Monday, 18 June 2018

Great Britain Region Speech Contest.


Great Britain Region met at the Holiday Inn, Lancaster on Saturday 16th June, 2018.

The Speech Contest was chaired by President Nancy  and the winner was Carole from Pollokshields Club.


 Contestants and President Nancy with the cup.

Following the Speech Contest the winners of the Writing Contest were announced by Colin
 The winner for the non fiction was Evelyn from Rovers 
The Fiction Winner was Anita from Pollokshields.  Anita was, unfortunately there so Roz, President of Pollokshields accepted the trophy.

The Winner of the Poetry went to Olga from the Netherlands.

There was a short business meeting when the new Constitution was discussed.   It had been decided that President Nancy would stay in place until September.
The Financial Year end has been changed to 31st March with the accounts discussed at the AGM.

Members enjoyed the opportunity to meet up with members from other clubs  and all enjoyed the meeting.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Pollokshields Club, Monday 30th April, 2018


The meeting was opened by our President Roz who welcomed members and two guests, Barbara and Natalie,  to the meeting.  She then introduced Carole as the Programme Chair.

Carole gave an appropriate Opening Thought and asked members of the group to answer various topics appropriate to the theme of the evening "Travelling Hopefully"   Topics were given by Roz, Ruth, Brendan, Iris and Liz.

The education session was given by Ruth.   This was an innovative session on Security which was most interesting and thought provoking.
As it was our President, Roz's Birthday at the Tea Interval a cake was produced - with a candle - and there was a rendition of "Happy Birthday".



 Following the Tea interval, members were entertained by Roz and Grace who both gave speeches to the Theme "Travelling Hopefully."




 Mini Evaluations were given by Liz.

The Club Business session was held with the discussion on the way forward agreed to be delayed and that this would be discussed at a separate meeting.
The Club outing on 14th May was discussed and it was agreed that the members would visit the Charles Rennie Macintoch house at the Huntarian Museum in the morning followed by a lunch.

The General Evaluation of the meeting was by Iris.

Finally the club held the Annual General Meeting and a new Board was appointed for the 2018-19 session..   Scilla as President, Carole as Treasurer and Liz as Secretary.   It was agreed that Roz would act as Delegate to Council.

The Vote of Thanks was given by Scilla and everyone agreed that it has been a most enjoyable evening.

The next meeting of Pollokshield Club will be in September.  Good wishes are sent to Carole and Iris who represent Council at the Region Meeting in June in Lancaster.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Pollokshields Club - Speech Contest 5th March, 2018.

On Monday 18th March the club held the Annual Speech Contest.   Everyone was delighted that "the Beast from the East" was finally over and that everyone could manage to get out to the club.   However, due to the weather conditions this meant that visitors were unable to attend.
                                      Contestants anxiously awaiting the start of the contest.

It was an excellent contest with the following subjects etc.

Brendan, (subject) ambush, (title) Ambush and Confrontation.  (purpose) to Entertain.

Grace (subject) Time waits for no man, (title) Time and Tide wait for no-one.  (purpose) to Entertain.

Anita. (subject) Travelling Light. (Title) Cataleya (purpose) To Entertain.

Carole (subject) Surprise (Title) Lost in Translation (purpose) To Entertain.

Iris (subject) Nature (title) The Birds and Bees. (purpose) To Entertain

Roz. (Subject) The time of your life.  (Title) The Best is yet to come.   (purpose) Current Events.

The contest ran smoothly and everyone was well entertained.

The Tellers/timers Ruth and Louise working hard with the five minute light  on.

Finally we had the result 
Joint Winners, Carole and Iris.
The Joint winners are joined with second place Grace.

The winners go on to the Council Speech Contest and hopefully to the Region Final in June.

The next meeting of Pollokshields Club is on10th March, 2018 and the Theme is "Hare Raising Stuff".    Friends and guests are welcome.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

POLLOKSHIELDS CLUB - OPEN NIGHT.



Pollokshields Club held an Open Night on 19th February, 2018 in Pollokshields Burgh Halls.  Members from Stirling Club and Friends were welcomed.
President Roz Welcomed members and friends.
 First on the Agenda was a Guest Speaker, Patricia Irwin from Renfrewshire Sound who gave an interesting talk on the worthwhile work of Renfrewshire Sound.

Following a delicious supper everyone was entertained by a quiz which was run by Hendry.

There was much hilarity but eventually a winning table was found.  The winning table received a cup and all the others mugs.  Everyone went home with a great "goody bag".
Following the Quiz Hendry ran an entertaining version "Just a Minute" with Carole and Brendan as the worthy winners.

The next Meeting of Pollokshields Club is on  5th March and will take the form of the Annual Speech Contest.  Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

POLLOKSHIELDS CLUB - 22nd January 2018..

Pollokshields Club met in the Burgh Halls on 22nd January.

Theme:   Difficult People.

President Roz Keenan opened the meeting and welcomed our guest May-belle she then handed over to the Chairman for the Evening - Louise.  Topics - all on Difficult People were given to Iris,  Roz, Scilla and Liz.


The Education Session was given by Brendan 
Brendan is a talented artist and illustrated various Difficult situations with paintings.

Following the tea break there was a short Business Meeting to discuss various matters.

The members were entertained to two excellent speeches by Grace and Anita.


The Evaluation of the meeting was given by Iris.

Closing thought and Vote of Thanks was given by Anita.

The next meeting will be held on 5th February 2018 with the Theme of "Out the Window".

Future Dates:    19th February - Open Evening with guest speaker etc.  All Welcome.
                           5th March - Speech Contest.   All Welcome.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

POWERtalk Pollokshields, 16th October, 2017 - Ghosties and Ghoulies.

Theme of the evening:   Ghosties and Ghoulies.

President Roz opened the meeting and welcomed a visitor, Barbara.

                                           The Chairman for the evening was Brendan.
 An entertaining and original education feature was given by Iris on the theme of Ghosties and ghoulies.   She gave us an idiot's guide to Ghosties and Ghoulies - a four step guide which taught us how to identify the problem and then gave us various ways of dealing with the unwanted hauntings.
                        The first speaker for the evening was Scilla who gave us all a very
                              inspiring and thought provoking speech on the theme.

The second speaker was Liz who gave us a speech to entertain based on current events relevant to the theme of the evening.

There were discussions on the European Conference 2018, the future of our organisation and an extra meeting was arranged to discuss this.   The other matter under discussion was the Interclub on November 6th, 2017.

The meeting concluded with a General Evaluation and Vote of Thanks from Grace.

The next meeting of POWERtalk Pollokshields is on Monday 6th November 2017 at 7.30 in the Pollokshields Burgh Halls and this is an Interclub.  All welcome.


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Pollokshields Club - Autumn Leaves

The Meeting of 2nd October, 2017 of Pollokshields Club was opened by  President Roz.
The Theme of the evening was Autumn Leaves…

The Chairman for the evening was Iris who gave us a most interesting explanation of the seasons.
She then conducted the Topics session and topics were given by Carol, Liz, Scilla and Grace.
The education session was led by Carole who made this in the form of a Game - Room 101 where groups of members had to persuade her what to assign to Room 101.    The Winners were, Brendan, Louise and Grace.    So Christmas Crackers have now been assigned to Room 101.  This was an interesting, fun and very worthwhile session.

Following the tea interval, the speeches were by Brendan and Roz who both gave us two entertaining speeches suitable for the theme of the evening.

Timekeeping was by Grace and the General Evaluation was by Louise.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Pollokshields Club - Change is in the Air

The first meeting of Pollokshields club took place on Monday 4th September, in Pollokshields Burgh Hall, Glasgow.

Members were welcomed by our President Roz  who gave us the Theme of the Evening "Change is in the air".

Anita was the Chairman for the evening and led the topics which everyone took part.

Liz led a session on "Just a Minute" and this was a  very lively session with a draw between the two teams at the end.

Following the tea break we had two excellent speeches from Carol and Grace which were evaluated by Scilla, the timer was Louise and the General Evaluation was by Brendan.

The next meeting takes place on 18th September at 7.30pm in The Pollokshields Burgh Hall where all guests would be warmly welcomed.

Rovers Carlisle Weekend - 1-3 September 2017.

Members met at the University on 1st September for our annual  Training Weekend.
The first thing on the Agenda was dinner in The Cava Bar on the Campus.

Saturday morning started with the installation of the Board by the Region President.
during the Business meeting the Delegate to Convention gave her Report.

Iris Gibson, Speech Contest Chairman.
There were six contestants in the Speech Contest. Due to Lack of time the winners were not announced until later.
Saturday lunch was at the Devil's Porridge Museum where we had a very interesting visit.


 Following Dinner on Saturday in The Halston, the Speech Contest Winners were announced. Evelyn and Diana were presented with the cup by the Chairman of Judges Marjorie.

Members at Dinner     Topic Leader Ruth
 Sunday Morning bought an interesting and very lively session by Marjorie called "What, Why and Where"

A group Discussion was then led by Evelyn on the future of our club and the organisation.

The final item on the Agenda was a presentation with slides on a Utah adventure by Iris.



Members ready to depart.   Everyone agreed that it had been an enjoyable weekend and that the new premises were a success.



Tuesday, 10 July 2012

The ABC of POWERtalk.

PREM  Committee at all levels
Positive feedback
Lessons in head table and flag Protocol
Learning parliamentary procedure and effective meeting procedures.
Training in platform presence
lots of opportunity to practise skills
Project tracking charts to measure progress
Progress at your own pace
Professionalism of the members

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Reading Aloud

If ever you are asked to read aloud there are three things you have to do:

  1. Read the words
  2. Read the punctuation
  3. Read between the lines.
It may seem obvious to say that you have to read the words but is that what the audience is hearing? Don't whisper, don't gabble. You may feel that your objective is just to get through it as quickly as possible but no, your objective is to communicate with the audience. There is such a thing as speaking too slowly so don't over compensate – just try to speak at a reasonable pace.

The words only tell us what to say, the punctuation tells us how to say it.  There should be a slight pause at the end of a sentence or when you encounter a comma. You might use a longer pause when you encounter a semicolon, colon or dash. If nothing else, pauses give you a chance to take a breath.

When you encounter quotation marks your tone of voice should indicate the change from narrative to quotation.

In normal speech we tend to use an upward inflection at the end of a sentence when we ask a question. So if you encounter a question mark you should inflect your voice in the same way (note: in some dialects of English an upward inflection is part of normal speech).

An exclamation mark is the most obvious indicator that emphasis should be applied but if you read between the lines and try to imagine how it should be said. Which parts should be louder or softer? How can your tone of voice replicate the tone of the piece you are reading?

When reading poetry you have to capture the rhythm of the poem but prose can have rhythms as well. Modulate your voice and avoid monotone. Your audience will appreciate it.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Presentations: Best Practice

Last night I was at a meeting of a professional body. The speaker gave a presentation using an overhead projector linked to a PC.

The speaker was clearly confident in giving presentations to his peer group. The overheads were mainly black text on white. He proceeded at a rapid pace. One overhead might have a heading and a line of text, the next another point under the same heading.

Half way through the presentation he said "You don't need to take notes, the slides will be available on the website".

At one point he looked at the screen and said "I didn't mean to concentrate so much on ***".

After the meeting, I heard a few people say "A lot of that went straight over my head".

What do you think the speaker could have done to improve the presentation?