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!
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
Table Topics Speech Contest
Entrants (left to right): Jean Stewart; Andrew Miller (first place); Sean Gordon; Natalia Skorczewska (second place); Andy Howell (third place).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Club and Area Speech Contests
Humorous Speech & Table Topics Contest Results
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.”
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.
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
An Interactive Workshop
COST: £15 INCLUDING BUFFET LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS
TO BOOK: Email firstname.lastname@example.org (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