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Stephanie Bilton, Steve Birch, Manon Trebaul


Meeting Report 9th July 2019        Club Journalist Caroline Bellhouse

The postcode of Wimbledon Tennis: SW19 5AE provided the ingenious inspiration for impromptu topics dreamt up by Tristan Mitchell which led to an inspiring and amusing session won by Stephanie Bilton who described her father’s first post war family swim, complete with trendy knitted swimming costume which utterly embarrassed the young Stephanie. Humour shone through but was eclipsed by an honest and emotional delivery. Other speakers regaled with tales of stag-do go-karting contests (Paul Davies) , digging a latrine on Beef Island in sweltering heat (Steve Birch), watching wildlife in wellington boots (Caroline Bellhouse), the domain of darkness being overcome by light and positivity (Anna Simpson), having to wait a whole two years for strawberry plants to fruit (Manon Trebaul) and feeling like a king at The Granville Hotel in Vancouver (Roger Granville).

Prepared speeches began with a fascinating discussion of leadership – styles, ethos and methods from Jackie Baker. Jackie explored styles from Hitler - ‘come with me or else’ to Ghandi – ‘come with me and have a group hug on the way’.
Graham Sterry’s talk ‘Is Alexa Dangerous?’ was an unsettling and informative presentation about artificial intelligent, including ‘the rogue intelligent being’ predicted by Stephen Hawkins. Graham concluded by agreeing with Bill Gates that ‘humans should be a bit worried’ about the future with artificial intelligence. Evaluator Roger Granville praised Graham for ‘not going all nerdy’ and using terms such as ‘gigaflops and nanobits’ in order to reach his audience.

But the winning speech was given by sixteen year old visitor Manon Trebaul – her first ever - in her second language. Manon compared and contrasted her native France with England and described superbly her roller coaster of emotions and experiences during her three month stay locally. She received a standing ovation and the audience seemed to agree with her evaluator Steve Birch’s comment that ‘the future is golden, Manon is golden’.

President Roger Granville delivered the splendid news that the club is ranked 38th in the world (achievements and growth) and urged for yet more improvements.
Next meeting Tuesday 23rd July 7.30pm at The Great Malvern Hotel. All welcome.

Penultimate Meeting

Malvern Speakers – 25th June meeting report

Club Journalist - Colin Jackson

This meeting included youthful visitors from France and Russia (Manon, Dasha & Nikita) some of whom even bravely (and impressively) took active parts in proceedings. It was opened by new president Roger Granville, who introduced his term of office by announcing that the August meeting (weather [permitting) would take the form of a picnic on the Priory Park bandstand – an original idea for the club.

Originality was a key feature of the winning speech from Karen Lowen on “Riding the Coaster” of life. Contemplating the ups and downs of life, she drew up a list of guidelines, the first of which was to accept that happiness in your life was nobody’s responsibility but you own. Another, touchingly, was to” forgive everything, and everyone, all the time”. Although serious in content, the speech was delivered in Karen’s smiling, light-hearted and self-deprecatory style and clearly won the hearts of her audience,

An upbeat note also pervaded the unprepared Table Topics session compèred by Hilary Benoit, who asked speakers to talk about some of their best experiences. This brought out a wide range of memories, from Jackie Baker’s run on a wet day and Roger’s going to see the Beatles in a Hard Day’s Night to a sea voyage up the Norwegian coast by Stephanie Bilton and Steve Birch’s best meal ever – which was voted best in a vintage set of talks.

The two other man speeches were of a more serious nature, both elaborating on the Toastmasters’ recently introduced Pathways programme. Tristan Mitchell pondered the importance of self-awareness in public speaking and understanding the impact of one’s own particular style on an audience. Senior member and experienced speaker Steve Birch also discussed what he had learned from the Pathways programme which he had recently completed – one of the first to do so.

Next meeting will be at the usual venue, the Great Malvern Hotel, on Tuesday July 9th at 7.30pm.
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