Maidenhead Speakers Club – Monday 8 Sept 2014
WITH GUEST BLOGGER, MARY
Club President Julie opened the meeting and warmly welcomed everyone. She welcomed back club member Chris, back from his success at competing at the International Speech Contest in Kuala Lumpur. Maidenhead Speakers’ Club is very proud of Chris and his TM achievements to date.
TME John got the meeting off to a good start with his usual good humour and eloquent introduction of speakers, and produced a full and well-planned evening.
Table Topics Master Nick chose the topic of ‘Change’ for the session this evening, and posed some thought-provoking and newsworthy questions for impromptu speaking – changing laws, changing seasons, changing time, changing Scottish votes from YES to NO (or was it NO to YES?). Unfazed, imaginative and creative club members who took up the table topics challenge this evening included Paul, Eric, Juls, Steve, Tony and Norman. A persuasive speech from Steve Cann on laws he would change if he could won him the ribbon for Best Table Topic. One of his proposals was to ban ‘celebrities’ – especially those who weren’t known by him!
The prepared speeches, as always, informed and entertained us. This evening we travelled from Jamaica to Britain via Suzette’s icebreaker speech and Grant shared his recent fascinating read ‘The Long Ride Home’ about shamans, a father and his autistic son. Rajeev welcomed us into the digital world, and Mohammed told us how to make a wish come true. Best Speaker ribbon was awarded to Grant.
The educational spot was an excellent speech from Jacqui on the merits of completing the Competent Leadership manual. She enjoyed this manual so much that she repeated the process not once, not twice but three times!
General Evaluator was Mary and her competent team included evaluators Chris, Helen, Michael, Clive and Marco, as Grammarian. All evaluators provided good learning points with strong commendations and recommendations – the power of pause, effective voice modulation, tips for audience engagement and the importance of a strong speech structure. Marco demonstrated an impeccable job as Grammarian, listening for uums, ahhs and interesting phrases. He also reported how often speakers used ‘impeccable’ – his chosen word of the day. Thank you to Tony for stepping in at short notice as Timer.
Best Evaluator ribbon was awarded to Clive.
Before the meeting concluded, Club President Julie invited Chris to provide club members with a short impromptu speech on his experience at International level with Toastmasters, and closed the meeting by reminding all members about the forthcoming Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contests at MSC taking place on Monday 22 September.
Contest Chair is Paul
Chief Judge is Jacqui
More offers of help for judges and counters are required. Hope to see you all at MSC next Monday at 7:30 for this very important date in our calendar!