Phoenix Meeting 12th February 2014


Wednesday 12th February was another smashing toastmaster’s evening, the room was brimming over, with all the chairs occupied and 14 visitors! Ed was acting president for the evening and he reminded everyone that although toastmasters is about learning and improving, it is also really important to have a good time and to enjoy ourselves during the meeting.

Erin was the toastmaster for the evening and she got the evening off to a rousing start.

Simon was the grammarian and he chose verbose as his word of the day. Verbose means using or expressed in more words than are needed which is a particularly apt word for toastmasters since we all strive to convey the depth and meaning in our speeches without being verbose.

Tarry was table topics master and she explained that in her role as a recruitment consultant, they use open-ended questions to find out more about the candidates. She used her open-ended questions to good effect in the table topics. Caroline told us about how you know when you’re making a fool of yourself, using a clever example from past toastmaster experiences and Catherine told us about her most exciting day.

We were then treated to a Table Topics evaluation by Isabel. She reminded everyone that she would be using the Commend, Recommend, Commend format to carry out the evaluations. She recommended that people pay particular attention to their hand movements during the table topic. She also reminded everyone that table topics are your chance to practice, to get up, embrace your fear, try something new and just do it.

Then it was time to meet the guests.There were so many visitors that when Caroline, Sergeant at Arms, called everyone to the front of the room there wasn’t space for everyone at the front! All the guests said hello and then it was time for the break and a trip to the bar.

Ed started the second half of the meeting with the following announcements:

· the Phoenix Speaker’s Committee Elections are in May – so consider putting yourself forward for one of the roles

· The International speech contest and Evaluation contest is on 12 March, please participate or volunteer to judge the competitor.

Then we started the second half of the meeting with the prepared speeches.

The first speaker was Roland with a speech about ethics and designer babies. Kayleigh gave an interesting speech on multichannel social marketing. Jamie told us about organising a marathon in Sri Lanka and Shane Snow told us about his mayoral plans for cycling in London.

The evaluators emphasised the importance of the structure of the speech to conveying your message, the power of threes and the importance of strong conclusion which ties together the various elements of the speech.

Brad did an excellent job winning best table topic and best evaluator. Roland won best speech with his very clever and interactive speech on designer babies.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our next meeting on Wednesday 26th February!

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