Meet the new officers team!!
This evening the best speaker was Paul Mutlow who blew us away with his speech, and the best evaluator title went to Judy!
Well done everyone!
What a wonderful start of the summer! Thank you all for coming to West Herts first picnic, it was a fun afternoon, and we even escaped the rain! Hope to see you on our next social event and first of all on our following club meeting on the 12th June!
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!
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!
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. #toastmasters #toastmastersclub #publicspeaking #stalbans
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?
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 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Last Wednesday was the Toastmasters International Speech and Evaluation contest at West Herts Speakers.
Massive well done to all our contestants – Richard, Jill and Ajeet stepped up to take part in the speech contestant and all did very well, but it was Anthony’s hilarious tale of why you should never front up to a truck driver and his wife while driving through Vauxhall that made him the judges’ favourite.
In the evaluation contest, Ryan, Paul and Richard gave impressive evaluations of Ajeet’s speech, but it was Richard’s seamless, note-free commends and recommends that scored the highest.
Both Anthony and Richard will now represent the club in the Area Contest on Saturday, 7th April at 1pm, at the University of Bedfordshire in Luton. All members are most welcome and invited to attend the Area Contest – and there are roles to be performed for anyone wishing to participate. Venue details of the Area Contest are outlined below.
Our contest chair, Zsuzsanna Jakabfi, did a superb job pre contest getting everything organised and then running the contest on the night. Zsuzsanna, on the back on this role, has completed her Competent Leadership manual, which is a fantastic achievement.
We had a great turnout of guests too, who all seemed to have an enjoyable night with us.
Our next club meeting will be on Wednesday, 11 April. Looking forward to seeing you all there.