By Melvyn K
Melvyn K opened our meeting as our Sergeant at Arms. (He was also the Videographer for the meeting). Melvyn introduced Ann M, our President. Ann was wearing her trendy sunglasses (in sync with the evening’s theme) and mentioned about upcoming events including the local Humorous Speech Contest and Speechcraft course. She also elaborated on the importance of confirming whether you would be actually attending upcoming Toastmaster evenings via the Easyspeak RSVP. Ann then welcomed Nicola M as our Toastmaster for the evening.
Our Toastmaster Nicola chose Summer as her theme, went through the evenings agenda and protocols used on club Toastmaster evenings. Puveshni P, our Grammarian for the evening, announced Frolic as her word of the day. Mark M, introduced his role as Timer.
Louise N spoke first with her speech “The Journey to Happiness” as Competent Communication project 1 – Ice Breaker. Louise confidently related her very interesting upbringing and travelling.
Our second speaker was Ifiok J who captivated us with his wonderful speech entitled “The Failures of an Introvert” as Competent Communication project 1 – Ice Breaker.
Hira S was our next speaker with her speech “Let’s make it simple” as part of Speeches by Management – 1 – The briefing.
Karen S was the final speaker giving us her very interesting speech ‘The success of Stress’ from Speaking to Inform – 4 – A Fact Finding Report.
Chris C was our Table Topics Master for the night and give us some great questions.
Ann M spoke about the most bizarre pickup line she’d ever used.
Julie H – spoke of her most bizarre tent story and how she may not be a ‘tent’ person..
Kasia C– told us about what she did on the hottest day this year.
James H later voted best Table Topic Speaker – spoke about his sad sunburn story.
Olivia C related her choice of Peter Kay (comedian) as the most unusual person she would go on holiday with.
Evaluations teach us how to deliver constructive feedback well.
Nikita P 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.
Olivia 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.
Kasia C 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, Nour S 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.
Puveshni P 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!)
Ann P concluded our meeting with the awards. Best Speaker award went to Ifiok J on his Ice Breaker speech. Best Evaluator for the evening was Jacqui H and Best Table Topic was James H.
- Best Speaker – Ifiok J
- Best Evaluator – Jacqui H
- Best Table Topic – James H
- Icebreaker Achievement Unlocked Prize – Louise N
- Halfway to Competent Communicator –
- Best Use of the Word of the Day –
- Most Expressive Use of English –
- Least “Ahh”‘s and “Umm”‘s –
Our next meeting will take place on 23rd August 2017.