Doncaster Speakers Meeting Report | Monday 10th November 2014

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General Evaluator’s Report | 10th November 2014 | By Jean Stewart


The meeting was opened by the Sgt at Arms, Julie Gordon.  The meeting was attended by new member Karry Chadburn, who took on the role as Timekeeper; with two visitors also in attendance.

Derek Lucian was the Toastmaster for the evening, and demonstrated his considerable skills as a presenter with a professional, but relaxed approach to the role.

The Theme for the evening as “Courage”, which was very apt as the following day would be Armistice Day.     The Grammarian, Shelagh Jones, provided the Word of the Day, as “Conviction”.    She explained how this word could be used and also provided a link between this word and the Theme word.

The two speakers during the evening were Jamie Godfrey whose speech was Speech 1 from Advanced Communication Manual entitled “The Science of a Female Yeti”.  Jamie as always demonstrated his strength as a speaker especially when delivering a humorous speech.    The level of laughter was the result of an hilarious presentation by Jamie, who explained the differences between male and female Yetis.    It was obvious from this that his ‘research on the subject’ had paid dividends and set the tone for a fun evening.

The second speaker was Sean Gordon, who repeated his speech from Competent Communicator Manual – speech 2, entitled “Lest We Forget”.   The topic covered the First World War.   Sean’s performance was superb which sensitively covered the emotional subject of war and its futility.

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It was interesting to show how different the speakers’ presentations were and the differences in their presentation styles.

The President, Andrew Miller, mentioned the new systems being put in place to mentor new members and to welcome visitors.    He also spoke about the forthcoming Christmas celebration and said he would be contacting everyone to assess numbers for this event and theme preferred – with the option of a Christmas dinner or a more informal event.

Gail Powell ran the Education Session and covered the subject of Mentoring within Doncaster Speakers.    This supported the commitment to supporting new members.

Lisa Johnson was Table Topics Master and the two visitors agreed to take on the challenge.    The topics chosen by Lisa, again, provided everyone with a great deal of laughter.

The whole evening was great fun with a lot of laughter with the different roles being covered with skill and a relaxed style.  Next meeting on 24th November 2014.

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