Area H53 Finals

This week we hosted the area finals for the Humorous Speech and Table Topics 2019.
It was great to see Epsom, Sutton, Surbiton and Mole Valley together for the event.

Special thanks to Trudy for organising this and our Chief Judge Costa.

As is our custom at Epsom, the speeches were videos and made available on private links for the contestants. However, we can all share the photos of the event, so here they are.

Epsom Speakers – 7th October 2019

What a tremendous night on Monday. Amanda, as our Toastmaster, led a fun filled and energetic evening. To keep the autumn blues at bay, she encouraged everyone to dress for the beach – which many engaged with fully – some quite scarily! A fun warm up that saw us singing, three great speeches teaching us about electric cars, how the Eurozone and the Spice Girls are connected, and how to make your mother’s love life the source of a humorous speech. High quality evaluations that we all learnt from, and a wonderful topics session – speeches we have to give at work when colleagues leave. We even had the props of the card and the whip round

Epsom Speakers showed, yet again, that it is the place to go to learn high quality speaking skills, and have some fun to book

Charlie Warshawski, general evaluator on the evening

Reminder:
The Area Finals for the Humerous and Table Topics Competitions will be held at Epsom on Wednesday 18th October 2019

Here to tickets to help us plan numbers – Remember 40p for Parking

Cosy Meeting 2nd September 2019

Where can you go to hear about the Great Fire of London, poems for the four seasons, the benefits of living in a tree house and practical tips for how to be happier?  It has to be Epsom Speakers Club of course!

The evenings are starting to draw in but there was plenty to smile about when we met on Monday 2nd September.  After a warm and humorous welcome from the sergeant at arms Paul and Club President Dave, and a poetic and seasonal warm up from Elizabeth, our Toastmaster Phoebus led us through a packed agenda.

We were treated to three excellent prepared speeches starting with Fatai, who explained how a different approach to coaching has helped his tennis forehand.  Matt then took to the stage to share some great suggestions on life hacks that help to promote happiness, before Charlie showed us his skills as a budding comedian with an Advanced Speech demonstrating humour.  There were laughs all round as he described some of the insightful observations his kids make!

As always with Toastmasters our evaluators shared plenty of helpful suggestions as they reviewed each speaker.  Everyone was able to learn from their observations and our thanks go to Mark, Paul and Gillian (who stepped in at the last minute) for their insightful, supportive and heartfelt comments about the three speeches.

Our guest Shawen had joined us for a second visit and introduced herself with a bang: “I’m back!!!!!”.  And she certainly was – returning in style, as you’ll see later in this report…

A break for refreshments offered a chance to catch up with fellow members over a biscuit or two before we moved into the second part of the evening: the Impromptu Speaking “Table Topics”.  Toastmaster Penny led a lively and humorous session starting with a useful reminder of structures that you can use if you are asked to say something “off-the-cuff”.

We heard mini speeches on thought provoking topics including the benefits of living on another planet, tree houses vs. caves, the importance of good friends, different holiday choices and the value of developing new skills.  Who knew our president could play the guitar?  Toastmaster Lloyd evaluated the session, battling through the pain of a bad back to share valuable suggestions for all the participants.

Next up, Gillian led an excellent session as Grammarian, asking us to share a reflection on something we had heard during the evening which had made us think.  What a lovely way to cement some of the ideas from the meeting.

As always the evening finished with our regular awards.  Congratulations go to Matt as best speaker for “How to be Happier”, Mark as best evaluator, and a three way tie for best Table Topic between John, Phoebus and our guest Shawen.  Well done to you all!

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Monday 16th September when we have the Table Topics and Humorous Speech competitions.

Meeting 5 Aug 2019

Epsom Speakers Club is one of the coolest places to be, especially when the air conditioning has been turned right up! Once we got that sorted out the meeting settled down and our Sergeant at Arms Amanda welcomed five guests; Philip and his sixteen year old son Louis, Hilary, Shawa and, after a break of just twelve years, Seun (pronounced Shaywoon) came back for a second visit.

Our President Dave reminded us that we are part of an organisation of over 300,000 members and that the international speech finals will be taking place in Denver from 21-24th August. We all have front row seats courtesy of the internet via the Toastmasters website. Pop in to look and learn.

Toast master Paul introduced the support team of Shalwa (visiting from Reigate Rhetoric Club), Amber and Costa.

Once we were suitably warmed up by Costa we then enjoyed speeches by Gillian, Julia, Lloyd and John on topics that went between conquering a fear of heights to the benefits  of mentoring and being mentored via the injustice of being in a man’s world where just about everything from handrails in trains to air conditioning is set up to suit a man’s physique instead of a woman’s.

The speeches were evaluated to a very high standard by Gary, Matt, Mark and Amanda.

After the break, we had a lively topics session on the theme of Holidays by John where our guests gave some very high-quality impromptu speeches. David evaluated the topics session and finally, Penny evaluated everything that had not already been evaluated.

The Best speaker went to John (several of us commenting that this was his best speech so far by quite a margin), the best evaluator was Amanda and best Topics was from Louis who was telling us that who you are with is more important than where you are.

A quick heads up; it looks like our club Topic’s and Humorous Speech competitions will be on the 16th of September. If you would like to take part then please let Julia know.

The next meeting is on the 19th of August when our Toastmaster is Doris. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Food Report 15th July

We had a small but perfectly formed Toastmasters meeting at Epsom Speakers Club on Monday 15th July where the theme was ‘Food’.
We welcomed Bobby, Rosalind and Grace as guests and we’re delighted where they joined in throughout the meeting.

Our Toastmaster, John, gathered together some of the best locally sourced ingredients possible to create a wonderful tasting menu of epic proportions. From the Warm-Up by Anjana via the main menu of speeches by Zane, Dan, Doris and Mark evaluated by Matt, Penny, Matthjis and myself to the delicious desserts provided by Amy in her first time as Topics Master it seemed that every item was tasteful and tasty.

We now know what many of the team like as their favourite or most interesting meal was, and we also learnt via Mark the in regards to training ‘A mentor puts information in where a coach pulls it out’.

Of course, the event couldn’t run without the team taking on the various roles. Thanks to Matt, Costa, Paul, Kim, Elizabeth and Lloyd.

The winner of Table Topics was Paul, Best Speech was a tie between Mark and Dan and Best Evaluator was also a tie between Penny and Myself.

Our next Club Office Training is on Wednesday 28th August at 7:00 pm for a 7:15 prompt start at Holiday Inn in Sutton. If you are on the committee then you are required to attend. If anyone else would like to pop along and see what happens and meet with members of the other local clubs then we’d be delighted to have you along.

Our Toastmaster for the next meeting on Monday 5th of August is Paul Dowdeswell. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Best wishes, Dave Goodman, President.

Meeting 1st July

The first of July was the start of the Toastmasters year, and what a way to start! We had a great view of the grounds from the studio, and much cooler than our usual room too!

We welcomed our visitors Dao and Jo and told them a bit about Toastmasters.

Elizabeth stepped in as our temporary Sargeant at Arms and got the meeting off to a flying start. We really need a SAA or SAA co-ordinator to take the role full time. If you can help then please let me know.

Our Toastmaster was Gillian. She had prepared a great evening or prepared speeches from Kathy, John, Penny and Myself. Kathy was on her Icebreaker and did a great job.

Evaluations were carried out by Matthjis, Matt, Patrick and Amanda.
At the break, we started our first week of ‘Bring a Mug’. The best mug went to Dan with his GE 101.

Back at the meeting, we had a great Topics session run by Lloyd based on book titles with everything from One Hundred Years of Solitude to The Tiger that came to Tea. Topics were evaluated by Julia in great style with an individual commendation and recommendation for everyone.

General Evaluator duties fell to Daniel with various references to his competition-winning humour our speech.

Finally we had the awards with Best Topics Going to Gary for bluffing his way through The Tiger that came to Tea. Best Speaker was Kathy and Best Evaluator was Patrick.

Thanks to everyone that made it to the meeting and made it such a success.
Looking forward to seeing you all again for the next meeting on Monday 15th of July when our Toastmaster will be John.