Fascinating stories that broke the public ice

Drumming, China and a slice of soul all got a run out at the latest Toastmasters public speaking meeting in Portlaoise.

Martina Walsh was Toastmaster for the evening at the Killeshin Hotel. She rose to the challenge of managing a meeting with five speeches, including three from new members. It was a great achievement from any accomplished Toastmaster, but especially so for Martina as this was her first time in the chair.

In his inaugural speech, Eddie O’Neill shared his love for music, especially drums, and how drum therapy can help individuals and people in business.

Ciaran Dickinson also delivered his ice-breaker speech. He regaled tales of his travels to China and teaching English as a foreign language - a passionate and deeply personal speech.

Nigel Brennan was the last of the ice-breakers. He took us back to his childhood of go-carts, football, frogs and fish. Nigel has realised that your job does not define you.

Jimmy Fitzpatrick started his speech with a song, singing “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers. This was to emphasise the point he was making about how we can all help people through the smallest of gestures.

Keith Clarke delivered the final speech entitled “Look before You Leap” about an eccentric gentleman that managed to fall off a train not once, but twice!

Donal Cahill was Topics Master and kept everyone talking with subjects around this week’s news and some pictures to inspire the imagination. Mark Bastow expressed passion whilst keeping his ‘eye on the prize’ and surprisingly, there were more people with a dislike for cats than you would have thought.

Do you have a wedding speech to deliver in the near future? A presentation to give at work? Feeling nervous? Portlaoise Toastmasters is the place to go on the 2nd and 4th Monday each month in the Killeshin Hotel at 8pm.




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