After our contest night it was business as usual as we returned to our normal club meeting.
Neil Burns hosted the meeting as Toastmaster and set the theme as Energy giving us the scientific definition which left us none the wiser. After an explanation of the timekeepers role from Pat Tunstall it was Sam Mathews who, after some brief physical exercise, got us underway with the warm up asking what gets you re-energised after a hard day. Coffee, exercise and taking time out seemed to be the most common answers.
Robin Chawner had set the word for the evening as Latent, meaning unfulfilled or potential, and it was up to our two speakers to unleash their latent skills. Mark Perrin delivered a speech indicating how you could improve your business following five steps, by identifying your most profitable products, growing your best customers and maximising your staff potential.
George Wilkinson followed with a speech entitled ‘Getting the Balance Right’ in which he indicated how you needed to bring together various skills, both technical and emotional, to really develop your potential.
After the break John Webber and Gavin Bergin gave the evaluations, before John Tunstall set the Table Topics for the evening, with subjects ranging from best meal, to who was your role model.
Following the Grammarian’s report by Robin, Timekeepers Report by Pat and an evaluation of the Table Topics by Keith Oliver, it was left to Marian Way to give the General Evaluation.
John Webber, as President, gave out the awards and welcomed two new members who had joined that evening, Adrian Reed and Lolyn Sutton. He also welcomed back Paul Underwood, a past member who was considering rejoining.
Winners on the night were Best Speaker: Mark Perrin; Best Table Topics: Susy Matthews and Best Evaluator: Gavin Bergin. He also announced a new award of Most Innovative Use of a Role of which the inaugural winner was John Tunstall.