The first meeting after our Summer break promised to be exciting with three Icebreaker speeches on the agenda - the means three new members baring their souls to us for the first time! The word of the day - Spontaneous - proved prescient, as seven guests attended the meeting! This kept our Toastmaster on her toes, as Margaret Bishton was performing this role for the first time.
First up to the lectern was Anne Haddow, who told us that after years in unsatisfying jobs, she has now found a career that makes her happy...but it involves some public speaking! Anne said she joined Solent Speakers in order to improve her skills and confidence, yet her debut speech was excellent example of how new members draw on skills they already have. Anne was voted the Best Speaker of the evening!
Next, Alex Spencer-Hall delivered a very personal account of his life so far, from living with a rare condition to how attending university far from home encouraged him to face, and overcome, challenges. With a confident delivery and very little use of written notes, Alex impressed evaluator David Cockerham and we look forward to Alex's next speech.
Finally Graeme Bulman spoke about challenges, in both his personal and professional life. Graeme recently left his job after 20 years because he was looking for a new challenge. His new role is at a much larger company and he is looking forward to getting stuck in next week. Graeme also told us about a recent trip to Peru, in which he did whitewater rafting, mountain biking and walked the Inca trail at 14,000 feet!
That's why we love Icebreakers - you never know what interesting stories lie in waiting!
Sandra Rampton was the Table Topics Master and adapted the Meeting Theme of "Moving On" to create six unlikely scenarios, in which participants had to describe their next move. My favourite was Paul, who actually spend two years in Africa learning to play the drums with tribal chiefs!
The meeting in two week's time will consist of the Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest. We are looking for contestants and judges, so please login to Easy Speak if you would like to take part.
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