The Standards Were High Again at Maidenhead Speakers

MSC Meeting – Monday 24 October 2016

With Guest Blogger – Nick

The Standards Were High Again at Maidenhead Speakers

It was another slick performance by Maidenhead Speakers on Monday lead by ‘Toastmaster of the Evening’ Gerard.

After Sergeant at Arms Mike brought us to order, President Chris announced the results of the Division Contest at the weekend. Maidenhead were represented by Chris himself in the Humorous Speaking Contest and Doreen in the Table Topics contest. Chris came 2nd and Doreen was third. However, Chris has been successful in winning through to the finals in November as he is also a member of Reading Speakers representing a different area. Well done to both of them and good luck to Chris in the final.

Tony started the proceeding off with a bang by inviting speakers to the stage for impromptu speaking. The topics he chose were all real ‘curved ball’ questions asked by well-known companies in an interview situation. Despite only having the time it takes from leaving their seat to getting to the front, all the speakers gave a very polished answer to the question posed. The winner was Paul at a Yo! Sushi interview, who was ‘good with knives’ responding to the question, ‘Which three words best describe you as a person’.

Gerard easily took us through the prepared speeches for the night. Five speakers gave their all to entertain and dazzle us with their individual skills on a range of subjects. Jon talked about his love of sailing. Esther explained why ‘she was English’ with her prominent Spanish accent. Doreen taught us to forgive ourselves and Grant inspired us to watch our diet and exercise more with lots of statistics about diabetes. Finally, Michael took a novel approach by speaking over backing tracks to tell us about his love of jazz. Dorren won the best speaker ribbon.

Sergeant at Arms Mike organised the refreshments during the interval.

After the tea and biscuits, the General Evaluator for the evening, Nick seamlessly took us through the feedback session and commented on the good points and some recommendations for the five evaluators. Rajeev was very complimentary about Jon speech and referred to the objectives of the speech but could have smiled more. Gayatri with her first evaluation had good compliments but could have used more pauses. Mohammad evaluated Doreen’s speech used small notes in his hand and, in line with Doreen’s call for action, encouraged us to forgive ourselves. Alan commended Grant’s use of the power of three and his many statistics but wasted a few seconds at the beginning. Lorraine smiled throughout her speech with very punchy comments but directed her comments to the speaker alone.  All the evaluators summarised well. There was a tie with Lorraine and Alan winning the best evaluator ribbon.

Grammarian Vidhya completed the evening with her assessment of the crutch words used by all the speakers and her thoughts on the good use of English.

President Chris summed up by awarding the best ribbons prizes.

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