Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tom And Margaret: Certified Brilliance

Anticipation was running high on Thursday 19th as members and guests settled in to watch the fiercely fought “International Speech Competition” and “The Evaluation Competition.” 
Pat Sexton Runner Up, International Speech Competition and Evaluation Competition. Margaret O'Regan Winner, Evaluation Competition. Tom O'Connor winner, International Speech Competition.

The four International Speech competitors took wildly different approaches to their speech contents and deliveries. Claire O’Connell gave an eerie tale, beginning with her murder and then going backwards through her life. It was a grand cinematic approach, raising questions about what is important in life. Brendan Foley's speech had a modern flair, tackling the topic of the internet. His speech was well thought out and relevant. Pat Sexton had his boxing gloves on, both literally and verbally and was ready to compete. He gave the audience the old one, two. His speech about Ali G exhorted us to never give up.  Tom O’Connor took the audience on a trip through history. Nazis created a show concentration camp, where a small group Jews talented in the fields of music and singing, practised and performed under the watchful eye of their captors. Tom O’Connor achieved first place and Pat Sexton, second.
Competitors in the club competitions of the International Speech Contest and Evaluation.

Brenda Foley, Claire O'Connell, Pat Sexton, Margaret O'Regan and Tom O'Connor

Fermoy Toast Master John Sherlock delivered the speech for the Evaluation Contest. This can be a challenging role, but John rose to it with aplomb. Brendan Foley, Tom O’Connor, Margaret O’Regan and Pat Sexton evaluated. Their advice was both thoughtful and insightful. Margaret O’Regan achieved first place and Pat Sexton, second.
Experienced Toast Master Tony O’Regan was superb in the role of Contest Chair. With Area Governor, Noel O’Connor taking on the role of Chief Judge, we were in safe hands. Mary Buckley as Topics Master kept the audience on their toes, with her range of Table Topics. Helsa Giles and Dave Roche were our Time Keepers and Bridie O’Connell and Geraldine Conway were effective Grammarian and Ah Counters. Liam Flynn, club President presented the awards with pleasure. Many thank to our wonderful Educational Vice President without whom, this night would not have been possible.
The Area Final will be hosted by Speakeasy at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on Wednesday  April 1st  800 p.m. You’d be an April’s Fool to miss the opportunity to see the experts in action!  For more information go to www.speakeasytoastmasters.com
 or contact Liam on 087 6380053 or Marie 087-9746947 

Sunday, March 15, 2015


Speakeasy Toast Masters - WebsitesA website is your global shop window. For most businesses, a web site is a key investment. It might be one of many things on your to do list but it’s worth doing well.1. Choose Your Text With Search Engines in MindIf you run hire out wedding cars, how many different words and phrases could you customer type into the search engine? Dream Wedding, Perfect Wedding, Vintage Cars. It’s worth making a list of these and ensuring your website pops up in all these searches.2. Your web site reflects you as a business owner and professional.If your web site looks professional, your potential clients will think you’re a professional who has enough clients and enough income to have a site built for you. If potential clients visit your web site and it looks low budget, that’s how they’ll perceive your company. The standard of photographs and graphics on your page is extremely important. One good professional photo is better than an album of poor shots.3. Your web site can mean extra local business.Local clientele often perform searches online and find your web site, encouraging them to walk into your business. If they find your competitors and they look more reputable or solid than you (or if they have a web site and you don’t) you could potentially lose business. Most local towns have a business listing. Google the words “Mallow, Business Listings,” and a variety of directories will appear. Consider if there are any specialist directories that you could provide a direct link to your potential customer base. 4. Your web site can mean global businessYour web site is visible in almost every country around the globe, and that means you expand your potential client base by millions. Weigh up the advantages of creating international custom with the associated costs.Speak Easy Toastmasters at The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow on 19th  March  at 8.00pm. Rona Coghlan PRO. Further information visit our website at www.speakeasytoastmasters.com  or by contacting Liam 087 6380053 or Marie 087-9746947Speakeasy Toastmasters Club, Mallow, at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, at 8.00 p.m. 19th March, or alternate Thursdays. For more information go to www.speakeasytoastmasters.com or PR. Rona Coghlan. President Liam Flyann (087 6380053)  Marie (087-9746947


Sunday, March 08, 2015

Stranger The Fiction

Marie Lynnes created a varied program for 5th March at Speak Easy Toastmasters, including two visitors and three club members.  The first speech of the evening was given by Helen Buckley. Helen is a member of the Nice And Easy Toastmasters Club. She won best speaker with a speech entitled, “The Munster Summer Special Olympics.”  Her speech was evaluated by Helsa Giles. The second speaker of the evening was Tom O’Connor. His speech, “A Line For All Seasons“ was evaluated by Kieran Butler. The third speaker, Michael Buckley is a member of An Fáilte Toastmasters. His speech entitled “Feeding The World” was evaluated by Brendan Foley, who won best evaluator. The fourth speaker, Club President, Liam Flynn delivered a speech entitled, “Stranger Than Fiction,” which was evaluated by Margaret O’Regan. The fifth speaker, Angela Sheehan, delivered a moving speech entitled, “Monologue,” which was evaluated by Pat Sexton.

The Toastmaster for the evening, Mary Moynihan was assisted by Bridie O’Connell as Time Keeper and Marlene O’Mahony as Topicsmaster. The role of General Evaluator was fulfilled by Anne Buckley. Margaret O’Regan won the award for best table topic response.

Thursday 19th March will be our club competition for the International Speech Contest and the Evaluation Contest. These contests showcase the talent that exists within our club, both in delivering and evaluating speeches. It will be a very interesting evening and a great experience for all those who enter.

Speakeasy Toastmasters Club, Mallow, at the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, at 8.00 p.m. 19th March, or alternate Thursdays. For more information go to www.speakeasytoastmasters.com or contact Liam on 087 6380053 or Marie 087-9746947