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Club Meeting 4th December 2017

The meeting was kicked off by Li-Shing, the Sergent-at-Arms for the evening, who welcomed everyone and invited Leslie, our President, to explain what Toastmasters is. Leslie pointed out the importance of clapping and handshakes in Toastmasters as these two actions create a friendly atmosphere and encourage whoever enters the stage.

After the President’s Introduction, Jose, the Toastmaster of the evening, explained his role and did a little housekeeping. Jose also introduced the theme of the meeting, which was Christmas. Next, he invited the members who had extra roles tonight.

First was Siyu, who was the Timekeeper. His job was to make sure everyone fits in their designated time slots and everything is on time. Next was Moez, the Grammarian. Moez’s job was to listen and pick up interesting usage of the language. The Grammarian also chooses the Word of the Day, which was oblation (“a thing presented or offered to God or a god”) and encourages everyone to use it in their speeches.

With the introductions done, it was time for the first part of the meeting – Table Topics. Table Topics is a set of impromptu speeches. Tom, the Table Topics Master, prepared a couple of questions. He then picked someone from the audience, asked the question and the (un)lucky chosen has to come up with a speech.

To answer his questions, Tom picked Conrad, Moez, Ian, Richard and Alexander.

Leslie then took the stage once again to deliver some club announcements. He shared the results of Area Director’s visit, which was very positive.

After the break, it was time for prepared speeches. There were three speakers this evening.

First was Cameron. It was his first speech, The Ice Breaker. The goal of this speech is to introduce yourself to the members of the club. Which is exactly what Cameron did, sharing with us his passion for cycling.

Next was Matt, for whom this was also his first speech. Matt told us his musical journey and love for a guitar that in some twisted way ended up on a stage at CASS Toastmasters.

The last to speak was Conrad. Conrad told us the story how Jeff Bezos decided to focus on Amazon and what can we learn from his Regret Minimalisation Framework.

At Toastmasters, we not only provide space for speaking but we also provide feedback for each speaker to help them become better public speaker. This evening, Richard was evaluating Table Topics speeches, while Ned, Paul and Robert were evaluating prepared speeches.

After the Grammarian report from Moez and the General Evaluation from Ian, the meeting was almost done. The last thing left was to announce the winners. Throughout the evening, the audience was voting for the best speech (prepared and impromptu) and best evaluation. The results were:

Best Speaker Award – Conrad Gray
Best Table Topics Award – Richard Glover
Best Evaluator Award – Ned Yuen

Our next meeting will be on Monday, 18th December, at CASS Business School as usual. Please RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/CASSToastmasters/events/245289495/

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