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This was a positive meeting despite it being in the shadow  Toastmaster world of August. Some of our stalwarths were away on their travels. Ciara Halloran gave us an articulate  rendering  of the Seamus Heaney poem of the once seasonal activity of "Blackberry picking".2 of our members Brendan Haughton and Aine Ni Ghlinn  began their Pathways journies.Brendan spoke of his passion for all things maritime. Aine riffed on who she is and had the room rocking with laughter in her quest.It is official! Powertalk has started the Pathways programme in earnest. All toastmasters note.Join Powertalk and we will help you on your way. Vincent McNally used his persuasive speech to promote the merits of being and becoming a Powertalk member. His message was  to that type of toastmaster who has served as an officer in their club and now is looking for  fresh challenges to their Toastmaster career. In Powertalk he or she will be surrounded by similary experienced  Toastmasters and we can guarantee that every meeting is a  fun filled challenge. No sitting back admiring or dreading . Here you are plunged in to engrossing activity. At this meeting our 3 of our visitors were immersed into major roles. Deirdre Walsh DTM came from Plain Speakers and volunteered as as Time Keeper and General Evaluator . Both roles were carried by D with  aplomb ,the word of the night provided and defined by  member Josephine Gibney.

First time visitor Ann Herbert from Engineers  masterly evaluated Aine's speech . Adrian Harney ,last Year's President , and now Division M leader ,evaluated Vincent's speech.

Sitting  in the shadows of the speeches  and evaluations Larry Power,Evaluate the Evaluator,  sat urbanely and came forward to adminsiter justice  , compassion , and even  comfort to evaluator and speaker alike.

Bobby Buckley sat and double jobbed as well as Toastmaster and even evaluated Brendan's "I will go down to the sea today" speech.

The buffet of onion rings, sausages and buffalo wings were fed to us at the  interval . We do believe in feeding our hard working toasties at Powertalk.

Visitor Justin Barry from Maynooth toastmaters took the meeting on his personal take on Table Topics.He likes to make members debate with one another on the merits or demerits of taxing the rich, school uniforms and what  makes you love life. It was a challenging and bracing exercise. I can see new speeches being inspired by such a challenging exercise.Thank you Justin. Hope to see you again soon.

Fianlly President  Vincent finished  with a mini consultation with the members on future 2019 -2020 contest events. The Humorous and Table Topics  club contest will be held at the October meeting , October 21st. Aspiring contestants note.

A great meeting and let us hope that if every Powertalk member suceeds in persuading one new member to join , President Vincent's "Double" vision vision the club will be the vibrant advanced club that all members are determined to achieve.



Monday evening saw our first meeting of the Toastmaster year. New President Vincent McNally was at the helm as our EVP Bobby Buckley chaired the club Tall Tales contest. We had 5 competitors and Aine NiGhlinn emerged supreme with a wonderful speech about the hazards of a misplaced affectionate touch and dodgy plumbing. Ciara Halloran was 2nd after taking us on a Canadian trip involving bear spray, bear bells, bear songs and Michael Buble.

The second part of the meeting was a workshop from two expert Tall Tale speakers - Michael Kavanagh and Dermot Carey. We had two wonderful speeches followed by a question and answer session with Michael and Dermot.

The meeting finished with Bobby proclaiming his intention that Powertalk should take Pathways to the Division - a brave challenge indeed on a night of Tall Tales!

Our next meeting is on Monday 19th August 2019


The King of graciousness.

The Shakespeare line from “the Merchant of Venice” came to my mind at the Powertalk Toastmaster meeting held on 18th February.

“The quality of mercy is not strained,

It droppeth as the gentle rain upon the place beneath.”

Henry was at the meeting. Henry King was amongst us and the synonyms struggle to describe his discretion, his even handedness and his calm equanimity wherever an evaluation or recommendation had to be given. Henry came to execute that most demanding of roles, “evaluate the evaluator”. This was a role however made for his sane mind. 

The structure of the speech section of the Powertalk meeting goes thus. The Toastmaster Larry Power introduces the speaker. Firstly the speaker speaks.  The speaker finishes. A moment later the Evaluator has to jump to their feet and just based on immediate memory delivers an evaluation. The interfering mind has little to do. It is an evaluation given on the skin of their instinctual pants. There is a freshness to such evaluations and the usual clinches of “wanting to hear the speaker speak soon” are thankfully absent. But these evaluations can play loose and free and here the final role of “evaluating the evaluator” can play a considered part. He or she are like “sweepers” in a free flowing game. Thus Henry King in that role showed all his usual serenity and calm.

First Bobby Buckley spoke on the adventure of being a yes-man and where it has led him. In the speech his “pleasing Nature” ended him up in a Hong Kong food hall with a bowl of rice and some crochet needles. Mike McDonnell in an enthusiastic leap to the floor embraced Bobby’s speech wholeheartedly and even when Bobby complained to the audience that they didn’t laugh at the sight of Wexford hurler Lee Chin looking inscrutably at the pitch in Pairc Ui Chaoimh Mike praised him for this, as it was part of the objectives of the speech, to monitor the audience’s reaction. In this case it was the blankness on their faces.

Henry was there to support Mike and stated that a positive evaluation is the basis of a good evaluation. However he also urged for more recommendations as in contests the more recommendations the better. Bobby could have edited the rambling restaurant section, he said.

 In the next evaluation of Josepha Gibney’s speech on Nordic Pole walking Henry got plenty of recommendations from Evaluator Aine Ni Ghlinn .Between Josepha walking with those poles up and down the room we had Aine wanting even more walking with the poles advising that there would have been an opportunity for Josepha to have even walked on with the poles strapped to her wrists up to the space and she could have strengthened her final message with another pole walking exit from the space.

Henry concurred and acclaimed Aine as a superb analytical evaluator of speeches if not Nordic pole walking and that Josepha would have learned much, not necessarily on Pole walking but on the art of using the  Nordic poles in a speech.

 Evaluator Ciara Halloran was also in an analytical mood. She had to be. President Adrian Harney came with his 2nd go at his powerful potentially award winning speech “I saw the Crescent” based on the Waterboy’s song. Adrian had improved his first speech focussing it more now around the theme of the power and ultimate loss of friendship. It had the lyricism of the first speech performance but Adrian now had sharpened it into something more profound. It was Adrian’s delivery of the speech that Ciara concentrated on in her considered evaluation.

Henry admired her thorough analysis of Adrian’s interpretation of the speech. Henry also was drawn to that delivery concentrating on how some of the rhythmic vocal patterns of the Waterboy lyrics could have been delivered bettered. Later as General Evaluator of the meeting Adrian thanked his evaluators and confessed to us all, well it was obvious to me, that he had changed his first speech and in the process ended up forgetting both the new and the old.  Such is the travails of carving out a great speech. Keep trying Adrian. You will get there.

Then we all stopped and ate cocktail sausages, onion rings, breaded chicken breasts while sipping tea.

On the resumption Henry King took the premier spot of speaker now accepting an award, a special occasion speech from that manual.

He received his Advanced Communicator Gold certificate from President Adrian Harney and as is Henry’s wont he accepted it with dignity, grace and sincerity. No exuberant celebrations from Henry.

Evaluator Brendan Haughton would have none of this restraint and urged that Henry should have literally pranced around the space and displayed the certificate right up to our faces in a show of “Look what I have achieved”. Henry smiled in his seat. Not a triumphalist muscle twitched in his face.

President Adrian took over Henry’s role and gently reminded Brendan that Henry was in the speeches objectives required to accept the award with “dignity, grace and sincerity”. The audience laughed. Brendan grinned -mischievously. Henry King sat there vindicated not twitching any of his triumphalist muscles, well then he has none as I have already said.

Vincent McNally led the gathering through an eclectic list of topics. Bobby Buckley had to imagine winking in the dark at someone. He failed completely but his failure aroused much hilarity. He has told me that he tried it last night while in bed, and a moth started flapping at his window begging to be let in. Guest John Kelly, while timekeeping also gave advice on spending properly. It seems he is somewhat of an expert. The rest of the time his welcome laughter boomed around the room. He had much to laugh at with Aine’s attempt to sell herself as a property that needed some restoration. Brendan danced around the space for our sakes with people named Paddy, Jameson and Power. Who are these people? Larry and Mike were very concerned and rightly so about Ireland’s homeless.  Ciara and Henry ended by speaking about grace again. Somehow Henry mixed Margaret Thatcher in on his topic about Global Warming. What the seventeenth century poets called a metaphysical conceit, the yoking of two irregular concepts together.

It was that kind of night. King of equanimity, Henry King was amongst us. We were blessed. A strangely silent Chris O’Byrne recorded all the civility on the camera.

“The quality of mercy—“and all of that.

At the end Larry and Adrian thanked the 3 guests Helen, Leema and Brian for coming. It was their first Toastmaster meeting. We wish them well in their future Toastmaster careers. Will they ever survive such a night? 

Area Director Bobby Buckley  reminded the meeting  that the Area 18 COT2 training is taking place on Monday next 25th February at the same venue 51Haddington Road. Patricia OReilly D71 Director will speak on Pathways.

See you there if you need to be.



Ciara saves the night.

Things happen in life. Instead of Powertalk being in the upper room of 51 Haddington on Monday 21st January 24, 2019 it was a Dating night. So we gathered ,homeless,  in the noisy bar below and thought of seeking out Ray Cotter , who could have made speech hay, maybe 5 speeches,  out of the dating convention being held above our heads. It was Ciara Halloran who came to our rescue. We gathered at her dining room in Sandymount an hour after the official start the meeting began.

President Adrian Harney thanked Ciara for the cozy venue. Christopher Byrne, toastmaster introduced the change in roles. In the move a few had fallen back to their own homes. Bobby Buckley, again, replaced Brendan Haughton as the Evaluator of the evaluators. Aine Ni Ghlinn took over the role of Timekeeper.

Ciara began with a speech on the remedy for ridding speakers of ums, ahs and crutch words not with an ah counter but by punishing ah culprits financially by the use of an Ah-Jar. It was lighthearted and if it had a serious message it was that a financial punishment would concentrate speakers on eliminating halting language. Both the Evaluator Larry Power and Bobby Buckley in his evaluation of the evaluation were won over by the naivety and charm of the speech and both agreed that the speech would have been improved by some concrete examples of crutch words.

Vincent McNally came with a thoughtful speech “Turn it around”. The theme dealt with the philosophical question of how one can take one’s own thoughts, the subjective, and make them communicative, more objective for an audience. He used the example of the voice in our heads and how it is different when it is heard on a recording. It was a gripping speech, of interest to all toastmasters challenged by this central question. Aine Ni Ghlinn, the evaluator, was convinced by Vincent’s central argument, accepted it and moved on to evaluating Vincent’s speaking style. She gave much practical help on examples of vocal variety. Bobby differed with Aine’s approach, preferring if she had confronted the central logical argument in the speech, which he felt was not as convincing as Aine found it. Evaluators differ. That is the nature of evaluation. All however felt that this was an extremely strong speech.

Adrian Harney completed the speech section with a very lyrical speech about a childhood friend, a friend now sadly gone through suicide as an adult. The speech was built around the Waterboy’s song refrain, “I saw the crescent, and he saw the whole of the moon”. This refrain was repeated as a magical rhythm through the speech.  Adrian was inspired by the imagery of the refrain to match it with delightful metaphors of his own throughout. John Hennessy responded personally to the speech and spoke how moved he was by it. So that was the subjective response from the evaluator, while Bobby Buckley took a more objective approach, noting the falling away of vocal power  in the end of the speech and wondering how the death of the friend at the end weakened the argument of his wisdom and imagination implied in the refrain. All agreed the speech had much potential as a competitive speech but needed some work.

Tea and chat followed and when the meeting resumed it was now late. PJ Claffey, the topics master, had excused himself earlier so it was decided not to have a topics session. It was a relief to jet-lagged and muffled Bobby, who had just flown in from Hong Kong. The President announced that the next monthly meeting will be an ordinary club meeting and not the Tall Tales contest. The Tall Tales contest will be held in May hopefully. The club’s International Speech and evaluation contest will be held on 11th March. Ciara was deservedly thanked again for the use of her home.


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At Powertalk’ Toastmasters summer meeting in 51 Haddington the cream of Dublin’s “toasties” came to speak, espouse and engage in rapid repartee. Colm MCGlade was Toastmaster for the evening and sprinkled the meeting throughout with wise quips on Speechcraft.  Like “A great speech is based on preparation”.

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Powertalk welcomes all Toastmasters and prospective Toastmasters. It especially welcomes members who have reached at least Stage 6 in the CC and higher. It is NOT an elite Club; it is a Community Club which promotes higher levels of achievement among its members; it is welcoming of all, and especially of guests.

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