Monthly Archives: January 2012

Thanet Speakers Club Report (After Dinner Speaking Evening) – 26th January 2012

Turning what might have been a disaster into a triumph, Margaret Jones inspired all attending a mock dinner, in place of the real thing,which for insurmountable reasons,was cancelled, but as Master of Ceremonies, she played a convincing role in the formalities of reality, introducing the speakers of customary after-dinner protocol.

Firstly as is expected of  her, Bernie Morgan gave an inspired speech, Toasting  -The Club, blending encomium and the humour which is her forte. President, Kathleen Smith gave a response demonstrating the mastery of  responsibility of her Office with a speech which augurs well for her continued tenure of a vital role. Immediate Past President, Doug Weale, Toasting the guests, drew attention to the pleasure afforded the club, by visitors who had converted to members, contributing to the diversity of talent which forms the essence of the club membership, in pursuit of the art of speaking in public: a classic example,on behalf of the guests, Sally Dyos, a recent accession,enhanced her already established potential, by an engaging response.

Following the requisite formal speeches, there then followed a series of impromptu,after-dinner toasts, by invitation, to afford the opportunity to other diners to practise what is undoubtably one of, if not the supreme pleasure of  speaking to entertain. The session, chaired by the president, was an appropriate conclusion to the event. All speeches were evaluated;  the customary accompaniment which forms the basis of the method of learning, as decreed by the Association to which we belong. In a general evaluation Doug Weale, drew attention to the commendable contribution played by  Magaret Jones` chairmanship of a successful meeting and tentatively suggested that from an educational point of view, the evening had been better spent,by foregoing the  meal, thus allowing a full evening in pursuit of the real objective:this would, however,be a matter for discussion.

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Thanet Speakers Club Report (Speech Contest) – 12th January 2012

The annual speech competition, chaired by Ron Sheldrake, offered the customary variety of entertaining subject matter in speeches by members: Trevor Kenning, as chief judge was looking for far more, however; delivery, use of words, gestures, voice modulation, and yet  still more; all aspects of public speaking learned at the club.

Three of the entrants; winner runner-up and a reserve were selected to proceed to the Area round next month in Maidstone. A remarkable performance by Sally Dyos, delivering her very first prepared speech, stunned the audience by her confident ability, with a most entertaining performance, gaining the reserve place, alongside Doug Weale and Ian Lockyer, who will
represent the club next month.

As always impromptu speaking is a regular feature of our meetings: Margaret Jones taking over the Chair for this session, offerred an innovative theme, inviting members to respond to a piece of music. The challenge of these ” topics” is a good grounding for practise and learning of fundamentals needed in progression through the syllabus: the skill of the responses,
and their entertaining value are judged by popular vote, for the award of a trophy for the best: this meeting`s winner: Trevor Kenning.

Evaluation, the pivotal factor of our learning curve-earned congratulations for Margaret in recognition of her Chairmanship of the session, and valuable advice to members, where thought necessary, for continued progress in the coveted art which the club, in alliance with the National Association of Speakers Clubs, seeks to promote.

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Thanet Speakers Club Report – 22nd December 2011

The club prides itself on the variety of agendas offered at the twice monthly meetings.  The aim however remains constant; to practise and improve the art of speaking in public. The responsibility for the content is undertaken by our Education Director Frances Pointer, who, for the final meeting of the year, gave the opportunity to engage in debate-one of the most challenging aspects of speaking.

Chaired by Ron Sheldrake, the Motion was “People are a Different Life Form from Animals”. Prior to commencement of debate, a vote was taken, showing a majority in favour. There then followed a most forceful argument in support  by Trevor Kenning and Doug Weale but the audience, were swayed by the eloquent rhetoric in opposition, of the formidable duo of the club President, Kathleen Smith and Vice President Bernie Morgan, who overcame the balance, and in spite of a forceful summing up for the motion, a drawn resulted.

After the interval, the impromptu session followed.  Cchaired by Bernie Morgan, the “topics” were as always, designed to be challenging, yet within the capability of all present, and an enjoyable item on every agenda.

Regular meetings on 2nd and fourth Thursdays will recommence on January 12th with the important annual Speech Competition: winner and runner-up going on to the Area contest, culminating in April at the National final.

Varying format of agendas will continue, such as the debate, team speaking and competitions, and of course – Impromptu speaking-all make for an absorbing formula to learn the art of speaking in public.

For all details please contact Doug Weale 01843 592221 or or visit our website