Elsewhere folks were tossing pancakes but West Herts Speakers were having a flipping fantastic night with seven guests, two new members and a top line up of talented speakers.
Table Topics Master Aga Stewart playfully picked up the theme of the night, which was”toys”, to test the impromptu skills of her chosen speakers. Monica Alabi was voted best in that category after letting loose on how she hated football.
In the night of highly experienced speakers, Anthony Brennan finished his 10th speech and therefore the Competent Communicators Manual with an inspiring and soul baring journey through the world of finances with the title of Life Really Does Begin at F. The ever effervescent Richard Beagle struggled to stay in the frame for a filmed piece on Where’s Your Next Holiday but nevertheless impressed all. Anthony Boboe’s nonchalant delivery of a folk tale about diamonds was utterly enchanting. In what was surely a close vote, Anthony Brennan took the prize.
The evaluator vote was tied by Karen Willis (evaluating Richard) and Judy Mallinson (Anthony Brennan).
It is always a concern that new members will feel daunted when faced with an experienced field of speakers on their first night, so it was heartening to hear them say that if they could become that good as a result of Toastmasters, they wanted to join. One visitor also commented on the warmth and support and said it felt like family.