Club News

Powertalk is a
magnifying glass that can enhance your performances and enable you to become a better person at home and school, at work and for your country.  Decide not to be a "stand back" or "hold back" person.  Exceed your wildest expectations.  Be an "all out" person.  Be more than you ever dreamed you could be. Don't let fear hold you back, contact us today.
All Welcome: we meet 1st & 3rd Wednesday each month between 7-9pm at the Town Hall, Cambridge Street, Richmond.

Exciting Speech Contest

posted Mar 21, 2018, 4:06 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Mar 21, 2018, 4:18 PM ]

An incredible evening with superb speeches ranging from enticing visitors to a new shop, happiness, reaching for the skies and train travel in India and culminating in ties for both first and second places!  Our three visitors all found their courage to step outside their comfort zone and participate in the off-the-cuff speaking session.
Our next meeting will be a SPECIAL OCCASION SPEECHES FREE WORKSHOP.  All Welcome.
When:  Wednesday, 4th April 2018
Where:  Barnicoat Room, Richmond Library, Queen Street, Richmond, Nelson
Time:  7pm-9pm

You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression

posted Feb 7, 2018, 5:40 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Feb 7, 2018, 5:47 PM ]

Members and six guests were treated to a fabulous, interactive workshop on making a good impression, whether for a presentation, speech, meeting or job interview. Right from the word go, participants were involved in lively group discussions in order to answer the "First Impressions Quiz" questions which ranged from "what is your definition of 'platform presence' to 'how do you control your nervousness' and 'how important is your first iimpression on your listener' to 'what is the easiest way to change your image?'  The workshop also included a brief look into affirmations (NLP) and visualizatons, relaxation techniques and impression management.  The evening concluded with supper and an informal chat on the expectations and aspirations of our six visitors who are all keen to come to our next club meeting.
All our meetings are open to the public; visitors and new members are always welcome.
Next meeting:  Wednesday, 21st February, 7-9pm @ Richmond Town Hall, Cambridge Street.

First Impressions Count - Free Workshop

posted Jan 4, 2018, 8:38 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Jan 4, 2018, 8:48 PM ]

Let 2018 be the year you DO THE BEST FOR YOURSELF. Unlock your potential and learn how to overcome nervousness and make a good impression for that all important job interview or presentation. Create your own memorable presence and impression right from the word go. Wednesday 7th February 7-9pm  Richmond Library

Merry Christmas & Best Wishes for 2018

posted Dec 10, 2017, 2:15 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Dec 10, 2017, 2:21 PM ]

Oink, oink!  Oink, oink!  Personality traits were uncovered as we all participated in the "Pig Personaltiy" test.  It all depended on whether our pig had large ears, or four legs or a long tail.  What a fun evening for the last meeting of the year!  Everyone entered into the Christmas spirit with Santa and his elves giving entertaining speeches.  Wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a happy, healthy and successful 2018.

NEW VENUES for 2018

posted Nov 17, 2017, 9:08 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 9:14 PM ]

We are very excited to announce two new venues for 2018.

Workshop Venue: Richmond Library

Our first meeting of 2018 will be a workshop meeting, "First Impressions Count," open to all a no charge.

Learn how to make a good impression for that all important job interview or presentation; create your own memorable presence and impression right from the word go.

Date:  Wednesday, 7th February 2018
Start Time:  7pm (finishes at 9pm approx.)
Venue:  Tasman District Library, Queen Street, Richmond

MeetingVenue: Richmond Town Hall

Regular meetings take place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at the new venue of the Town Hall, Cambridge Street, Richmond (Sports Tasman).
From:  Wednesday, 21st February 2018
Time:  7pm-9pm
Come along and join us.

Hobbies for all

posted Nov 15, 2017, 9:19 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 8:54 PM ]

A fun and informative evening for all - our talented members waxed lyrical about their favourite hobbies, many of which began in childhood such as, "a love of growing things" having been given a "strip of earth" for her 7th birthday and a trip down memory lane.  Music, sewing, hair dressing, flower arranging, memory photo albums, jewelry making, basket weaving, shell animals, gardening, line dancing and meditation all made an appearance.

Confident and Creative Impromptu Speech Contest

posted Oct 10, 2017, 3:39 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Oct 10, 2017, 3:39 PM ]

Confident and creative is the best way to describe the evening's speakers.  Contestants in the biennial Impromptu Speech Contest were each allowed 5 minutes to prepare an off-the-cuff speech to last between 3 and 5 minutes.  All contestants reached the target time with subjects ranging from "A Forgone Conclusion" and "Fight Tooth and Nail" to "Colour."
Congratulations to 1st place Wendy, 2nd Annett and 3rd Sally.

Next meeting:  Wednesday, 18th October 2017, 7pm-9pm @ 360 Annesbrooke Drive, Stoke, Nelson.
New members and visitors always welcome:

Guest Speaker Inspires Audience

posted Sep 29, 2017, 10:15 PM by Nissa Elsey

Last night, Powertalk Nelson-Waimea was honoured to host guest speaker, Firooz Zadeh, an American Kiwi born in Iran.  Firooz entertained members with his humorous stories of mastering the English language – down under:  the use of “oxymorons” was a hurdle in itself.  How does a person who is learning English understand something that was “found missing” or a “minor catastrophe” or something that is “pretty ugly?!’  His relaxed manner of presentation was warm and inviting as he shared his many experiences as an immigrant from Iran to America to New Zealand.

Firooz spoke about his life as a poor child, lost from his parents, in Iran to his rise as firstly a professional football coach, then to an internationally acclaimed author and educator around the world.  His award winning books, some with a cheeky look at understanding English and others about the education and understanding of Islam and the Culture of the Middle East, are informative, interesting and entertaining.  His dream is to return to Iran and open an orphanage to educate and help children.

The audience was inspired and moved by his amazing life – a truly remarkable man with a truly remarkable life.  Website:

Powertalk Nelson-Waimea invites visitors to attend club nights at 7pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 360, Annesbrooke Drive, Stoke, Nelson.

A Memorable Evening

posted Sep 29, 2017, 10:08 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 12:07 PM ]

The evening’s guest speaker, Alan, is passionate about the value of quality training and has wide experience in training sales people.  Alan emphasised it is not so much what we say but how we say it.  He suggested that if we tune our words to emotion we will have more success.  For example, telling his wife she looks nice in that dress vs saying that she looks delicious in that dress…you have to agree he has a point, the latter is an attention grabber.

Alan kindly agreed to share his extensive experience and valuable insights with us:  the interactive workshop on how to train your memory was truly memorable.  Alan taught us that our memories rely on pictures, not words, and shared with us a memory method that he came across as a teenager and which he has used to great success ever since, including presenting the evening’s workshop of over an hour with no notes whatsoever!  Thank you, Alan, for a most enlightening session.

Members Honour DC Achievement

posted Sep 29, 2017, 10:00 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 12:08 PM ]

Powertalk Nelson-Waimea Club members proudly honour life member, Linda Bergman, for her outstanding success at the POWERtalk International convention held in Seattle, USA last month.

Linda, a member of Nelson-Waimea club for over 25 years, was awarded the highest achievement available worldwide within Powertalk, that of Distinguished Communicator (DC).  Linda has joined the elite of our organisation with only 3 others in NZ Region and 36 worldwide who have achieved this highest distinction.

Linda achieved this accolade both through passing an international exam and the many ways in which she has served the organisation and our community.  Linda regularly visits local schools, educating children in being safe around dogs; she organises the local primary schools’ speech contests in conjunction with the Richmond Lions Club and also runs the annual effective speaking seminar for senior students at Waimea College as well as making presentations to local businesses that wish to encourage and teach staff how to boost their confidence and present themselves well to the public.

1-10 of 11