Cranfield 13th July meeting write up by Tim

Toastmaster for the evening Alison opened the meeting with a smile in the absence of a Sergeant at Arms, introducing the agenda with last minute changes due to shortfall of members.

Timekeeper Andy explained the role and kept time for everyone.

Grammarian Carl gave us ‘Wicked’ with the two meanings; wicked meaning cruel, evil intention or conversely the modern use meaning really good, i.e. a wicked concert.

No grunt counter this meeting.

Yiorgos gave his session on VPE and asked who had and had not brought their manuals by a show of hands, those raising their hands for the latter…enough said. Encouraging words followed to develop with the projects.

Table Topics master Jeremie gave us four unusual subjects to perform in a the style of a sales promotion.

Yiorgos drummed up enthusiasm to support the Bedfordshire Renault Clio Owners fund rasing rally which was to driven by one fast car with men in and another car with fast women in!

Vinesh convinced us that a Spy School was a worth while venture to enable under privileged children to master the art of spying.

Cynthia gave us a colourful sales pitch on the new vogue in combined umbrellas for both dog and owner when out walking in the typical English rain.

Tim appealed for the preservation of the rare Blue-Tailed-Beaver which needed its own nature reserve in order to allow people to benefit from their magical powers.

First Speaker Jim

‘Wind farms a Clear and Present Danger’ gave his humourous (verging on the ridiculous) speech about the real dangers of wind farms on the rotation of the earth and the risks of upsetting gravity.

Evaluated by Vignesh, his first evaluation, and though apprehensive he was not phased in dealing with experienced speaker, noting good use of voice modulation and a little too much eye contact with the power point screen. Well done Vignesh.

Second Speaker Paul , his Icebreaker, ‘My Epic Survival’ told us of his varied career moves and by contract to his high-tec work his passion for getting out in the wilds and his recent survival training making string, spoons and fire. out in the wilderness, just outside Tunbridge Wells.

Evaluated by Tom who stepped in at the last minute to do his first evaluation. He did so with aplomb (an appropriate word which he dropped in) Commended structure, content and interest with clarity good hand gestures and a summary. Well done Jeremie.

13 attended including 2 guests Daniel and Shiny. both enjoyed the evening and Daniel is going to join and also gave some useful feedback on how difficult the venue was to find and so it was decided to make a sign for the door to be posted on meeting nights.

As there was only 2 speakers we elected to have another round of Table Topics.

Carl stepped up and invited 4 speakers to extol the virtues of particular elements of a container of Whiteboard Wipes.

Tom elaborated of what the ‘Colour’ really means its interpretation by the brain as a colour and how light makes us safe and darkness brings irrational fear of the unseen. He also demonstrated his french accent for extra marks in certain seats in the audience .

Shiny gave us a brief rundown of the ‘Contents’ and realised that table topics are not as easy as it looks! So well done for a first attempt, you got up for the first time, we look forward to seeing you up again.

Cynthia told about the ‘journey’ this container had been on and described the tub rattling along with all it’s brother and sisters. Personification in a table topic well done.

Jeremie enthralled us with an explanation of the ‘Shape’ of the container which employed the design concept of being “edgeless” This made it safe, ergonomic and so perfect it could just exist in its own right as a shape.

In the break Paul displayed his survival samples; a spoon, nettle string and fish hook and explained fire making, another speech all in itself I think there Paul, but please no real demonstrations.

General Evaluator Tim explained the purpose and the value of evaluations in helping each other develop. Then gave evaluations of the three evaluators, the meeting officials, and reinforced the praise for both the Icebreaker and the first time evaluations by Vignesh and Tom.

Commended Alison as Toastmaster in what can be a difficult situation with people short and roles switched, two lots of table topics without any flusters.

On Presidential matters Jim reminded everyone that next week is the Charter Dinner 20th July at 6.30pm onwards for drinks dining at 7.00pm please book to secure your meal and pay in advance if possible. what was to be done to recruit new intake in September and there would be an opportunity to contact head of communications who will be attending the charter dinner. It was greed and introduction presentation would be a good idea as had been done last year.


Best Speech – not awarded as there were only two speeches.

Best Evaluator – Tim (for general evaluator).

Best Table Topics – Tom

Best Humour – Carl

A great evening despite the lack of members, a good example of what you can do if you really try, well done to everyone for making it happen.

The meeting closed on time 8.30pm

Author Tim

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