Doncaster Speakers Club Night Review – 26 April 2021

Bridget the Sergeant at Arms brought the meeting to order and went through the housekeeping information before passing on to the next role, the Toastmaster for the evening. Elizabeth welcomed the 2 visitors to the meeting, explained what Toastmaster is all about and then introduced the people who were carrying out roles during the evening

Bridget was back up as Timekeeper with homemade green, yellow and red cards (A green Frog laundry basket lid, an orange and a red finger piano), Andy was Grammarian with his word of the day ‘Liberty’, Ah Counter was Steve.

Next up was the first speaker, Arthur who’s speech was entitled ‘Let Battle Commence’. Arthur was evaluated by Val. Andy was next with his speech ‘A Walk In The Park’ which was evaluated by Lianna.

The winner of the best speaker award for the evening was……… Andy.

Stephanie ran an education slot looking at tips on how to frame yourself whilst doing an online speech.

Table Topics were next, this is the impromptu speaking bit where people are asked a question and have to answer straight away for up to 2 minutes. This session’s Table Topics Master was Andrew and his questions around the topic of freadom.

A shout out to one of our guests, Phillip who spoke for the first time and did very well with his Table Topic. But long standing member Lianna was the person who gained the best Table Topics ribbon.

The evening was rounded up with the evaluations with Andrew coming out on top.

Our next meeting is on Monday 10th May 2021 at 7:00pm.

Book your free place to see if Toastmasters is the place for you:-https://doncasterspeakers10may2021.eventbrite.co.uk

Doncaster Speakers Club Open Night Review – 12 April 2021

Elizabeth the Sergeant at Arms brought the meeting to order and went through the housekeeping information before passing on to the next role, the Toastmaster for the evening. Andy welcomed the 5 visitors to the meeting, explained what Toastmaster is all about and then introduced the people who were carrying out roles during the evening

Steve was Timekeeper with his digital backgrounds for the green, yellow and red cards, Sajid was Grammarian with his word of the day ‘Action’, Ah Counter was Thashini.

Next up was the first speaker, Elizabeth who’s speech was entitled ‘English, White, Female’. Elizabeth was evaluated by Stephanie. Maria was next with her speech ‘Time Out’ which was evaluated by Arthur.

The winner of the best speaker award for the evening was……… Maria

Marcus, one of the guests gave a brief introduction to his work with TedX Doncaster and how Toastmasters could join in with his vision of running a spectacular event..

Table Topics were next, this is the impromptu speaking bit where people are asked a question and have to answer straight away for up to 2 minutes. This session’s Table Topics Master was Arthur and his questions would you rather have A or B.

A shout out to guests Shannon and Kim who spoke for the first time and did very well with their Table Topic’s, especially Kim who gained the best Table Topics ribbon.

The evening was rounded up with the evaluations with Thashini coming out on top.

Our next meeting is on Monday 26th April 2021 at 7:00pm.

Book your free place to see if Toastmasters is the place for you:- https://doncasterspeakers26apr21.eventbrite.co.uk

Doncaster Speakers Club Competition – 8 March 2021

Thanks to Arthur the Competition Chair for hosting the night ably assisted by Jean the Chief Judge and her fellow Judges.

First up was the International speech with 4 members taking part, Andrew, Andy, Elizabeth and Stephanie.

The International speech is a 5 to 7 min speech normally around a personal story with a lesson for life that people can take away.

1st speaker Stephanie’s speech was titled “The Other Two Percent” looking at times in the past when she has not reached perfection. 2nd speaker Andy’s “Crossing Paths” looked at the people he has met in his life who he has learnt things from. The 3rd speech by Andrew was titled “Human Rights” and looked how life is harder for left handed people. The final speaker Elizabeth had a speech titled “Won’t You Please, Please Help Me?” looking at the life of a Romanian rescue dog.

The top 2 speakers go through to the area round and they were……..
1st Place – Elizabeth and 2nd Place Stephanie

The second competition was the Evaluation comp and participating in this one were Andrew, Andy, Elizabeth, Stephanie, Steve and Bridget

The contestants had to listen to a 5 to 7 min speech given by Val and then give a 2 to 3 min evaluation themselves back to Val and the rest of the members at the meeting.

The top 2 Evaluators were……..

1st Place – Andrew and 2nd Place – Elizabeth

The area competion takes place on Saturday 27th March 2021 again on Zoom. The top 2 placed club competitiors from Doncaster, Sheffield, Hull and York will compete together.

If you want to be there to see it email doncasterspeakers@gmail.com for your free ticket.

Doncaster Speakers Club Night Review – 22nd Feb 2021

Andrew the Sergeant at Arms brought the meeting to order and went through the housekeeping information before passing on to the next role, the Toastmaster for the evening. Andy welcomed the visitors to the meeting, explained what Toastmaster is all about and then introduced the people who were carrying out roles during the evening

Bridget was Timekeeper with her newly made digital backgrounds for the green, yellow and red cards, Arthur was Grammarian with his word of the day ‘Plethora’, Ah Counter was Thashini.

Next up was the first speaker, Lianna who’s speech was entitled ‘Coaching Evaluation’. Lianna was evaluated by Val. Elizabeth was next with her speech ‘The Great Escape’ which was evaluated by Steve.

The winner of the best speaker award for the evening was……… Elizabeth

Andy gave a speech in the education slot about how to do the perfect evaluation and give some tips for those looking to enter this year’s competition.

Table Topics were next, this is the impromptu speaking bit where people are asked a question and have to answer straight away for up to 2 minutes. This session’s Table Topics Master was Stephanie and her questions would rather have A or B. For example would you rather have a bus/train always on time or your food delivered on time?

A shout out to Debs who spoke for the first time and did very well with her Table Topic as she came out joint top with Andrew.

The evening was rounded up with the evaluations with Thashini coming out on top.

Our next meeting is the International & Evaluation contest on Monday 8th March 2021 at 7:00pm.

If you would like to attend and see it all for yourself then email doncasterspeakers@gmail.com to register a place and to receive the Zoom link for the meeting.

Doncaster Speakers Club Night 8 Feb 2021

Lianna the Sergeant at Arms brought the meeting to order and morphed in to her next role as Toastmaster for the evening. Lianna welcomed the visitors to the meeting, explained what Toastmaster is all about and then introduced the people who were carrying out roles during the evening.

Stephanie was Timekeeper, Bridget was Grammarian with her word of the day ‘Mythodical’, Ah Counter was Elizabeth.

Next up was the first speaker, Andrew who was evaluated by Lynn. Elizabeth evaluated by Arthur was second and third speaker Maria was evaluated by Val.

The winner of the best speaker award for the evening was……… Andrew

Table Topics were next, this is the impromptu speaking bit where people are asked a question and have to answer straight away for upto 2 minutes. This session’s Table Topics Master was Lynn and her questions were all based around Valentine’s.

A shout out to Greg who spoke for the first time and did very well with his Table Topic.

But the winner for the evening’s Table topic was……. Thashini

Andrew gave a speech in the eucation slot about his personal journey entering the Toastmasters International competion and give some tips for those looking to enter this years competition.

The evening was rounded up with the evaluations with Steve coming out on top.

Our next meeting is on Monday 22nd Feb 2021 at 7:00pm.

Email doncasterspeakers@gmail.com to register a place and to receive the Zoom link for the meeting.

Doncaster Speakers Meeting Review 25th Jan 2021

11 members and three guests were brought in to line by Sergeant At Arms, Bridget who stated the meeting at 7pm prompt. Bridget handed over to the Toastmaster for the day Steve.

Steve went through the history of Toastmasters from the first meeting in 1905 to the present day (https://www.toastmasters.org/about/history if you want to find out for your self) and then introduced the 3 guests, Liz, Lynn and Val who then gave a quick intro to the group of who they were and why they had come to the meeting. Liz being the Divisional Director so we were all on best behaviour!

Liz took the role of time keeper explaining what she was looking for and the prompts she would use to let people know if they were in time or not.

Val was next up as Grammarian who was look to highlight good and bad use of language and the word of the day which was Transform.

Maria explained the Ah Counter roles, looking for when people go erm instead of saying something or pausing whilst they think (watch TV or radio and see how often it happens!)

Then it was the prepared speeches.

First up was Stephanie with a talk entitled “The End Of The World is Nigh”, a look at literature and films on the topic of the end of the world and why people are so facinated about it.

The second speaker was guest Lynn. Lynn was a member at a neghbouring club but wanted to try speaking to a new audiance. She was doing her Level 5 Pathway (https://www.toastmasters.org/pathways-overview with a speech entitled “It Ain’t Necessarily So” at look at her life and how she had overcome various problems.

The second half brought the evaluations with Andrew evaluating Stephanie’s speech and Jean evaluating Lynn. Both giving good examples of what the speakers did well and what could be improved.

Arthur was Table Topics Master where people are given a question and have to talk instantly about it for 1 to 2 minutes. Topics included failure or trying?, Can you be perfect? Luck or hard work? and what things do you want to do in the future.

Lianna had 6 minutes to evaluate the 9 speakers and did it well with a commend and recommend for each person.

Bal then wrapped up the evening with the General Evaluators report. Evaluating all the evaluators and the Toastmaster & Time keeper.

A vote was held for best speakers, best evaluator and best table topics and the winners were:-

BEST SPEAKER – Lynn
BEST EVALUATOR – Bal
BEST TABLE TOPICS – Stephanie

The next meeting of Doncaster Speakers is on Monday 8th Feb 2021, email doncasterspeakers@gmail.com to book a place at our meeting

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