The meeting sparkled from beginning to end with the theme of magic. Karen led the impromptu rounds with an adapted Pecha Kucha – the Japanese game of speaking to a fast moving slideshow.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PechaKucha. The enchantingTable Topic captured imagination and challenged competitors.
Katy delivered her icebreaker with an amusing and adept talk revolving around beer, Boston and cats.
Winners of the evening were Irena (best evaluator) and Monica (Best Table Topics and Speaker).
New member Jonathan Webb was inducted in a short and invigorating ceremony. He commented that everyone seemed so dauntingly professional – perhaps not realising how quickly members had blossomed in the group. But that is the magic of West Herts Speakers!
West Herts holds it next regular gathering on Wednesday (14 October) at Aubrey Park Hotel.
Anyone interested in attending can simply turn up at 7.15 for 7.30, or phone Judy on 07958628158 for more information.
You don’t have to speak at your early meetings – but you can if you want to!
West Herts was wonderfully represented at Area level today with talented competitors and plenty of club support.
Congratulations to Muhammad Omer who stepped in at the last minute to win the Table Topics Contest with a rib tickling take on what he would want on a desert island.
Delightful veteran Stuart Lawson took a highly commendable second place.
Richard Beagle took third place in a field of eight in the Humorous Speech contest with a tale of smuggled apples and a escaping model plane.
Irina Baldwin (Table Topics) and Anthony Brennan (Humorous Speech) also put in strong performances after winning at club level.
Special mention also to the other West Herts members Karen, Phil and Judy who were there to cheer on their fellow club members and take on essential support roles on the day.
Wednesday 9 September we have two contests in one evening! Why not have a go at a humorous speech, or Table Topics (or both)? If you are a member you are eligible to enter! You can find out more about the contests here:http://toastmasterclub.org/kb.php?mode=article&k=27
Wednesday 23 September, we have a showstopper of an evening! We are delighted to be welcoming Martin Brooks, an impacttologist®. He studies how the top communicators in the world convince, influence and motivate others through the combined effect of their behaviours, their “impact”. Martin will share what impact is, why you need it and give some simple but highly effective “take-aways” to help you increase your impact and success. Martin will be available for some Q&A informally also. Please note that there will be a normal Table Topics session, but no other prepared speakers. As always, guests are welcome.
Opeyemi Sebastian scooped the little pool on 14 August. It was’t a huge gathering – summer takes its toll on numbers – but he put in two masterful performances.
The speech that won him Best Table Topics was a remarkable tale of the strangest object that has ever been in his car – a cereal spoon found far too late. You had to be there to understand.
His masterful Why Don’t You Consider Leading Quietly won best Speaker ahead of an excellent and touching Having a Hero by Seb Lane.
Toastmaster Gwendoline embraced the holiday feel on 22 July by “inviting” us to her metaphorical holiday house for what proved to be a fun-filled evening.
The “conversation” therein was led by three erudite speakers highlighting a world of wildly differing values. Alex led with a philosophical journey of what makes us human, Irina on the tyranny of choice, and Megan reminding us that we can no longer say there are plenty of fish in the sea.
In table topics, Alex put us on the spot with speeches that punctuate life – especially when you have to talk around the horribly obvious.
Area Director John Kendall visited to urge all members to compete for the Table topics and humorous speech competition at Area in October Club competitions are planned for September.
Judy Mallinson, standing in for President Richard Beagle, urged all members to bring their Competent Leadership manuals to all meetings so that roles can be evaluated and lead to the completion of that competency.
As always, we were thrilled to welcome visitors and new members and assure them that many of the speakers are in themselves only new to the club and have learned speech making through practice and support.
Those taking home the ribbons were:
Table Topics and Best Evaluator: Ope Sebastion
Best Speaker: Irina Baldwin
Last Wednesday, in front of an eager audience, one of our most enthusiastic members, Richard, presented his 10th speech from the Competent Communicator’s Manual. We were treated to a passionate delivery and exposition of an event in Richard’s life which helped him make a fundamental change in direction and attain success in his career. It’s these speeches which encourage other members to dig deep and find inspirational topics which allow us to learn more about each other’s life experiences.
The other speaker who delivered a prepared speech was Ope who beautifully crafted a homage to the three most important women in his life – his mother, wife and young daughter. His love and admiration for them came across so vividly that we were spellbound by his ability to bring his early years with his siblings to life.
Our more serious speeches were complemented by a light-hearted Table Topics round of five speeches, loosely structured around the topic of Comedy. Our worthy winner Karen managed to talk eloquently about ‘How to Life your Mood’ and even one of our visitors boldly stepped up to the plate for the first time and told us all about ‘My Favourite Sitcom’.
So, if you are looking to hone your speaking skills, do join us for an enjoyable evening in two weeks time.
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