Wessex Speakers enjoyed a really busy evening with a full agenda, just over a week ago when we met at the Winchester Tennis Club. There were a total of four prepared speeches from not only our own club but also form visiting Toastmasters of Basingstoke Speakers. In the regular warm up exercise to get all of our members and visitors talking, we all reflected on what change we have the biggest challenge in accepting, before the main part of the evening began.
Our own Steve Vear delivered an award acceptance speech, speaking from one of the advanced manuals as he works towards achieving his Advanced Communicator Bronze award. Les Brown officially completed the first Toastmaster award and become a ‘Competent Communicator’ following a very engaging speech about democracy.
Sharon and Maggie from Basingstoke Speakers delivered individual speeches, each taking a different viewpoint to an argument about the value of customer service. With everything in Toastmasters being evaluated through our ‘learn by doing approach’ each speech was then evaluated giving each speaker valuable recommendations for improvement together with some motivating reflection on what shone through as the best feature of the speeches.
Relatively new member Mark took on the role of Table Topics Master and gave those that wanted to take part the opportunity to practice their impromptu speaking using music as a base theme for the questions presented. Congratulations to Sharon from Basingstoke for winning best speaker, Andrew and Eric in the tie best evaluator and visitor Hannah who gave the best table topics.
Wessex Speakers meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at the Winchester Raquets and Fitness club. You are very welcome to come to our next meeting on 24th June to find out more!