The result is in. Sunday 15th April proved to be a tough day for competition at The Division D International Speech and Evaluations Contest. Maureen McCowen delivered a well received speech entitled “The choice is yours” with great feedback from guest speaker Eric Fitzpatrick but unfortunately was not placed. Dual member Eileen Loughman representing Naas in the Evaluation contest also performed extremely well but was also not placed. Congratulations to both for their valiant efforts on behalf of Area 28.
Contest at this level is very tight and often hard to read. Even the judges had a difficult task. What we often find that despite emerging without honours we may however receive important and constructive feedback on hope to improve. The experience of contest is valuable in the learning process and ever contestant benefits as a result.
The three amigos have done it! Maureen McCowen emerged as winner in the Area 28 International Speech contest on Wed 11th April and dual club member Eileen Loughman representing Naas qualified successfully as runner up in the Evaluations contest. Both progress on to the Division D final in Enniscorthy on Sun 15th April. Triple club member David Clinton representing Plainspeakers with a speech entitled “Frozen Man” beat all comers in the Area 26 final on Thurs 12th April and progresses to the Division M final in Dublin on 21st April. What a week for Kildare and what a week for the three amigos! Congratulations to everyone and a huge thank you to all the organisers and judges.
Congratulations to a worthy winner Maureen McCowen of both contests on 13th March. Maureen achieved an outstanding double on the night with success in both competitions. With a speech entitled “the choice is yours” Maureen won out against runner up David Clinton with a speech entitled “finding satisfaction”. Maureen was also to sweep to victory against opponents James Dunny and Eilish McCormack in the Evaluations Contest. Maureen now advances to the area finals in April. Well done Maureen and we wish you every success at the Area final. Dual member David Clinton progresses to the area final in Dublin on 12th April having secured his place at Plainspeakers in Naas on 26th March with a speech entitled “overload”.
Contest night is always an interesting occasion. Speakers often wait until shortly before the contest to declare their entry which adds a bit of mystery and intrigue to the occasion. The International Speech Contest and the Evaluations Contest is no different except the stakes are higher. Only Toastmasters who have completed 6 competent communicator speeches or more may enter.
Often new Toastmasters will take on speeches in other clubs or frequently at their own club to reach the qualifying mark, These contests are an opportunity to see first hand how entrants deal with their topic, craft their speeches, manage the pressure of time and do something out of the ordinary. Contest night can be the making of a great speaker or a night where even the mighty may falter. Come along and enjoy the fun. Mark the 13th March at 7.45pm at The Silken Thomas Pub in your diary!
Kildare Toastmasters will be meeting as usual this Tuesday 27th Feb at The Silken Thomas Pub Kildare town. A night not to be missed for those interested in overcoming fears of public speaking, wishing to improve their skills in public speaking or seeking to acquire new skills in leadership and management. Please feel free to join in the fun by taking part in our impromptu speaking during table topics where a variety of talk topics will be introduced to the audience to participate. You can watch and listen, choose to say a word or a few and get a little extra from the night by meeting new friends in a mutually supportive environment. Come one come all!
Oh what a night indeed. Open night 23rd Jan was a great success with 8 new guests in attendance. We were delighted to welcome so many new faces. Great energy and atmosphere on the night in question. Paul Kellett fulfilled the role of Toastmaster for the night with aplomb while Clara delivered her Icebreaker and Mandy presented a speech bringing history to life. A diverse selection of Table Topics were presented by Eileen and most if not all in attendance managed to make a speaking contribution which is a sure sign of success. Well done to everyone who had a role and assisted on the night. We look forward to seeing everyone once again on 13th Feb at 7.45pm.
It’s great to be back at Kildare Toastmasters. Our first meeting on Tue 9th Jan brought us into 2018 with a bang. What a night! Great speeches, great topics, great role participation by first timers and new members. Well done all!
We had three speeches from experienced Toastmasters Lorraine Howard with her CC7 “Mad as a Hatter” with some great insights into old and commonly used phrases such as the title of the speech first off followed by “skeletons in the closet” and also “freeze the brass balls off a monkey”, David Clinton with “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t” from the advanced storytelling manual, a tale of truth, lies, sub plots, conflict and a moral and club President Mary Caulfield with a speech on accepting an award. Great entertainment for all.
After the break first timer Derek Madigan assumed the role of Topics Master and introduced several interesting, funny and entertaining topics for everyone to try their hand at impromptu speaking. We were very pleased to see a number of our new members participating which is a big step towards meeting the first challenge in public speaking.
Special contribution award on the night was presented to Derkd for his tour de force in Topics and Shaun Durkin as General Evaluator provided words of wisdom for our Evaluators and members alike. Many thanks Shaun for joining us on the night and for your valuable contribution. Looking forward to our next meeting our “open night” showcase for members new and old on 23rd Jan at 7.45pm.
Happy New Year one and all. A busy schedule ahead for our existing and all potential new members. Full steam ahead with meetings on 9th of Jan with 4 great speeches planned and also an open evening on 23rd Jan to showcase all that is good about Kildare Toastmasters and how we can help you to become a better public speaker or improve your leadership skills in a mutually supportive environment. We invite all our existing members to come along and kick off the new year with a bang and also any guests who would like to enjoy two great evenings at 7.45pm in the Silken Thomas Pub Kildare town.
Members are encouraged to put their thinking caps on in advance of The Tall Tales Contest and International Speech Contest coming down the track over the next few months. We expect to see some seasoned contestants putting their best foot forward.
Seasons greetings to one and all. Two more meetings before our Christmas Break for 2017. Meetings will be held on two consecutive Tuesdays ie 12th Dec and 19th December this year to accommodate the Christmas holiday period. Members and guests are welcome to attend either or both of our meetings to add to our Christmas cheer.
“Winter is upon us – do you like it or hate it?” As David stood waiting to be called to participate in the 2017 District 71 Table Topics contest final he contemplated exiting through the emergency exit door. What happened next would surprise everyone!
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