North Bucks Speakers – Meeting Summary – 16th August 2012

On a busy night at Willen, a select group of Toastmasters gathered on Thursday for a very special meeting.

Toastmaster Jim introduced the meeting, and delivered a joke about a pirate and how he ended up with a peg leg, a hook for a hand, and an eyepatch.

Mick delivered an expert Table Topics session, based around what we have taken from the Olympics.

Steve had to explain how the Olympics had motivated him, and explained that he had been motivated to consider getting his bike repaired.

Lynda argued the case for funding to extend her balcony so that her rowing machine had enough space.

Scott delivered a talk to a local Primary School, encouraging the audience to be more active.

Maggie had to convince the Olympics Committee that darts should be included in the Olympics. As she said, darts players are good at maths, and what is the difference between a dart and a javelin?

Carmel evaluated and praised Mick’s relaxed presentation, noting that it put all of the speakers at ease and made for a very enjoyable Topics Session.

Sheetal gave the only speech of the evening with ‘The Baker’s Dozen’ for ‘The Folk Story’ project from the Storytelling Advanced Manual. This story told how New York’s finest baker found himself bewitched by an old woman, and dreaming of St Nicholas, he learned to count again. This was an entertaining story, excellently told with great use of language, colourful descriptions and two engaging characters. Steve evaluated, praised all of the above and said that it was a shame that we did not have the opportunity to vote for it as Best Speech.

In the absence of any other prepared speeches, Jim presented the Club MOT from the Successful Club Series. In this case, MOT stands for Moments of Truth, and this Club Standards Quality Evaluation allowed us to discuss areas in which we might think North Bucks Speakers was performing well, and where we could possibly improve. The meeting split into two groups to discuss the various areas, and Maggie and Lynda reported separately on the conclusions, with a particularly healthy debate about inductions and the role of mentoring. It was a very constructive session, and hopefully the feedback will help the club to improve in the near future.

Antonia was an expert Timekeeper whilst Delphine delivered an energetic Grammarian’s report. Lynda was General Evaluator and also performed the President’s functions to close the meeting.

Although there were no awards for Speaker and Evaluator, Jim made special mention of Sheetal’s speech. Maggie won Best Table Topics, Steve won Best Humour and the General Evaluator’s award went to Carmel.

The Nosh & Natter session is coming up fast : September 3rd at the Slug and Lettuce, and we are looking for entrants for the Humour and Tall Tales Contest, September 20th at the Well. Next standard meeting is on September 6th.

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