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Sarah McCarten-Williams | Roger Granville | Isaac Baker | Stuart Watt


Malvern Speakers       January 23rd  2018    Club Journalist: Colin Jackson

A veteran, a novice and a recently joined member (who doubles as husband to a club past president!) between them collected the honours at last week’s meeting, which also welcomed a record number of guests.

Stalwart founder member Roger Granville had some surprising information in the evening’s exceptionally well researched Best Speech, entitled It’s All A Matter Of Time. For instance, that the first clock we all take for granted to measure time was first recorded as late as 1309 AD, And that at one time people would carry personal sundials. And how it was the railways that led to the standardisation of time measurement and ultimately to today’s universal GMT.

There could hardly have been a greater contrast with Sarah McCarten-Williams’ hilarious account of the life and times of her cat called John, which provided lots of laughs for the audience and the subject for a poised and confident evaluation by the club’s youngest member, 18 year-old Isaac Baker.

The third speech was an explanation by past president Elaine Watt of the role of Mentor – an important part of the Toastmasters’ philosophy of members helping each other to improve their public speaking and leadership skills.

Earlier Elaine’s husband Stuart Watt – who only recently became a member of the club – had won a Burns-themed kilt/sporran/haggis/bagpipe-laden session devised by Angela Davies which set the tone for a lively set of impromptu Table Topics.

Next meeting will be at the usual venue, the Great Malvern Hotel, on Tuesday February 12th at 7.30pm, when we hope still more guests may join us (no charge) and home-made cake.
Penultimate Meeting

Andrew Graham | Jackie Baker | Stuart Watt

Report on Malvern Speakers Club Meeting 8th January 2019

Although we were not sure how many would be coming to our first meeting of 2019, as several of our regular members were either unwell or enjoying an extended New Year holiday, but the meeting proved to be a great success.  We were delighted to welcome no less than eight guests – probably a record for the club!  This included a group of four ladies from Hereford who were keen to pick up some tips for public speaking and to see how the club ran.  Although they may not become regular members, they might be starting a Hereford Club! 

The meeting got off to a good start with an Educational Bite from the Presidents on the value of including questions in a speech, and how to do so to good effect.  Then our Table Topics Master, Ben Colyer, brought on an inspiring group of impromptu speakers telling us about their reflections on 2018 and their resolutions for 2019.  We learned that Manda Graham had decided to “do something” rather than just talk about stuff, and Stuart Watt had decided to “be interesting”.  He finished his speech with a rendering of Happy Birthday as a tribute to David Bowie, sung in a stunning Bowiesque style.  Although that had little to do with his topic, it was probably what won him the Best Table Topic Award!

Prepared speeches were, as usual, of a very high standard.  Jackie Baker enthralled us on the subject of dog psychology under the title Think Dog, in which we learned, among other things, that although a labrador might be motivated by food, a German shepherd dog is much more interested in a bit of fuss and tlc!  Then Graham Sterry scared us with hilarious stories of two occasions when he forgot to apply the handbrake on his car.  And finally, Jane Anson impressed us with her knowledge of the significance on colours.  Did you know that blue is the most popular colour in national flags – and that Cadburys are so proud of their purple logo that they tried to patent the colour? Choosing a Best Speaker was certainly not easy, but the award went to Jackie and was certainly well deserved.

Everything was evaluated in our normal encouraging and constructive manner and we benefitted from having Kate, a visitor from the Gloucester club, to serve as a very competent Table Topics Evaluator.  But the start Evaluator of the evening was Andrew Graham, who won the award.  The whole event was very ably steered by Roger Granville, our Toastmaster for the evening, and everyone agreed that a high standard had been set for the year ahead!


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