Doncaster Speakers Meeting Report | Monday 24th August 2015

General Evaluator’s Report | 24th August 2015 | By Jean Stewart

“Personal Development Plans”

With the Summer Holidays in full swing there were only 8 members at this meeting, although there was a visitor, Chris Kennedy, who was keen to become a new member.     Both the Toastmaster role and that of Sgt at Arms were covered by Jean Stewart.   The meeting started on time and Jean introduced the theme of ‘Personal Development Plans’.

Plan Ahead

Jean linked her theme to the different skills needed to make an accomplished speaker and it was clear to see that Toastmasters provides an excellent opportunity to develop current and future employees.    She then introduced Julie Gordon, who took on the role of Timekeeper and she explained the importance of keeping within the times set for each role being covered during the evening.    Catherine Winfield, who is a new member of the Club, took on the role of Ah Counter and explained the various ‘crutch’ words she would be looking for.

There was one speaker, Shelagh Jones, who delivered a Special Occasion Speech – Speaking in Praise, and the title was ‘Margaret Thatcher’.   Andrew Miller, her Evaluator, introduced Shelagh to the Club.     Shelagh delivered an excellent speech full of information on the character of Margaret Thatcher, with comments on the possible reasons for her failure to continue as Prime Minister.

It was at this point, that a video of the International winning speech was planned to the Club.    Needless to say this speech contained everything a Toastmaster member would aspire to achieve.   It had humour, interesting facts, appropriate pauses, covering the stage effectively, with a beginning, middle and ending that gave a excellent structure to the speech.     Everyone felt that viewing this level of speech was useful.

Following a break of 15 minutes the meeting resumed with Andrew Miller providing feedback on Shelagh’s speech.    He congratulated her on the content of the speech and made a couple of recommendations that he felt would improve her delivery further.    He mentioned her courage in delivering a speech on a politician not greatly admired in South Yorkshire but felt she had addressed the subject matter well.

Following this Sean Gordon was the Table Topics Master and invited seven people from the Club to speak for up to 2 minutes of a topic provided at short notice.    These went well and linked nicely into the theme of the evening.

Feedback was then provided from Catherine, Ah Counter, who congratulated everyone on the small number of crutch words used.    Andrew Miller then provided feedback on the Table Topics, and in his usual style, provided a detailed account of all the speakers with recommendations provided to assist the speakers.

The evening ended at 8.50pm with awards going to:    Best Speech – Shelagh Jones, Best Evaluator – Andrew Miller and Best Table Topics subject – Andrew Miller.


Next meeting is on 14th September and this will be the Humorous and Table Topics Competitions.


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