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Club Meeting 26th March 2018

“Welcome to CASS Toastmasters, the hub of public speaking in London”

With these words, Leslie, our President, welcomed the members and guests to another CASS Toastmasters meeting. In his introductory speech, Leslie touched on the importance of clapping and handshakes as they build confidence in the person entering the stage.

Moez, the Toastmaster of the evening, then described the agenda and how the meeting will run and introduced his helpers – Timekeeper and Grammarian. The role of the timekeeper is to track time of each speech and make sure no one uses more time than planned. The Grammarian listens carefully how the language is being used throughout the evening and later gives a report with the most interesting usages of the language. The Grammarian also introduces the Word of the Day and encourages everyone to find a way to use it in their speeches. The Word of the Day was “enthusiastic”.

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 prepared a series of questions that no one knows in advance. He then picks a random person to answer the question. This evening’s questions revolve around the topics of spring and travelling which Richard, Beryl, Paul, Conrad and Usman had to answer.

After a short break, we were ready for the second part of the meeting – the prepared speeches. We had three speakers lined up for today.

First was Matthieu. It was his first speech as a Toastmaster. We call this an Icebreaker speech. Many Toastmasters regard this speech as the hardest speech. Matthieu took an interesting twist on the “Who am I?” question before answering it.

Next was Phyllis proving to us that being in 30s is not as terrifying as people might think and how she redefined this part of her life and discovered herself.

Last but not the least, was Ned telling us his adventures with online dating and sharing some tips on how to succeed there.

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. Hadrian, Laura and Conrad evaluated prepared speeches and Richard evaluated Table Topics speakers. The meeting itself was evaluated by Errol, 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 – Ned Yuen
Best Evaluator Award – Laura Stoddart
Best Table Topics Award – Paul Lau and  Siyu Chen

Our next meeting will be on Monday, 9th April, at CASS Business School as usual. Please RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/CASSToastmasters/events/249343888/

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