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"Communicating for Results!"


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

PowerTalk Power Club President

Greetings Power Pals & Visiting Guests!

The New year is here! - We are looking forward to so many fun and exciting things this year.

But first we just want to acknowledge all those who expressed their care and concern during our time of illness. 

Both Roman and I had covid-related pneumonia and I tell you, this virus does not discriminate against anyone.  It does not matter your political views, your religious beliefs, your own well-researched facts, scientific or medical sources, or personal opinions - you don't know how bad it is until you know how bad it is  (and hopefully, you will never have to find out or know yourselves).

You can get vaccinated or not vaccinated, wear a mask or no mask, get booster shots or no shots, when this virus catches you, there is no getting away from it and you feel like you are on your death bed.  (I don't say that lightly as having gone through this myself, I can understand why so many have died).

Roman's side of the family (all vaccinated and living in separate households by the way), got hit with this virus very hard.  A 73-year old cousin, a 94 year old uncle , and his 98 year old mother all have covid-related pneumonia and are at Abboott Northwestern Hospital at the time of writing this communication.

Some of you may be disappointed to know that my political views, religious beliefs, personal opinions haven't changed but having gone through this experience has given me a greater appreciation for the suffering one goes through when they do get this sick. Both Roman and I are extremely fortunate to have recovered but we recognize that we are very lucky and we believe prayers pulled us through.

It wasn't just prayers but also our Power Pals that helped us pull through! I can't say it enough but THANK YOU to all who answered my call for help! 

Whether it was Kirsten Kinzler picking up all the socks we donated to the Holiday Sock Drive, to Jane Schuette taking charge at Comedy Jesters Improv for the Holiday Outing and filling in meeting roles when I just didn't have the strength to breathe, to  Diane Windingland being our family health spokesperson, to Michael Carlton running the Pizza Panel Program at Frankie's, to Lori  Ziebarth assisting, greeting, coordinating, printing, to all the speakers themselves  (thank you Lili Korbuly-Johnson, Jack Jacobson, and John Anderson) - we would not have been able to finish out the 2021 year as strong as we did and it was all because of the awesome Power Pals we have who ensured that "the show would go on!"

2021 was an incredibly challenging year for us personally  - Housefire,  2nd degree burns, being displaced into temporary housing, caring for parents full time, catching covid-related pneumonia, cancelling Christmas and New year Celebrations, and cancelling our highly anticipated trip to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico with the Windinglands - it really has been hard.  Our Power Pals were there to pick us up every time that we fell hard.  I am so thankful for this powerful network we have built together. I am so thankful for the friendships and support from all our Power Pals.

Looking ahead to 2022: - We will  be kicking off the new year with our annual PowerTalk Power Day on Saturday, January 29th at the Crowne Plaza Aire Hotel in Bloomington, MN. - this full day event will then be immediately followed by a great celebration of our Club's 2nd anniversary and VIP Dinner, Awards, & Recognition Night!

So many Awesome Power Pals to recognize and so many things to celebrate.  Our club membership is growing and this is a very exciting time of the year!

Stay tuned Power Pals- there's more to come!

You can already register for PowerTalk Power Day  & our Club Anniversary VIP Awards & Recognition Night - Remember these are two separate programs combined into one full day/evening event! - You really don't want to miss this!

Click HERE for all the program & registration details.

Hope you all have a Happy, Healthy, & Prosperous New Year!! 



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

President of PowerTalk Seminars, LLC

President of PowerTalk Power Club

[email protected]

(952) 221-1701

Power Words

Benign: Not causing harm or injury.

Derrick: A tall framework over an oil well that supports equipment used in drilling.

Smarmy:  Behaving in a way that seems polite, kind, or pleasing but is not genuine or believable.

Power Trivia

Trivia #1: 

A survey in the U.S. in 1974 revealed that the average 3-year-old child spent 30 hours weekly watching TV.

Trivia #2:

The only mammal that is able to fly is the bat.

                          Trivia #3:

In 16th century Turkey, coffee drinking was punishable by death.


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

                             Power Idioms

If you think idioms are a "tough nut to crack," they'll soon be a "piece of cake!"

                 POWER PLANNER

Upcoming Club Events & Meeting Dates

JANUARY 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, January 13th

6:30am - 9:00am CST

 ZOOM Early Morning Meeting

Friday, January 14th

6:30am-9:00am CST

ZOOM Early Morning Meeting

Tuesday, January 11th

11:30am- 1:00pm CST

ZOOM PowerTalk Power Lunch




                  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 videographer.  - We appreciate you!

Let's all make this an EMPOWERING DAY!

                    PowerTalk Power Club 

                  January Newsletter E-Zine


Click on Meeting Dates Below 

to see our Awesome Speaker Line-Up 

and Presentation Descriptions!

Thursday, January 13th



Friday, January 14th




Power Lunch

Tuesday, January 11th



         Power Pal Profiles

Welcome our newest club members

                        Lisa Bouta

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. 

                       Gwen Briesemeister

Gwen is an independent filmmaker, former gifted/talented coordinator, and video production instructor. She worked for more than 25 years mentoring students in a variety of documentary, narrative, and news projects. For the past 14 years, she has been working on short independent documentary projects focusing on ordinary individuals doing extraordinary things. Her films have screened at several film festivals throughout the Midwest.

                    Jack Jacobson

Jack Jacobson is currently a junior at Maple Grove Senior High. He is a three sport athlete, playing basketball, baseball and football. This year Jack was part on the Maple Grove football team that was runner up for the 6A state championship. In the future, Jack hopes to work in the sports or education field.

                       Cindy Karnes

Founder of Empowered Hours, Cindy works with women who have big goals and dreams but consistently feel overwhelmed find time and energy for the things that matter to them so that they can live an abundant life of time, money, and freedom.  

                       Jayne Miller

Jayne Miller resides in a northern suburb of Minneapolis where she raised three sons. From Crime Prevention to office Administration work she's been very active in her community and church. After a life-threatening illness and her research into the process of healing Jayne formed partnerships with several health and wellness industries and continues to educate and share her knowledge with others today. She enjoys cooking, reading, journaling, and has even become a published author. She hopes to further write books and engage in public speaking. Traveling is fun and she'd love to live near warm beaches where the water doesn't freeze for half of the year.

              Stephen Shaner, DTM

Stephen Shaner has been studying the concept of "attitude" for more than 30 years. His interest has focused on how attitude affects people. Coupled with his contagious attitude, his extensive experience has made him a popular resource for keynotes, seminars, and workshops. He is a sought-after mentor for business professionals.

                    Lynn Wilson

  • Minnesota native
  • U of MN: BS Wildlife Biology,
  • BS Agronomy
  • Washington State University:
  • MS Agronomy/Seed Physiology
  • Married to Neville Wilson
  • Five children
  • Twenty grandchildren
  • Life insurance license
  • Securities license
  • Member: North Branch Arts Group,
  • North Branch Parks, Trails, Open Spaces Commission
  • Interests: family, travel, music, books, Biblical studies

Will you be next? 

Learn more about our Club Membership Packages HERE!

              Power Articles

Please submit your articles and promotions by the 1st of the month for inclusion in that same month to [email protected] - Thank you!

                       Holiday Sock Drive Thank You

On the evening of December 9th , I, along with Power Pal members and guests, met at the Cinema Grill. Diane Windingland had mentioned to me, two weeks prior, that Vitalia was organizing a socks' collection for the Salvation Army' homeless and had already collected 125 pairs!  As I stood in the foyer, I was unprepared for the generosity of those present and arriving as they brought additional pairs adding to Vitalia and Roman's.  By the evening's end there totaled 438 pairs.  Remarkable!  Amazon has since delivered two boxes from anonymous donors with over 200 more pairs!

The media often reports negative happenings, so much so, that I begin to wonder where is good news? Well, your generous outpouring of gifting to the less fortunate reassured me that there is much good brought by people like you.

Unless you are at our Thursday' morning Salvation Army' breakfasts, you can't hear the "Thank you" or the "God bless you" that our Thursday' morning Salvation Army team hears.  Well, I am there to tell you, we hear plenty.  Fresh socks are critical for all months but especially the cold months when a fresh pair will make the difference between sweating and freezing feet to a fresh pair to absorb the sweat and stay warm.

I am overwhelmed with your generosity and thank you once again on my and their behalf".  

                                                          Charlie Kundinger

               Power Praise

               Chris Ciccone, BPP

Congratulations to Chris - our next club member to achieve Bronze Level Power pal Status!

In order to reach the Bronze Level recognition, Power Pals need to present at least 10 speeches at our club meetings and events, as well as recruit one new member to our club.

Christine A Ciccone is a wife, mother, and grandmother and lives in East Bethel, MN. She loves God, family, sewing, reading, baking, and being an Independent Distributor for Reliv International, a nutritional supplement company.  She believes helping people is a journey of the heart. Public speaking is also now part of her journey.

Chris will receive her award and will be recognized at our 2nd annual PowerTalk Power Club VIP Dinner Awards & Recognition Night on Saturday, January 29th at the Crowne Plaza Aire Hotel.

Congratulations Chris - You're awesome!

                   Michelle Licata, BPP

Congratulations to Michelle - our next club member to achieve Bronze Level Power pal Status! 

In order to reach the Bronze Level recognition, Power Pals need to present at least 10 speeches at our club meetings and events, as well as recruit one new member to our club.

Michele Licata is a Visionary Food Goddess, Author, and Master Chef specializing in organic, whole-food meals that are healthy, easy, and delicious.  Her passion is bringing people back to the table to be nourished and loved.  She is currently working on launching her lifestyle channel featuring health, beauty, and self-care.

Michelle will receive her award and will be recognized at our 2nd annual PowerTalk Power Club VIP Dinner Awards & Recognition Night on Saturday, January 29th at the Crowne Plaza Aire Hotel.

Congratulations Michelle - Way to go!

          Jane Schuette, M.A./ DTM/ SPP

Congratulations to Jane - our first club member to achieve Silver Level Power Pal Status!

In order to reach the Silver Level recognition, Power Pals need to present at least 20 speeches at our club meetings and events, as well as recruit two new members to our club. 

Jane has been inviting guests and introducing them to many of our program meeting formats. Her good friend Gwen Briesemester joined our club  last month and is featured above under Power Pal Profiles.

Jane will receive her award and will be recognized at our 2nd annual PowerTalk Power Club VIP Dinner Awards & Recognition Night on Saturday, January 29th at the Crowne Plaza Aire Hotel.

Congratulations Jane - Thanks for all of your contributions and support of our club - Great Job!

            Power Promotions

                    Save the Date for PowerTalk Power Day & PowerTalk Praise: 

              Club Anniversary Dinner Program & VIP Awards & Recognition Night


                                                 Saturday, January 29th!!!!

             Full day & Evening Programs combined into one Awesome Event 

              You do NOT want to miss this!!!  - We're not kidding! - Really!

                                               For more details: CLICK HERE 

      PowerTalk Punch Lines

Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right, and the other is a husband.

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

 A Polish immigrant went to the DMV to apply for a driver's license.  First, of course, he had to take an eye sight test.  The optician showed him a card with the letters 'C Z W I X N O S T A C Z.' 'Can you read this?' the optician asked. 'Read it?' the Polish guy replied, 'I know the guy.'              

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

      PowerTalk Power Tips

If it doesn't matter to your customer, it doesn't matter.

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

Forget features and benefits.  Focus exclusively on outcomes, results, and payoffs.

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

       PowerTalk Palate

                               Appetizer idea: Sausage apple cheese skewers

This easy appetizer only requires three ingredients:

  • Lunds & Byerlys wild rice smoked sausage or cooked bratwurst,
  • Apple
  • Aged cheddar cheese

Cook the sausage over medium heat in a sauté pan and slice it into rounds.  Cut the apple and cheese into bite-sized pieces.  Add a piece of apple to your skewer, followed by a piece of sausage and a piece of cheese to hold it all in place.

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

         Power 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 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]