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Malvern Speakers report 12.3.2019  -  Colin Jackson

Those who attended the club round of the Toastmasters International Speech and Evaluation contest – a multi-round competition in which teams from around the world will fight out the final in the USA during the autumn- were rewarded by an enjoyable evening of excellent public speaking.  Three candidates for best speech were led off by Graham Sterry.  His musings on the vexed subject of computer passwords must have struck a chord with many of his listeners, who enjoyed his closing image of St Peter having been replaced at the Pearly Gates by a computer, which greets the latest arrival with the dread words Access Denied!.

Graham was followed by Karen Lowen, with a highly original critique of the “ethnicity” box people are required to fill up on census forms.  Revealing that her own ancestry included Turkish and Armenian strains, she concluded that such questions were out of order, since nobody was 100 per cent anything and that we were all multi-ethnic members of the human race.

Thirdly came a welcome return of former member Jen Cashmore, now president of the recently formed Worcester club under the title The Stories We Tell Ourselves asserting, with some moving examples from her personal experience, that the way we react to life’s most difficult problems can influence their outcomes for the better.

The high quality of these speeches was well maintained by the four contenders in the evaluation contest, each of whom had to give an appraisal of the same speech by Steve Birch – a parable of a poor peasant who becomes rich and greedy only to drop dead.  All were delivered with panache and conviction, and deciding between Isaac Baker, his mum Jackie Baker, Stuart Watt and Tristan Mitchell was a tough call for the judges. They named Tristan and Stuart the two best evaluators, while speech-makers Jen and Karen will join them in progressing to the Area Final in Cheltenham.

Next meeting of the Malvern club will be at the Great Malvern Hotel 7.30pm on Tuesday March 26th

Visitors always welcome


Club Meeting Tuesday 26th February 2019
Stuart Watt | Lorraine Gannon | Karen Lowen | Tristan Mitchell
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Club Meeting Tuesday 12th February 2019 Colin Jackson

The membership of Malvern Speakers spans a remarkable age range – literally from18 to 80 – uniting the generations in pursuit of its aims of public speaking and leadership skills. Just how successful it has been in its five years of existence was highlighted by visiting Area Director Sam Warner, who praised its style and organisation, revealing that it stood in first place out of 164 Toastmasters International-affiliated member clubs in a District which covers most of southern England and Wales.

Senior members set the ball rolling at last week’s meeting, with Roger Granville and Stephanie Bilton’s polished unprepared responses to subjects set by Tristan Mitchell in an Oscar-themed Table Topics session. And despite warm competition from other speakers – including two gallant visitors – it was Steph’s tongue-in-cheek appeal for sympathy for Men as an Endangered Species that won the night’s Best Table Topic ribbon.

All round, however, it was very much Tom Elliston’s night. His speech The Making of a Family, described by Toastmaster Elaine Watt as ‘hugely personal and very moving’ was an account of the (eventually successful) – endeavours of his wife and himself over many years and traumas to have a child of their own. Not only was it voted Best Speech, but it provided the material for Geoff Richardson’s thoughtful and sympathetic appraisal which was n turn voted Best Evaluation.

The other two prepared speeches were both excellent, but were perhaps unlucky to have come up against Tom’s memorable address. Angela Davison, a more experienced home-maker, gave an entertaining account of ‘My Life In DIY’ which must have awoken many memories (some painful!) in her audience. Finally, one of the youngest members Daisy Davies in a charming first ‘icebreaker’ speech, spoke amusingly of how she had successfully overcome the problems of being dyslexic through her schooldays and since.
Next meeting will take place at the usual venue, the Great Malvern Hotel at7.30pm on Tuesday March 26th.
Club Meeting Tuesday 12th February 2019 - Colin Jackson
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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.

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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.
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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.


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