Thanet Speakers Club Report – 11th October 2012 (by Doug Weale)

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 the speaker`s armoury and merits a place on every agenda.  Ben Harris, on this occasion invited responses from all present, to speak on topical matters without prior knowledge or opportunity to prepare thoughts on the subject matter. The session proved to be challenging, as it is meant to be, and enjoyable, as it always is.

Club President, Bernie Morgan offered an evaluation with her remarkable ability, to highlight both commendable and weaker aspects for improvement, which were displayed. As at every meeting, by popular vote, a trophy is awarded for the best response; a delighted Kathleen Smith, this week`s winner. A general appraisal of the meeting given by Doug Weale drew attention to the skilful chairmanship by Margaret Jones, and the valuable evaluation give throughout to members.

The club has launched a campaign to attract new members; the first step being an invitation  to pay us a visit; a welcome is extended to everyone; for details contact Doug Weale  01843  592221 or  d.weale2012@btinternet.com or website; http//www.thanetspeakers.org