Speech Contest Results

Tullamore Toastmasters held their Humorous Speech Contest and their Table Topics Contest on the 8th of October. The winner of the Humorous Speech Contest was Timothy Green and the winner of the Table Topics Contest was Ciara Kinnarney. Timothy and Ciara go on to compete in their Area Finals on Monday, 19th October in the Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone.

Humorous Speech Contest & Table Topics Contest 2014

The next meeting of Tullamore Toastmasters is again a special night. On Thursday the 2nd of October, we will be holding two contests within the club. The winners of the Humorous Speech Contest and the Table Topics Contest will then go on to represent the club at the Area Final in Ballymahon.

Although this is not a normal meeting, it is, like all meetings of Tullamore Toastmasters, open to the public. Come along and see how things go!

Internetional Speech Contest & Speech Evaluation Contest 2014: Results

The competition meeting on the 20th of February was chaired by Des Doyle. The first order of business for the night was to vote in new members. This was handled by our president, Jennifer Dillon. New members voted in were Des Doyle, Mike Keenan, Eileen McGrath, and Conor McCarthy.

Then, after a short topic session from our Topicsmaster for the night, Phil Newton, came the International Speech Contest. There were two entrants for the Contest, first Mike Keenan, with a speech entitled “Speaking the Music of Life”, then Timothy Green, with a speech entitled “She Sells Sea Shells on the Sea Shore”. After the Contest, there were a few more topics while the ballot counters totted up the results from the judges, and then a break for coffee, biscuits, and a chat.

After the break, there were a few more topics and then the Speech Evaluation Contest. Our guest speaker, Francis Keenan, VPE of Athlone Toastmasters, gave a poetic speech entitled “Wisdom”. The three contestants, Mike Keenan, Timothy Green, and Eileen McGrath, took notes on the speech, then went outside for five minutes preparation time (while Phil Newton engaged the audience with a few more topics). At the end of the five minutes, the contestants had to give up their notes. Then each contestant entered the room one at a time, receiving their notes back as they came in, and evaluated Francis Keenan’s speech, giving him feedback on where the speech was strong and where it could be improved.

After a final bout of topics, the winners of the two contests were announced: Mike Keenan won the International Speech Contest and Timothy Green won the speech evaluation contest. The winners will go on to represent the club at the Area Final.

The area final will be on Monday the 7th of April. The venue has yet to be confirmed, but will probably be the Prince of Wales Hotel in Athlone.

Note: One of the requirements of the International Speech Contest is that the contestant has already given six speeches in Toastmasters. Mike Keenan had achieved this, even though he’s a new member, as he is also a member of Athlone Toastmasters. This requirement does not apply to the Speech Evaluation Contest or other contests. This was, in fact, the first evaluation Eileen McGrath had given. This is the third year running in Tullamore Toastmasters where a new member has given their first ever evaluation as part of the Speech Evaluation Contest.

Competition, 20th February 2014

The next meeting of Tullamore Toastmasters is on Thursday the 20th of Februrary. It’s at the normal time, 8.30 p.m., and in the normal place, the Tullamore Court Hotel, but it’s not a normal meeting. This is a competition night.

There will be two competitions on the night, first, the International Speech Contest, in which contestants must give a five to seven minute talk on a subject of their choice, and then a Speech Evaluation Contest, in which contestants are judged on how well they evaluate a test speech. The test speech will be given by a guest speaker, in this case Francis Keenan from Athlone Toastmasters.

Competition nights are, as ever, open to the public. All are welcome.

The competition went well

Congratulations to Fionnuala Galvin, who won both the Humorous Speech competition and the Table Topic’s competition at last week’s Tullamore Toastmasters meeting.

The club’s next meeting is on Thursday the 24th of October, at 8:30 p.m., in Tullamore Court Hotel, as usual.

In other news, the widget which should show our latest Twitter posts in the sidebar of the blog has stopped working. I’ll see what I can do to fix it.

11th October 2012: Competition Night

Tulamore Toastmasters’ next meeting is at 8:30 p.m. on the 11th of October in the Tullamore Court Hotel. This is a special meeting, being the Humorous Speech and Table Topics Competition Night. The two competitions are open to all Toastmasters. And, as usual, anyone and everyone is welcome to come along and watch.

Humorous Speech and Table Topics Competition

Competitions are a big part of Toastmasters. Each year thousands of Toastmasters compete in 4 categories currently; Humorous, Evaluation, Table Topics and International (Prepared). The purpose of these events is not to establish any sort of superiority as such but rather to provide Toastmaster members with a suitable forum to showcase their skills and stimulate new, higher levels of speaking achievement.Competition begins with club contests and winners compete upward through the area, division and district levels.

We recently held our Humorous speech and Table Topics competition. Members of the Tullamore Toastmasters club enjoyed an eruptive night of laughter and were entertained by Fionnuala Galvin with her speech entitled ‘Swiss Precision’ and Patrick Hynes with his Speech entitled ‘Brownie and Me’.

Winner of the Table Topics competition Gerard Cleary and Fionnula who won the Humorous Speech competition travelled to Longford to represent the Tullamore club in the Area competition. Both members did their club proud at Longford with Fionnula coming second with her speech.