The diversity within Thanet Speakers Club which is practised at our meetings continues to be entertaining and rewarding for club members. On offer in the meeting held on the April 8th 2010, under the skillful chairmanship of Trevor Kenning, was a wide range of entertaining eloquent qualities.
An unforeseen opportunity, seized upon by the chairman, allowed time for recollections by members to recall rare anecdotes: the raconteurs, including the chairman, excelled—-some at great length ! Chairmanship skill is an integral part of a good meeting and Trevor Kenning ran the programme with the utmost efficiency .The main attraction was an assignment from the advanced manual by Ian Lockyer. His task was to present using PowerPoint which in this era of technology has become a vital aquisition to the speaker. Doug Weale in his evaluation commended the comprehensive and easily understood demonstration given and gave in a resounding pass.
Impromptu speaking was to the fore, as in every meeting. Ben Harris, in his inaugural role in chairing the impromptu ‘topics session’ rand the session, with commendable enthusiasm. The topics trophy for the best response to quotations proffered, was awarded to Bernie Morgan, who, with her customary style, had earlier delivered a stand-up comedy routine; to be presented in her professional capacity to a discerning London audience. She then completed a notable contribution to the evening, with an appreciative general evaluation.
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Chairing the meeting on 25th February, Doug Weale welcomed guests from the Ambassadors Speakers Club of Toastmasters International who share the same ideal, to practice and improve the art of speaking in public.
President Ron Sheldrake, in the business session, recalled the club`s success at the Kent Area competitions: Bernie Morgan taking first place in evaluation, with other commendable performances by fellow Thanet entrants, to the impromptu, and set speech events. Ron will succeed Margaret Jones as Kent Area President shortly; maintaining the constant support of our club in office beyond club level.
The meeting then, departed from the usual agenda of prepared speeches, as all members and guests read chosen poetry or prose; the result, both entertaing and essentially an exercise in an aspect of the educational syllabus set by both clubs represented.
The second half, in usual format was devoted to impromptu speaking;equally challenging, and an essential in the speaker`s armoury. Evaluation of the responses were given by Ian Lockyer: the meeting as a whole was given a complimentary appraisal by Trevor Kenning who, by popular vote, was presented with the Topics Trophy by Educational Director Andrew Thomson.Visitors are welcome to all meetings: for details please contact Doug Weale on 01843 592221 or:email@example.com or visit the website www.thanetspeakers.org.uk