Monthly Archives: March 2015

Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 26 March 2015, by Doug Weale

As Chairman of the meeting on March 26th, Doug Weale paid tribute to Trevor Kenning in his dual role of President and Education Director, in the latter Office for the compilation of the twice monthly agendas as we pursue our objective as an affiliate of the Association of Speakers Clubs, to practise and improve the art of speaking in public.

After the initial warm-up, Garry Costain delivered an impromptu speech with his customary intensity of meaning and sincerity, on this occasion the engaging theme of motivation. Evaluation was offered by Ben Harris, drawing attention to the essential factors required by the ASC guide book in good speech, and to points which the speaker might find helpful in seeking improvement.

In contrasting style and subject matter, Steve Pamphilon then gave a humorous discourse on a topic of controversy in Thanet-recycling bins; entitled “My Rubbish Speech”. Deborah Percy evaluated with her now established apposite approach, engaging, inimitable and an ability to encourage confidence in a speaker.

After the interval, an innovative opportunity of impromptu speaking was afforded by Trevor Kenning, in the form of a Balloon Debate: without prior knowledge, as befitting the exercise, members were each given two famous names; speaking for two minutes, the objective was to plea on behalf of one to remain afloat in the hot air balloon, whilst , in the interest of maintaining altitude, the second named was ejected. It was fun, enjoyable, and served the underlying serious purpose with commendable effect.

Evaluation of the session, and finally, the evening as a whole, was given by Steve Pamphilon and John Beale respectively; drawing attention to the educational value, success and enjoyment provided; endorsing the recognition of the contribution made by the Chairman in his opening of the meeting.

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Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 12 March 2015, by Doug Weale

A truly educational and entertaining meeting, Chaired by Ron Sheldrake, on Thursday March 12 focused on an important aspect of public speaking-the Proposal  of Toasts.  After the customary warm-up, Steve Pamphilon, formerly of Toastmasters International, who has recently joined us, gave an instructive talk on the correct protocol of Toasting and Response.  

There followed examples of traditional toasts at wedding ceremonies, delivered by Deborah Percy and Doug Weale, representing the bride and best man, respectively. Both speeches exemplified the requisite qualities-not least that most vital factor-humour.     

Evaluation, the process by which we learn, was given by Gary Costain and Trevor Kenning: each drawing attention to the points deserving of praise ,  together with those which could be improved upon.  

An opportunity was then afforded to Bernie Morgan to rehearse her speech to be delivered at the forthcoming District AGM and the penultimate round of the annual national Speech competition, joining our President as he competes in Evaluation and Topics: a source of pride for the Club that we will be so well represented.   

The impromptu speaking session, a regular feature of our agendas, conducted on this occasion by Club President, Trevor Kenning, continued with the theme of Toasting; a series of fictional subjects were responded to in the format of a Toast. This proved to be both entertaining and an opportunity to put into practice what had previously been demonstrated. With an imaginative short speech of the two minutes specified, Bernie Morgan was, by popular vote, awarded the Topics  Trophy.  

Evaluation of the session by Gary Costain, and finally of the evening as a whole by Bernie Morgan concluded a most successful agenda; maintaining the high standards of education and enjoyment in keeping with the Association to which we belong.  

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