Meeting 26 Feb 2014

The meeting had a great start, Ed announced that we had a new member! Congratulations to Desmond! Ed also had a great insight, we always talk about public speaking, so what is private speaking? When we speak with our friends, isn’t that still public speaking? Toastmasters helps us to speak more confidently in all areas of our lives.

This sentiment was echoed by our Toastmaster for the evening, Isabel who told us how Toastmasters had given her the confidence and ability to control her nerves, enabling her to excel in some recent interviews, resulting in a new job offer!

Graham was the Timekeeper for the evening and he explained that he was going to be very strict with the time limits, explaining that keeping to time is a very important skill when presenting.

The word of the day, chosen by the Grammarian Victoria was seamless.

Roland the Table Topics Master had a seamless start to the topics asking if Toastmasters prepares us for the urban jungle, would it help us prepare for the real jungle? All the topics were about how Phoenix Speakers would work together to survive and live on a desert island. Shane told us about how he would feed the island, Tarry told us about fashion on the island and Jamie gave us some great insights on the island currency.

Our Sergeant at Arms, James, introduced the six guests! He also shared some thoughts on how Toastmasters helps improve your performance at work.

At the start of the second half of the meeting, Ed made a few announcements:

– We had a new member, Desmond!

–  International Speech contest and Evaluation contest is on the 12 March 2014 and it will replace our normal meeting. Please get involved, either through participating or by volunteering in one of the many roles.

Then it was time for the prepared speeches. The evening started with a talk by Dave explaining the benefits of raw milk. He was able to break down some very complex scientific processes in a concise and easy to follow format. Tarry using a well-structured speech told us about surviving a break-up, sharing some tips on how to move on. Caroline told us about her love for tea, using some of her own personal stories. Finally Alex wrapped up the evening with an impromptu speech to say good bye to London and the Phoenix Speakers. He told us about some of his best and most exciting times. It was a bittersweet moment for everyone.

The evaluators emphasised the importance of structure, and how to create a personal connection with the audience.

The awards for the evening went to Jamie for Best Table Topic, Atul for Best Evaluator and Alex for Best Speech. Then it was time for a drink in the pub.

Overall it was a great evening. We look forward to seeing you all at the International Speech and Evaluation competition of 12 March 2014!

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