‘Battle of the Sexes’, ‘Definitely Weird But Is It Funny?’ ,’Life Changing Events’.. just some of the humorous speeches delivered on the night.
Energy in the room was high when the S@A opened the meeting, the room was buzzing in anticipation. As well as the regular members of the club there were 3 visitors from other clubs and 4 new guests. For Club President Tom, it was his first meeting back after a holiday in the US where he had attended the International Speech Contest in Chicago and had seen the top 10 Toastmaster’s speakers in the world delivering there speeches to an audience of 1,500 – 2,000. He encouraged members to think about attending the next conference in Denver, saying it was an inspirational experience.
Contest Chair Clayton then opened the contest proper, assisted by Chief Judge Vidya. He opened as always with an very amusing anecdote. Then onto the serious business of the contest and he ran through the rules.
Humorous Speech contest first of all and Micheal was up first with his very funny speech entitled ‘Battle of the Sexes’ a story about when he had a sty removed from his eye. Tony was up next with his speech entitled ‘Definitely Weird But Is It Funny?’ where he asked the ultimate question.. would we do anything for love? Tony had some problems with his audio equipment which definitely added to the laughs.. Steve then delivered a speech ‘Life Changing Events’.. do you remember a life-changing event was the question he asked of the audience. His life changing event was parenthood. Nick was the final speaker in the contest with he speech ‘Me and My Flannel’ , opening with a proverb..when in Rome do as the Romans do..but when Japan ??
Judging then took place, counters counted the votes and we broke for tea, coffee , biscuits and croissant.
We reconvened for the Table Topics contest;7 contestants taking part. Angela was first up to hear the Table Topics question while the other 6 contestants where led out of the room. The questions was ‘ My friend was invited to a house with a 80 million pound super-car collection. If money was no object what would you collect and why?’. The other contestants Michael, Chris, Tony, Doreen, Steve and Kathleen where brought into the room to give their response to the table-topic question in turn.
Judging then took place and award presented.
Humorous Speech Contest Results
- 1st: Steve
- 2nd: Tony
- 3rd: Nick
Table Topic Contest Results
- 1st: Chris
- 2nd: Doreen
- 3rd: Kathleen
A thoroughly brilliant evening, well done to all who took part. A big thank you to those members who organised the contests, you did a brilliant job and thank you to members of other clubs who assisted in the evening.