Rain, Resolutions & Ribbons

Maidenhead Speakers Club – Monday 12 Jan 2015


It was a wet night. Rain danced on the pavements. Different coloured umbrellas surged towards the light of St Luke’s Hall. Woolly-hatted folk jostled for prime position to sign up for the first MSC meeting of 2015. As Doreen Goring (VPM) continued to sun herself in Australia, a competent Lorraine manned the front desk, greeted everyone with a smile and welcomed not one, but FIVE new visitors to Maidenhead Speakers Club. Mary (General Evaluator) observed a well-prepared room, timers at the ready and a choice of three types of biscuit. We were in for a good night!

Club President Julie warmly welcomed everyone and shared one of her New Year Resolutions….. but we’ve been sworn to secrecy – club members only! A confident and well-organised Zahid (TME) outlined his programme for the evening – five Prepared Speeches, Evaluations and Table Topics. He promised an actioned-packed session – full of education, fun and learning, and we were not to be disappointed. This man demonstrated high leadership skills in true Toastmasters (TM) style!

Complete with juggling balls, Chris introduced herself to the club with her icebreaker speech ‘Me’ – a potted history of homemade flags, tartan airline uniforms, and hope for a better life balance! Marco followed on with ‘Seriously’. He intrigued us with his tale of alien visitors, and delivery of a special wristband for measuring sleep, activity and nutrition. We may have found our first candidate for the 2015 Tall Tales Contest – or could it actually all be true? Paul’s speech, ‘A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing’ highlighted the importance of using body language effectively when trying to build rapport … especially with monkeys! Next up was storyteller Richard with ‘The Three Sillies’ – beware of cows, old ladies and moons falling into ponds! Jacqui concluded the line of prepared speakers with a specialty speech – she eloquently presented the TM ‘Outstanding Award’ (for 30 years achievement as a club) to Julie, current club President. What an honour for us at Maidenhead Speakers Club.
Best Speaker ribbon was awarded to Chris.

EvaluatorsMohammed, Helen, Mell, Alan and John provided excellent feedback for speakers and all club members. Key tips included: the use of descriptive language, taking control of the stage, engaging the audience, and how to use video for more effective speech delivery.
Best Evaluator ribbon was awarded to Mell.

Table Topics Master Monica challenged the impromptu speaking skills of TMs Grant, Yohan, Steve, Brigitta respectively with New Year-themed questions and dilemmas.
Best Table Topics ribbon was awarded to Steve.

And the rain stopped and everyone left the first meeting of the New Year filled with tea, biscuits, and great tips for better speeches. Not to mention feeling entertained, inspired and perhaps even more knowledgeable than they did when they walked in! Until next time … Haste Ye Back.

Our next club night at MSC will be at 7:30 on 26th January, where our Toastmaster of the Evening will be Keith – see you all there!

And our Club International Speech & Evaluation Contest will be on Monday 23 February – with lots of excellent opportunities for our members to play a part in the biggest event in our club 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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