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 Malvern Speakers Club Meeting Tuesday 11th June 2019

Rodger Granville, Jackie Baker, Nikita, Dasha, Menon, Tristan Mitchell, Isaac Baker


There was a distinctly cosmopolitan flavour to the meeting, with visitors and members from Japan, France and the Ukraine and Steve Birch even delivered an impromptu short speech in (schoolboy/Kenneth Williams) French (much to the chagrin of the French visitor).

Not only that, but it was as though Nicholas Parsons was in the room as Tristan Mitchell deftly ran a Just A Minute session based on the Radio 4 show. Teams Donkey, Kangaroo and Cow and had to make their animal noise when an opponent deviated, paused or repeated a word.

The impromptu session run by Will Dutton had speakers feeling for an object in a deep bag and speaking to the room about it; Jane Anson described her hedgehog as more rotund than ones we usually see on the road, Tristan Mitchell’s colourful description of ‘cow experiences good and bad’ including Florence the cow who leapt around like a lamb in spring was voted best Topic Speech. Stephanie Bilton’s miniature vodka bottle brought back to her mind a wonderful Cossack welcome in Russia and Jackie Baker explained that while she liked the feel of the fur lined rubber glove, she would prefer it in yellow rather than lurid pink.

Geoff Richardson’s poignant speech on ‘The Lost Art of Serving’ explored the meaning of service, from tennis to domestic and even national service and coined the delightful phrase ‘in the privacy of your own shopping trolley’. Jackie Baker’s thorough and thoughtful evaluation of Geoff’s speech earned her the Best Evaluator ribbon.

Roger Granville’s ‘I didn’t do it, it was…’ speech - skilfully evaluated by Jane Anson - included the inspiring concept from Pericles: what you leave behind is not engraved in stone monuments but is interwoven in the lives of others.

A full and fun evening was had by all, with tasty cake in the break. The next meeting is on Tuesday 25th June at 7.30pm at The Great Malvern Hotel. All welcome.

Penultimate Meeting

Malvern Speakers Club Meeting – Tuesday 28th May 2019

The meeting was started by our stand-in Sergeant at Arms, Stuart Watt complete with his showman attire, top hat and glittery cane. Wow, we were all wowed! Stuart has a natural ability to lift any meeting with his humour, enthusiasm and pizzazz!

Theme of the night was Kylie Minouge’s birthday. This was expertly, and humorously, used by our Toastmaster Karen Lowen with hidden Kylie song titles used throughout the meeting.

The table topics session was expertly presented by Jackie Baker asking each speaker to choose an object and weave it into a continuing story. Yuri Douse was the well deserved winner telling us all about the magic of mobile phones. Rick Cooper evaluated the table topics with his usual skill ensuring every speaker left with both commendations and recommendations.

The first prepared speaker, Steph Bilton, regaled us all with three humorous accounts of travelling with exotic animals on various forms of public transport. With barely a glance at her notes Steph had the audience roaring with laughter at the various animal antics and deservedly won Best Speaker of the evening.

Next up was a duo of DTMs with Steve Birch and Rick Cooper presenting an educational entitled Roll with the Roles which was all about the roles needed during a meeting. Laurel and Hardy must have been turning in their graves.

Our last speaker was Elaine Watt, still in her Strictly come Dancing attire, telling us about getting out of your comfort zone. No notes but no twirl! Elaine really commands the stage and grabs the audience’s attention, especially in her 50s style shorts!

Best Evaluator went to Claire Davies for presenting one of the best evaluations seen at Malvern Speakers for quite some time. Her use of language, grammar and insight was amazing. As Sam Warner stated: “that evaluation was competition standard”.

Karen Lowen, our Toastmaster, presented a certificate for the most Kylie song titles to Steve Birch for his obvious knowledge of Kylie Minogue songs.

At the end of the meeting our Area Director, Sam Warner, presented Hilary Benoit with her DTM Plaque (Distinguished Toastmaster). Hilary has supported Malvern Speakers and its members since its inception in 2013, very well deserved. Sam then presented Steve Birch with TOTY (Toastmaster of the Year) for District 71 for his work and dedication to Toastmasters and its members.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 11th June 2019. 7.15pm for a prompt 7.30pm start. Bring a friend, bring a relation.

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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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When do we meet?
2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month at 19:30

Where do we meet?
The Great Malvern Hotel
Graham Road
Great Malvern
WR14 2HN

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