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"Communicating for Results!"


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

PowerTalk Power Club President

Greetings Power Pals & Visiting Guests! 

Love is in the air and Happy Valentines to All!

Roses are red, violets are blue

PowerTalk Power Club is for all of you!

We kicked off the new year with our 4th annual PowerTalk Power Day and 3rd Club Anniversary Awards & Recognition Dinner Program - It was a full day of education, entertainment, and engagement with our Power Pals and a great celebration of benchmark milestones and special achievements.

But  wait! ....There is still more to come!  :-)


As I mentioned in my last newsletter, 2023 is going to be a year filled with fun, joy, and abundance!  

I invite you to check out all the fun programs and events planned for 2023 - CLICK HERE!

In addition to our regular on-line and in-person meeting schedule - SAVE THESE DATES:

Saturday, April 1st

Special Bonus Meeting:  "Backwards Day!" 

(more details to come)

Sunday, May 21st 

Annual Club Member Appreciation Celebration - Paddle Boat Cruise on Lake Minnetonka

Saturday, June 3rd 

PowerTalk Power Club Picnic at the Pundyks!

October 18th - Sunday, October 22nd

PTPC Fall Festival Mini-Conference Retreat

Thumper Pond Resort - Ottertail, MN.

We hope to see you at all these special events!



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

President of PowerTalk Seminars, LLC

President of PowerTalk Power Club

[email protected]

(952) 221-1701

Power Words

Doctrinaire:   A formal word that means “stubbornly or excessively devoted to a doctrine or theory without regard to practical considerations.” It is often used disapprovingly to describe a person who has very strong beliefs about what should be done and who will not change those beliefs or accept other people's opinions.

Rubric:   A somewhat formal word that is most often used to mean “an established rule, tradition, or custom” or “something under which a thing is classed.” In the latter use it is a synonym of category.

Adapt:  to make or become fit (as for a new use) often by modification.

Power Trivia

Trivia #1: 

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.

Trivia #2:

More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.

Trivia #3:

The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.

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

                             Power Idioms

                "Asleep at the switch"

Example: Tootsie lost her job because she was asleep at the switch.

Meaning: Not attending to one's job or failing to react quickly; not being alert.

Origin:   This saying comes from the early days of the railroad (the mid-1800s).  One of a trainman's most important duties was to switch a train from one track to another at exactly yje right moment.  If he fell asleep at the switch, the train might go off the tracks or crash.  Today, the meaning gas been extended to anyone who isn't paying attention and fails to do a job at the right time.

Source: Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms

                 POWER PLANNER

Upcoming Club Events & Meeting Dates

FEBRUARY 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, February 9th

6:30am - 9:00am CST

 ZOOM Early Morning Meeting

Friday, February 10th

6:30am-9:00am CST

ZOOM Early Morning Meeting

Tuesday, February 7th

5:00pm-9:00pm CST

 PowerTalk Dinner Meeting

Private Lakeshore Residence

Hutchinson, MN.




                  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 

                  February Newsletter E-Zine


Click on Meeting Dates Below 

to see our Awesome Speaker Line-Up 

and Presentation Descriptions!

Thursday, February 9th



Friday, February 10th




Power Club 

Dinner Program

 Tuesday, February 7th


         Power Pal Profiles

Welcome our newest club members!!!

                 Jacque Mooty

Jacque is a Human Resource professional at Optum (UnitedHealth Group), she leads recruitment efforts and programming for Optum's MBA internship program and full-time rotational program. She received both her undergrad and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota

Will you be next? 

Learn more about our Club Membership Packages HERE!

              Power Articles

               Power Praise

                   Lisa Bouta, BPP

   Congratulations Lisa - Way to go!

Congratulations to Lisa Bouta, BPP!!!

Lisa was recognized for reaching her first benchmark milestone as a Bronze Level Power Pal.

Since joining the PowerTalk Power Club in January 2022, Lisa has presented over 10 speeches and recruited 1 new member to our club.

Lisa Bouta's passion in life is to love and support women!  With her unique blend of expertise in energy healing, coaching, facilitation, and laughter yoga, she supports her clients to shift their core energy to have more healing and joy.  She brings love and fun to everything she does.  You can have a life changing event when she asks, "What do you need?" Lisa's ability at connection and support causes you to have love and laughter flow into one's life. 

Congratulations To Jane Schuette, M.A/ DTM/GPP!!!

Jane is the FIRST Power Pal to achieve Gold Level Recognition for her outstanding presentations and club growth support.

Since joining the PowerTalk Power Club in January 2020, Jane has presented over 30 speeches and recruited 3 new members to our club.  

We value all her contributions and appreciate her continued enthusiastic support of the PowerTalk Power Club.

Congratulations on this awesome milestone achievement!

           Jane Schuette, M.A/DTM/GPP

Jane is a high energy, award-winning speaker and author.  She melds humor with a collection of the most effective practices and tools designed to educate, energize, and inspire you to live joyfully. Jane has an infectious enthusiasm for helping audiences build brilliance and sail through the stormy seas of stress, bringing joy into their lives!

Congratulations to Jack Jacobson - Most Improved Speaker of the Year!

This award is often received by someone who may be new to speaking and has made some noticeable progress in their speaking and platform skills, or it may also be received by a veteran speaker who has also demonstrated and shown some significant growth in their presentation skills, areas of expertise, and business development.

This year’s most Improved Speaker is fairly new to the industry but lives with a great professional role-model  (Mom - Lori Ziebarth) and gets plenty of practice time and parental coaching at home.  He has delivered at least the 3 minimum presentations required to be eligible for this recognition and each time he speaks, our club members have commented positively on the confidence-level, maturity, and noticeable improvement from one presentation to the next, and the next. 

In fact, at PowerTalk Power Day, he gave his 4th and most courageous long-length presentation: Heroes & Villains!

This Power Pal is a rising star in many aspects - Jack Jacobson is currently a senior at Maple Grove Senior High.  He is a three sport athlete, playing basketball, baseball, and football.

This year Jack was a member of the 2022 Maple Grove 6A football team that won the state championship.  In the future, Jack hopes to work in the sports or education field. 

Let's congratulate our youngest member of the club and the 2022 Most Improved Speaker of the Year: Jack Jacobson!

Congratulations to Cindy Karnes - PowerTalk Power Club Speaker of the Year!

In addition to presenting workshops at a variety of community speaking engagements and business events, Power Pal Cindy  gave an unprecedented 18 presentations to our club this year.

Owner of Empowered Hours, she was originally trained as a business analyst, but since 2020, has been helping entrepreneurs create unstoppable momentum and revenue while freeing up their time so that they can enjoy the fruits of their success.

Cindy lives in Downtown St Paul, MN, and loves spending time in nature, riding her motorcycle, and connecting with people. 

Cindy was the 1st place winner in the Fall Festival Informational speech contest this past year, she won the BS Championship at the Fall Festival this past year, she is a graduate of the SpeakerBiz Exploratory Beginners Level I Boot Camp, and she was our Club Anniversary Entertainment & Keynote Speaker at the PowerTalk Awards & Recognition Dinner Program.

For all of her 18 speeches this past year, let’s recognize and congratulate  the 2022 PowerTalk Speaker of the Year – Cindy Karnes!

Congratulations to Diane Windingland, DTM/SPP - PowerTalk Power Pal of the Year!

Recognition for Attendance - Presentations - and Service!!!

In terms of Attendance, this Power Pal has participated in every one of the Thursday early morning group meeting sessions that she belongs to and only missed the month of December when she and her husband went on an Amazon River Cruise.  She has also assisted and helped out numerous times as a speaker or in a meeting support role at other various PowerTalk Sessions as well.

In terms of presentations, she presented a total of 17 speeches this past year making her the runner-up to our Power Pal Speaker of the year, and in terms of service to our club, whether it was through zoom or in person, although this Power Pal is a well-paid, high-fee, high value coach and speaker, she has offered numerous workshops for our club members to participate in and learn from, free of charge – very specifically, I even recall the Bonus Meeting session when Roman and I hosted lunch at our home and she and her husband Kim presented their workshops on March 19th, the day of her birthday, exclusive for our Power Pal Members.

Additionally, she has been of great personal assistance to me as a visiting guest speaker for some of my SpeakerBiz coaching classes and more notably, hosting the PowerTalk early morning Zoom Sessions back in August when Roman and I were traveling to North Carolina away on another business trip. 

Diane is someone I can always count on to handle any situation in my absence.

Owner of Virtual Speech Coach, she was originally trained as an engineer, but since 2011, has been speaking, coaching, and writing on communication skills, and has published 10 books.  She lives with her husband in Shoreview, MN and dedicates much of her spare time to Toastmasters International and I would say the PowerTalk Power Club as well.

With near perfect attendance, 17 presentations, and outstanding service and support of this club-let’s recognize and congratulate Diane Windingland as the 2022 Power Pal of the Year!

      PowerTalk Promotions

    Elevate Your Virtual Presentations!

Whether you’re presenting training programs, team meetings, or a sales pitch, you can present like a pro, deal with technological glitches, appear calm under pressure, and deliver value-packed virtual presentations.

If you want to learn how to make your online meetings as engaging as in-person, you’re going to learn some helpful strategies and tactics in this podcast interview.

Insight Gold:

§ Fundamental differences between virtual and live

§ Body language

§ Breakout rooms

§ Everybody has a front-row seat

§ The use of props

§ A defining statement

§ Why would your audience care?

§ PREP: Point-Reason-Example-Point

§ Audience benefit statement

§ Then, Now, How (Craig Valentine)

§ 100 Tips and Tricks to Appear Confident in Presentations

§ The root of most fear of public speaking is the fear of being judged.

§ Expansive body posture

§ Sit up tall

§ Know your stuff

Listen to the Podcast:

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!           

        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

                                        George Carlin (Master of Comedic Arts) Quips:

If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does he become disoriented?

If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from Holland called Holes?

Why do we say something is out of whack? What's a whack?

If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

When someone asks you, "A penny for your thoughts," and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It's just stale bread to begin with.

When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?

Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person that drives a race car is not called a racist?

Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?

Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?

Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety one?

If "I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence?

If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?

If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call the resulting company Fed UP?

Do Lipton Tea employees take coffee breaks?

What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men?

I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older. Then it dawned on me..... they're cramming for their final exam.

If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?

How come no one ever says, "It's only a game" when their team is winning?

Ever wonder what the speed of lightning would be if it didn't zigzag?

Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?

I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks, so I wondered what do Chinese mothers use? Toothpicks?

Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office?  What are we supposed to do, write to them?  Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen can look for them while they deliver the mail? 

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

      PowerTalk Power Tips

Get out of the office - yes you - yes now.  That's where life happens!

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

Happiness is to have family that you consider friends and friends that you consider family.

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

       PowerTalk Palate

                                               Strawberry Crumble Bars

Makes one 9×13” pan

Preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients For the crust:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

½ cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

For the strawberry layer:

3 cups cored & chopped strawberries, measured after chopping

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon lemon zest

For the streusel topping:

½ cup unsalted butter, melted

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

⅔ cup packed light brown sugar

¼ cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt


1. Heat oven to 325 F.

2. Line a 9×13 baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on each side. Grease with butter or non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

3. In a large bowl using an electric or hand-held mixer on medium speed, beat together the butter and sugar until well combined.

4. Add vanilla and beat until combined.

5. Turn the mixer down to low and beat in the flour until combined.

6. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes.  While it is baking, make the strawberry layer and topping.

7. To make the strawberry layer toss together the strawberries, cornstarch, sugar, and lemon zest in a medium sized bowl.  Set aside.

8. To make the streusel topping, in a medium bowl stir together all the streusel ingredients using a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula.  It will be crumbly and that’s okay.

9. After the bottom layer is done baking, remove it from the oven.

10. Carefully spoon the strawberry mixture over the shortbread base until it’s evenly covered.  Then crumble the streusel layer over the strawberry layer.

11. Bake for 50-55 minutes until the streusel topping begins to turn golden brown and you can see the strawberry layer bubbling underneath.

12. Cool completely before cutting into bars.  Tip: these will hold up best if you store them in the refrigerator. Enjoy!                                    


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

        PowerTalk Potpourri

                                                     Hey Power Pals - What's Up?

Please join our NEW PUBLIC FACEBOOK 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]