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All Welcome: we meet 1st & 3rd Wednesday each month between 7-9pm at the Town Hall, Cambridge Street, Richmond.

A Visit from St Nicholas:

posted Dec 9, 2018, 5:34 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Dec 9, 2018, 5:39 PM ]

A thoroughly enjoyable December 5th meeting with an impromptu reading session of the well known poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and video evaluation of readers. 
We are now in recess over the Christmas period until the 1st Wednesday in Febuary 2019 - see you all next year.
Merry Christmas to all and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2019.

Mind Maps for Every Occasion

posted Nov 8, 2018, 2:28 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Nov 8, 2018, 2:28 PM ]

An immensely interesting and enjoyable workshop witha clear explaination why mind maps are so successful in terms of how our brains work.  Then we participated in practical exercises, the most unusua and telling exercise being to present a short speech based on another person's mind map; this proved just how effective a mind map is.  Thank you, Alan. 
Our impromptu session remained with the autobiographical theme for the evening and was presented in a most intriguing and innovative form using a Powerpoint which showcased the table topics leader's skill in both lateral thinking and the clear and effective use of a Powerpoint.
Next meeting:  "Social Change" on Wednesday, 21st November 2018, 7-9pm, Richmond Town Hall.  All Welcome.

Freedom of Expression

posted Sep 5, 2018, 5:58 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Sep 5, 2018, 5:58 PM ]

What a fabulous evening and a very warm welcome to new member, Anushika, who stepped up to the mark immediately by presenting the opening thought! Congratulations, too, to Sandra on her thought provoking and well presented Table Topics which kept to the theme of "Freedom of Expression," and to Thushari for her excellent Oral Reading assignment which, again, kept to the theme of the programme. Next meeting Wednesday, 19th September, 7-9pm, Richmond Town Hall. Come along and experience your confidence grow. All Welcome.

Spring Fling

posted Aug 16, 2018, 6:19 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Aug 16, 2018, 6:19 PM ]

A most enjoyabe evening with a very uplifting inspiration from Thushari, an innovative Ice Breaker speech from Sandra. Denise's Table Topics was right on target with the theme of Spring Fling and Wendy's Word Power was both informative and challenging. Congratulations to our visitors who both had the courage to join in the impromptu speaking session. Next meeting 5th September, 7-9pm, Richmond Town Hall. Supper provided

"Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway!"

posted Aug 4, 2018, 3:39 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Aug 4, 2018, 3:40 PM ]

"I started by running; when I couldn't run, I walked; when I couldn't walk, I crawled; when I couldn't crawl, I dragged myself but at least I kept moving forward."
An excerpt from one of two amazing Ice Breaker speeches which followed a very warm welcome to three new members at our meeting on 1st August. Wendy gave us a very lively and humourous account of her first big "OE" and Nissa presented a workshop on how to tackle off-the-cuff speeches. It was both a fun and emotional evening. "Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway!" Come along to our next meeting on Wednesday, 15th August, 7-9pm @ Richmond Town Hall, Cambridge Street, Richmond, Nelson.  All Welcome.

#01 Newsletter July

posted Aug 4, 2018, 3:22 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Aug 4, 2018, 3:22 PM ]

Find out a little of what we have been doing over the past few months plus a sample speaking programme.
Please remember to "Like" us on Facebook and share with friends.
A PDF 2 page version is avaliable at the end of the page.
Happy reading!

Ooh Aah Ewy Chewy Toffee

posted Jul 21, 2018, 12:23 AM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Jul 21, 2018, 12:24 AM ]

Ooh Aah EWY CHEWY TOFFEE 'seriously entertained' members and guests during an amusing evening on Vocal Effectivenes with special emphasis on Voice Projection. Humming through straws, and facial contortions while chewing toffee, caused much merriment! Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, 1st August, starting at 6.30pm with a Mix and Mingle, supper provided. Come along, join us for the evening and see what we do.

Secrets of Success

posted Jul 21, 2018, 12:20 AM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Jul 21, 2018, 12:20 AM ]

"Secrets of Success": the evening started with a Mix and Mingle before Linda's presentation which was warmly received by 19 members of AAPNZ. Linda held them enthralled with tips, anecdotes and jokes, as well as deep breathing exercises and a couple of tongue twisters to show the importance of delivering your message clearly and distinctly. All members particpated with interest, enthusiasm and laughter. We look forward to seeing several AAPNZ members at our next Powertalk Nelson meeting on Wednesday, 1st August 2018.

Grow NZ Women

posted Jul 21, 2018, 12:18 AM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated Jul 21, 2018, 12:18 AM ]

Grow NZ Women: 25 participants attended a meeting of Grow NZ Women where, following a request for assistance with hints and tips for presenting speeches, Linda presented P = Perfection and a fun an interactive workshop on Active Listening, ably supported by Yvonne and Nissa. This was a most enjoyable afternoon where the Powertalk members were most warmly welcomed. Members of the group all participated willingly, were keen learners, and two particpants were given the opportunity to to practise their speeches for a competition.

WOW! Summerset 2nd.

posted May 29, 2018, 10:58 PM by Nissa Elsey   [ updated May 29, 2018, 10:59 PM ]

WOW!  Members it was my pleasure to attend the local retirement home, Summerset, annual fashion show and WOW parade.  It was a real hoot and I am so proud of our club member, Yvonne, who had a fabulous entry “ Down the Garden Path” which was worthy of the real WOW entry.  Yvonne has spent hours knitting all the beautiful embellishments to adorn the garden grass mat.  Yvonne was placed 2nd …..woohoo well done Yvonne ...loved it.  Sorry my photo was not up to standard and does not do Yvonne’s fabulous entry justice.  Cheers Linda.

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