Chaired by Andrew Thomson, our meeting on Thursday 28th March heralded particular success for two new members. Paul Hogwood was awarded a laudable evaluation and “pass mark ” by Ben Harris for his Maiden Speech to the club. This was followed by presentation of the coveted Trophy for Impromptu Speaking to Dr. John Beale. The club has tremendous satisfaction in such early successes by newcomers joining us in pursuit of the practice and improvement of the art of speaking in public.
The thoroughly enjoyable agenda also included a fine speech by Margaret Jones, which recalled a moving childhood experience with [...]
A hugely successful Open Evening on Thursday 14th March was chaired by Trevor Kenning, who began it with a warm welcome to our visitors. Having conducted an introduction of members, he proceeded to outline the purpose of the Association of Speakers Clubs, to which we belong, and whose guidelines in public speaking we follow.
An agenda prepared by Frances Pointer demonstrated the course of the Manual which takes each member through the wide variety of aspects of the art of good speaking. Ron Sheldrake began with a fine example from the basic programme, followed in like vein by Doug Weale [...]
Ben Harris chaired the meeting on February 14th, inviting members to read their choice of poetry and prose. A departure from the customary speeches, composed and delivered by each member in turn. This annual variation in the agenda is an object lesson in the use of voice to interpret an author’s purpose of meaning. A wide variety of works, ranging from Ian Flemming to Cardinal Corderio, and from Fleur Adcock to a poem written by the speaker, proved educational, instructive and entertaining.
The impromptu speaking session, a regular feature, followed. This was chaired by club President, Bernie Morgan with a [...]
Our After-Dinner Speech evening, in which we practise that most enjoyable aspect of public speaking , coincided with the eve of Burns Night and our Education Director, Frances Pointer organised a theme of Toasts based on the work of the Scottish genius; setting a fine example, following The Selkirk Grace, by Garry Costain, she proposed a”Toast To The Haggis ” with a vivacious realism, aided by her home- made Haggis and accompanying beverage. Andrew Thomson, of Scottish lineage, followed with a humorous salutation to The Mouse, in commendable native dialect.
Further Toasts were delivered; notably to the traditional “Immortal Memory” [...]
The annual speech contest on Thursday January 10th, chaired by Andrew Thomson, offered to the audience of fellow members and visitors the customary mix of entertaining entries; delivered with the skill of public speaking learned under the guidance of the manual of the Association of Speakers Clubs to which we are affiliated. Bernie Morgan and Margaret Jones earning the accolade of first and second place, they will represent the club in the next round of the competition, at the Kent Area meeting in February.
Education Director, Frances Pointer together with Kathleen Smith drew attention to the challenge to their judgement [...]
Chaired by Doug Weale, the meeting on December 13th was engaged in debate; a vital aspect of speaking which is among the wide range encouraged by the Association of Speakers Clubs to which the club is affiliated. There was a remarkably forceful response to the motion “ The Freedom of The Press is Paramount in Our Society”. Ron Sheldrake seconded by Kathleen Smith, offering a powerful argument for the motion. Gary Costain, gaining confidence at each meeting, supported by Bernie Morgan,in opposition, then proceeded with conviction, in opposition. Each side had provided the basis for an earnest debate from the [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Margaret Jones chaired the meeting on Thursday Oct 11th; a familiar agenda; speeches composed and delivered by members; Kathleen Smith on the intriguing qualities of a lemon, followed by John Poole evoking rapport from the audience on his subject of teaching children.
Each speech typical of the variety which we hear at every meeting. Evaluation by fellow members, draws attention to recognised aspects of the art of speaking, encouraged by the Association of Speakers Clubs, to which we belong, and, in the absence of professional teachers, offering points for improvement; our learning process.
Impromptu speaking is a vital quality of [...]