Last week’s wrap-up

Last Wednesday 8th March was International Women’s Day and our meeting was right on theme! I did my best to step into Chairman role as best I could – thanks for making it a fun and memorable meeting!

Always wonderful to see members step into roles at the last minute when called upon, and also to give their personal reviews – Tahseen with a point of view on cricket, and Rufina with her review of an autobiography by an Indian princess. Four brilliant prepared speeches, including wonderful icebreaker! What a fantastic start for Dilara’s manual projects. 

Reminder: Our Area 24 contest is tomorrow night – and we are the host club! Would be great to have as many club members there in the audience as possible! Details in the flyer posted below – I look forward to seeing you there 

Although I hope to see you all at the Newmarket Hotel tomorrow night for the contest (7pm sharp, don’t be late!), our next club meeting is Wednesday 22 March.

Cheers to all!
Belinda

Vice President Public Relations

Exciting news, educationals & emotional speeches

Last Wednesday’s meeting was packed full of exciting news, educationals, and emotional speeches.

We had an exciting club business session with Margrit, announcing the brilliant news that Club President David Fisher was elected as an International Director on the board of Toastmasters International. A very exciting new chapter in David’s toastmasters journey, we wish him all the best in this role and look forward to supporting him in any way we can.

During the meeting we also had educationals on “Impromptu speaking” and “Humour in speeches” in preparation for our Table Topics and Humorous Speech contests which will be held next meeting, Wednesday 14 September. All club members are encouraged to take the opportunity to enter the contests. Step outside your comfort zone and take the opportunity to learn! Remember to bring your manuals so you can receive a silent evaluation too!

It was fantastic to see Iqbal give his Icebreaker speech this meeting, well done. And of course welcome to our newest member Julian – we look forward to Julian’s icebreaker (and/or humorous speech in the upcoming contest!).

Enjoy your next couple of weeks, and good luck with your speech preparation for the humorous contest. Contact your mentor if you’d like some guidance – they’re happy to help you “bring out the funny”!

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In other news:  Congratulations to David Griffiths, for placing third in his semi-final of the World Championships of Public Speaking! Photo below. David visited out club back in July as a guest speaker, sharing with us the speech he was developing for the contest. David sends his thanks to the club for supporting him in his preparation leading up to this world stage.

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Article: How to be a ruthless editor

Looking to pack more punch into your speeches?

This article will help you ‘prune your prose’: How to be a ruthless editor.

As you get set to write your next speech, which of these tips will help you most? Feel free to add your comments below.

 

Video: Managing your fear

Do you suffer from stage fright? Or does the fear of the unknown leave you feeling paralysed? Learn how to control the manifestations of fear and anxiety to become a more confident speaker.

Watch this video:  Managing Fear

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More videos on speaking, leadership, and Toastmasters are available at the Toastmasters International video library.

 

Article: Giving a presentation that doesn’t put people to sleep

An interesting article outlining 10 ways to give a presentation that doesn’t put people to sleep.

Do you have any other tips you would add to the list?

Feel free to add your comments below.