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.