Toastmaster visits the Inner Wheel Club: take me to your spokes-person!


Toastmaster visits the Inner Wheel Club: take me to your spokes-person!

Mell Shepherd in her role as Social Secretary recently gave a talk to the the Inner Wheel Club of Burnham about Toastmasters, and gave an entertaining demonstration speech – a practice run of her speech contest entry – that was very well received. After Mell’s visit Helen Read of the Inner Wheel Club wrote the following.

Thank you Mell from Maidenhead Speakers for visiting our club recently and contributing to a thoroughly successful evening.  Like many clubs, our membership is dwindling a bit.  Inner Wheel was originally a club for the wives of Rotarians; today the membership is more open although it is still strongly linked to Rotary.  We raise money for charity and carry out

charitable acts but friendship is also an important part of our ethos.  We knew that there were many people eligible to join the club in the local area so we hit on the idea of inviting them all to one of our meetings to demonstrate that we were all friendly people and to encourage them to join.

So we needed to find an entertaining and thought provoking speaker to inspire our visitors and help make the evening a fun event for all – no pressure then…

Mell rose to the occasion admirably.  After a preamble about what the Maidenhead speakers are and how she got involved with them she ‘practiced’ a future competition entry on us.  Everyone was very impressed with both her delivery and the content – amusing, but also food for thought.  After her presentation she answered questions, which included one from a lady wanting some advice about giving a speech at her son’s wedding!  We were very impressed with the work that Maidenhead Speakers does and we wished them well, and we wished good luck to Mell in the competition too!

As a postscript – Helen asked how did it go at the competition? Answer of course: Mell won the club contest and went as far as the area contest. Good effort Mell.

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