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"Communicating for Results!"


Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk, M.Ed/DTM/DPP

PowerTalk Power Club President

Greetings Power Pals & Visiting Guests! 

Hope you all enjoyed the long Memorial Holiday Weekend!  - I always mark that weekend on my calendar as the start to summer festivities!

Graduations, weddings, baby and bridal showers, picnics, barbecues, family reunions, and 4th of July fireworks, summer concerts, art shows, county fairs, camping, vacations, gardening, wienie roasts and marshmallow smores.... mosquitoes, yard work, allergies, tornadoes, humidity, poison ivy, and thunder storms.

Now that "school's out for summer,"  we think our schedules will slow down but as you can see from everything listed above, that's not necessarily true - we just get to fill our time with other fun and necessary activities.

So I want to remind you all to enjoy all that the warm summer season brings. It's a time for sports, socials, and viewing beautiful sunsets.  It's a time for making the most of all  our sunny days.



Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk, M.Ed/ DTM/DPP

President of PowerTalk Seminars, LLC

President of PowerTalk Power Club

[email protected]

(952) 221-1701

Power Words

Telegenic:  Well-suited to the medium of television.

Gamut: It encompasses an entire range of related things.

Officious: A person who tends to offer unwanted advice in a way that annoys the advice recipients.

Power Trivia

Trivia #1: 

"Mr. Mojo Risin" is an anagram for Jim Morrison.

Trivia #2:

Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.

Trivia #3:

In every episode of Seinfeld, there is a Superman somewhere.

Source: "It's a Fact!" - Globe Mini-Mag

                             Power Idioms

                "Babe in the woods"

Example: Peter knew his way around junior high, but now in high school, he's just a babe in the woods.

Meaning: A person who is inexperienced; a naive, trusting person.

Origin:   In 1595, a story called "The Children in the Wood" was published in England.  It was about a greedy uncle who was supposed to be taking care of his rich niece and nephew.  Instead, he hired two men to kill them so he could inherit their money.  One of the men took pity on the children and left them in the woods rather than kill them.  They did not survive.  That's why we can say that inexperienced people or people that can't take care of themselves and can easily be misled or exploited are "babes in the woods."

Source: Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms

                 POWER PLANNER

Upcoming Club Events & Meeting Dates

JUNE CLUB MEETING DATES & Upcoming Special Club Member Events:

Note:  Zoom Details for each meeting are emailed to respective Power Pals with current paid membership for each Program Meeting format.

Thursday, June 8th

6:30am - 9:00am CST

 ZOOM Early Morning Meeting

Friday, June 9th 6:30am-9:00am CST

ZOOM Early Morning Meeting

Tuesday, June 13th

6:00pm -9:00pm CST

 PowerTalk Pizza Panel Program




                  POWER BOARD

Thank you to our Volunteer Staff and additional club members and visiting guests who assist and help at our club meetings and events  - and a special thank you to Roman Pundyk for serving as our club A/V Roadie & Videographer and Julie Nekola for serving as our Virtual Assistant.  - We appreciate you!

Let's all make this an EMPOWERING DAY!

                    PowerTalk Power Club 

                  June Newsletter E-Zine


Click on Meeting Dates Below 

to see our Awesome Speaker Line-Up 

and Presentation Descriptions!

Thursday, June 8th



Friday, June 9th




Power Club 

Pizza Panel Program

 Tuesday, June 13th

6:00pm -9:00pm

         Power Pal Profiles

Welcome Our Newest Club Members!!!

Bradley Roehrl is the Store Leader for both the Maple Grove and Brooklyn Park Gamestop stores. He has a huge passion for gaming, as well as management, team building, and networking. He is always looking for new skills to add to his arsenal, as well as any new things he can bring to the table as a manager to lead his teams better. He is here to learn!

                        Bradley Roehrl

Will you be next? 

Learn more about our Club Membership Packages HERE!

              Power Articles

               Power Praise

               Michael Carlton, DTM/SPP

Michael has just achieved his second milestone benchmark with the PowerTalk Power Club - he has presented over 20 speeches and recruited a new Power Pal to our club, his son Bradley Roehrl. Congratulations to Michael - he just advanced from Bronze level Power Pal to a Silver level Power Pal. Thank you Michael for all your support and contributions to the PowerTalk Power Club!

Congratulations - Well done!

Note:  Michael will be officially recognized for this achievement at our upcoming Fall Festival Mini-Conference Retreat October 18th - October 22nd.

      PowerTalk Promotions

Come Join Jacqueline’s Book Club!

The August Science of People book club book is David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell. 

If you are not a reader but are interested in learning about the book, feel free to attend! 

A book summary will be shared at the beginning of our time together followed by discussion topics that everyone can partake in whether you have completed the reading or not.

Here are the meeting options:

August 1st from 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM (virtual)

August 3rd from 5 PM to 6 PM at Caribou in Minnetonka at the corner of 101 and 7 (we will be in the party room)

Jacqueline Fiore is an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist with 9 years of experience building high-performing teams and driving sustainable business growth both in internal and external settings.  She has spent her time in this field focused on employee engagement, performance management, and organizational effectiveness. Jacqueline's broad-based expertise includes strategic planning, coaching, succession planning, and productivity management and improvement.  In addition, Jacqueline is a decorated Army veteran and former executive board director.  She is dedicated to building effective relationships and providing support to her clients and business partners.

 Red Wigglers for Sale for Composting!

Whether you own a vermicomposting bin, are putting together your first one, or just want to make your compost heap more effective, THEY are the solution! - $20 for 150 of them.


They start reproducing as soon as they acclimate to their new home, and babies are born about 11 days later (about 3 per egg or "orb").

Pick up YOURS at the next Pizza Panel Program!

Cash or Venmo or PayPal. You get a bag full of peat moss and 150 worms :-)

Free instruction video available upon request.

Contact Lili @ 952-200-9248 or

[email protected] to reserve YOUR worms!

SpeakerBiz Exploratory Beginners Level I 6-week Virtual Boot Camp!!!

Would you like to become a professional speaker but don't know where to begin?

Are you seeking people, information, and resources that can help you achieve your professional development goals? 

Would you like a supportive learning environment, a highly encouraging coach, and a well-versed instructor to guide you and show you the ropes?

By popular request, SpeakerBiz Institute has made the pivot and is now offering 6-week virtual boot camps for a variety of presentation skills and business experience levels. 

Whether you are a complete newbie and have simply been entertaining the idea of starting a professional speaking career but don’t know where or how to begin, to having already done several presentations for a wide-variety of audiences and perhaps have several years of business experience under your belt, these 6-week virtual boot camps offer a well-paced, content-rich learning format to help you accelerate your success!

Listed below is our next course offering as we enthusiastically bring in the new year! –

Beginners Level I - SpeakerBiz Exploratory Boot Camp:

Wednesday mornings or afternoons

July 12th - August 16th

Choose: 9:00am-12:00pm CST or 3:00pm-6:00pm CST

Note: Zoom details will be disclosed upon confirmed registration.

       Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk, M.Ed/DTM/DPP

                       Founder & Director

 If you have been entertaining the idea (thinking about, wishing, hoping, daydreaming, etc....) of becoming a professional speaker, it is time NOW to get registered for the upcoming SpeakerBiz Boot Camp! It is the perfect program to explore and learn more about the business side of the professional speaking world.

Before you know it, another year will go by! - What are you going to do to achieve your dream of professional speaking? Let the SpeakerBiz Institute help you get your professional speaking business started. 

Enroll in the Beginners Level I – SpeakerBiz Exploratory 6-week Virtual Boot Camp and let us help you achieve your professional speaking goals!

For more details and registration information, click on the following link:

Come Explore! Experience! Exchange! and Excel!

Hope you'll be able to join us for a productive and powerful Virtual Boot Camp Session!           

          Speaker Summer School 2023

Presentation skills continually rank as THE MOST important leadership skill. But, how often do you actually practice your presentation skills?

Do you:

🎤 Have an important pitch to present to senior leadership or investors for your business?

🎤 Want to interview well when sharing your expertise on podcasts or YouTube shows?

🎤 Have a unique service that helps clients reach a new level in their business or life?

🎤 Have an upcoming Tedtalk application?

📚 Now introducing- Speaker Summer School!

Over the course of 9 coaching sessions, you will be able to receive hour-long professional coaching on your presentation in a small and supportive drop in format.

This is best for you if you have at least a draft or outline of a 30-60 minute business presentation, and know who your intended audience will be.

Here are details:

✅ Meet on Friday mornings from 10-11 AM CST on Zoom between June 16- August 18. This is 3 times every month (taking July 7th off) for a total of 9 sessions.

✅ Receive a short and focused training on presentation skills using the same Speaker Feedback form I use with private coaching clients.

✅ I will also open up the call to the group for additional audience insights (this is invaluable to prepare for future survey responses)

There will be no recordings. The value would be less in watching content than being coached live on exactly what you need in a supportive, drop-in format.

I have found that programs like Toastmasters are not necessarily helpful for professional presentation feedback, and AI tools can only get you so far with crafting and delivering a fabulous presentation.

Plus, you can only present to your stuffed animals, sleeping pets or bored spouse once or twice #amiright

The investment starts at $250 for one month to $1100 for VIP (including 2 private coaching sessions with me).

Contact Jenn for a discovery call to learn more at

        Are you ready to unleash your Inner Otter?

Join us at Thumper Lodge Resort for:

"Good Food! Good Friends! & Good Fun!"

Wed. October 18th - Sun. October 22nd

          Speech-a-thon Speech Contest


    Fall Festival Mini-Conference Retreat!

Click HERE for more program Details!

      PowerTalk Punch Lines

                           So today, let's have a laugh at some career and work jokes!

Want to hear a construction joke? - Oh never mind, I'm still working on that one.

Two artists had an art contest. - It ended in a draw!

Where are average things manufactured? - The satisfactory.

Why doesn't the sun go to college? - Because it has a million degrees!

Why did the can crusher quit his job? Because it was soda pressing.   


- submitted by Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk, M.Ed/DTM/DPP

      PowerTalk Power Tips

Professionals use professional tools.

- submitted by Vitalia Bryn- Pundyk, M.Ed/ DTM/DPP

Get serious, get help, or get out.

 - submitted by Vitalia Bryn- Pundyk, M.Ed/DTM/DPP

       PowerTalk Palate

                                             RASPBERRY SHORTBREAD BARS

Soft, buttery shortbread filled with a layer of raspberry preserves. Delicious made with other types of jams and preserves, too! Tip: For extra light-and-flaky shortbread, we skip the rolling pin and use a box grater to grate the chilled dough into our baking dish instead.

Makes 2 dozen 2-inch bars

Active time: 25 minutes

Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup seedless raspberry preserves or jam (8 ounces)
  • Confectioners sugar, for dusting (optional)


1. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt.

2. In another medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar at low speed until combined. Beat in the egg yolks and vanilla.

3. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until a soft dough forms.

4. Halve the dough and form into logs. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.

5. Heat the oven to 350 F and butter a 9×13 baking dish.

6. Working over the baking dish, coarsely shred 1 log of dough on the large holes of a box grater, evenly distributing the dough in the baking dish. Do not pat or press the dough.

7. Using a spoon, dollop the preserves over the dough and gently spread it in an even layer.

8. Grate the second log of dough on top. Using a rubber spatula, tuck in any shreds of dough sticking to the side of the baking dish to prevent them from burning.

9. Bake the shortbread on the bottom rack of the oven for about 35 minutes, covering it with foil halfway through baking. The shortbread is done when the pastry is golden all over.

10. Let cool completely, then cut into 24 bars. Dust the tops with confectioners sugar and serve.

- submitted by Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk, M.Ed/DTM/DPP

        PowerTalk Potpourri

                                                     Hey Power Pals - What's Up?

Please join our Private Linked-In Group to stay current & Up to date on any and all announcements!

Also - just a quick reminder:  CLUB MEMBERHIP DUES ARE DUE!

Click HERE to renew or upgrade your membership! - THANK YOU!

Please submit articles, promotions, punchlines, praise, power tips, and recipes by the 1st of the month for inclusion in next month's newsletter.  We appreciate all your contributions to make this a fun and informative read! - You can submit your items to Club President and Newsletter Editor, Vitalia Pundyk at email: [email protected]

                                                                         -THANK YOU!-

               Call for Speakers

If any club member or visiting guest would like to get on the speaking rotation, please contact Founder and Club President, Vitalia Pundyk to reserve your spot on the meeting schedule.

Phone: (952) 221-1701

Email: [email protected]