If you want a good evening’s entertainment – then come to a Toastmaster’s meeting.
While we all come to learn and grow we have a great deal of fun at the same time.
But more than that – we get entertained.
In the course of the evening we can have three or four prepared speeches from people who are progressing through their online learning programme.
Everyone is at a different stage of their journey. They are all developing their speaking styles in a way that suites them and they are all at vastly different levels of ability.
One thing they all have in common is that they are talking about subjects that interest or fascinate them.
At our last meeting Rick Cooper, one of our most experienced speakers, kicked off the prepared speaking section of the meeting with a talk to demonstrate his ability with the use of humour.
He started with a classic misdirection getting the audience thinking he was talking about something that was true but was actually a parody of a real situation.
A naturally engaging communicator Rick showed his ability with his use of the stage, his use of body language and vocal variety – and had the audience literally rolling in the aisles.
Marilyn Bryan-Jones is following the Effective Coaching pathway and her talk was about mentoring and the impact it had on her.
She spoke with passion and feeling about her love of netball and of the woman who had seen potential in her and had coached her through to international standard. A talk in which we learned a lot about her and which won her the award for the best speech of the evening.
Paul Hamer was our third speaker and is working through the Dynamic Leadership pathway. As an educator he spoke about the importance of curriculum reform and the positive impact it would have on generations of future students.
We had a lot of fun with the impromptu speaking section of the meeting where members are chosen at random to talk on a topic given to them by the ‘Topic Master/Mistress’ for up to two minutes.
Everything at the meeting gets evaluated and that feedback is an invaluable part of the learning process for everyone in the room.
At a Toastmasters meeting learning is fun.
But it is always entertaining as well.
Come and give us a try.
It’s free to come as a visitor.
We meet on the second and fourth Thursday each month in The Sessions House, Maryport Street, Use, NP15 1AD
7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.