Club Meeting 8th January 2018

We started the first meeting of 2018 by clapping for the new year. After that, Leslie, our President, welcomed everyone and explained what makes Toastmasters a great place for learning public speaking. Leslie put emphasis on clapping and handshakes, which builds confidence in the person entering the stage and builds friendly atmosphere.

Next, Ned, the Toastmaster of the evening, explained how the meeting will look like and introduced the theme of the meeting – New Year’s Resolution. He then invited others to explain their roles. Matt was the Timekeeper and his job was to keep everyone on track with agenda. Jose was the Grammarian and his job was to listen how speakers use the language and note interesting phrases. The Grammarian also introduces the Word of the Day and encourages everyone to use it in their speeches. For this meeting, the Word of the Day was expectation (“a strong belief that something will happen or be the case”).

With the introductions done, it was time for the first part of the meeting – Table Topics, led by Moez, the Table Topics Master. Table Topics is all about improvised speeches. The Table Topics Master prepares questions related to the theme of the meeting and then picks someone from the audience to answer one of them. Ian, Cameron, Ameen, Leslie and Conrad were picked to answer Moez’s questions.

After a short break, it was time for prepared speeches.

First was Qiuxiao for whom it was her first speech at Toastmasters. The first speech is a special one. It’s called The Ice Breaker and its goal is to introduce yourself to the club members. Qiuxiao told us her story and how she decided to move from China to London.

Next was Zara who also started her Toastmasters adventure. Zara told us her story – from being at cruise ships to landing a job in London.

The third speaker was Abdullah who advised us to think twice before doing a PhD and shared with us pros and cons of doing a PhD.

At Toastmasters, we not only provide a space for speaking but we also give feedback to the speakers to help them improve and become confident speakers. This evening, Anna, Conrad and Tom were evaluating the prepared speeches, and Laura was evaluating the Table Topics speakers. The audience was also giving their written feedback throughout the evening.

The audience was also voting for the best speakers and evaluators. After counting the votes, the results were:

Best Speaker Award – Abdullah Qaban
Best Table Topics Award – Ian McCabe
Best Evaluator Award – Tom Royston

Our next meeting will be on Monday, 22nd January, at CASS Business School as usual. Please RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/CASSToastmasters/events/246064807/

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