  our attention is the best way to explain mindfulness. We can train our brain by consciously thinking positive thoughts. This speech was evaluated by Pat Sexton.
Rona Coghlan as topics master quoted Irish proverbs which she than translated into English. Members debated the  truth of sayings such as "múineann gá seift," need teaches resourcefulness, "ní thagann ciall roimh aois," sense doesn't come before age, and "ní neart go cur le chéile" there is no strength like that created by cooperation.  Marrian Oviawe won the best topic award.
Congratulations to Brendan Foley who won the local "Soap Box" competition, held at the library. He  goes on to represent Mallow in  Dublin on  November 12.

Success For Pat

Pat Sexton did his town and his club proud, winning second place in a photo finish at the “All Ireland /England Impromptu Public Speaking Competition.” To the toastmasters among you, this is simply known as the District Final Table Topics Competition. Skilfully handling the topic on mobile phones, Pat scooped second prize and brought the trophy to Mallow.
Helsa Giles of Castletownroche was a toastmaster extraordinaire. Local author Ray Ryan provided a creative topics session that made everyone put on their thinking caps. Marie Fitzgerald won best topic for her response to “My Favourite Member Of One Direction.” Marlene O’Mahony gave her first speech entitled, “Knocknagree Wife.” Her evaluator Tony O’Regan complimented her choice of title. Ronan Condon gave his 9th speech and he sure persuaded us that using “coaching to grow” can be a valuable life skill. Claire O’Connell gave a detailed evaluation of his speech. Marie Fitzpatrick fascinated us with the dark history of clinking your glass during a toast. This used to be used a sneaky opportunity to splash poison into your enemy’s glass. Distinguished toastmaster Noel O’Connor (Area Governor) finished the meeting with a general evaluation session.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

How to write a good speech

Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University has been viewed about 8 million times on YouTube. Eleven years after he delivered it, it is still a massive internet hit. The speech is as powerful for its message–stay hungry, stay foolish–as it is for its structure and delivery. “Today I want to tell you three stories from my life,” says Jobs. “That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.” And with that, viewers (and readers) are hooked.
 Maire Boyle, Michael Boyle, Anne O'Donovan Marrian Oviawe
As students prepare their entries for the Toastmasters School Competition, here is a little advice to help you on your way.
The best speeches include a clear, relevant message and a few great stories to illustrate it. Forget fancy complicated presentations and loads of data. Instead, keep your speech simple, with a clear beginning, middle and end. Focus on one theme, and eliminate everything else. People don’t remember much of what they hear, so focus and keep it simple.
Use anecdotes. People struggle writing speeches when all they have to do is find a message and a few great stories to prove it. This kind of speech is also easier to deliver because you can recall a story from memory and tell it from your heart. The content has to be inspiring and memorable. It should convey emotion and have a particular point of view. If you have these elements of a good speech, your delivery is halfway there.”
Be relevant to your audience and avoid using abbreviations which your audience might not be familiar with. If you know what your speech is about–and it should be about one thing–you should have an easy time deciding on an opening. Get right into the story and let the audience know what your talk will be about.
Practice your speech beforehand. Articulate your words, regardless of your natural speaking style. Practice replacing deadening filler words like “um,” “so” and “like” with silence. When you are speaking ensure that you are loud enough to be heard by the person at the very back of the room.
Use body language that makes you appear comfortable. Stand up straight, whether you sand in the middle of the stage or stand behind a lectern.  Successful public speaking is all about passion and emotion. If you’re excited, then your audience will be, too.
The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on 13 Nov at 8.00pm. Schools' Competition Wednesday 19th November. Rona Coghlan PRO. Further information visit our website at
  or by contact Liam 087 6380053or Marie 087-9746947

Friday, October 24, 2014

Well Done Pat Sexton

Speakeasy Toastmasters extend their congratulations to Pat Sexton who won first prize at the Division A Final. The Division A Final is for clubs in the Munster region. Pat will be in Belfast on November 8 where he will be competing against English and Irish Division winners. Pat's creativity answering the  topic, "what's the most important thing we can teach our children?" earned him first place. He highlighted the  role of the  little white lie in society and the consequences of ignoring these conventions.

The club were delighted to see two of our members who joined in
September, delivering their first speeches. The ice-breaker speech
aims to discover speaking skills you already have and to give you your
first experience of public speaking. Marrian Oviawe spoke on her
upbringing and her dream of becoming a makeup artist who inspires
confidence in her clients. Paul McCarthy shared details of his mother’s
unique motivating skills and his love of extreme sports. He also
confessed to losing his grip on a hurley and accidentally knocking out a
team mate with the airborne implement. Hopefully the effects of the
concussion have worn off by now.

Tony O’Regan a former president of the club, gave us a very clear eyed
view of the effect of Common Agricultural Policy reforms. The
abolishing of milk quotas will have far reaching effects on local and
global markets. Mallow as one of the homes of Dairy Gold was a very
fitting placed to deliver this speech.

Nicola Waterman convinced us of the importance of being occupied. As
an occupational therapist she is well qualified to talk on this topic.
She explained how little changes can make the world of difference to

Bill Martin was a fantastic toastmaster bringing his original and
unique style to the role. The “Name Game” created some panic among
members but thankfully we all managed to play along.

Our Topicsmaster for the night was Helsa Giles. Her topics had us all
talking, with everything from “the Ebola virus” to “your dream car”
covered. “Is food the way to a man’s heart?” Ray Ryan won best topic
with his reply, which I can simply summarise as a resounding yes!

Our president Liam O’Flynn has returned from his visit to the Number
One Toastmasters Club in America where he received a warm welcome.

Michael Cronin was General Evaluator with Michael Boyle as time keeper.

Speakeasy Toastmasters Club, Mallow, at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow,
at 8 p.m. October 30th. We meet alternate Thursdays. For more
information go to
 or contact Liam on 087
6380053 or Marie 087-9746947

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Altar Boys and Half Measures (Area 17 HS and TT report)

Brendan Foley (Welcoming Committee), Michael Cronin
(Winner – Humorous Speech Contest), Peter Langley (President of
Galtees Toastmasters), Pat Sexton (Winner- Table Topics), Margaret
O'Regan (Contest Chair), Noel O'Connor (Area Governor)

The Area Competition for the North Cork Toastmaster clubs was held at
the Fir Grove Hotel Mitchelstown with Peter Langley of Galtee
Toastmasters presiding and Margaret O'Regan taking on the role of
Contest Chair.

Congratulations to Speakeasy Toastmasters Michael Cronin, who won
first prize at the Area 16 Final of the Humorous Speech Competition.
His speech on life as an altar boy had the audience literally crying
with laughter.  Ladies if you ever have the opportunity to hear
Michael speak, I would recommend that your mascara is waterproof.

Pat Sexton who won first prize at the final of the Area 16 Table
Topics Competition spoke on the topic "glass half full or glass half
empty." Pat it seems is not a man for half measures. His life
philosophy was live it large. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that if
Pat is ever sitting beside you, watch your glass!

Speakeasy Toastmasters Club, Mallow, at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow,
at 8pm sharp. October 30th. We meet alternate Thursdays. For more
information go to
or contact Liam on 087
6380053 or Marie 087-9746947

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Speak Easy Area Winners

Area 17 Winners 2014

Congratulations to Speakeasy Toastmasters Michael Cronin, who won first prize at the Area 16th Final of the Humorous Speech Competition and Pat Sexton who won first prize at the final of the  Area 17 Table Topics Competition. The topic given was, "glass half full or  glass half empty."

The event was held at the Fir Grove Hotel Mitchelstown  with Peter Langley of Galtee Toastmasters presiding and Margaret O'Regan taking on the role of Contest Chair. The Division Final will be  held next Sunday afternoon at the Rochestown Park Hotel.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

The "Impromptu Public Speaking" competition tests the skills of any speaker

The "Impromptu Public Speaking" competition tests the skills of any speaker. This year's competition topic was "My Happiest Childhood Memories." 

Michael Cronin was our winner this year with the choice of his first uninterrupted night's sleep, as his answer. Michael disliked been awoken during the  night for any reason.

Pat Sexton had money on his mind, as his favourite childhood memory involved receiving a pound into his hand.

Kieran Butler should be kept away from play doh, as his happiest memory was putting his play doh in his  hair instead of creating a more standard piece of art.
Helsa Giles, Jerry O'Callaghan and Claire O'Connell at the competition night.

Rona Coghlan loved hiding under a giant duffle coat as a child and watching the world go by. 

Tom O'Connor loved a variety concert he saw when he  graduated from  primary school. Tom acts regularly in local shows.
Marie Fitzpatrick, as topics-master choose the  newspapers as  her  inspiration for the table  topics for the audience. Mary Whelan was unable to  comment on  spoilers for  the  soaps as she  is  an  avid  sports fan. Anne O'Donovan only reads the paper and  has no time to watch the soaps on TV.  Tony O'Regan spoils his wife with  last minute  presents of soap. David Frawley will be saving water by turning off the  tap  while  brushing  his  teeth. Pat Sexton pays his  bills by Quarterly lotto, any objections removes you from the Sexton lotto list . Jerry O'Callagahan will be washing his teeth in rain  water . Mary Buckley believes that a woman will referee an All Ireland Final. Marrian Oviawe is  scared of  spiders and  had  bought out the  supplies of  local lemons to  scare them off. Bridie O'Connell felt that all historical figures are relevant to today if you look at  their lives.
 These are only a few of the answers given. Why not come along and  try  answering a topic yourself? Speakeasy Toastmasters. 8th sharp at the  Hibernian Hotel , 16 October. Contact Marie Lyons 0879746947 or Liam O'Flynn087 6380053 or look at our website www .

Divine Intervention

Speakeasy Toastmasters Competition Night
Noel O'Connor was acting president for this week's meeting . Tony O'Regan was our  contest chair for the  "Humorous Speech Contest" and "Impromptu Public Speaking" competition. Anne Buckley took the  role  of  chief  judge. It took two time keepers in  the  form of David Roche and Anne O'Donovan to watch the clock. 
Michael Cronin won the Humorous Speech Contest with a speech entitled "Divine Intervention". In his youth, Michael had a fondness for lighting the altar candles. Over enthusiasm resulted in a slightly blackened altar cloth and lack of  height obscured his beautiful hairstyle when reading from  the  pulpit . Michael's career as an Altar Boy was anything but dull.
Second place went to "Spot the  Difference" by Brendan  Foley which  compared the  dentist and  the NCT Centre. His description of the  dentist's drill would create a fear of  dental care in the  stoutest of  hearts. The NCT is similarly an exercise in  guilt  and fear for Brendan  who watches in  terror as  his  car  under  goes open  heart surgery.
Mary Moynihan delivered a speech entitled, "What Possessed Me?" This question was brought on  by  an outfit for a wedding.  A pair of  shoes which were too small and an altered dress were the  cause of this  self questioning. On  site dress alterations with a scissors resulted in 4 inch hole under her arm. All
Brendan Foley, Michael Cronin and Pat Sexton 
in  all a dramatic wedding.
Rona Coghlan shared her  experience of lunatics in  her speech on lunacy. The suitability of a pair of  pink fluffy singing slippers as a gift for a man, was in serious doubt according to this speaker.
"Samantha And The Lucky Fairy" was a cautionary  tale from Claire O'Connell.  Samantha was a gorgeous girl who decided to take up  fairy  hunting as  a hobby. Successful fairy hunting resulted in a new job  for  Beanie the  fairy and Samantha learning the  importance of giving very exact instructions to your  employees.
The "Impromptu Public Speaking Competition" was  won by  Michael Cronin on the  topic of "My Happiest Childhood Memories." Second place went to Pat Sexton. Check in next week to find out what they said!

The Area Final is in  Mitchelstown on  Tuesday 14 October. 

Next meeting -16 October. Speakeasy Toastmasters meet every second Thursday at the Hibernan Hotel at 8 PM sharp. Contact Marie Lyons on 087 9746947 or Liam Flynn on 0876380053 or go 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Four Is The National Average

Margaret O’Regan as toastmaster, steered us smoothly through a choc –a-block program, ably assisted by Anne O’Donovan as time keeper.
Michael Boyle wrote his ice-breaker speech to please his Kerry evaluator, announcing he that he is a Kerry man in a Cork man's body.

Bill Martin delivered a stirring speech encouraging support for Movember. This vital charity movement supports the fight against men’s cancer. Men can show their support for the charity by growing a moustache for the month of November. He was awarded best speaker for his talk.

Coco Channel was a surprise guest at tonight's meeting with Helsa Giles delivering a speech in character. Coco was a fascinating lady who built a business empire despite coming from a background of utter poverty.

Ronan Condon introduced us to the new road signs that have appeared on our highways. The wavy road symbol has been created to guide tourists along the Wild Atlantic Way. This scenic route takes in our beautiful coastline and includes the Cliffs of Moher and Foynes, which used to be a centre for aviation in the 1930s.

Pat Sexton delivered a very informative speech highlighting the issue of Irlen Syndrome. This syndrome creates many different challenges, including tiring easily while reading , difficulties with depth perception such as accurately judging the depth of the stairs steps, and difficulties with on-coming lights while driving at night. There are 4 centres in Ireland which assess this condition and provide advice for its management.

Mrs Doyle also attended our meeting in the form of Anne Buckley, Topicsmaster. Anne Buckley gave emotive topics such as; “how do you take your tea?” Rona Coghlan likes it handed to her. “Is tea more than just a drink?” Moira certainly thought so, highlighting the cure that tea provides in all situations. Keiran Butler shared how tea saved his life, announcing that; “tea is the nicorette patch for coffee addicts.” Jerry likes it loose- no teabags for him! He scooped best table topics award for his confession. Bridie likes her tea from a china cup, where as our president, drinks his tea from a saucer. David Roche is below the national average of four cups of tea a day, while Mary Buckley debated the possible benefits of herbal tea.

Ray Ryan acted as general evaluator evaluating our five evaluators; Mary Moynihan (best evaluator award), Tony O’Regan, Kieran Butler, Michael Cronin and Angela Sheehan.

Next Speakeasy Toastmasters Club meeting at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, at 7.50 p.m. 2nd October. We meet alternate Thursdays. For more information go to or contact Marie 087-9746947

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Perfect your Business Pitch at Speak Easy Toastmasters

Why join Toastmasters?
If you are involved in business or an entrepreneur thinking of starting out, Speakeasy Toastmasters will be the perfect fit for you.

Try the Fast-paced Fun of Table Topics!
Have you ever been asked a question during a pitch or presentation, only to have your mind go blank? Have you given an answer, but it was so disorganized that the point you were trying to make was lost? The ability to “think and speak on your feet” is an important skill that often determines your success in sales pitches and when recruiting new clients.
That’s why the “Table Topics” portion of the Toastmasters club meeting was developed. Table Topics provides you with the opportunity to practice impromptu speaking. By answering brief Table Topics questions, you learn how to present your thoughts clearly and convincingly, with no more than a few seconds of preparation. You also learn to listen constructively, and to think flexibly.

How it works
The Table Topics portion of a Toastmasters meeting takes place before or after the formal “prepared speeches” segment and usually lasts 20 or 30 minutes. The Topicsmaster announces a topic or question and calls on a member (not a guest) to give an impromptu -two-minute response to that topic. This can be on any subject. People deal with their topics in very different ways. It is up to the individual if they want to take the serious, comic, inspirational or down-beat approach to answering.
For instance some;
· State a problem and show its causes.
· Offer a viewpoint – yours or someone else’s – and elaborate on it.
· State a goal or problem and then tell what must be done to achieve the goal or solve the problem. If you recently found a new job, tell about the steps you took to reach your goal.
· Describe a process, such as how to plant a tree.
· Break a problem, situation or object into its components and discuss them. For example, describe the branches of your country’s government.

By participating, (as a club member) in Table Topics, you become more adept at delivering the perfect pitch. You learn to listen carefully and to create a mini-speech, with a beginning, middle and end. You also draw on your own experiences or knowledge on the topic in relation to the needs and interests of those present. With these skills honed, your business is bound for success.
You can see how Table Topics works, and see how members of Speak Easy Toastmasters practice the art of speaking “off the cuff” by coming along as our guest to our next meeting in The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on 18th September at 7.50 pm. Further information visit our website at or by contact Liam 087 6380053 or Marie 087-9746947

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Kayaking and Speech Delivery!

I love kayaking. The rhythmic beat of the paddle cutting through the water. The rise and fall of the waves. The dazzle of light on water. The calmness and serenity of the sea.

A good speech holds the same elements. There needs to be a rhythm to your speech. When you read your sentence aloud the words need to flow together, not sound clunky. Play around with the choice of vocabulary and sentence structure, until it is just right.

Your voice needs to rise and fall like the waves. This holds the listeners attention. It’s easy to drift into a flat monotone when nervous.

There needs to be a touch of "dazzle." This can be as simple a smile flashed, a part of your speech acted out, a joke or a suitable quote.

Finally, calmness and serenity. You need to convey a calm, serene air. No matter what you’re speaking about, you need to project a solid presence, so the audience can connect with you. These elements combined, create the basis of a great speech. Rona Coghlan P.R.O.

Speakeasy Toastmasters Club, Mallow, at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, at 7.50 p.m. 11th September. We meet alternate Thursdays. For more information go to or contact Liam on 087 6380053 or Marie 087-9746947

Monday, September 01, 2014

Speak Easy Toastmasters Club, Mallow: The 30 Day Challenge

Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Join Speak Easy Toastmasters for three meetings over 30 days. 30 days is just about the right amount of time to try out a new hobby! Speak Easy Toastmasters is a public speaking club. Come along and get a feel for prepared and impromptu public speaking either from the safety of the audience, or jump right in with a 60 second slot in the impromptu section. You will never be asked to speak unless you choose to.

Instead of months flying blandly by, set aside the 4th, 18th September and 2nd October to come to Speak Easy, and make this a memorable 30 days. Go from the kind of person who is afraid of public speaking, to the kind of person who goes to a public speaking club for fun! You can do anything for 30 days! Rona Coghlan P.R.O.
Speakeasy Toastmasters Club, Mallow, at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, at 7.50 p.m. We meet alternate Thursdays. For more information go to or contact Liam on 087 6380053 or Marie 087-9746947

Monday, August 25, 2014

Speak Easy Toastmasters Club, Mallow return on Sept 4th....What is Toastmasters anyway?

Speak Easy Toastmasters Club, Mallow return on Sept 4th

Summer is almost over and it is almost time to start thinking of what to do for the long evenings. This year, why not try something different?

Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retiree, Toastmasters is the best way to build great communication skills.You will learn how to successfully organize and present your ideas and yourself. Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation.

A Toastmasters club is not a classroom, it is a workshop where members meet once a fortnight to learn communication skills, such as how to speak with confidence, think on your feet, listen effectively, make new friends and, most importantly, to enjoy themselves.

Left to right
Caption: Rona Coghlan -Public Relations Officer, Michael Cronin - Secretary, Anne O'Donovan Membership, Margaret O'Regan Sergeant At Arms, Liam Flynn -President, Marie Lyons Program Organaniser, Brendan Foley and Helsa Giles. Dave Roche - Treasurer (not in photo)

Speak Easy Toastmasters Club is affiliated to Toastmasters International which has over 14,650 clubs worldwide with over a quarter of a million members and in Mallow Speak Easy Toastmasters meet on alternate Thursday nights at 7.50pm, from September to May.

Guests are most welcome to attend our meetings and for as often as they like, so why not come along as our guest on Thursday September 4th and see what we are about?

Don’t worry, guests attending a Toastmasters meeting are never asked to speak.
Rona Coghlan P.R.O.

Speakeasy Toastmasters Club, Mallow, at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, at 7.50 p.m. We meet alternate Thursdays. For more information go to or contact Liam on 087 6380053 or Marie 087-9746947

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Speak Easy Toastmasters Club, Mallow returns on Sept 4th

Speak Easy Toastmasters Club, Mallow returns on Sept 4th

Moving to a new place can be both exciting and daunting so if you have just moved to Mallow for work or college, you’re very welcome! If you would like to meet some new people, why not drop into Speakeasy Toastmasters?

When I first moved to Mallow, I remember trying to decide which clubs to join. Some clubs were obviously not for me, men’s soccer was clearly not going to be my thing, nor was river fishing…too much cold water! When I read about Speakeasy Toastmasters in this newspaper, I was curious…an entire club dedicated to talking…I wanted to go, but had to find backup in the form of a housemate…just in case!

The relief when we heard that visitors are never asked to speak during a Toastmaster’s meeting was unbelievable! Members were very friendly, easy going and there was not the slightest risk of standing in awkward silence during the tea-breaks or in the bar afterwards. With club exchanges with local clubs, international competitions and weekends away, there's always something happening. Give it a try and see for yourself!
Rona Coghlan P.R.Officer

Speakeasy Toastmasters Club, Mallow, at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, at 7.50 p.m. We meet alternate Thursdays. For more information go to or contact Liam on 087 6380053 or Marie 087-9746947

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Speak Easy Toastmasters return on Sept 4.

Speak Easy Toastmasters Club, Mallow return on Sept 4th
Where can you meet new friends, learn interesting and unusual information, develop your unrealised public speaking and leadership skills, and, most of all, enjoy yourself! The Speakeasy Toastmaster Club, Mallow offers all this and more.

We are different to other clubs/organisations. We like to provide an environment where you are centre stage. We bring to you entertainment and good coffee. You choose whether you want to speak or not. You are welcome to SPEAKEASY TOASTMASTERS Club, where a little difference makes all the difference. There is no pressure, just come, sit back and relax.
Rona Coghlan P.R.O.
Speakeasy Toastmasters Club, Mallow, new season starts on Thursday 4th of September, at the Hibernian Hotel, at 7.50 p.m. We meet alternate Thursdays. For more information go to or contact Liam on 087-6 380053 or Marie 087-9746947

Left to right
Rona Coghlan -Public Relations Officer, Michael Cronin - Secretary, Anne O'Donovan Membership, Margaret O'Regan Sergeant At Arms, Liam Flynn -President, Marie Lyons Program Organaniser, Brendan Foley and Helsa Giles. Dave Roche - Treasurer (not in photo)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Grudge

At the clubs final meeting those present were treated to a very entertaining speech about holding a grudge from toastmaster Brendan Foley. Since Brendan joined the club he has shown his skill at delivering funny speeches while also including a strong message
and this speech was no different. He had the audience smiling and thinking at the same time as he told how the Irish are so good at holding grudges and that in reality it was a complete waste of time in doing so. Ray Ryan gave Brendan a very helpful evaluation.

It was a special night for Marie Lynes as she completed her tenth speech in toastmasters. On reaching this level Marie received her Competent Communicator award. The objective of this speech is to inspire the audience and this was something she certainly achieved with a very moving story. Marie Fitzpatrick as Marie’s evaluator thanked her for delivering a fine speech and for her other speeches over the past few years.

Changing Chains.
At the end of our last meeting our President, Noel O'Connor handed over the chain of office to incoming President, Liam Flynn and outgoing Area Governor, Ann Buckley also handed over the chain to incoming Area Governor, Noel O'Connor

On Tour
On June 1 the club went on our Mystery Tour organised by our President, Noel O'Connor. Leaving Mallow at 1.00pm we headed east to Lismore where we were met by a tour guide and brought to the museum/interpretive center. After a most entertaining and informative audio visual show we wandered around the shop and museum before heading off to the castle gardens where we spend a pleasant and relaxed couple of hours wandering and chatting among the plants and trees.
Then it was off to Mount Mellary for a couple of hours before returning for a lovely meal in Lismore.

The club are now on our summer break and will be returning in early September.
Startup dates will be announced both here and on our website shortly.

Loads of photographs of our club activities here
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www.speakeasytoastmasters .com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter

Mystery Tour

Club President Noel O’Connor concluded his very successful year as president by organising a very enjoyable mystery tour day trip. Noel kept his cards close to his chest as members were guessing as the got on the bus in Mallow as to where our destination would be. As it turned out members were treated to a lovely day out in Lismore and its surrounds. The president also ensured the weather was fine for the day. The day started with a visit to the tourist centre where we shown a very interesting film about the history of the town. This was followed by a visit to the beautiful gardens and the adjoining art gallery.

In the evening we made the short journey to Mount Mellary where some went on to make the walk to the cross on the top of the hill while the rest took the opportunity to tour the vast buildings and to hear the monks recite their prayers. The day concluded with a lovely meal in the hotel in Lismore. On the trip home incoming president Liam Flynn on behalf of those present thanked Noel for organizing a great day.

For more information on toastmasters check us out on our website www.speakeasytoastmasters .com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Monday, June 02, 2014


Time and its meaning was the theme of Ronan Condon’s very interesting speech at the clubs most recent meeting. Ronan gave us different definitions of time and how it is used to measure and remember things. He gave a very good example of this by going through a decade of years and telling us what big events occurred on each of the years of that decade. Ronan’s speech was evaluated by Marie Fitzpatrick.

Those present at the meeting were also treated on the night by Angela Sheehan who recited some of Brendan Kennelly poems. She chose poems from his ‘Dream of a Black Fox’ collection. Helsa Giles gave Angela a very helpful evaluation. The final speaker of the night was Liam Flynn. Liam’s strong historical knowledge again came to the fore in this speech. He spoke with great passion about the plight of the landless labourer at the end of the 1800’s and how the government of the time took action in order to safeguard their futures. Sean Corcoran as Liam’s evaluator thanked him for another very informative historical speech.

The clubs next meeting will take place on Thursday May 29th. The meeting will commence at 8pm in the Hibernian Hotel Mallow. Guests are always most welcome and will not be asked to speak. For more information on toastmasters check us out on our website www.speakeasytoastmasters .com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New Team

The Clubs AGM was held in the second part of the clubs most recent meeting. The outgoing secretary Ray Ryan read out the minutes of the previous AGM and this was followed by the different club officers giving reports regarding their roles during the year. The President Noel O’Connor then addressed the meeting and thanked all those involved in the club during the year.

Tony O’Regan as chairperson of the nominating committee then chaired the election of club officers for the coming year. Liam Flynn was elected president while Marie Lynes is to be the clubs educational vice president. Rona Couglan was elected the new club PRO while David Roche is the new treasurer. Anne O’Donovan is to take on the role of membership and the new Sergeant at Arms are Helsa Giles, Margaret O’Regan and Brendan Foley. Michael Cronin is the club secretary. The officers take up their new positions on the 1st July.

During the meeting special thanks was given to Mary Buckley regarding her work with the schools contest and also to Jerry Mulcahy for his work with the Nice and Easy Club at the Cope Foundation. Sean Corcorcan was also thanked for his great work regarding the clubs website and online presence.

The clubs next meeting will take place on Thursday May 29th. The meeting will commence at 8pm in the Hibernian Hotel Mallow. Guests are always most welcome and will not be asked to speak. For more information on toastmasters check us out on our website www.speakeasytoastmasters .com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Nothing but the Truth!

At the clubs last meeting Sean Corcoran as topics master insisted that in answering his topics members had to by all means avoid telling the truth. It turned to be a great topics session with extreme untruths being banded about the room for about twenty five minutes. By the end of the session everybody was taken aback by the fact that members found it easier to answer topics once we could avoid the truth. Marie Lyons as General Evaluator complemented Sean on trying something different for a topics session.

Philip O’Byrne a guest speaker from the Glanmire Club delivered a fine speech which was very entertaining. By the end of his speech he had the audience in fits of laughter with his use of deadpan humour. Tony O’Regan as the speakers evaluator thanked the speaker for visiting the club and also gave him some helpful tips on how to improve his delivery in future speeches. Michael Cronin also delivered an entertaining speech and his evaluator Brendan Foley was deemed best evaluator of the night.

The clubs next meeting will take place on Thursday May 15th. The meeting will commence at 8pm in the Hibernian Hotel Mallow. Guests are always most welcome and will not be asked to speak. For more information on toastmasters check us out on our website www.speakeasytoastmasters .com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter