Monthly Archives: June 2012

Don’t Discount Poetry from your Presentational Arsenal

I recently hosted a ‘Poetry & Prose’ meeting at Thanet Speakers Club.  This was a bit of a challenge because I don’t really have the greatest appreciation for poetry…I just haven’t been brought up with it.  Despite my reservations, I found the whole evening interesting, entertaining and worthwhile.  Most importantly I picked up some amazing tips to improve my presentational skills which I share with you now.

Listening to some of our orators, I noticed that they used the pace of their poetry to good effect in their performance…poetry was definitely used for dramatic fashion.  My fellow club members were using more vocal variety to convey their message which certainly grabbed the attention of the audience.

The goal of every speech should be to make a lasting impression.  Maybe by incorporating poetry or the style of poetry in your speech, you could add a new level of importance and dynamism to what you are trying to say.

In this day and age, everyone has been bored to death by the same monotonous PowerPoint Presentations.  However audiences don’t encounter poetry every day, so if you utilize poetry, or a poetic style, you will grab your audience’s attention and creating a lasting impact.

So if you are looking to improve the performance of your presentation and add dramatic impact, don’t discount the art of poetry.

For more tips, click on tips to make your presentations run smoothly.

Ian Lockyer

My thanks to Brian Didmon for the accompanying picture.  Brian is a talented photographer from Herne Bay who has an interesting portfolio of pictures at

Thanet Speakers Club Report – 14th June 2012 (by Doug Weale)

The  agenda on Thursday 14th June was chaired by Kathleen Smith.  The session began by the official investiture of our new President Bernie Morgan, who as it happened, had been assigned to deliver a speech to demonstrate rapport in public speaking and proceeded to do so in a style exemplary of her own embracing an extensive general  knowledge which engaged and entertained the audience.  In the manner required,Bernie earned a well-deserved passmark by evaluator, Margaret Jones

John Poole, with admirable determination, earned a pass-mark, from Ron Sheldrake for his third attempt at demonstrating the use of notes.

There followed a rehearsal for the all important Hopper Cup; a team speaking competition between the Kent clubs  to be hosted at our next meeting June 28th; at our customary venue,the Royal Temple Yacht Club. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings, and this will be no exception; 7.45.for 8pm.  We expect keen friendly rivalry in this annual entertaining event, a display of skilled public speaking is assured.

The agenda on Thursday concluded with the impromptu speech session; chaired by Trevor Kenning who, with his amiable persona, conducted an congenial invitation to all present, to speak without previous preparation, on a topical subject :challenging, but within the capability of club members,proving to be enjoyable ,and rewarding.  For the best response by popular vote, a presentation of the Topics Trophy on this occasion, to Sally Dyos for a humorous story, in the finest tradition of this vital art in the speaker`s armoury.

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Thanet Speakers Club Annual Dinner Report (by Doug Weale)

Presiding at the clubs annual dinner, the outgoing president, Kathleen Smith, welcomed guests who included members of Chaucer S.C.  and  fellow Thanet S.C. members, together with their relatives and friends.

Following a particularly fine meal at Northdown House, Cliftonvillle, the traditional Toast to The Club was given by Ley Liberman, a sea-faring adventuress, who incorporated into her speech an entertaining account of shipwreck-together with  her husband-the two alone sharing and surviving the experience.

Club President responded in an imaginative speech in her own charismatic style.  With the inimitable stentorian tone of a former soldier Ron Sheldrake proposed the traditional Toast to The Guests, who included the President of Chaucer S.C., William Warren whose generous hospitality our club had a week earlier enjoyed and who now gave an entertaining response on behalf of all guests.

The event had ,as always, provided everyone attending the opportunity to witness,what many consider to be the ultimate enjoyment of the art practised at the club; after-dinner speaking.   Among those present,were incoming Thanet S.C. President Bernie Morgan, who together with her committee will endeavour to maintain the standards upheld throughout  the club`s history of affiliation to the Association of Speakers Clubs,promoting the practise of efficiency in speaking in public .

Our next meeting, as usual, is at the Royal Temple Yacht  Club, will be on June 14th: a full agenda is planned, with prepared speeches ,by members, followed by the customary impromptu speaking session.Visitors are always welcome; we meet on the second and fourth Thursday monthly  at 7.45 for 8pm : please contact Doug Weale on 01843 592221; or

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