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“How to craft a competition Speech” | Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller with Area 21 Awards board

On Monday Jan 30th 2017 the club took advantage of the fifth Monday in the month to hold a Strictly Speaking and Evaluation event.

Andrew Miller shared his story of how he progressed from winning our club competition, to winning in Area 15 to winning the contest to represent Division E in two District competitions.  We are delighted he has agreed that we can share it here so it can reach a wider audience.

Thank you Andrew!

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Humorous and Table Topics Speech Contests Sept 26 2016

We had two excellent Speech Contests at our meeting on Monday September 26th.

Bridget Pearson was Contest Chair for both and did a magnificent job both beforehand (there is such a lot of printing and organising of people!) and in leading the contests in a calm, assured manner. Well done!

Shelagh Jones was Chief Judge for the Humorous contest, shadowed by Shane Lukas who was Chief Judge for the Table Topics contest.

Derek Lucian and Julie Pilcher were Timers and Counters, with Pauline Westrop as Sergeant at Arms, assisted by Julie Gordon.

A great team who delivered enjoyable and well-run contests.

Humorous Speech Contest

Entrants (left to right) : Andrew Miller (first place); Jean Stewart (second place); Andy Howell

Humorous Speech Contest 2016 Entrants

Table Topics Speech Contest

Entrants (left to right): Jean Stewart; Andrew Miller (first place); Sean Gordon; Natalia Skorczewska (second place); Andy Howell (third place).

Table Topics contest 2016 contestants

 

Andrew, Jean and Natalia will go on to represent the club in the Area 21 contest at Jury’s Inn Sheffield on Sunday October 9th, 1pm-4pm. Everyone is invited to come along and support them!

Our next meeting is Monday October 10th – guests are very welcome to join us at the Regent Hotel, Doncaster at 6.45pm for start at 7pm.

Results of Doncaster Speakers 2015 Table Topics and Humorous Speeches Contest

Report on Doncaster Speakers Contest | Monday 14th September 2015

Doncaster Speakers held this year’s Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests on Monday 14th September at the Regent Hotel.

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Contest Chair Jean Stewart with winner Andrew Miller, organisers and participants

Andrew Miller won the Humorous Speech Contest with a highly entertaining speech entitled ‘Humour most Fowl’.  Table Topics Speakers were asked to talk about ‘What makes a good party?’, with suggestions including the right mix of guests, cocktails, and even a ukulele! Once again it was Andrew Miller’s speech which carried the day, meaning that Andrew will represent Doncaster in both categories at the Area Contest in Leeds on Saturday 3rd October.

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Andrew Miller receiving his Winner’s Certificate from Contest Chair Jean Stewart

Stephanie Bisby contest photo 14092015

Stephanie Bisby receiving the certificate for Second Place in the Table Topics contest from Contest Chair Jean Stewart

Bridget Pearson contest photo 14092015

Bridget Pearson receiving a Certificate of Participation from Contest Chair Jean Stewart

The Club wishes Andrew every success at the area contest, which takes place at Jury’s Inn, Brewery Wharf, Leeds from 10.30am on 3rd October.

Guests are welcome at Doncaster Speakers’ next meeting, which takes place at The Regent Hotel on 28th September from 7pm.

Andrew Miller will fly the flag for Doncaster Speakers in Harrogate

Club and Area Speech Contests

Humorous Speech & Table Topics Contest Results

We held our Doncaster Speakers (club-level) Autumn Contest on 8th September: The Humorous Speaking Contest and the Table Topics Contest.
Toastmasters International | Doncaster Speakers | Participants club contest

Doncaster Speakers Table Topics and Humorous Speech Contest Participants, Sept 2014, L-R: Andrew Miller, Sean Gordon, Jean Stewart, Alison Kitchman, Bridget Pearson (front)

 

Toastmasters International | Doncaster Speakers | Andrew and Jean club winners

Doncaster Speakers Club Contest Winners, Sept 214, L-R: Andrew Miller (Table Topics Contest Winner), Jean Stewart (Humorous Speech Contest Winner)

 

Club Contest Chair, Gail Powell, said about the Club Contest on 8th September:

“It was, as usual a fun evening, especially as it was the humorous speaking competition. We only had two contenders for the speaker’s competition – Jean Stewart and Sean Gordon – both would have done us immensely proud at the next stage, but in the end Jean’s inimitable style won her the first place.The Table Topics competition was well represented with 5 competitors. It was a very close call for who came first with our President Andrew Miller getting to the post first. His comfortable and accomplished ability to turn a couple of minutes, on an unknown subject, into a mini-speech shone through. The subject of the Table Topics (set by the Contest Chair for the evening Gail Powell) was – If you had to wear a badge with only 5 words on it what would it say and why? Now there’s food for thought!”

The winners (Jean Stewart for Humorous Speaking and Andrew Miller for Table Topics) then competed against the winners from the other Area 15 clubs (Leeds City Toastmasters, Sheffield Speakers, White Rose Speakers, Huddersfield Cummins Toastmasters, Hull Speakers) in our Area 15 Autumn Speech contest, which we hosted at The Regent Hotel again yesterday.

Frederika Roberts, who attended the Area 15 Autumn Speech Contest, said:

“It was a fantastic day with lots of fun/laughter but also many opportunities to learn from watching all the winners from the different Area 15 clubs and network with Toastmasters from outside our own club.  Attending Area/Division/District contests is a brilliant way to observe and learn from great speakers.

The judges had a challenging task as the level was very high in both contests.”

Toastmasters International | Doncaster Speakers | TT participants Trevor Hatib Tony Bairstow Pauline Westrop Andrew Miller

Area 51 Table Topics Participants, L-R:
Trevor Hatib, Pauline Westrop, Andrew Miller, Tony Bairstow

Toastmasters International | Doncaster Speakers | Humorous participants Anthony Day Jean Stewart Alex Kelly Andy Nicholls Claire Crowther

Area 15 Humorous Speech Contest participants, L-R: Alex Kelly, Anthony Day, Jean Stewart, Claire Crowther, Andy Nicholls

Jean Stewart and Andrew Miller made Doncaster Speakers proud: Jean placed 3rd in the Humorous Speech contest, having faced stiff competition, and Andrew Miller placed first in an equally challenging Table Topics contest.

Toastmasters International | Doncaster Speakers |Humorous winners Andy Nicholls Anthony Day Jean Stewart

Area 15 Humorous Speech Contest Winners, L-R: Anthony Day (2nd place), Andy Nicholls (1st place), Jean Stewart (3rd place)

Doncaster Speakers | Toastmasters International | TT winners Andrew Miller Trevor Hatib Pauline Westrop

Area 15 Table Topics Contest Winners, L-R: Pauline Westrop (3rd place), Andrew Miller (1st place), Trevor Hatib (2nd place)

 

Andrew will now go on to represent Doncaster Speakers in the Division E Table Topics Contest in Harrogate on 26th October!

Go along and support Andrew, watch some great speakers, learn, laugh and network:

 

Division E Humorous & Table Topics Speech Contests

PLUS

An Interactive Workshop

Cairn Hotel, 13 Ripon Road, Harrogate, HG1 2JA

COST: £15 INCLUDING BUFFET LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS

TO BOOK: Email michaeljclarke@shorelinehp.com (please advise of dietary requirements, including vegetarian)

10.00 am Registration

10.45 am Interactive Workshop

12.00 pm Lunch

1.00 pm Humorous Speech Contest

2.30 pm Table Topics Speech Contest

3.30pm Close

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