We were joined this evening by Steve who has shown an interest in our club and may become a member. We get very exited when a newcomer visits us, because we get used to seeing each other and a new face gives us a lift, adds variety to the meeting, helps to keep us on our toes and lastly, helps to swell the numbers!
This was another successful meeting with two excellent speeches. Pauline’s assignment was to A5 from the speakers guide, ‘using your voice effectively’; she spoke about communication skills (very appropriate) not just speaking but use of body language; Mark gave a good evaluation (he really is making his mark at our club) he praised Pauline and informed her that she can now pass on to the next assignment A6 ‘vocabulary and word pictures’. Ron gave us two assignments in one, A6 and A9 (audience rapport) It is unusual to combine the two into one speech but Ron is a very experienced speaker and was able to deal with both assignments. His speech lasted nearly 15 minutes but it held our attention throughout and the time seemed to go quickly. He spoke about a trip through a south American jungle, culminating with a spectacular ‘ ritual celebration/religious’ scene from the local natives (something that only a few people from the western world had seen) Roger evaluated and praised the speech for its construction, word pictures (which were “exceptional” ), audience rapport and Ron’s ability to speak without notes. I think we were all fascinated by Ron’s delivery, he has always been a good speaker but he reached another level with this one and it would not have been out of place at a national speech contest final. After the interval, Pauline gave us the topic session, she kept to the theme ‘I opened the parcel and…..’ Mark had to speak about a ‘ticket’ that fell out, Ron about a ‘surprise’, Frank got ‘to his shock and horror’, David’s was ‘I cried laughing’ and Roger dealt with ‘music’. The topics were challenging and varied, but everyone managed to speak for just over 3 minutes. Frank, as General Evaluator praised Pauline for an excellent, well thought out topic and remarked that generally the members coped admirably. Frank thought that the new position of the lectern had worked well and we had better lighting for our notes, he praised the evaluators and the speeches, before putting on his Presidents hat and closing the meeting.