Monthly Archives: September 2013

Report of the meeting held on Thursday September 26, by Doug Weale

The wide variety of subjects chosen, on which to address their fellow members, was dramatically illustrated at the meeting on Thursday 24th September, Chaired by Margaret Jones.

With an informative insight into the complexity of Synethesia, Garry Costain spoke with authority and a sense of purpose and skilful composition, as required by his third assignment in the Guide Book of the Association of Speakers Clubs;  which leads us  through the qualities deemed vital to the public speaker.

John Beale, then, addressing the same assignment, chose a dramatic account of the leadership of Field Marshall Sir William Slim, and the immortal bravery of “The Forgotten Army” against the Japanese in S.E.Asia.

Both speakers enthralled the audience of fellow club members, and visitors earning a Pass Mark in complimentary evaluation, from Doug Weale and Trevor Kenning, respectively.

Impromptu speaking, a highly regarded skill in the Association, and a regular feature in our agendas, chaired on this occasion by Andrew Thomson, gave all present the opportunity to speak without preparation, on his chosen topics. Challenging but of an enjoyable nature, and always an intellectual stimulus.

Evaluation was given by Ben Harris, a fine example of a youngster who has improved his speaking skill in a comparatively short time  with the Club. The Trophy for best response-by popular vote- went to Trevor Kenning.

Summing up the evening, Ron Sheldrake, in the  true manner of evaluation, appraisal by fellow members, by which both commendable aspects of speaking, together with  such points which might have room  for improvement, form the basis of  our ethos of practice and improvement.

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Report of the meeting held on 12 September 2013 by Doug Weale



Club President Bernie Morgan chaired the first meeting of a new season on Thursday 12th September at The Royal Temple Yacht Club. With her usual enthusiasm, she began with a warm-up, inviting everyone to speak for a minute or two on a theme of her choice.

Thus prepared we settled down to listen with rapt attention to Dr. John Beale as he presented the second speech of the ten assignments of the Manual designed by the Association of Speakers Clubs. He gave an absorbing account of three distinguished scientists who, in a widely differing manner, each using their individual skill, in conjunction with the human senses, which we all possess, made such great contributions to medicine. With a deft touch of humour, which is a feature of his speaking, this proved to be a fine introduction to the meeting.

A speech by Doug Weale followed on the subject of the aims of the Association to which our club is affiliated: The practice and improvement of speaking in public, choosing in particular the subject of humour.

Evaluations followed by Ben Harris and Ron Sheldrake respectively, drawing attention to  aspects of merit together with points for improvement, demonstrating the  essence  of our method of learning: the constructive appraisal by our fellow members.

The customary impromptu speaking session, on this occasion Chaired by Margaret Jones, giving an opportunity to everyone to speak, without preparation on a topic selected to be challenging, but within our capability, of response for two minutes: an enjoyable assignment, and an essential factor in the speakers` armoury, and vital to the club`s programme.

Frances Pointer capably- as Education Director -evaluated each individual response, including a compliment to Margaret`s Chairmanship. The Topics Trophy, awarded to the finest response, by popular vote, was awarded to Trevor Kenning, who then fulfilled his appointed task of evaluating the evening as a whole. With characteristic  enthusiasm for all the qualities deserving compliment demonstrated by his fellow members, together with -skilful evaluator that he is -some points for the continual improvement, which is the ambition and purpose  of  the club. He concluded on a most positive note for the season of speaking just begun.

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