I’ve been listening to some audio speaker tips from Darren LaCroix, former world champion speaker, and there seems to be a very consistent message coming through in all of his audio tips on public speaking. That consistent message is – Get a Coach!
Not just someone who’s a little better than you, but someone who really knows their stuff. The reason for this is, if you’re learning from someone who’s just ahead of you, you’ll pick up all their bad habits and have to try really hard later on to un-learn them.
Of course Darren is promoting himself and his high fee colleagues but I think the advice is good. When you learn to drive you’ll take lessons from an advanced driver and not someone that just passed their driving test. The reason is that the advanced drivers have a bunch of great experience behind them and can steer you away from the bad habits before you’ve learned them.
The same goes for public speaking, someone who can command an audience and the stage is far more likely to know how to get you to that point in your speaking journey.
When I’m giving a speech at our club I always like it best when I’m being assessed by a really advanced speaker. They’re usually more practiced at giving the feedback and always a little more critical in their observations. Although I do get uncomfortable about the criticism, I sort of enjoy it too as it helps me to become a better speaker and to hone my overall performance in front of an audience.
This is what Toastmasters and Brighton and Hove Speakers Club is all about, creating better speakers and leaders. Each of our meetings is like a group coaching session where every speaker gets positive and supportive feedback on their prepared speeches with everyone getting a chance to speak at the meeting. Even if it just to introduce themselves. After all, we have to start somewhere and just getting up and saying your name for some is a real challenge.
Getting Coaching to improve your public speaking skills is an excellent way to improve your speaking and presentation performance, which in turn will add to and improve your leadership qualities.
Brighton and Hove Speaker Club meeting on 24th August 2011 saw three excellent speeches including one from our Distinguished Toastmaster Dave Sutcliffe on the interpretation or Poetry.
Dave chose to speak about the “Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”; a book which his mother had given him some 15 years ago. Dave quoted from the writing without notes and enchanted us all with the feeling and expression he put into the words. Describing each bit of the poetry as he recited.
The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
There’s more about Omar Kayyam on Wikipedia if you’re interested.
I’ve been away on holiday for the last few meetings so I had not seen the new program format. I must say that this is the best speakers club program I has seen to date. A nicely laid out A5 size 4 page pamphlet. Inside the front cover are descriptions of all the speech projects included in the Toastmasters International Competent Communicator manual, this is a great reminder of what each speaker is trying to get across and the skills they are trying to master. On the inside back (page 3) is the running order of the meeting with all items listed with exact times against each item. This is really useful when you’re running the meeting as it helps you to know if it’s all going to plan.
One of the main things in any Toastmasters speakers club meetings is getting the timing right. The Competent leader track, in part, is all about time management and this helps enormously. I was Topics Master for the evening so the start times against each item ensured that I knew when to start to wrap up my table topics section. I hit the time bang on, leaving enough time to get off stage and allow the Toastmaster to introduce the next section for them to start right on time.
We had two other speeches, an “Icebreaker” entitled “Life isn’t all funny Ha ha” and a “CC4″ entitled “Keep on Learning” both of which were very good indeed. All in all my first meeting for about a month was a really great and maybe the best meeting I’ve been to yet.
One way to hone your job interview skills is to practice in front of a live audience, especially one that understands how hard it is and will give you constructive feedback.
There is help in Brighton and Hove. It’s free to come along as a guest and available twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings.
Brighton and Hove Speakers Club (Toastmasters) is holds a fortnightly meeting where you can practice your interview techniques and get great feedback. Job seekers can drop by as a guest and get involved right away in our table topics round gaining valuable experience in answering impromptu questions.
The feedback could give you (the job seeker) that edge you’ll need when you get those real job interviews.
The just released movie “Horrible Bosses” is doing well in the box office, but for a lot of working people, the subject of a “horrible boss” is a lot more personal than two hours entertainment at the Cinema.
A recent study showed that almost half of people said they had worked for an unreasonable manager. But employees came up with a better solution than the one depicted in the movie.
In the business world you’ll be asked to do presentations more often as the UK becomes more service oriented as an economy. Being able to present with confidence will become a key factor in gaining and retaining your position within the workplace. It’s not unusual to be asked to “present” at an interview these days so having the skills to plan, prepare and deliver a presentation that will engage your audience will be invaluable.
Toastmasters provides a safe environment and coaching that we all need to become a Competent Communicator and a Competent Leader.
Brighton and Hove Speakers Club hold the public speaking meeting at the Imperial Hotel, First Avenue, Hove.
Public speaking can be a real challenge and one that some people never really overcome the fear of.
it’s all too easy to think that public speaking of speaking to a larger group of people will come naturally to you and then, right out of the blue you’re asked to be a “best man” at a wedding of something equally daunting.
How do you prepare? What do you need to do? Practice, write a speech, hope that inspiration will come on the day.
I’ve spent many years doing all of the above but found that when it came to the actual presentation or speech I stumbled and forgot some of the “best bit” I’d wanted to get across.
Then about a year ago someone recommended that I go to a Toastmasters Club. What the heck is a Toastmaster I thought? I had visions of stuffy dining room and men in red jackets etc.
After a few months I had the usual problem at work. I needed to present loads of information to a group of strangers and it went the same way as it usually does. I got really nervous whizzed through my slide show and missed out some really great information.
Right! it really is time to get some help in presenting.
It just happened that I was chatting to a friend who had just been asked to be a Best Man so we both thought we’d pop along to Brighton and Hove Speakers Club (Toastmasters…) and what a surprise we got. A really welcoming and friendly group of everyday people from all walks of life.
We both really enjoyed the evening and I became a member that day, the friend waited a couple of weeks but joined all the same.
We’re both still members and getting help and practice at speaking in public and my presentation skills have improved so much that others are starting to notice that I’m better at presenting my business to small and larger groups.
If you’ve got any problems with your public speaking or just want to improve from where you are right now then “Toastmasters” is for you. The Brighton and Hove Speakers Club meets twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7:15pm. The venue is The Imperial Hotel, First Avenue, Hove.
Visitors are very welcome and meetings are free for guests to attend.
If you are planning to attend the 80th annual Toastmasters International Convention at Bally’s Las Vegas, Nevada, this August, be sure to take advantage of the early-bird discount.
The regular price for the full Convention package is $625 per person, but if you register by July 15, your cost will be $575.
Even if you miss the early-bird deadline, be sure to register ahead of time. The on-site cost for a full Convention package is $725. Also, Bally’s Las Vegas is now offering $58 per night on weekdays and $129 per night on weekends based on availability – if you book your reservation before July 18.
Please note that Bally’s has already made this price adjustment to reservations booked before the reduced rate was available. This year’s event promises to be particularly dynamic, with a great deal of opportunity for growth and self-improvement. Skill-building sessions in communication and leadership will offer you practical tools for personal and professional success. You will also have the chance to attend international speech contests, highlighted by the World Championship of Public Speaking.
Dave Logan, an expert in leadership and management, will deliver the Convention’s keynote, while Golden Gavel recipient Robin Sharma – also an acclaimed figure in that field – will speak during the award dinner. Additional experts will present 12 education sessions aimed at helping you improve job and life skills. A complete schedule of speakers and events is available at the Toastmasters website. Plus, there’s no better time to see old friends and create new memories with the many Toastmasters from around the world who attend Convention each year.
July 15 is coming soon, so make your plans today! Toastmasters International www.toastmasters.org
Word Power and Pushing the Boundaries with Humour – Seeing the Old TMI Year Out In Style!
Last Wednesday, 23rd June, was the very last Brighton and Hove Speakers Club meeting of the Toastmasters year. The current Committee officially bows out on 30th June and the new one takes office on 1st July. It was a beautiful evening and England had just beaten Slovenia in the World Cup so spirits were high. The meeting was surprisingly well attended considering what great weather it would have been for paddling on the beach or sitting outside a seafront hostelry with a pint. What a tribute to the club it is that people would still rather come and enjoy a great evening of public speaking. A shame we couldn’t have held it on the beach, something I believe the new Committee may actually be considering. What do you think?
Our meeting began with a very confident call to order by first-time Sergeant at Arms, Dawn Matthews, making good use of the ceremonial gavel presented to us by Dave Sutcliffe. The gavel has now actually been engraved “Sutty’s Gavel”, so his name is commemorated in perpetuity as our benefactor – unless someone loses it.
Our very capable Toastmaster for the evening was Alex Marshall, making a welcome return to the lectern after some time away from us. We were well warmed up by Nicola Kietz, another first-timer, asking us to consider what we felt our individual achievements had been during the outgoing Toastmasters year.
Charlotte Blant’s CC2 speech revealed a great deal about her wardrobe habits as she confessed to resorting to the final indulgence of letting Debenhams’ Personal Shopper dress her. Paul Matthews, also on his CC2, focussed on the power of words and then Peter Cornwell, by way of his ACB3 project from the “The Entertaining Speaker” Manual, did exactly what it said on the tin. We were certainly entertained and more than a little amused by a string of shaggy dog stories of doubtful veracity which purported to be from Peter’s past life! Their speeches were evaluated, respectively, by Brendan Hayden, Bhanu Rao, and Mike Flannery.
Our Table Topics item was run by Eric Haworth, who asked each of his volunteers to inhabit the role of the team coach for a high-flying Tiddly Winks team taking part in a vital championship match and give us all a an inspiring pep talk. Although I’ve never taken part in such a tournament in my life even I felt like tiddling the nearest wink, such was the enthusiasm they all inspired.
Vinu Mohan was a very efficient Timekeeper, delivering a thorough and detailed report at the end of the evening. Dave Sutcliffe was also very observant as our Grammarian and his word for the evening, “victory” (in honour of the England Team’s win that day) was quite frequently used. Mary Thomas gave us a thorough General Evaluation after all the speaking was done.
At the end of the evening the “Sutty Gavel” was ceremoniously passed to the President Elect, Mike Flannery, who will be taking office officially on 1st July.
This will be the last meeting report that you will get from me as I relinquish the joint roles of President and Vice President Education at the end of this month to hand both jobs over to Mike Flannery and Charlotte Blant respectively. I know that you will give both of them, together with the rest of the incoming Committee, your utmost support. I can’t stress how much your Officers really rely on the support and feedback of members. Without such a good membership as we have now we would not now be looking forward to an exciting 20010/11 Toastmasters year with a full and enthusiastic Committee. Although it’s been challenging at times I have very much enjoyed this year and I think I can speak for the rest of the Committee when I say that serving on a Toastmasters Club Committee is one of the greatest learning opportunities anyone can have. If you are serious about building your leadership skills as well as your communication skills I strongly recommend taking the opportunity the next time it arises – this time next year.
In order to help your new Committee keep things running smoothly there are a few things I would ask members to note:
Please let Charlotte know, as soon as possible, what the title of the speech is to be. The agenda looks so much more interesting when we have a speech title to whet our appetites for the speech. It’s a great way of getting your audience interested even before they arrive at the meeting. Seeing an intriguing title on the agenda might even just be the thing that persuades someone whether to attend or not.
Please also supply the time allowance for the speech. Although most of the CC speeches are 5-7 minutes, the final one is longer and the Advanced Communicator manuals have speeches of many different lengths. It can completely throw out the timing of an agenda if the correct timing has not been advised.
Please always bring your speech manual with you and ensure that the relevant page has been filled in by your evaluator. Write the title of your speech, the evaluator’s name and, most importantly, the date of your speech at the top of the evaluation page. This information is important as it is required when your award is registered after completion of the manual. Don’t rely on your evaluator to complete that information. It is your responsibility!
Try to make contact with your Evaluator before the meeting in order to advise any particular points to which you wish him/her to pay attention.
Finally, please remember that there is currently great pressure on speaking slots so think ahead and book your next one as soon as possible. Even if it seems as if you have a long wait for your speech, GET IT PREPARED EARLY. Sometimes someone has to pull out at the last minute and a slot becomes immediately available. If you already have a speech prepared you can slot into the gap, which helps you to get started and prevents there being an awkward empty slot on the agenda.
First of all, if you are a new member, do try to get yourself on the agenda as soon as possible to do one of the less demanding roles like Sergeant At Arms, Timekeeper, Warm Up. You can do any of these in the run-up to the meeting at which you are scheduled to do your icebreaker. You can also take the opportunity to participate in Table Topics whenever it presents itself.
Please remember to always bring your Competent Leader Manual and get someone to complete the short evaluation section for the role you have undertaken. Roles that count towards your Competent leader award are always marked with (CL) on the agenda.
When taking part in any meeting, if you are going to speak from the front please don’t forget to shake the hand of the Toastmaster or whoever is handing over to you. This signifies that the floor is now yours for the duration of your item. Of course you then need to remember to shake the hand of the Toastmaster or to the next participant in order to hand the floor over to them.
Don’t forget to use the salutation – “Mr/Madam Toastmaster, fellow Toastmasters and welcome guests” for the main items, particularly speeches and topics. This makes your contribution inclusive and signifies that you are speaking to everybody.
Just before I sign off I’d like to take the opportunity of congratulating Peter Cornwell and Meg Heyworth and the Worthing Speakers Club, now officially registered with Toastmasters International as a “pre-charter” club. This means they will soon receive their charter and become an official Toastmasters Club. I know it’s taken a lot of hard work and determination to get there so well done them!
Finally, thank you all for your help and support during my presidential year and particularly those members who took the trouble to personally express their appreciation to me after the meeting. It’s always nice to be appreciated! Thanks too to the other Committee stalwarts for the past year, David Robertson, Eric Haworth and Paul Rawlings.
I look forward to meeting with you all as the Immediate Past President on 14th July.
What a great time we had at last Wednesday’s meeting of the Brighton and Hove Speakers Club, another evening of “firsts”. Nigel Challoner and Charlotte Blant each gave us great insights into their respective life experiences and we now feel we know them very much better, which is, after all, the purpose of an icebreaker. Wendy Kier is galloping through her CC manual and number three was a genuinely helpful mini workshop on how to achieve success in five easy steps.
The other “firsts” included Ben Butt, showing great willingness and enthusiasm by tackling the role of Toastmaster and finding, as most people do, that it’s not nearly as difficult as you might think. Also Aisling O’Leary had her first taste at timekeeping, Matthew Wright his first warm up and Brendan Hayden a first go at being Sergeant At Arms. Our Grammarian, however, was our very experienced President Elect, Mike Flannery, who gave us the word “congruent” to weave into our speaking slots, which I think most people managed to do.
We didn’t have either a Table Topics item or a General Evaluator this time because we needed to make room for another of Eric Haworth’s “Your Performance Workshop” items. As usual this was very favourably received and was on the theme of “Get Your Point Across”, involving a mini debate.
It was great to see two old friends returning in the shape of Alex Marshall and Jilliana Ranicar-Breeze. Alex brought his friend Matt Davies as a visitor and we had another guest, Brian O’Toole. We look forward to seeing both of them again.
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Our next meeting, on 9th June (see attached agenda), is a special bumper speech evening in order to try to mop up some of you very patient people who are queuing to get on with your speeches. As you can see, the only vacant meeting role for that date is Timekeeper, so if that’s a role you haven’t had a go at and would like to then please let me know. The following meeting on 23rd June will be the very last one of the Toastmasters year, which runs from 1st July until 30th June. We have a special “handover” Committee meeting planned for this evening (3rd June), when the outgoing Committee will put everything in place to ensure that the new Committee has all the information and help needed for a smooth transition.
Speech slots are all full up to and including 14th July. On 28th July I have scheduled another “catch up” evening for speeches with six speech slots. ONLY TWO ARE STILL VACANT. Although Charlotte will take over the agenda planning from me on 1st July, please continue to contact me up to 30th June about speech slots and meeting roles for any future meeting and I will hand over the master plan with all your names in the requested slots to Charlotte so she can continue from where I left off. When you do undertake a role at meetings please do remember to bring your “Competent Leader” manual and ask someone to fill in the short evaluation of how you performed that role. This will count towards your Competent Leader Award. Also, of course, speakers need to remember to bring their Competent Communicator manuals to hand to their evaluators for completion.
I look forward to seeing you all again at our bumper speech evening on 9th June.
I feel very sorry for anyone who was unable to attend the Brighton and Hove Speakers Club AGM last Wednesday because they missed a great evening. The first part of our agenda was given over to AGM business. After a timely call to order by our Sergeant At Arms, David Robertson, and an enlivening warm-up from Craig West, inviting us to consider what in life we were most grateful for, there was a short report from each of the current Committee Officers (all three of us!) and the Financial Report (copy attached) was presented in the absence of our longsuffering (last year’s) Treasurer, Paul Rawlings who was unfortunately unable to attend. Then the Committee for the forthcoming new Toastmasters year, beginning on 1st July, was voted in as follows:
- President Mike Flannery
- VP Education Charlotte Blant
- VP Public Relations Lotus Loan Thu Nguyen
- VP Membership David Robertson
- Treasurer Paul Matthews
- Secretary Dave Sutcliffe
- Sgt-At-Arms Craig West
- Mentoring Co-ordinator (ex-officio post) Linda Hooper
This really does look like a great team and I for one look forward to seeing the club go from strength to strength under its leadership.
After the election we were ready for the speech section of the evening, when we heard two extremely confident and entertaining icebreaker speeches from Bhanu Rao and Brendan Hayden. After this we were regaled by an off-manual speech from Barry Miles entitled How important are public speaking skills? with references to speakers as diverse as Adolf Hitler, Michael Foot and Barack Obama, among others. Barry bravely stepped into the breach with this speech since the slot had become unexpectedly available at short notice.
After the break Linda Hooper and her team of Table Topics volunteers entertained us by taking on the personae of archaeologists of the year 3030 endeavouring to discover what certain 21st century artefacts discovered in the ancient settlement of Brighton and Hove would have been used for. They came to various conclusions as to what we would have been up to; communicating with a hairbrush, exfoliating with a cheese grater, lubricating with Marmite, performing surgical procedures with a coat-hanger, hydrating themselves with a hot water bottle, storing information in a head shaped wig stand, having charcoal for their dinner, teaching children their numbers with a tape measure and examining themselves with a mirror! I can’t help wondering how accurate the pronouncements of 21st century archaeologists are about ancient finds.
When we’d all stopped laughing and settled down again our three earlier speeches were evaluated by Wendy Kier, Craig West and Eric Haworth. Wendy and Craig were each giving their first “live” evaluation, after having taken part in the previous meeting’s evaluation workshop and they both show every sign of being a valuable addition to our team of regular evaluators.
The whole event was chaired smoothly and efficiently by our Toastmaster Peter Cornwell, who did a brilliant job of keeping us to time along with our Timekeeper Paul Matthews, who delivered the most detailed and entertaining timekeepers report I’ve heard for a long time.
There were no Grammarian or General Evaluator reports since we had dispensed with those roles in order to make room on the agenda for the AGM business.
We had one guest, Joy Aloor, who gave us favourable feedback afterwards and who we expect to see again in the near future.
My thanks to everyone who participated in the evening and helped to make it so enjoyable.
I attach the draft agenda for the next meeting on 26th May, which will be another of Eric’s very popular “Your Performance Workshop” events. I don’t know details yet but watch this space! Speech slots are now filled up to and including 14th July. The meeting on 28th July will be another “catch-up” evening, like the one already arranged for 9th June, when we will be having six speech slots. Two of those slots on the 14th are already booked so there are currently four slots on that date still available to the first comers. It seems incredible but the next meeting after that is on 11th August! Speech slots on that date are all currently still available. If you need to get on with your next (or your first) speech and haven’t booked your slot please be proactive and book your slot as far ahead as possible – otherwise you’ll end up waiting for months.
Just to clarify the position regarding booking yourself onto the agenda for either speech slots or meeting roles, although I will be relinquishing the task of agenda planning to our new VP Education, Charlotte Blant, at the end of June, you can still contact me up until then to get your name onto any future agenda. I will then pass the forward agenda plan to Charlotte together with all those names already in their allotted slots. Charlotte will then continue to forward plan from 1st July onwards In other words, if you have already been given a date by me to speak at any future meeting that date will stand after the handover. Charlotte will then begin to fill the next available slots. I hope that’s clear!
International Speech and Evaluation Competition
I understand that Iain Upton of Solent Speakers, who represented our Division (Division H), came third in the International Speech contest held as part of the Divisional (Division 71 – UK and Ireland) Conference in Ireland at the weekend. I don’t know how many competitors there were but I’m sure a full report will appear on the D71 website: http://d71.org/portal.php?c=7&page=1 fairly soon.
For some reason I have been without a broadband connection for some time so if anyone has been e-mailing me and not getting a response I do apologise. I’ll try to catch up with you all as soon as possible.
That’s all for now, except to say that I look forward to another riveting evening in your company on 26th May.
Regards and best wishes.
I think that’s probably the best way to sum up the latest meeting of the Brighton and Hove Speakers Club last Wednesday, 28th April. Happiness, pleasure and positivity were the subjects of the three speeches: Happiness Now from Lotus LoanThu, my own interpretive reading The Sands of Pleasure by A. A. Milne and Look for the Positive from Eric Haworth, who was brave enough to make his CC9 speech available as the target speech for Linda Hooper’s special Education item on Effective Evaluations. We were particularly relieved to see Eric, having been delayed for some time in Peru due to the volcanic ash problem.
After we had all participated in three different group discussions facilitated by Peter Cornwell, Mike Flannery and our visiting guest, Area Governor Gordon Piggott, three equally brave souls who had never evaluated before, Lotus Loan Thu, Craig West and Wendy Kier, each had a go at evaluating Eric’s speech. Many thanks to all those participants and especially Linda for putting in so much time and hard work to organise it. I now look forward to evaluations by Lotus, Craig and Wendy and anyone else who might now feel a little more encouraged to undertake them. The other two speakers were evaluated by two more experienced evaluators, Patrick Bland and David Robertson.
Others undertaking particular roles for the first time were Charlotte Blant, who made a very confident and commanding Sergeant at Arms, Paul Matthews, who gave us a great warm-up around who we would like to accompany us to a desert island and Aisling O’Leary, who did a very competent job of keeping us all under control in the role of Toastmaster. Well done to all. No-one would have believed that you were all novices!
Timekeeper Mike Flannery, who is hardly a novice, kept us all to time with his stopwatch and his bell and Mary Thomas kept a beady eye on us all in order to feedback as General Evaluator at the end. We dispensed with Table Topics and the role of Grammarian for this meeting in order to give us more time for the workshop.
We had two very welcome visitors in the form of Frank Van Heeroen and Nagisa Susuki, both of whom we look forward to seeing again.
International Speech and Evaluation Competition
The Division H heat of this competition was held on 17th April in Dorking. Our representative was our nominated President for next year, Mike Flannery, who had already won the Area competition in Eastbourne on 3rd April to get there. Unfortunately, however, Mike’s luck ran out and he wasn’t placed, but I know that he feels entering was well worth the effort in terms of what he has learned from the experience. The Divisional winner was actually Ian Upton from Solent Speakers and we wish him all the best as he goes forward to the District 71 contest during the District 71 Conference in Sligo, Ireland, from 14th-16th May. Details of the conference can be found here: http://d71.org/portal.php?page=7 .
Our next meeting, on 12th May, will be our Annual General Meeting. All are welcome to attend but naturally only those who are currently paid-up members will be able to vote. We will have a very brief (I promise) annual report from each of the Officers on the Committee and the end of year Financial Report will be made available to the members before they are asked to cast their votes for those who are standing for election to the new Committee to succeed the current one at the beginning of the 2010/11 Toastmasters year on 1st July. We would like as many members in attendance as possible in order to ensure that we have a quorum. The nominees for office are as follows:
- President Mike Flannery
- VP Education VACANT
- VP Public Relations Lotus LoanThu Nguyen
- VP Membership David Robertson
- Treasurer Paul Matthews
- Secretary Dave Sutcliffe
- Sgt-At-Arms Craig West
You will see that we are currently still without a nomination for VP Education. However, I have an optimistic feeling that someone out there is hovering on the brink and will come forward any minute now with a firm commitment. Just to remind you, the duties of the VPE are as follows:
• Organise the agenda for each meeting
• Know and chart the progress of each Club member
• Choose prospective CCs & ACs early in year
• Organise and lead Educational sessions
• Organise Club competitions & joint meetings
• Build up contacts in other Clubs
• Organise mentoring for new members
It would be great if we could have an actual name in that vacant slot very soon so the members know exactly who they will be able to vote for.
I have been doing the job of VPE this year alongside being President and yes it’s been quite hard work but I can honestly say that the VPE work I have done has been the most exciting, rewarding and, above all, educating! I have learned a great deal about my own leadership skills and have really enjoyed seeing new members come along and helping them get stuck into the programme. It gives me a real thrill to chart their progress and watch their confidence grow. The opportunity now exists for someone else to gain the same benefits from taking on the role.
I attach a draft agenda for the meeting, showing which meeting roles are still available. I did have a hard copy at the meeting last Wednesday, but unfortunately it has disappeared, I suspect scooped up with other papers and put away in our cupboard at the hotel. I don’t know if anyone had entered their names for roles but if so I’m afraid you will have to let me know again to make sure I’ve got it. You can also enter yourself onto the forward agenda planning schedule which is available on our Googledocs website (login details below), but do let me know you’ve done so to prevent double booking.
Speech slots are now all booked up until the end of June. One speech is booked for 14th July but all others on that date and from then on are still available. If you are too impatient to wait until then don’t forget that Meg Heyworth has kindly extended an invitation to any of our members who would like to speak at the Worthing club, which, being a small club, often struggles to fill its speech slots. For more information contact Meg directly: firstname.lastname@example.org . Also remember that you can visit any Toastmasters Club anywhere in the world and, as long as you are a current Toastmasters member, participate in the meeting. The other clubs in our own area (Area 32), as well as Worthing, are Eastbourne, Battle and Arun Speakers (Chichester). You can find their contact details here: http://d71.org/orgdata.php .
The mentor list is still not quite complete, although it does have all mentors’ contact details on it. I attach it again here. If you don’t currently have a mentor and would like one, please feel free to either contact me in order to be allocated one or contact the mentor of your choice directly. The most suitable method and scheduling of mentoring will be determined by the mentor and the mentee themselves.
NOTE TO MENTORS: It would be very useful if you could let me have the names of the members you are currently mentoring for my records, also biogs and photos for those which are still missing.
Young Speakers Award
This is a new venture being undertaken by our founder member, Jackie Arnold. It involves participants from schools and colleges in the Brighton area. This is not an official Toastmasters sponsored event, but individual members are encouraged to support it. Wendy Kier and I are due to run some mentoring workshop sessions with the young people next Thursday and the final event and awards ceremony will take place at Roedean School on Friday 28th May. Further details are on the website: www.youngspeakersaward.co.uk
Finally, my thanks to all you members for your continued support and willingness to participate in club activities. There is a great energy and enthusiasm among our members and that makes my job so much easier.
I look forward to seeing you all at the AGM on 12th May.