Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Rovers Quiz - Numerical Reasoning and Cognitive Reflection



The ability to understand numeric information is a very important aspect of modern life. Here is a challenge for you. Answer ten questions correctly. They are not all that difficult but read the question carefully because the seemingly obvious answer is not necessarily the right answer.

Click here to try it

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

BISC on Zoom

Birmingham International Speakers (BISC) held only their second Zoom based meeting on Wednesday 10th June with coaching and tips on speeches of persuasion.

We consider public speaking as involving relatively new communication skills but we went back as far as Aristotle to understand the power of crafted speeches, especially if you want the listeners to agree with a point of view.

Some 12 members attended and we also welcomed several guests.

Aristotle at the Academy

Aristotle’s “Three Musketeers” for the persuasive speaker are logos, pathos and ethos. That is, the appeal to reason, the appeal to emotion and the appeal based on the moral character of the speaker, respectively.

The success of Aristotle’s techniques may be judged by the fact that his work Rhetoric remained the standard text on the subject for centuries. Or perhaps it may be judged by the achievements of his pupil Alexander, whose leadership skills enabled him to conquer most of the then known world.

We cannot promise to help you build an empire but we can help you to build your confidence and develop your leadership skills.

The POWERtalk Great Britain Blog is listed on the Top 10 UK Public Speaking Blogs.

If you are interested in finding out more about BISC fill out our query form.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

POWERtalk Pollokshields — Dance

Wednesday 19th February. 2020  in Hutchesons' Grammar School - Room A21.

 The evening was opened by President Brendan who gave apologies from three members and introduced 
 Roz who was the chairman for the evening.   Roz gave an inspiration and topics were given to Grace, Liz, Louise, Brendan and Regina.   Brendan handed out a quiz about Dance which caused much discussion and laughter.   Following the Tea interval two speeches were given   
 One by Grace on a Hungarian Dance she did at school and
 Lauren on the importance of dance lessons for the young.
 Regina evaluated the speech by Grace and Louise the speech by Lauren.

A short business meeting was then held to discuss the Caledonia Council Speech Contest and to make arrangements for the Club Speech Contest at the next meeting.
The General Evaluation was given by Ruth and the Vote of Thanks and Timing was by Liz.

A very happy and informative evening was had by all.

The next meeting is on 4th March in Hutchesons' Grammar School - room A21 and is the Club Speech Contest to which all are welcome.

Thursday, 6 February 2020

POWERtalk Pollokshields — Fashion

5th February 2020

The evening was opened by President Brendan who introduced the Theme "Fashion" with a recording of the Kinks "Dedicated follower of Fashion" and had everyone singing.


Everyone was made welcome to the first meeting of 2020.  Unfortunately, there were a number of apologies which meant that various members had two assignments.

Brendan introduced Louise


who gave us an interesting Inspiration and gave out Topics such as Liz on Burns (not a fan), Roz on fashion who gave us a quote from an Editor of Vogue "Fashion can be bought, but Style you must possess), Regina on a quote from Marilyn Munroe on the right kind of shoes, Brendan on TV programme fashion - Pottery" and


 finally, Grace who was asked about fashion which caused dogs to be bred for fashion - she did not like the topic and cleverly talked about jewellery fashion.

The Education/ Fun item was by Regina
This took the form of a most entertaining Quiz covering many areas of fashion.   The winner was Brendan.
Following the tea break, the two speakers were introduced

 Roz who took us through the ages with fashion and gave us sensible advice at the end.
Carole who led us through a number of areas of life which was fashion-led and told us about a jumper which she has knitted which was on the catwalk during London Fashion Week.

The evaluations were by Grace and Brendan.

A short Business Meeting then took place and items discussed were the Council and Club Speech Contest and club dues.

The Timing was by Carole and the General Evaluation and Vote of Thanks was by Liz.

A most enjoyable evening was had by all.

Date of the next meeting:   19th February 2020 in Hutchesons' Grammar School and the Theme will be Dance.

Thursday, 28 November 2019

POWERtalk Pollokshields — A Heilan' Fling

Wednesday 27th November, 2019


The evening was opened by President Brendan who amused us all with tales of his highland dancing when very young.





Brendan then introduced us to the Chairman for the evening





Scilla who handed out topics to Louise on the furthest North she had been.
Regina, Liz and finally Brendan.

We were then led through a session by Brendan on Happy Memories through the decades.




Following the tea break Ruth gave us a very interesting and historical speech on Tam O' Shanter and Glengarry hats which was evaluated by Grace




Iris was the second speaker and her topic was on Whisky Cocktails with a very amusing tale of the origins of the term Cocktail. Iris's speech was evaluated by Anita.

A short business meeting followed to discuss some Region Business and also the Division of Labour for the Christmas Party next week.

The timings were by Liz and Regina gave an excellent Evaluation of the evening.


The next meeting of POWERtalk Pollokshields is the Christmas party which is to be held in the home of the President.   There will be a short break thereafter until February.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

POWERtalk Pollokshields – In or Out.

Wednesday 30th October, 2019 at 7.30 in Hutchesons' Grammar School - room A21.

Theme for the Evening "In or Out"


President Brendan opened the meeting and welcomed everyone.  There were no apologies.
Regina was introduced as Chairman for the evening.   Regina gave us an interesting Passing Thought and then presented topics to 
Anita                                                                             Ruth, Liz


Roz and Carole - both of whom had decided to dress up for Halloween.

Regina then presented a very interesting and challenging workshop of how to improve your memory.

Following the tea interval we had two speeches 



Iris who gave us an animated speech on career choices.

Scilla who gave us a very interesting and well researched  speech on the origins of sewing.
Both speeches were quite different and original takes on the Theme.

Evaluations were given by Roz and Liz.

A short Business meeting took place with the Christmas Party being discussed and a Report on the Caledonia Council Meeting.

Iris gave us the timings.
The General evaluation was by Louise who agreed that we had had a most enjoyable evening.

The next meeting will be on 13th November 2019 in Hutchesons' Grammar School - room A21 at 7.30pm.

The Theme of the evening will be "Great Expectations".



Monday, 28 October 2019

CALEDONIA COUNCIL - Saturday 26th October, 2019.

 Members of Caledonia Council met in the Doubletree by Hilton, Westerwood, Glasgow on Saturday 26th October, 2019.  The first item on the Agenda was a business meeting which was chaired by President Iris.    
(President Iris with workshop leader Ruth).
 Following the business meeting there was a very useful workshop by Ruth on "Personal Style"   This was a lively and enjoyable  session with members contributing. 
 The Second session in the morning was by Nancy "Using Words Creatively".    This session involved the members being given some words and asked to write a poem showing the meaning of the words.   this was enjoyed by all.

A delightful lunch was served by the hotel and after lunch there was a "Lifeboat Debate" chaired by Liz.   Six members were given characters (Robert Adam (Carole), John Logie Baird (Roz), David Livingstone (Elizabeth), Ian Rankin (Terry), Robert Burns (Margaret) and Joseph Lister (Laurence)
This was an excellent debate and was very closely run with the winner being Joseph Lister.

Following the Lifeboat Competition there was a short session where members had the opportunity to complete Evaluation Forms.

The Vote of Thanks was by Margaret and the meeting closed at 3.30pm.

The next meeting of Caledonia Council will be the Speech Contest on Saturday 28th March, 2020.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

POWERtalk Pollokshields – Home Sweet Home



Meeting on Wednesday 16th October, 2019 in the home of a member.

Theme:   Home Sweet Home"



  Due to the School Holidays we met at the home of a member.  The meeting was opened by Brendan.    Unfortunately due to a number of different reasons there were four apologies for the evening.

Brendan was also the Chairman for the evening and Topics were given out to Roz, on taste in books,
Iris on homeless, Regina on Furniture and Liz on a Happy Childhood.

The Education session was also given by Brendan.   He passed out a number of prints of paintings  and all the members had fun trying to remember details of the paintings.   This was a most enjoyable session on observation.

Timings were given by Scilla which was followed by the Tea Interval.


First on the agenda for the second half was a speech by Regina.  This was a very entertaining and educational speech on dwellings through the ages including information about some radical new ideas.

Carole gave a very fulsome evaluation of Regina's Speech.
This was followed by a short business meeting.
Roz gave an excellent General Evaluation and Vote of Thanks.
Although we were small on numbers it was an excellent evening.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

POWERtalk Pollokshields - Send in the Clowns

POWERtalk Pollokshields met on Wednesday 2nd October, 2019 in Hutchesons' Grammar School, room A21.

The theme for the evening was Send in the Clowns.

The President Brendan welcomed the members and one visitor and gave the apologies.

Roz was introduced as Chair for the evening.   Roz gave an Inspiration from Cole Porter's Be a Clown and then gave out topics which were given by Brendan, Carole, Liz, Ruth and Grace all connected to the Theme.

The Education Session was given by Regina in the form of a quiz about Glasgow.    This was full of very interesting facts and was very educational due to the fact that the scores were very low.   Everyone learnt quite a lot about Glasgow.

Following the tea interval speeches were given by Ruth and Liz - both keeping to the Theme, but with very different approaches to the subject.

The evaluations were given by Grace and Brendan.

Brendan conducted a short Business Meeting in which finances were discussed and Liz mentioned the forthcoming Council Meeting.

The timing was by Regina and the General Evaluation and Vote of Thanks was given by Carole.

A most enjoyable evening was had by all.

The next meeting will be held on 16th October in the home of a member due to the fact that ths School will be closed for the October holiday.

Friday, 4 October 2019

POWERtalk Stirling - First Meeting of Session

We have now entered our 38th year as a former International Toastmistress Club and now meet in the Allan Leisure Centre in Bridge of Allan.   At our meeting on 24th September Diana gave a humorous talk on "A Little Bit of Latin can be Fun", while Ruth led a discussion on the use of words and Terry challenged everyone with her topics.   Our next meeting will be in the Allan Centre on 15 October.   Join us for interesting, amusing, and stimulating confidence building.  For further information phone Nancy at 01259-742649

Thursday, 5 September 2019

POWERtalk Pollokshields - Autumn Fruits

The evening was opened by Scilla, President for 2018-19 as the final meeting of the last session was not quorate.    The Business Meeting and AGM were held and the new officers for 2019-10 were duly voted in.

The Board was installed by Roz, with Brendan as President, Liz as Vice President, Regina as Secretary and Roz as Treasurer.

Brendan our new President, complete with his badge.
Brendan handed out Topics on the Theme of the evening "Autumn Fruits"with topics going to Scilla, Roz, Carole, Louise and Liz.
The installation was followed by a most entertaining session on Word Power by Roz.


Following the Tea break we had a very entertaining Speech which was evaluated by Scilla.

The timing was by Liz 


The General Evaluation was by Louise.

The next meeting will be on 2nd October and the Theme will be "Send in the Clowns".

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Rovers Training Weekend - Sunday

On Sunday morning the Rovers club continued our training weekend with a debate let by Margaret on the proposition "This house believes that pet ownership should be illegal". Everybody present participated. The affirmative team won.

Iris was quiz master with a fiendishly difficult quiz which saw Colin win with 20 out of a possible 60.

After an evaluation of the weekend the members and guests dispersed to journey homewards.