Monthly Archives: March 2011

Thanet Speakers Club Report – 24th March 2011

The meeting held on the 24th March was chaired for the first time by Ben Harris.  Ben showed innovative chairmanship with his amendments to the planned scheduled which allowed guests to introduce themselves to the club.

Members were both delighted and captured by John Paul’s descriptions of childhood that took one through the playing fields of tin can cannons to the air raids shelters where teachers sat in silence.

On the prepared speeches Kathleen Smith undertook the B2 assignment which answered the question , ‘why do we have one mouth and two ears’ bemusing the audience with her Italian style gestures.  

Francis Pointer chaired the impromptu section where members take the floor and speak on whatever subject they had just been given.  Francis choose quotations that really got the impromptu juices flowing where even the analysis of impromptu was cleverly weaved into a response. The topics trophy was won by Trevor Kenning whose natural flare for out smarting any quotation did so with an excellent show of speaking skills.

The evening was declared a success thanks to Ben Harris fine chairmanship which linked agenda with cleared directives which made a successful meeting possible.

All Thanet Speakers meetings our open to visitors.  Our next meeting is 7.45pm on 14th April at the Royal Temple Yacht Club in Ramsgate. Full contact details can be found on

Association of Speakers Clubs Online Speech Competition 2011

The closing date for the Association of Speakers clubs online speech competition is 31st of this month so there is still plenty of time to get your entry in.

Details of the competition can be foud here.  Videos from previous competitions can be found on YouTube can be found by following this link

Association of Speakers Clubs AGM – Edinburgh 2011

The documents for the Annual Conference of the Association of Speakers Clubs (ASC)  in Edinburgh from the evening of 15th to 17th April are now in the Conference Section Download Centre of the ASC website

The programme of events are as follows:

Friday 15th April 2011: The National Topics Contest, followed by the Virtual Speaking Contest.

Saturday 16th April 2011:  From 9.15am – 12.30pm we have the Annual General Meeting, and from 12.30pm – 3.00pm your time is your own to have lunch and make your own entertainment. This will then be followed by the National Speech Contest at 3.00pm. The afternoon will finish at 5.00pm.  This will give you plenty of time to get dressed for the Gala Dinner at 7.00pm for 7.30pm until 11.00pm.

Sunday 17th April 2011: 9.00am – 9.30am we have our Church Service, followed by the National Evaluation Contest Final at 10.00am. We hope to close the Conference by 12.30pm allowing plenty of time for lunch and for delegates to make their way home!

Thanet Speakers Club Report – 10th March 2011

The Thanet Speakers club meeting held on 10th March 2011 saw our youngest member Ben Harris, demonstrate his development by successfully completing his B5 speech which was delivered with both confidence and with a good use of humor.
Ben’s speech was followed by a B3 speech entitled ‘when you eat just eat’, by Kathleen Smith who successfully demonstrated the importance of audience rapport in a speech.
The speeches where evaluated by Trevor Kenning, and Andrew Thomson who both captured the high level of speech evaluative skills of the club
Doug Weale chaired the impromptu speaking session by giving members random thought words. All members rose to the challenge including visiting  guests. The ‘Speakers Trophy’ was won by Francis Pointer who engaged the audience with humor on the topic of ‘Cake’.

All Thanet Speaker group evenings are open to anyone. So if you like to come as a guest our next meeting please contact Doug Weale : 01843 692221 or  or visit our website