Busy Month for Speeches & Evaluation Workshops

Last Regular Meeting

At our last regular meeting (November 22nd) we had two great speeches from the Competent Communicator’s manual.

Christopher Walker kicked things off by doing the President’s Introduction. He was followed by Caroline Morgan as Toastmaster. Caroline explained the schedule for the evening and outlined next steps. Jamie Hamer then came on stage to explain his role as the timekeeper. Finally, Bashir Ali discussed his role as Grammarian.


Anthony Grice kicked things off with a great second speech (Competent Communication Manual #2 – Organise Your Speech) titled “Volunteering – Go Sign Up!”. He did a fantastic job meeting the objectives, providing a strong opening and conclusion.

Next up, Alan Leroux gave his third speech titled “Getting to the top”. Alan’s speech (Competent Communication Manual #3 – Get to the Point) created strong structure for us to engage with and communicated his ideas clearly, using movement to enhance his ideas.

Table Topics!

After two amazing speeches, we had a great session of Table Topics led by Katie Aird.

For those of you who need a quick reminder, Table Topics are impromptu speeches. The purpose of the Table Topics section is to help members think on their feet. Each person speaks on a given subject for between one and two minutes. It also allows speaking opportunities for those who are not programmed for other roles on the Agenda.

Evaluation Workshop

On the fifth Wednesday of the month we had an evaluation workshop.

Catherine Casale delivered an excellent workshop on evaluations where I learned some new techniques. What was particularly pleasing was a couple of newer members saying how this had helped give them a framework for performing evaluations.