Maidenhead Speakers Club – Monday 11 Aug 2014
WITH GUEST BLOGGER, JULIE FARRELL
This week’s Maidenhead Speakers Club meeting was fun, energetic, and inspiring – as always!
TME Jacqui Hogan stepped in at the last minute, and did a great job of running the evening. Jacqui has been a member for over twelve years and has seen her confidence increase in every area of her life since joining. She loves public speaking, but mostly she enjoys seeing other members grow and succeed at things they said they couldn’t do.
Table Topics Master Michael Williams treated us to his version of Question Time, where the ‘even number’ speakers had to rebut the previous speakers’ points. We had lofty debate subjects such as ‘are dogs better than cats’ and ‘what came first, the chicken or the egg’? It was a good fun session, and Michael powerfully took control – which is commendable as this was his first time as TTM. Michael reminded us about the importance of listening at Toastmasters as well as speaking. Well done to Michael for seizing the chance to be TTM and for successfully trying something new.
All six speakers took up the challenge and delivered confident and fun speeches! They were Nick Bailey, Juls Abernethy, Paul Aherne, Helen Elliot and Richard Davies – the latter winning the Best Table Topics ribbon. He gave a confident and fun topic, using lovely eye contact, an open posture, and his usual wonderful humour.
We have such a high standard of speakers at our club, and it really showed on Monday! With the prepared speeches up next, we were treated to speeches about living an inspirational life from Tony, the history of the guitar from Emilio (& an impromptu live performance too of his playing dexterity!), how to manage conflict from Karen, and a journey into making wishes come true by Mohammad. The wide range of subjects and the knowledge imparted make an evening at MSC enlightening and entertaining, even if you’re simply watching!
Karen was voted Best Speaker.
The evaluators were up next after the teabreak, and again, we were reminded of how experienced our members are when it comes to evaluation. All four evaluators – Eric, Steve Catchick, Clive, and Zahid all gave strong, confident, and helpful evaluations. Steve Catchick was awarded the ribbon for Best Evaluator.
Steve Cann gave his Grammarian report and let us know how many crutch words had been used, as well as mentioning how many people had used his word of the day ‘persiflage’ and good use of language.
It was a fun and inspiring evening as always! It just remains to say well done to Chris Boden for making it to the semi-finals of the International Speech Contest, held in Kuala Lumpur during last week. As we know, Chris didn’t go on to make the finals, but it’s a dazzling achievement to get so close and I’m sure we all feel proud for him. Well done Chris!
Our next club night at MSC will be at 7:30 on 8th September – see you all there!