Club Meeting 26th February 2018

“Hello everyone!”, said loudly Leslie and started the meeting. He energised the audience by teaching us how to clap the Toastmaster style and after that Leslie proceeded to his introduction speech where he told the story of Toastmasters.

Leslie then gave the stage for Tom, the Toastmaster of the evening. His job was to announce speakers and make sure everything goes smoothly. To help him in this task, Tom had two helpers – Ren and Robert. Ren was the Timekeeper. Her task was to check if everyone fit in their designated timeframes. Robert was the Grammarian. His job was to listen and catch every interesting usage of the English language. The Grammarian also introduces the Word of the Day. Tonight it was resilient (it means “able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions”) and encouraged everyone to use it in their speeches.

With the introductions done, it was time for the first part of the evening – Table Topics. Table Topics is a series of short improvised speeches. The Table Topics Master (which was Conrad this evening) prepared a list of questions related to the theme of the meeting (Challenges). No one knew the questions beforehand. He then picks a person from the audience to answer that question.

It is a great way to practise speaking on the spot with no preparation. Conrad had chosen Beryl, Richard, Matthew, Hadrian and Josh to take the challenge.

After a short break, it was time for the second part of the meeting – prepared speeches. Tonight, we had three speakers.

Phyllis was the first one with a speech titled Heading to all the possibilities. It was Phyllis’ first speech at Toastmasters and we wish her all the best in her next steps as a Toastmaster.

Next was Hadrian pondering on question Do clothes make the man and how what we wear changes how people are seeing us.

And last but not least, was Dave, a guest speaker from PMI UK Toastmasters Club with an inspiration speech Goodenough Lane.

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 – Hadrian Thomas
Best Evaluator Award – Richard Glover

Our next meeting will be on Monday, 12th March, at CASS Business School as usual. During the next meeting, we will host our Toastmaster Internation Speaker Competition where you can listen to the best of Cass Toastmaster giving their best speeches. Please RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/CASSToastmasters/events/248273385/

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