Arthur Fenn opened the meeting at 7 o’clock and welcomed our club President and Toastmaster for the evening, Shane Lukas, who provided a lively introduction despite being let down by technology. Proof that Toastmasters really does help you cope with every eventuality that can befall a speaker.
Jon Carvell, taking the role of timekeeper for the first time, gave a clear explanation of the importance of timekeeping and the way the timekeeper helps to keep the meeting on track. Sarah Saxelby described the role of Ah Counter in an equally fluent fashion and Maria Orlovic as Grammarian introduced both the role and a word of the day to challenge speakers: prodigious. Prodigious efforts were made throughout the meeting to ensure this new word was widely used!
The first speaker was Jane Franckeiss, who delivered a confident and fascinating icebreaker speech, giving us an insight into her life through her travels. Ben Clottey then delivered his tenth and final speech from the Competent Communicator manual, asking us to consider how we might inspire others who we touch on our paths through life. Shane Lukas closed the first half of the evening with an informative and thought-provoking educational presentation about values and beliefs.
The second half of the evening opened with evaluations of the prepared speeches. Jane’s speech was evaluated by Andy Howell, who delivered a warm and positive evaluation which nevertheless included helpful pointers on how Jane could develop as a speaker. Andrew Miller, evaluating Ben, also gave a clear, well-structured evaluation, offering both commendations and recommendations.
The table topics (short impromptu speeches) were set by Bridget Pearson, with the entertaining theme of responding gratefully to a surprise gift. Both the gifts and responses varied widely, with all the speakers rising to the challenge and responding originally and often amusingly, with the winner managing to display an impressive amount of emotion over her gift, a small and rather nondescript rock. Steven Bisby, as Table Topics Evaluator, provided useful feedback to all the participants.
All the awards were closely contested but the final results were as follows:
- Best Speaker: Ben Clottey
- Best Evaluator: Andy Howell
- Best Table Topics: Maria Orlovic
Report by Stephanie Bisby, General Evaluator
Our next meeting is Monday 12th February 2018, rsvp for our New Year, New You event