Club Meeting 12th February 2018

Leslie, our President, started the meeting with greeting everyone after which he did a little bit of housekeeping and explained to our guests how does the Toastmasters path look like. As always, Leslie pointed out the importance of clapping and handshakes in building confidence in the person entering the stage.

As a Toastmasters of the evening, Leslie asked his helper, Arun, to come on stage and explain his role. Arun was the Timekeeper and his job was to keep an eye on the time and make sure everyone fits in the given timeframes.

With the introductions ticked off, it was time for the first part of the meeting – Table Topics. Tom, our Table Topics Master, prepared a series of questions related to the topic of the meeting, which was Valentines Day. Tom then have chosen (un)lucky people to come on stage and answer the question. No one in the audience knew the questions beforehand.

After the short break, we entered the second part of the meeting – prepared speeches. Tonight, we had four prepared speeches.

Hadrian was the first to go. It was his ever speech at Toastmasters and with the speech Who Am I, Hadrian introduced himself to the club and let us know him better.

Next was Robert doing his final, 10th speech. What Happens In Between was an inspirational speech pointing out the importance of training and practise.

Third on the stage was Matt. Matt explained to us how drones are changing our lives and focused our attention on some problems with them in his speech.

Last but not the least was Ian. Visual Aids was a speech on how sometimes one image can tell more than any amount of words could.

At Toastmasters, we not only provide a space to practice public speaking skills but also give feedback so you can improve. Every speech was evaluated. Conrad, Moez, Paul and Robert evaluated prepared speeches. Moez also evaluated Table Topics speaker. The meeting itself was also evaluated by Helen, who gave feedback for everyone who had a role during the meeting (Toastmaster, Timekeeper, evaluators).

The last thing on the agenda was announcing the winners. Throughout the meeting, the audience was casting their votes on who was the best speaker. After counting up the votes, the result were:

Best Speaker Award – Robert Carruthers
Best Table Topics Award – Paul Lau
Best Evaluator Award – Paul Lau and  Robert Carruthers

Our next meeting will be on Monday, 26nd February, at CASS Business School as usual. Please RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/CASSToastmasters/events/247771047/

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