Maidenhead Speakers Club – Monday 18 May 2015
WITH GUEST BLOGGER, CHRIS
Sergeant at Arms Paul opened the evening with a good reminder that “many hands make light work” – in relation to the setting-up of the evening. There’s always lots to be done to set up the meeting to ensure a smooth-running and punctual evening is enjoyed by all.
Our Club President Julie greeted a packed house, which included several guests. In her usual style, she gave a very warm, upbeat welcome to set the evening off to a good start.
John was Toastmaster of the Evening and managed the evening with his great sense of humour which he threaded in to all the personalised introductions to the speakers and the co-ordination of the evening events.
Michael was Table Topics Master, and ran this session smoothly with short, sharp, varied questions. Cheryl was our first speaker, and seemed to be blossoming with the topic of Chelsea Flower Show – sharing with us how much she would enjoy going to this event. Tony was presented with a choice of either travelling into space or travelling anywhere in the world… to which he gave a very fluent account (with beautiful descriptive language) regarding his preferred choice – exploring our own wonderful earth. Doreen was presented with the difficult task of choosing to be either an opera singer or ballet dancer. We soon knew the answer, as we then enjoyed some delightful and delicate ballet moves by Doreen – who certainly kept the audience’s attention! Finally, Christelle revealed to us how her summer is shaping up, and relayed all the wonderful associations of summer time, and what it means to her.
Best Table Topic ribbon was awarded to Doreen.
Next was a full complement of 5 prepared speeches.
First up, doing her Icebreaker speech was Anna, who related the word ‘icebreaker’ to her experiences in an actual ice breaker boat in the Arctic Circle. She explained how watching the ice breaker boat drive through the toughest of icebergs helped her to drive through some of her own challenges, and left us feeling that anything is possible.
Mike was next with a speech entitled ‘And Our Next Guest Is …’ and then proceeded to do a ‘one-man show’ of interviewing himself! His speech was highly entertaining as he switched from one side of the stage to the other – whilst concentrating on what role he was now performing.
Sandra gave a speech titled ‘Finding Mr Right’ and requested that the audience was a ‘singles’ group for the duration of her speech. It was a compelling story by Sandra as she revealed a journey of finding Mr Right. The speech had it all – humour, sadness (with insights of wisdom), all whilst finishing the speech on a high.
Steve presented project 2 from the CC manual… & was doing this speech for the third time round! His speech titled ‘Service is Remembered After the Price is Forgotten’ relayed his experience of how a shop assistant delivered exceptional customer service during the festive period – an experience which Steve has never forgotten.
The final speaker was Mohammad, delivering a speech entitled ‘The Greatest Super Hero’. Mohammad made good use of his power point slides, with colourful images of the various super heroes and revelations from some audience members regarding their love of comics!
Best Speaker Ribbon was awarded to Sandra.
The evaluation section of the evening followed, led by Chris, and offered an array of insights from the evaluators.
Amira evaluated Anna and provided her with a detailed account of how she delivered her speech. Amira engaged the audience by reflecting on some of the key points and provided Anna with some recommendations to consider for her next speech. Sandra evaluated Mike and articulated her points well and provided a clear, precise summary. Clive evaluated Sandra and Zahid evaluated Steve. Both evaluators offered a thorough exploration of how the objectives had been met and yet, despite the high standard of the speeches that were delivered, were still able to provide further recommendations. The final evaluator Emilio (evaluating Mohammad) presented both a detailed and encouraging evaluation, revealing that the objectives of the speech were all successfully met by Mohammad.
Best Evaluator Ribbon was awarded to Clive.
It was good to see new members becoming involved with the evening’s events. Jan was Timer and did a great job keeping us on track, and Mukesh as Grammarian announced the word of the evening ‘salubrious’. He highlighted the reliance of crutch words, reminding us all to become more mindful of these next time we deliver a speech.
All in all, it was a super night – ranging from the super singles’ scene to the super heroes of all time! Well done to TME John for stepping into the role at short notice, yet running the evening with both efficiency and calm.
Our next club night will be Monday 8th June – look forward to seeing you all there!