President, Mark Bastow, warmly welcomed the audience and handed control of last week’s meeting of PortlaoiseToastmaster’s to Kevin Langan.
Kevin chose a theme of positivity and fun for the evening and delivered just that in his own inimitable fashion.
First speaker on the night was Owen Sweeney who told us “His story” in his very first speech at the Club. Owen lead us through his life with tales from his childhood, his American years and right up to the present.His delivery of this well written speech was very confident and there is promise of great things to come.
Dympna McWey in her stage two speech , gave an amusing and thought provoking account of “Promises, Promises, Promises” which are broken by so many, including ourselves.Her increased confidence in her speaking skills were a joy to watch and we look forward to many more speeches from her in the near future.
Last, but not least ,giving a stage five speech, was Donal Cahill. Donal’s speech “The Postcard”, concerned the wettest and most miserable holiday he spent in Scotland.The audience was rocking with laughter at his energetic and highly entertaining speech on the holiday that promised so much on the postcard and delivered so little in reality.
Evaluators on the night were the excellent Bryan Holland, Meree O’Sullivan and Mark Bastow. They provided invaluable feedback to each speaker and this learning experience is what makes Toastmasters so successful.
Table topics were provided by the effervescent Rose Williams who got the audience to speak spontaneously on topics ranging from white lies, love and airports. Both Rose and Listener Ann Marie Mahon got a great response to their questions. General Evaluator on the night was Mary Heaney who congratulated both the organizers and participants for a highly entertaining evening. She presented the Geraldine O’Loughlin award to Donal Cahill for his excellent contribution to the night. The next meeting is on Monday November 12th at 8 oclock in the Killeshin Hotel . Guests are reminded that their first two meetings are free.