A Doncaster couple are each to take part in regional speaking contests this weekend on behalf of the town’s branch of Toastmasters International.
Lisa Johnson and Jamie Godfrey of Bessacarr are to travel to Newcastle on Sunday 25th March to compete against members from other clubs across the north of England. Lisa will represent Doncaster in the Evaluation contest, whilst Jamie takes part in the International Speaking round.
Lisa’s talk will be prepared with just a few minutes’ notice and focuses entirely on evaluating a speech that she won’t see until the day of the event. Lisa explains “Evaluation is a huge part of Toastmasters. We evaluate all of the speakers at our club nights, and we all see it as a great chance to learn from each other and develop ourselves as speakers.”
Jamie’s speech is prepared in advance. It will use many of the skills developed through the Toastmasters system, including vocal variety and body language, and Jamie’s particular talent for humorous speaking comes into play too.
Lisa became a member of Doncaster Speakers around two years ago, with Jamie joining soon after. He tells us, “I’d seen Lisa coming in on Monday nights really excited about being part of Toastmasters. After a few months, I realised I had to give it a try too. I’ve been hooked ever since!”
For those who are successful at the Newcastle round, there are further contests during the coming months, all culminating in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking to be held in Florida during August.
Doncaster Speakers meet on 2nd and 4th Mondays at The Base in Marshgate. Guests and new members are welcome at any time.