12 Jul 2017 Meeting: Winning Attitude

By Melvyn K


Melvyn K opened our meeting as our new Sergeant at Arms. He was also the Videographer for the meeting. Melvyn introduced Ann M, our President. Ann mentioned about upcoming events including the local Humorous Speech Contest and Speechcraft course. She also elaborated on the importance of getting the roles you do at Toastmaster evenings confirmed by other members in your Competent Communicator and Competent Leadership Manuals. Ann then welcomed Hira S as our Toastmaster for the evening.

Our Toastmaster Hira chose Winning Attitude as her theme. She prompted us with the question ‘are champions evolved or made?’ Nour S, our Grammarian for the evening, announced Pride as his word of the day. Puveshni P, introduced her role as Timer.

Prepared Speeches

Samia O spoke first with her speech “Dual Identities” as Competent Communication project 1 – Ice Breaker. Samia confidently related her very interesting upbringing and travelling abroad.

Our second speaker was Nikita P who captivated us with her wonderful story telling speech “Master Mariner”  as Storytelling 5 – Bringing history to life. She posed the question ‘were we proud of our ancestors?’ and she went on to describe the maritime adventures of her family descendants (with wonderful accompanying overhead slides too).

Mellissa S was our final speaker with her speech “Ice Cream” as Humorously Speaking 2. She kept us all delightfully amused with her wonderful tale of selling ice cream outside Windsor Castle and trying to entice the Queen out to buy one.

Best Speaker – Mellissa S

Table Topics

Kasia C was our Table Topics Master and she

Jacqui H spoke about her early life tale of ‘the girl with matches’.

Adam S – spoke of his early morning endeavours amongst the surfers.

Louise N– told us about her life as a plumber.

Karen S later voted best Table Topic Speaker – spoke about the exciting time she was a rally driver.

Melvyn K related his experience of once being a choirboy.


Best Table Topic by James H


Evaluations teach us how to deliver constructive feedback well.

Jacqui H commended Julie H for starting with a question, using no notes and going full circle in her speech, suggesting more detail and more careful selection of stories.

Chris C commended Reshmi B for her flowing body language and for ending her speech perfectly with her long title. He recommended more expressive gestures, not keeping hands low.

Julie H congratulated Jordan S on her delightful use of poetry and great expression, suggesting discrete notes as an aide memoir to avoid unplanned hesitation due to delayed recall.

Evaluating Table Topics, Ann M commended Hira S for engaging her audience, James H for getting into character, Nikita P for exploring her item in role, Sheila HA for her delivery and relaxed composure, Anna G for her vivid imagination and Jacqui H for her good use of humour.

Nour S focused on good grammar and vocabulary, commending Julie H for “help to look outside the box”, Reshmi B for “tango between the eyes and mouth”, Jordan S‘s incredible rhyming, James H’s “Sanskrit”, Anna G’s “very precious” and Jacqui H‘s “reunited with an heirloom”.

Karen S as General Evaluator commended James H, Ann M, Charlotte S and Melvyn K for their performance of their roles. She recommended our club to provide paper for note taking, Ann M in taking control of applause and lead use of the Word of the Day, Charlotte S to demonstrate the timing lights and Nikita P to TYPE her blog LESS NOISILY! (Sorry!)

Jacqui H concluded our meeting with the awards, including “Half Way to Competent Communicator” awards for Jordan S and Reshmi B. The Best Use of the Word of the Day – “Achievement” – and Most Expressive Use of English to Jordan S. Least “Ahh”s and “Umm”s went to Melvyn K.


  • Best Speaker – Mellissa S (Visiting Toastmaster)
  • Best Evaluator – Jacqui H
  • Best Table Topic – Karen S
  • Icebreaker Achievement Unlocked Prize – Samia O
  • Halfway to Competent Communicator –
  • Best Use of the Word of the Day –
  • Most Expressive Use of English –
  • Least “Ahh”‘s and “Umm”‘s –

Next meeting

Our next meeting will take place on 26th July 2017.

Ice Breaker Achievement Unlocked Prize – Samia O



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