Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 27 November 2014, by Doug Weale

On the agenda of the meeting Thursday 27th November, Chaired by Doug Weale , were the first two competitions of the season: the Evaluation followed by the Topics: whereby places in the Kent Area round on Sunday February 8th are awarded, in the long haul to the eventual prestigious National final.  

A “target speech” by the Club Vice President, Garry Costain, captivated the audience of club members, all of whom were invited to compete, together with visitors listening intently, observing the process by which we pursue the practice and promotion of speaking in public. Having made notes whilst the speech was delivered, of the customary high standard, of depth of subject and an admired style of delivery, the competitors withdrew to compile their notes in a preferred order to address the judges, Doug Weale and the speaker himself, seated in the audience.  

The skill of evaluation is to draw complimentary attention to deserving attributes, together with points which might have improved the speech; this process is the essence of our progress, as not only the speaker but fellow members listen. 

The impromptu speaking-Topics- followed with an ingenious idea of the Chairman, to invite visitors to join in-although as non- members not eligible for contention for competitive award, it gave the Club immense satisfaction to discover the potential and obvious enjoyment of our guests : affording encouragement to continue our quest for visitors with a view to converting to membership.  

The success of the meeting was declared by Club President Trevor Kenning, who himself succeeded in both competitions and was unstinting in praise of his Vice President ‘s target speech, and  the performance of fellow members , John Beale ,Ron Sheldrake and Deborah Percy who will join him in contention for places in the next round. He concluded with compliments and thanks to visitors who by their presence and enthusiastic participation had contributed to a very successful and enjoyable meeting. 

Visitors will, as always be welcome to all our meetings, the next being the Speech Competition on December 11th 2014. For all details please contact Doug Weale on 01843 592221 or d.weale2012@btinternet.com.  Or visit www.thanetspeakers.org. uk