Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Happy 40th birthday Glendene Communicators

Very lucky to be celebrating Glendene Communicators 40th anniversary with these fabulous ladies.

The International Toastmistress organization came to NZ in August 1966 and saw Glendene club running public seminars in public speaking and debating.
Glendene Communicators have had a number of ladies elected to NZ and international levels. 

It was a pleasure to meet and connect with past members,  friends and colleagues to celebrate Glendene Communicators 40 years and we look forward to the next achievement.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Mindmaps to take the pressure off

Steve Jobs commented that Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication and Mindmaps are an excellent way to organize ideas and priorities.

In the Mindmaps workshop, Marlene Burns gave a very helpful way to get started on ideas for impromptu speech competitions.

Using the 5 Ws is a solid strategy for getting started on a range of speech ideas. 

Attendees from the workshop took the opportunity to practice these skills.

Nancy from Sterling Scotland approves of the hotel, approves of Rotorua and approves of the weather as it's the same as an Irish summer.

Jan from Australia spoke about her travels, Gwynetta spoke about opportunities,  and Jane spoke about getting to convention 2017.

With Mindmaps, attendees now have a solid strategy on how to find, structure and take the pressure off deciding what say.

2015 International Cosmopolitan Speech Contest Winners

Friday, 28 November 2014

Waitakere ITC win debate

Don't Think Big - a September1996 photo of Waitakere Powertalk international members Margaret Raby, Jenny Body and Anne Pearman after winning The Great Western debate.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

NZ Region Speech Contest Winners!

Waitakere POWERtalk International Club celebrated two of NZ Region's winners!

At the recent Anchors Aweigh! conference, Janet Henderson won the NZ Region POWERtalk International Prepared Speech Competition and Dave Tomu won the NZ Region POWERtalk International Cosmopolitan Speech Competition!

Waitakere club took the opportunity to celebrate their wins with cake!

Both Janet and Dave will go on to represent NZ Region in the International Convention held in Rotorua in 2015.

Waitakere club wish them both the best of luck!

POWERtalk International is a world-wide not for profit organization that coaches in effective communication.
If you would like more information on how to give winning speeches in any language, check the NZ Region Website at www.powertalk.org.nz or call 0800 841 842.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Nautical Pairs- Did you find your Solemate?

During the Anchors Aweigh! conference, one of the fun conference events was to find your Solemate

Captain Ahab  Moby Dick
Herman the Merman  Sinead the Mermaid
Captain James Cook  Endeavour
Christopher Columbus  Santa Maria
Nemo  Dory
Rose  Jack
Robinson Crusoe  Friday
Jack Hawkins  Long John Silver
Castaway  Wilson
Neptune Trident
Poseidon  Amphitrite 
Homer  Odysseus
Jason The Argonauts
Sir Francis Drake  The Golden Hind
Sir Francis Chichester  Gipsy Moth IV
Popeye  Olive Oyl
Jack Sparrow  Barbossa
Captain Hook  Peter Pan
Laura Dekker  Guppy
Barbara Kendall  Olympics
Fletcher Christian  Bounty
The Skipper Gilligan

Alas, I was Amphitrite and despite dancing all night, the rogue Poseidon was not to be found.  Not even an Ahoy! from my beloved solemate.  

Did you find your Solemate at conference?  Which were you?

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

NZ Region Person of the Year!

Congrats to Nissa for winning the 2014 Person of the Year!

Nissa has been a member of the POWERtalk Waimea club for 4 years.  From the moment she joined the club, Nissa has actively taken part in all the POWERtalk has offered.  She immediately started on the accreditation program and has completed level 2.
Nissa has held various offices at club level including VP Education; Club Webmaster and Treasurer.  Nissa has embraced all the principles and training of POWERtalk and is a wonderful ambassador for our organisation as she is an accredited Short Course Trainer and facilitates at the Students Seminar and judges at the primary schools speech contest for the Nelson region.

Nissa's diligence and commitment are a credit to the orgnaisation and we are proud to recognise her as the NZ Region Person of the Year 2014.