In our last meeting, Sarah took on the role of Toastmaster of the evening, with Gavin as the Timekeeper doing his first Toastmasters role. Anne, as Grammarian of the evening, introduced the word of the day Stupendous – for speakers to try to fit in their speeches.
There were three excellent prepared speeches, starting off with Joy who delivered her Icebreaker speech lastminute.com, entertaining everyone with a speech about her procrastinating ways. Joy’s confident speech featured dry humour and a conversational style – we look forward to hearing her next speech.
Thien’s speech “Cut it Out!” was her fifth, the objective of the fifth speech being to use body language in order to achieve the speech’s purpose. Thien gave a sensational entrance, parodying the female beauty adverts before delivering a withering critique of the way that advertising objectify women. Heavy stuff but well-argued and extremely engaging; Thien won best speaker of the evening.
David gave an interpretive reading from the advanced manuals telling us the story of “The Devil with the Three Hairs” from Brothers Grimm. It was an excellent choice of story, with an engaging plot, and with the opportunity to harness great vocal variety and the use of different voices.
Before the break Dani introduced the guests, inviting the guests to stand up and introduce themselves.
After the break Isabelle gave the first evaluation, congratulating Joy on her first speech, and providing some pointers for improvement. James’ evaluation reminded everyone about how important body language (the speech’s objective) is to a speech before congratulating Thien on how well she had done in meeting the objectives, having begun her speech with a memorable start that did not lose tempo as she moved into the serious aspects that she wanted to address. Andrew gave his first ever toastmasters evaluation with confidence, providing commentary on the aspects of David’s reading that worked really well and offering insightful feedback.
Florian was table topics master. In the engaging session he presented a bag of objects for audience members to pick an object at random and use that as the basis of a short speech. The table topics started with Mikhail picking out a sock, and ended with Joe picking out an egg shaped business card holder! There were some unusual objects and some great answers to the session.
Afterwards, Trisha gave a table topics evaluation with commendations and recommendations.
Before the evening was over, Anne delivered the Grammarian report, commenting on interesting word usage, and Prateek delivered an insightful General Evaluator report, offering some really good feedback to the club as a whole and the members taking part in the evening’s agenda.