Monthly Archives: November 2012

Thanet Speakers Club Report – 22nd November 2012

Ben Harris chaired a most enjoyable meeting on Thursday 22nd November at The Royal Temple Yacht Club.

Kathleen Smith addressing the eighth of the ten assignments of basic aspects of speaking in public, which all members  seek to achieve,  succeeding in her objective, on this occasion ,in one of the most vital qualities;humour.

There followed a further demonstration of skillful speaking,by Trevor Kenning; assigned the task by our Education Director of composing an impromptu speech- from a choice of three subjects-without any prior knowledge, in the space of just ten minutes ,in compliance with the qualities required by the Advanced Manual issued by The Association of Speakers Clubs. He chose, and succeeded, in addressing a most profound philosophical ideal; true to his own personal tenor, offering a laudable challenge to the author and proceeding with his own -typically pertinent and witty interpretation.

In the subsequent impromptu speaking session, ,Gary Costain, a new member, with remarkable adaptation to our aims, was awarded the Topics Trophy; by popular vote, for the best response to a “topic”; offered by Andrew Thomson,Chairing the event; given no prior indication of the subject he told a most amusing story.

All contributions to this most successful and entertaining meeting were appraised in an evaluation by Frances Pointer drawing attention to both skillful examples of speaking together with aspects for improvement;the essence of our learning curve.

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Thanet Speakers Club Report – Annual Speaking Competitions (8th November 2012)

Competitive speaking is an opportunity to be judged by fellow members on the qualities demonstrated in speech,as determined by the Association of Speakers Clubs,which we practise at our regular meetings.  The Evaluation Competition supervised by Ron Sheldrake began by Education Director, Frances Pointer delivering an intriguing “target “speech on the virtues of butter.  Evaluative competitors in turn, gave an appraisals which drew attention to praiseworthy aspects,together with, what, in their personal opinion,were points for improvement; the essence of our learning curve, by which we improve.

Then followed the Topics Competition; impromptu speaking; a vital contribution to the speaker`s armoury;  Doug Weale inviting  an unprepared  response by contestants in turn, to the Topic, “An Ideal World”: drawing as expected- widely differing  opinion. Trevor Kenning, Ben Harris and Gary Costain with infinite good judgement proved equal to the challenge of deciding who should represent the club in the next round at the Kent Area AGM on Sunday February 10th.

Concluding the competitions and the meeting ; presentation of both Trophies was made to Club President ,Bernie Morgan,an inspirational speaker ,in this her Presidential year.  Runners -up Margaret Jones and Kathleen Smith, respectively,and Ben Harris,will make up the Thanet Speakers Club team at the Kent Area round.

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Thanet Speakers Club Report – 25th October 2012 (by Doug Weale)

A hugely successful joint meeting of all three clubs in Kent,chaired by Trevor Kenning,was held at The Royal Temple Yacht Club on Thursday October 25th.  Prepared speeches were given in keeping with the standards of the Association of Speakers Clubs, firstly by our own Ben Harris  demonstrating the use of notes, with the intriguing title ” If It Isn’t Broke Don`t Fix It “,  followed by “Food Glorious Food “from  a guest from Chaucer S.C. illustrating  words and pictures in speech.

Evaluation of each was given ,in order, by Julie Pratt and Terry Nunn offering both compliments on delivery and recommendations for continued improvement; our source of learning.

The customary impromptu speaking session was chaired by Fred Lamont, offering a challenge to all present in turn to speak without preparation on a subject, which he had selected for each participant.  Impromptu speaking is vital  in the armoury of both social and public speaking, and an essential item on all our agendas: individual evaluation of the responses was given by Kathleen Smith, evaluated in an entertaining manner, yet perceptive of the essence of proper instructive guidance.

William Warren of Chaucer S.C. gave a general appraisal of the evening, complimenting all responsible for the success of the event, which brings the Kent Area clubs together in turn at each club venue in turn.

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