This was a particularly upbeat and lively Toastmasters session on the first Tuesday in May. Jewels led as Madam Toastmaster throughout the evening and her sunny and friendly style that made everyone feel welcome while running the meeting with great efficiency and flair. With a seasonal “Spring-cleaning” touch, her theme was around clearing old things out and to make room for the new.
Lee admirably stepped in at the last minute to take the role of Grammarian, an excellent demonstration of how Toastmasters pushes us to seize new challenges, especially when put on the spot. As a result, his word of the day – improvise – was particularly apt!
We had two excellent prepared speeches: the first from Ian, who made us chuckle at the absurdities of economic assumptions and their lack of coherence with reality. The second was from David Cockeram, who had us gripped during his after-dinner speech on turning failure into success. The most memorable highlight being when he described how once in a high-stakes rugby match, he ran toward the try line “like a penguin on Red Bull”.
The speech evaluations by Russell and Steve provided valuable advice that everyone could take on board in their own speeches. Russell gave a particularly useful “live demonstration” on improving stance and answered the all-important question of what on earth to do with your hands while you are speaking.
Steve also doubled up as Table Topics Master and brought some innovation to the session by conducting a lively debate between Tom and David on the possible abolition of rugby as a sport. Everyone was delighted to see our guest Tiffany step up to the mark and try her hand at a table topic too – we hope to see her back soon!
All in all, a great Tuesday evening at Toastmasters that everyone was able to participate in and learn from, seamlessly led throughout by Madam Toastmaster Jewels.