Maidenhead Speakers Club – Monday 26 Jan 2015
WITH GUEST BLOGGER, LORRAINE
Our second meeting of 2015 and it was buzzing! The meeting room was full of energy for another well-attended meeting of Maidenhead Speakers’ Club – it was almost standing room only! Sgt at Arms Paul Aherne kicked off proceedings with his humorous, easy manner & handed over to our President.
President Julie gave her warm greeting and welcomed everyone, including the many guest in the audience. Julie also reminded us of the importance of every member fulfilling roles within the club, and the importance of working through the CL Manual – well said Julie! A slick hand-over to our Toastmaster for the Evening Keith followed, who was very smooth, very suave and very sophisticated, and sporting a beautiful red rose in his lapel.
Having stepped us through the protocols for the evening, Keith handed to floor to Eric to open the Table Topics session on the theme of “Water”. First speaker Michel told us about a lovely waterfall he visited in a dream – this was his first table topic, and it was delivered extremely confidently. Next, Steve spoke about an experience some years earlier in the US when he was drenched on a water ride in a theme park! Tony had one of the more difficult topics, but dealt with it with his usual aplomb. His subject was seaports, and he spoke of a trip to the Isle of Wight in which he painted vivid word pictures. Mary gave us an alternative angle from the point of view of a non-swimmer (on the theme of ‘swimming’), and finally Monica rounded off the session by sharing a story about dedication to the cause of the environment – it was an excellent example of talking around the subject given by the Table Topics master.
Ribbon for Best Table Topic was awarded to Steve.
We were treated to 5 thrilling prepared speeches, spanning the whole range of experience from Icebreaker to Advanced speech. The speech subjects were wide and varied too, covering everything from the Soil in Transylvania, India Day parades, the effects of stress on the body, and mistaken identity! My personal highlight was seeing Doreen deliver her speech dressed as a Koala Bear – something nobody who was present this evening will forget I’m sure!
Best Speaker Ribbon was awarded to Brigitta.
As we moved to the evaluation section of the evening, our members delivered once again, and there were some excellent evaluations for our prepared speakers. General Evaluator for the evening Lorraine stressed the importance of giving constructive feedback to members, with the emphasis on “constructive”.
Chris was voted the Best Evaluator of the evening for her accomplished evaluation of Brigitta’s Icebreaker speech.
It was certainly an evening of firsts: Michel’s first table topic, Chris’s first evaluation and Brigitta’s first prepared speech. Congratulations once again to Chris and Brigitta, and also to Michel, who just missed out to Steve for best Table Topic. And not to mention of course the first time I have personally seen a speech given by a Toastmaster dressed as a Koala!
Our next club night at MSC will be at 7:30 on 9th February – just two short days away – where our Toastmaster of the Evening will be Matthew.
And our Club International Speech & Evaluation Contest will be following two weeks later on Monday 23 February – with lots of excellent opportunities for our members to play a part in the biggest event in our club calendar. See you all there!