Three Speeches & Some Fantastic Table Topics

Last meeting – November 8, 2017

At our last meeting we had three amazing speeches from various parts of the Competent Communicator’s manual.

Caroline Morgan stepped in for Christopher Walker to kick things off by doing the President’s Introduction. This was followed by the introduction of Rakesh Patel as Toastmaster. Rakesh expertly explained the schedule for the evening and outlined next steps. Anthony Grice then came on stage to explain his role as the timekeeper. Alan Leroux then discussed his role as Grammarian.


To start, Nisha Kagdadia kicked things off with an emotional Icebreaker speech, her first since joining the club. She did a fantastic job meeting the objectives, introducing herself to the group and connecting with the audience while avoiding the use of notes.

Next up, Catherine Able-Thomas gave an intense speech titled “Same Shit, Different Place”. Catherine’s speech was #2 from the Competent Communication Manual – Organise Your Speech. She created strong structure for us to engage with and communicated her ideas clearly, using movement to enhance his ideas.

Finally, the last speech came from Jamie Hamer, giving us an inspiring call to action in a speech titled “Steal a Horse, Don’t just Look at it”. The speech was #10 from the Competent Communication Manual – Inspire Your Audience. He did a fantastic job inspiring us to take risks and strive for adventure.

Bringing everything together

After four amazing speeches, we had a great session of Table Topics led by Solmaz Jarchlou.

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.

Solmaz provided all of those who took part with a question that they needed to respond to off the cuff. Great fun!