It was abundantly clear to me that Wednesday night was going to be no ordinary night!
The stage was set, the Lewisham Speakers banner was flying high, our speakers assembled. Fellow Toastmasters, energy was filling the room, the clock struck 7.30……………… Then BOOM!!!!!!!
Mark Wood our newby Sergeant-At_Arms kicked this meeting into orbit! Loud, clear and authorative, he told us what to do and where to go, if you catch my drift. Well done and thank you for standing in to that role Mark!.
Over to yours truely Mr. President who clearly asked everyone to S-T-R-E-T-C-H and bust through their ceilings, metaphorically speaking of course. I passed the baton to our affable aimiable adorable Toastmaster Pat Pottinger who gently took us by the hand and led us through the evening with an abundance of encouragment and care. Pat is such a kind person who wants nothing more than peace and for you to grow!. A bit to late for me as I stopped at 5foot 8 and a half hahaha!
Our warm up leader Emily Hoquee is a newby but boy oh boy did we get warmed up. Energy in abundance with clear vocal and clearly confident, this girl is going to do well you know!.
Edouard was our timer another new member who certainly has stage presence and was not afraid to bring the hammer down. I was belled out twice!!!. Our Grammarian Janice Okoh hit us between the eyes with “Inadequate” the word of the day. “Boom” the word my wife uses frequently. Hahaha. Janice is a budding speaker with a beautiful voice and stage presence. I see good things for Janice in the speakers world!
Over to Mark Wood our first speaker, telling us about his wedding speech and how he will use the skills learnt from his ten speeches. Did you ask the future intended Mark? Mark was confident and assertive, clear vocally and looking rather happy up there as he completed his Competent Communicator manual. Marks a likable guy with an engaging style. Another one bites the dust! CC I mean not marriage. Tee hee Hay I only joking of course!
Over to the Matriarch of Toastmasters Julie Kertez telling us how her body speaks volumes just like ours when we stand before an audience. The poise of the woman is something to be revered. Beautifully descriptive and elegantly delivered, a top talk for us all to learn from. Well done Julie!
Over to the Captain, punching, yes punching his way through the whys and wherefores of ‘Evaluating to motivate’ a tough cookie and possibly a little more prep would have helped. A lesson to all. Preparation, Preparation, Preperation!!with a capital P.
Do not overlook preparation.
Table topics was a blast. Led by Paul McClean our very own Past President a wonderful, helpful chap that has so grown in the short while as a Toastmaster. Paul you did a wonderful job. Do not be afraid to throw some real challenges out there next time. Oh silly me, you did stand in at the last minute which is extremely comendable. A tip: Always have a dozen table topics in your back pocket people. Tee hee.
Paul also jumped into the GE breach and this is where he really shone, delivering a competant confident evaluation of this great evening. Paul pulled no punches and gave some good advice to us all. Thank you Paul and thank you everyone that made this evening such a great evening .
Oh silly me, I have missed our Ah Counter. What a fool I am. Another newby Phil Reynolds soon to be wed to our warm up leader Emily ooohhhhhhh congratulations I say. Phil is another confident chap who articulated his message well and I see a great speaker before me.
I have to sign off now, the wife is looking over my shoulder with a rather discerning frown, not at this oh no,its the comment I made earlier “another one bites the dust” Hahaha
Have a great weekend everyone. I look forward to seeing everone at the next meeting on the 16th August.
Be there or be square.
Mr. President Richard