Club Meeting 9th April 2018

The meeting was kicked off by our President, Leslie, welcoming fellow members and guests to another meeting of CASS Toastmasters – the home of public speaking in London. After briefly explaining what Toastmasters is, Leslie invited Richard, the Toastmaster for the evening, to the stage. Richard did a round of high fives before explaining the agenda and the meeting will run.

Running a meeting is not an easy task. To make sure everything will run smoothly, Toastmaster has two helpers. The first one is the Timekeeper (Martin) whose job is to track how long each person speaks and make sure no one exceeds allocated time. The second helper is the Grammarian (Ned) who is responsible for keeping an eye (or ear) on the language used throughout the evening and give a report later with the findings. The Grammarian also introduces the Word of the Day and encourages everyone to use it as many times as possible in their speeches. The Word of the Day for this evening was “envision”.

With the introductions done, it was time for the first part of the evening – Table Topics. Table Topics is a set of short improvised speeches focused around the theme of the meeting (this evening it was Role Models). The Table Topics Master (Matthieu) prepared some questions which no one knew in advance and was picking members from the audience to go on the stage and give a short, around one-minute long speech. The (un)lucky speakers were: Conrad, Arun, Hadrian, Ned and Martin.

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

First was Matt with a speech titled “The Prison System: A time for reform?”. He started with a quote by Nelson Mandela: “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails” and from there Matt explained to us why the prison system needs reforms and proposed some of his ideas.

The second speaker, Winston, gave an inspiring speech on “Why Resilience Equals Results” in which he shared his story and told us how he grew stronger with pain.

The third speaker was Gary who hypnotised the audience with “Look into my eyes” speech about hypnosis.

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. Beryl, Moez and Tom evaluated prepared speeches and Ian evaluated Table Topics speakers. The meeting itself was evaluated by Sergei, 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 – Winston Clements
Best Evaluator Award – Tom Royston
Best Table Topics Award – Conrad Gray

Our next meeting will be on Monday, 23th April, at CASS Business School as usual. Please RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/CASSToastmasters/events/249646984/

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