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Malvern Speakers January 9th 2018
 
      

Geoff Richardson - Byron Chan

Malvern Speakers report January 9 2018                   from Colin Jackson 01684 577604

The unprepared short speech part of a Toastmasters meeting, known as Table Topics, often takes an unexpected turn.  And so it was when Roger Granville’s agenda, based on a random selections from a pack of cards, led to a succession of accounts of wet campervan holidays in Wales!  The winner on the night, however, was Geoff Richardson’s witty and wonderfully imaginative ad hoc bedtime story about pirates (based on the seven of diamonds), which showed just the sort of quick thinking and polished result that this discipline is designed to develop.

Travel further much afield than Wales featured in the full-length prepared speeches.  Steve Birch, a last minute stand-in after the withdrawal of another speaker, gave a vivid and enthusiastic account of the pleasures and surprises of a Christmas holiday in Madeira.  Colin Jackson’s speech, partly delivered in verse, went even further afield, highlighting some of the incidents (and accidents) his piano accordion had brought him on world-wide travels. Though appreciated by the audience, this speech earned black marks by running far over the allotted time.

The vote for best speech went to Byron Chan for a humorous account of his twice-unsuccessful attempts to pass a driving test.  Seasoned  with appropriate gestures and imitations of his  examiners’ reactions,  it was delivered with confidence and competence,  highlighting the progress made by this once nervous and hesitant speaker since he joined the club not very long ago. 

The meeting concluded with a general discussion of club issues sparked by general evaluator Caroline Bellhouse’s decision to delegate comments to each member in turn. This produced some interesting ideas and suggestions for the future.

Next meeting will be Tuesday 23rd January at The Great Malvern Hotel. Please contact Steve Birch for more information:  07831 846997  or  steve@albinvega.com

 
 
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Does the mere thought of standing up to say a few words fill you with fear?

If so, you’re not alone! Fear of public speaking is reputed to rank even higher than death! Whether it’s the upcoming wedding speech, an important pitch to a client, or simply making your point in a meeting of colleagues, it’s easy for the fear to take over – so that you don’t perform at your best. There are consequences for how you’re viewed by friends, family and your boss, with follow-on emotional and economic impacts.

So what would you like to do about it?

If you’re employed in a reasonable sized organisation, you might have already attended a presentation skills course. Whilst good, you might have found that the learning wore off quickly and you’re still not that much further forward. If you really want to tackle your fear, and also if you’ve not got access to in-house training, Toastmasters is the perfect answer.

Our wide network of clubs and their learn-by-doing programme are sure to help you become a better speaker and leader because you’ll be building your skills at a pace that you choose. And the regular meetings (typically twice per month) ensure you practice and develop your skills – just as you might build your muscles through regular exercise (well some of you might!).

Here are just some of the benefits of joining Toastmasters:

  • Regular and constructive feedback from other learners as you practice organising your thoughts and presenting them clearly
  • Access to a wealth of educational materials and resources on public speaking, listening skills and effective communication in conferences and meetings.
  • A free subscription to the Toastmaster, a monthly magazine that provides insights on communication, leadership, club activities and other relevant topics.

Members quickly gain the skills that allow them to excel at job interviews, present humorous, informative or special occasion speeches or give powerful business presentations.

Come along to our next meeting to find out more and see it in action. Guests are most welcome and can come as many times as they like.



 

Looking to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Ignite your career? Gain the confidence to speak up?

You’ve come to the right place. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped more than 4 million people just like you, from around the world, become more confident speakers and leaders. 

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development, with more than 345,000 members in over 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. This network of clubs and their learn-by-doing programme are sure to help you improve.

Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to express yourself effectively in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retired, Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills. You'll learn how to:

  • Formulate and express your ideas effectively
  • Be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations
  • Improve your one-on-one dealings with others

Don't delay! Become the speaker and leader you want to be. Confident, charismatic leaders weren't born that way. As you progress in Toastmasters, you'll get to practice your skills by organising and conducting meetings and motivating others to help you. Become a better negotiator. Gain trust. Inspire your team.

Visit our next meeting - guests are most welcome. You won't regret it!



 
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