Excellent turnout at our last club meeting, with some brilliant speeches and cracking evaluations.
Paul G may be both “vertically and follicly” challenged (his words) but his unique style and extra dry sense of humour makes him a winner in the role of Toastmaster for the evening. We listened intently waiting for whatever gem would next leave his mouth. If you miss an evening with Paul as Toastmaster, then you miss out.
The theme for the evening was journeys. We think our prepared speakers must have been a little bit psychic as first up was Paul talking about his 10k race running experience, with advice on the training needed to get yourself 10K ready. Jack, who deservedly won Best Speaker of the night, told us about how he
‘climbed to the top’ on a bike riding journey, followed by a harrowing tale of crossing terrifying rope bridges over French mountains.
Continuing the theme was Jill who encouraged everyone to follow her example and bag themselves a Munro (a Scottish mountain over 3000ft high). Then in a break from the active lifestyle motivational talks, we had Aparna who gave us compelling reasons to calm down our social media usage.
Our Table Topics master Richard put our guests on the spot during the table topics session, but they had nothing to worry about as they did brilliantly. Being able to stand up and speak on a subject of someone else’s choice, without prior knowledge is a brilliant skill to have, and one we all go to Toastmasters to develop further. Well done (again) to Ryan for winning Best Table Topics speaker.
Evaluations were expertly delivered by Gwendoline, Colin, Sola, Judy and Andrew. They all provided the all-important ‘commends’ and ‘recommends’, giving not just our speakers, but the audience something to think about for when preparing our next speeches. Colin’s excellent evaluation of Jack earned him the Best Evaluator award.
Our general evaluator Anthony Boboe finished off the evening with some great observations about our evaluators and the evening, after insightful reports back from Saulius, our ah-counter and Ged, the grammarian. Our stand-in President for the night, Judy must also be commended for stepping in and making the role look easy.
Well done everyone!