To new beginnings as well as endings

It was one of those evenings which you never want to end because you’re having so much fun. It was a smashing evening not only we had a we few guests visiting us from Eldergate toastmasters club in Milton Keynes they even took up roles and did a great job as timekeeper and General Evaluator. Its always interesting to get a different perspective and Jono gave us points that we could ponder about.

Ryan our President started the meeting with his commitment to inform the club of upcoming public speaking events and hopefully we as a team can gain a lot of knowledge through these events.

The table topics was headed by Paul who did dual jobs of being an evaluator as well a table topic master. The topics was all about Magic and we got lovely insights from accepting magic as an illusion to having the ability to fly like superman or go back in time. Or learning that magic is all about the choices we make even if we don’t have a clue who Houdini or Copperfield are. But at last the magic was conquered by Judy and she won the award for best table topic speaker. Ah! what a magical evening.

Prepared speeches was life itself as Mark started his toastmaster journey by giving a absolutely mind-blowing icebreaker which was so funny and made us all feel special by saying “The only certificate Warren Buffet has in his office is a toastmaster certificate” a very well earned Best speaker award and we are looking forward for Mark’s next speech.

It wasn’t just a new beginning but also a new ending as Aparna gave her last speech from the CC manual about the secrets of mindfulness and thus achieving the status of “Competent Communicator”.

Zsuzannah made the VPEs life a little simpler by giving an exemplary educational speech about the roles we have in a regular toastmasters meeting and how we can win in this public speaking poker.

Anthony our toastmaster for the evening was the king of spontaneity when we realised we didn’t have a table topic master and he led the session so interestingly. All the evaluators did a really great job and Chun took the cake for her evaluation of Mark.

The word of the day was Aphorism given by our grammarian Carmen and in spite of being a difficult word was used 4 times during the meeting.

And to prove West Herts is an ever evolving dynamic and growing club we had one new member who joined our family. WELCOME IAN

And more over our friend from Eldergate Kala introduced us to her book “The power of human energy” and we promised her we would check it out.

Phew! how much we can squeeze in to short two hours is magic itself and to repeat myself it was such a fun evening and I didn’t want it to to end.

Looking forward to our next meeting on 28th of August. See you there. CIAO

3 Pathway Speeches!

We are very proud our speakers get better and better each time! Today was a great meeting with three pathways speeches and great Table topic session! Ryan, who delivered a great speech on how Media exaggerates negative news, won the best speaker title!  Paul- who evaluated Ryan on his speech, gave a very informative feedback and took the best evaluator title! Anthony Boboe- was the best table topic speaker of the day! Welcome the winners!

  

Great meeting!

Our last meeting was a very good one! More than that- it was a great one! Not only did we have fun and good time spending, but we also had a very informative session. We have learned more about the importance of sleep, the reasons why people achieve success in life, the way telephone damages our lives and found out about Jack’s interesting profession. Our meetings are not just Toastmaster- we are a great team cheering up each other and creating a uniquely warm and welcoming atmosphere!

The winners of the meeting were: Diana- best speaker title, Aparna- best evaluator and Russel- best table topic speaker!

 

Toastmaster session+ football match

Those who managed to join Toastmaster session despite the temptation to watch the football match should have felt the special atmosphere we had – hearty speeches, lots of mutual feedbacks and laid-back ambience. Zsuzsanna started her journey as the club’s President and did her role great. Diana came up with a speech on relationship secret and the way she presented it- with such deep emotions and sincerity- made her performance special. Congrats to our winners Jed and Judy for the best evaluator title and speaker respectively. 

Best evaluator and speaker of the day

The first committee meeting of this Toastmaster Year

What a fantastic experience especially for those who became a member of the committee for the first time!  Congrats to our new committee team:  Zsuzsanna- President, Ajeet- VPE, Aparna-VPE, Ryan- VPM, Diana- VPPR.  We will do a great job together! Thank you as well to all our predecessors who did a proper handover and an extraordinary job last year: 19 new members and 9 points out of 10 for the club- this is a fantastic result- don’t you agree?

The coalition of Ex and New committee!

 

Our last meeting of this Toastmaster Year

This last meeting of Toastmaster year was a truly special one! It was an evening consecrated entirely to speeches and evaluations. Congratulations to Andrew Luis who finished his last 10th speech! Richard Beagle surprised us with his unusual format of speech entitled ,, What a year this was”  where he mentioned the most memorable speakers of the year- obviously with such a great speech he had no chances but to win the title of the best speaker of the evening! And of course, Diana’s speech about Moldova made the evening truly special given the distinctive wine and chocolates she brought for all!

The moment of concentration

Best Evaluator and Speaker Title+ Our Speakers in full action

Anthony’s last stand

The theme of the evening was ‘leaders’, which was fitting as it was the last evening we were to be led by our president Anthony Brennan, as we almost reach the end of the Toastmasters year.  Anthony’s been an excellent president over the past 12 months, but now passes the mantle to Zsuzsanna, following a unanimous vote on Wednesday night.

Zsuzsanna will officially take on the role in July and be joined by Ajeet and Aparna, who’ll share the Vice President (VP) Education role, Ryan in the role of VP Membership, Diana will take on VP Public Relations, Andrew the role of Treasurer, Chun as Sergeant at Arms and Emily as our Club Secretary.  Massive thanks to all of them for putting themselves forward for the roles, and also to those that have been carrying them out so well for the past year – Judy, Jack, Jill who are standing down as officers and Aparna, Ajeet and Andrew who are taking on the new roles.

Now onto the reason we all come to West Herts Speakers, the speaking element.  Our Table Topics session – the section of the evening in which we practice our impromptu speaking skills – was brilliantly led by Ged.  He had identified the various types of leader that exist and he asked members of the audience at random at talk about one of them.  Our winner was Diane, who joined us for the evening from Chiltern Toastmasters.  Well done Diane!

Diane wins best Table Topics

We had three prepared speeches of the evening.  Richard’s speech was delivered by video, as he pursues an advanced Toastmasters programme, Andrew delivered his 9th speech from the Competent Communicator (CC) manual enlightening us to where the term ‘thinking outside the box’ came from and Jill delivered her 10th speech from the CC manual encouraging us all to follow her simple tips to cut down on plastic consumption.  All excellent speeches, but it was Jill that won the Best Speaker award on this occasion.

Jill wins best speaker

As always, each prepared speaker & the table topics master is assigned an evaluator, who delivers their own speech critiquing the speaker.  Ajeet, Aparana, Aga and Ryan all delivered brilliant evaluations, but it was Ryan that celebrated his first victory in the Best Evaluator category.

Ryan wins best evaluator

Our next club meeting is Wednesday, 27th June. Expect some exciting twists at this next meeting, as we are having a Speechathon (six speeches, no table topics) to properly mark the end of the Toastmasters year and launch into the new with vigour.  The theme is Feast.  Richard is on course to receive his Advanced Communicator Bronze with his After Dinner speech.

Dress for dinner and join us for a night of fun and fantastic speaking!

Storytelling & super speeches

The sun was shining, it was a perfect evening for staying home and sipping a G&T in the garden, but our West Herts Speakers Club members turned out in force to improve their public speaking skills and support those members delivering speeches.

Spencer took on the role of Toastmaster for the evening – it was his first time doing it, but you’d never have known, as he excelled in the role.  He also ensured our ah-counter Colin was kept busy for the duration of the meeting, as he amassed close to 50 filler words throughout, so well done Spencer on that front too!  😉

Diana led our table topics session with commendable prowess. Instead of the usual questions and answers, her approach to this section of the evening – which is all about impromptu speaking – was to start a story, which each of the speakers she’d picked out at random from her hat, had to continue.  It was hilarious.  Two guests – Charlene and Laura – took part and did brilliantly.  We hope they’ll come back in two weeks time as we’re looking forward to hearing more from them.  It was Jen who scooped the coveted Best Table Topics speaker award for her contribution to the story.  Great to see Jen back after a few months off from Toastmasters following a house move and life being just a bit busy in general.

Jen & Diana conquer table topics

Emily wins best speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our first prepared speech of the night was by Emily, one of our newest members.  She delivered an excellent and very moving icebreaker speech about how she’s overcome some huge challenges early on in her life and is now embracing her fears and becoming the person she wants to be.  She thoroughly deserved to win the Best Speaker award and did so, despite being up against two more excellent speakers Ryan and Chun who also delivered top notch speeches.

Zsuszanna wins best evaluator

The Best Evaluator award went to Zsuszanna, who was evaluating Emily.  She delivered a clear, concise evaluation that benefitted not just Emily, but everyone in the room.

Our next meeting is taking place on 24th May – same time, same place: 7.30pm, The Noke Hotel, St Albans. We hope to see you all there.