In my role as General Evaluator it is my pleasure to round up this meeting. The three words I used in my evaluation of the meeting were perspective, innovation and humour. So how did the evening live up to this.
The theme for the evening set by Shelagh Jones, as Toast Master was “A different perspective”. Shelagh had ensured that right from the outset of the evening her theme was put into action. Shelagh achieved this by making sure all those playing a role were aware of the theme and the need to bring a “different perspective” to each role.
To this end Shane Lukas, our Sergeant at Arms, laid out the room with all the chairs around 3 sides to make a large space for speaking. This layout brought a fresh perspective and was not without its challenges in terms of eye contact. But as Shane rightly pointed out as we Toast Masters can all be asked to speak in different settings we should be challenging ourselves at every opportunity.
We were treated to 3 very different speeches.
Gerard Cahill gave a very entertaining and humorous speech entitled “The Robots Are Coming” and in an innovate approach was asked by Andrew Miller, his evaluator, to give his own perspective of what could have been done better in the opening, body and conclusion of his speech. A different perspective indeed.
Pauline Westrop, our second speaker did a “Press Release on Speech Session” with questions and answers at the end. This was a challenging speech to control and also challenged our time keeper Sarah Saxelby as there were different timings for both the body of the speech and the question and answer session. Shane Lukas who always challenges himself was both Pauline’s speech evaluator as well as our Sergeant at Arms.
The deserved winner of Best Speaker went to the third speaker, Bridget Pearson who gave a powerful and emotional speech straight from her heart entitled “Ignorance Isn’t Bliss”. Michael J Clarke as her speech evaluator rightly informed the meeting that it was speeches like this which keeps him coming to Toast Masters.
Lianna Cairns had a novel approach to Ah Counter as the Ah Counter DJ, whilst new member Josie Bowerman clearly demonstrated her love of language in the Grammarian role with an innovate approach being taken to the word of the day being the banned words of Nice, Good and Great. Josie shared the Best Evaluator ribbon with Michael J Clarke.
The first half of the evening was rounded up by Jean Stewart with the Do’s and Don’ts of Body Language. Again this was challenging to Jean given the room layout and the IT letting her down.
The humour of the evening was provided by Pauline Westrop who not only gave a speech but organised an innovate “hecklers” session instead of the usual Table Topics. We all rose to the challenge and had a go with the best heckler being Jean Stewart. Andy Howell in his first time in this role did a good job of evaluating as Table Topics Master.
I hope this evaluation gives all those who were unable to attend a flavour of how innovate and full of humour the evening was. Hats off to Shelagh in engineering this “Different Perspective” and ensuring it was embraced by all.
Meeting report by Alison Turner, General Evaluator for the meeting.
Our next meeting is on Monday February 27. Guests are very welcome to come along and see what we do.
We are also having a special Guest Evening on Monday March 27th starting at 7pm at the Regent Hotel.