Comedy was the unofficial, unplanned theme that ran through this evening.
Will Warren, the National President of Speakers Clubs, attended to act as one of the judges for the masterpiece speech given by Bernie Morgan. She is an experienced member who excels at audience rapport and the use of humour. Needless to say she passed this assignment and held the audience captive with her talk about how the world has changed for children from one generation to the next. We would have liked more!
Ben Harris treated us to an hilarious and passionate impromptu speech after just ten minutes of preparation. It is all about the winning, not the taking part, was the thrust of his argument.
Everyone had ample chance to speak. Our warm up session was on the subject of little things that niggle, we had a quick session on nostalgia, and a topics session on modes of transport. Doug Weale won the Topics Trophy for the night, arguably for stringing together a load of old jokes in a seamless, original way that had us laughing. Proving that it timing is key and it is “the way you tell ’em.”
In the business session, Will gave a brief overview of the structure of the organisation, its drive for new members and some forthcoming national events.
The next meeting will be Thursday 8th October. All guests are welcome and it is free for visitors to attend. For further details, Thanet Speakers Club is on social media or contact Deborah on 01843 607192.
We welcomed six guests to the well-attended first meeting of the season.
The lengthy reign of our Queen had been in the news, so we started with a warm up session in which the chair invited everyone make a brief comment on the defining feature of the current Elizabethan age. A few people mentioned times when they had met the Queen personally.
John Beale and Deborah Percy were awarded Certificates of Achievement for completing some speeches to a high standard. Many speeches are made purely to practice public speaking and for the entertainment of the audience. Some of our speeches are assessed according to criteria set out by the Association of Speakers Clubs, focusing on areas such as voice or gestures. This way we work to a defined programme for improvement.
With business out of the way, all members were invited to give a short pre-prepared speech on the subject of “Holidays.” John Beale focused on accommodation, and it was fascinating to hear about The Snooze Box he stayed in at Edinburgh during the festival. These are mobile hotels that pitch up at major events. They are tiny and basic but perfectly adequate accommodation with no breakfast but a comfortable bed. An ensuite too, in a space the size of which would make cat-swinging impossible.
After the interval, almost everyone took part in the impromptu speaking session, about a random two words. Trevor Kenning has been a member of the Association for many years, so there can be no surprise that his speech on “Wine and Dine” was voted the best of this session. Some of the guests gave impressive speeches on the subjects of “day and night”, knife and fork” and “home and work”.
The next meeting will be Thursday 24th September. All guests are welcome and the evening is free for visitors to attend. For further details, Thanet Speakers Club is on social media or you can leave a message for Deborah on 01843 607192.