Doncaster Speakers meeting on 11th December kicked off at the usual time of 7pm but not quite in the usual style. The Regent Hotel was decorated for Christmas, and members sported Christmas jumpers and enjoyed drinks, food and a fine collection of Christmas cracker jokes.
The evening also departed from the usual format of prepared speeches in the first half of the evening followed by evaluations and table topics – short impromptu speeches – in the second. Instead an informal chat over dinner was followed by ‘evaluator bingo’. This involved listening to an excellent TED talk while attempting to count instances of ‘um’, ‘like’, ‘so’ and stuttering in each five-minute segment of the talk. Once the counts were in, everyone compared their results with the correct answers (as defined by Club Treasurer, Andrew Miller). Lianna Cairns and Steven Bisby demonstrated their listening skills by coming closest with three exact matches each.
The evening closed with a version of table topics given a festive twist by Club President, Shane Lukas. Questions had seasonal themes, from ‘how would you tell an eleven-year-old the truth about Santa?’ to ‘what would you say if you were an innkeeper with a full house, and a pregnant woman with a donkey arrived on your doorstep?’ The prize for the best table topic went to our Vice President of Education, Andy Howell, for his unconventional answer to the question, ‘What’s the best Christmas film ever?’
Report by Stephanie Bisby
Our next meeting is on 8th January 2018 at the Regent Hotel in Doncaster, at the usual time of 6:45pm for 7pm start. As always, guests are very welcome!