A Night of Celebration!

Maidenhead Speakers Club -Monday 12 May 2014


President Jacqui Hogan opened the meeting with the fantastic news that the District 71 International Speech Contest had been won by Maidenhead Speakers Club member Chris Boden. Chris will now compete in the International Speech Contest final in Kuala Lumpar against the rest of the world finalists.

This was a momentous moment in the 30 year history of Maidenhead Speakers Club. Further honours were awarded at the District Conference, including a commendation for David MacLeod and a medal for Norman Rhodes for 28 years’ service to Toastmasters.

Past President Nick Bailey displayed the tankard that had been awarded to the club at the annual conference and also advised that due to growth, our District 71 was due to become District 91.

Seargent at Arms Doreen Gowing encouraged all members to start each day looking forward to the promise of a new day.

Toastmaster of the evening was Steve Cann who ran the evening with a theme of “your favourite sandwich” as it was National Sandwich Week. This resulted in some fascinating revelations on what members ate for lunch!

The first speaker of the evening was Tony Searby with a speech titled “The Stories We Tell Ourselves Part 1- Connoisseurs or Philistines.” This described a famous wine-tasting experiment where tasters had to decide between an expensive and an inexpensive wine; unsurprisingly the tasters chose the expensive wine. However there was a twist as both wines were the same!

The second speech was provided by Mohammad Aziz titled “Journey to a Million.” This recounted his experience of trading currency on the 4X market. He is making a profit on his trades but this is not yet enough to allow him to buy a Ferrari!

“How Disruptive Technologies Will Reshape Our Worlds” was the next speech by Rajeev Sawhney, which predicted the future effect of technology on manufacturing and social media. He described a recent advancement where a kidney was printed on a 3D printer using living cells harvested from stem cells. His conclusion was for parents and teachers to instil values to use technology in the right way.

The final speech “How to Plan, Deliver and win a Table Topics Session” was delivered by Zahid Aziz. This was a longer educational speech from the Professional Speaker manual. This speech provided many suggestions for impromptu speaking including having the right mindset, keeping calm, breathing deeply and having a structure to your response.

With this speech fresh in their minds, the table topics speakers each talked about a subject posed by Table Topics Master Gerard.

Emilio Saev described his dream career. James Driscoll described the restaurant he would most like to eat at. Grant Oliver described the university he would like to attend. Matt Woolacott explained which charity he would donate £1million to, and finally Julie Farrell described one thing she would change in the world.

The evaluation section of the evening was carried out by evaluators Yohan McDonald, Lorraine Hamilton, Sandra Davison and Steve Catchick with Richard Davies as General Evaluator. Grammarian was Clive Pugh and Timer was Andy Johnston.

There is much to be proud of at Maidenhead Speakers Club. With a 30 year history, recent speech contest success, club awards and a steady supply of new members wishing to improve their presentation skills the club is well placed for continued growth as we await the start of a new Toastmasters Year.

The next meeting will be the Club AGM on Monday 19th May. The  meeting will start with the AGM (and the naming of the new committee), followed by the usual speeches and table topics. Hope to see as many of you there as possible on this very important date in our calendar!

Published by Steve Cann

I love music! I've also recorded & performed my own songs (& once played in a band) & sometimes attend open mic nights. I enjoy comedy club nights & rock gigs, & countryside walks/country pubs... & life's simple pleasures, such as relaxing with a great book. I love exploring London, & particularly pub walks - there's so many wonderful pubs in the metropolis that I didn't know existed before I started doing these... I never get tired of London. I enjoy meditation, keeping fit, yoga & staying in good shape - healthy body, healthy mind & all that. I'm always open to new experiences, & strive to live life mindfully - enjoying the present moment. I've more recently got into public speaking, becoming a Toastmaster - it's great fun, & an invaluable way of learning new skills & extra confidence.

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