Our Sergeant at Arms for the evening, Elizabeth Mead, started the meeting promptly at 7 o’clock, and handed over to our Toastmaster for the evening, Andy Howell, who explained the unusual format the evening would take to launch the new Toastmasters educational programme, Pathways. Instead of the usual 2 to 3 speeches and an educational session, the first half of the meeting consisted of six speakers all completing the same task: delivering an icebreaker speech to introduce themselves to the club.
All six speeches were fluent and interesting, with approaches ranging from straightforward biography, to life lessons learned, and even an innovative use of props in Jon Carvell’s speech, entitled ‘Labels’. Just to prove that it’s possible to deliver an award-winning speech at any stage of your Toastmasters career, the Best Speaker award was a tie between Zoe Robinson – the newest speaker taking part – and Andy Howell – the most experienced.
In the second half of the evening, an evaluation was delivered for each of the speeches. All the evaluations provided helpful feedback – both positives and points for improvement – for the speakers. Best Evaluator award went to Stephanie Bisby for her evaluation of Jon’s speech. Lianna Cairns then ran an entertaining Table Topic session following the meeting theme of ‘Memories’. The questions resulted in some excellent impromptu speeches, with the Best Table Topic award going to new member Janet Goodband on only her second occasion of taking part.
Maria Orlovic presented the awards and the evening finished with questions for the Toastmaster and a comment from our guest. All in all, the meeting was both fun and inspiring. Thanks are due to everyone who kept the session running smoothly, especially Jon Carvell and Steven Bisby for stepping in to the roles of Grammarian and Timekeeper at short notice.
The award winners for best in category were:
- Zoe Robinson and Andy Howell for Best Speaker.
- Janey Goodband for Best TableTopics.
- Stephanie Bisby for Best Evaluator.
Report by Stephanie Bisby (in lieu of a General Evaluator)