Club Meeting 9th October 2017

The meeting was opened by our President, Leslie Bediade, who explained the importance of… clapping. If you ever attended any Toastmasters meeting, you definitely noticed that everyone claps. Leslie explained why clapping is an important part of a meeting and how it boosts energy and confidence.

The Word of the Day, chosen by Tom, the Grammarian of the meeting, was surreal. Surreal means:

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of surrealism, an artistic and literary style; surrealistic.
  2. having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic:

The challenge given by the Grammarian was to incorporate the Word of the Day into our speeches.

After the introductions, it was time for Table Topics! The theme of the meeting was Miracles and Ned, the Table Topic Master, prepared a bunch of questions related to the meeting’s theme. I highly recommend taking part in Table Topics. You don’t need to be a member – all you need is courage to enter a stage and speak for about a minute. It is a great exercise to check how do you feel when you have to speak to a group of people.

Now, the speeches.

The first speaker was Conrad Gray, who told us about the farms of the future – what challenges are facing agriculture and how new technologies can solve them.

Next, we had Laura Stoddart with her speech titled AM Training. She was explaining to us the benefits of morning workouts and why they are better than evening workouts.

The third speaker was Nathan Maduakor. Nathan’s speech was about dancing. In his speech, he told us why dancing is important as a non-verbal way of communication. Sadly, we didn’t dance, though.

The last, but not least, was James Parker, who reprised his CASS Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest winning speech – Living the Dream. He started with the story of James the Photocopy Seller, then went into the art of pickup lines and ended up with how he’s living the dream.

At Toastmasters, everyone who gave a speech or had a role during the meeting is evaluated. We do that because when you are on the stage you don’t see everything what you are doing, voluntarily or not. The evaluations are there to tell us how we can improve.

Paul was evaluating Table Topics, while Daniel, Moez, Anna and Helen were evaluating the speeches.

During the meeting, the audience was also voting for the best Table Topic speech, prepared speech and for the best evaluator. We then counted the votes and here’s what the audience thought:

Best Speaker Award – James Parker
Best Table Topics – Award Richard Glover
Best Evaluator Award – Anna Cameron and Helen Newton

Our next meeting will be on 23rd October, as always at CASS Business School. Please RSVP here and we hope to see you soon!

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