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Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 11th February 2016 by Deborah Percy

Steve Pamphilon took the chair and invited everyone to join in a topical warm up session about sharing the highlights of our valentine’s memories. Responses ranged from extremely romantic to indifferent.

It was our annual poetry and prose evening, which is an opportunity to practice our reading aloud skills. It was a fascinating evening. In his evaluation Doug Weale complimented everyone on the choice of entertaining and interesting readings, in addition to formidable, profound and moving presentations. We heard a speech by the campaigner William Wilberforce from back in the days of the slave trade; modern thoughts about being alive and appreciating the world around us; and witty poetry composed by one of our members.

The impromptu speaking session, after the break, was chaired by Garry Costain. Each person was given a motto and asked to explain why it did or didn’t apply to them. With the phrase “To Dare is to Do,” Ben Harris made the point that this and many mottos sound like random words thrown together. A guest made a popular speech about her experience of the Girl Guide’s motto, “Lend a Hand.” Other mottos encompassed themes of work and safety.

The meetings are on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Royal Temple Yacht Club, Ramsgate. For more information find us on social media or contact Deb Percy on 01843 607192.

Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 14 January 2016 by Deb Percy

The meeting included the annual Speech Competition and was chaired by club Vice President Garry Costain. First, to get everybody warmed up, we were asked to make a short response to “My Dream Job”. this produced a variety of answers ranging from Quality Control at the Ramsgate Brewery to Prime Minister.

The speech competition was keenly contested, giving the judges a difficult job. Doug Weale was declared the winner with a speech entitled “The Mighty Pause”. The runner up was Bernie Morgan with “That is the Question”. The chief judge presented the Annual Trophy and congratulated all contestants on an entertaining competition with all speakers demonstrating the value of preparation and thought.

After the interval the impromptu speaking session was chaired by Trevor Kenning. Members were invited to respond to international proverbs, coming from a variety of countries from Ethiopia to Iceland. By popular vote, the Topics Trophy was awarded to one of our newer members, Mohamed Abdullah with his response to the Cuban proverb “What is new is pleasing, what is old is satisfying”.

Reviewing the evening, the General Evaluator declared that the meeting had met the criteria of being successful, enjoyable and educational.

Visitors and guests are always welcome. The group meet on second and fourth Thursday of  the month at Royal Temple Yacht Club, Ramsgate. For further details, Thanet Speakers Club is on social media or you can leave a message for Deborah on 01843 607192.

 

Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 26th November 2015 by Deb Percy

In the warm up session we were invited to share a quote. “Do or do not, there is no try,” was one that came to mind, said by Yoda in Star Wars.

The main event in the first part of the evening was an Evaluation Competition chaired by Kent Area President Sue Shaw and won by Steve Pamphilon. The task involved involved active critical listening for the duration of a speech and then presenting an evaluation in the form of a short speech with very limited preparation time. The evaluator should comment on some of the strengths and make suggestions for improvement. Evaluation requires many skills. All present were invited to participate in the competition or judging the contestants.

In the interval Sue shared with us techniques for warming up and putting expression into our vocal range prior to giving a speech.

The fiercely contested impromptu speaking contest took part after the interval. We had three minutes to speak prompted by just one word. Box, boot, plane and key were some of the subjects. It was won by Gary Costain.

The club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Royal Temple Yacht Club, Ramsgate. All guests are welcome and the evening is free for visitors to attend. For further details, Thanet Speakers Club is on social media or you can leave a message for Deborah on 01843 607192.

 

Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 12nd November 2015 by Deb Percy

We were each recommended something in Thanet that we thought tourists should see or do for this week’s warm up session. There were diverse suggestions. The once Christian Church in Union Crescent, Margate, which is being converted to a beautiful Mosque, is worth a visit, as are Pugin’s Grange and Montefiore Mausoleum. One of our members recommends sampling Green Hop Ale that people travel for miles to drink when in the season, grown, picked and brewed locally.

Our three newest members delivered pen portraits. All three spoke about how their upbringings brought them to this point in their lives. We were all particularly fascinated to hear about the contrast between childhood in Kenya compared to living in the UK.

Garry Costain gave a very enlightening evaluation of the impromptu speaking session in which he focused on our first words. We were treated to excellent opening lines that grabbed audience attention so that we wanted to know more. Gary gave examples. Sentimental: “Any place we have family is home.” The provocative: “I don’t believe in evolution.”

When asked what he would say if he met Jeremy Corbyn the speech began with a believe it or not opening: “It could happen.” Ben Harris went on to explain why, the things he’d like to say in his mind contrasting with what it would be like in reality.

The next meeting will be Thursday 26th November at the Royal Temple Yacht Club, Ramsgate. All guests are welcome and the evening is free for visitors to attend. For further details, Thanet Speakers Club is on social media or you can leave a message for Deborah on 01843 607192.

 

Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 22nd October October 2015 by Deb Percy

We were delighted to welcome new members to our most recent meeting when three people signed up to join us.

The Chair, Bernie Morgan, also welcomed visitors from across Kent to the joint meeting of Speakers Clubs in Ramsgate and engaged us in a warm up session. We were each invited to talk about an item of clothing that we like to wear or wish we could wear. With winter looming most of us thought of warm, comfortable clothes though one lady wanted a made-to-measure strictly-for-salsa dancing dress.

The National President, William Warren presented Bernie with a Certificate of Achievement for her Masterpiece speech delivered at a recent meeting.

Deborah Percy talked about the pros and shortcoming of the best thing about Ramsgate, which she claimed is Waitrose.

The myths and reality surrounding the game of golf was the focus of the second speech of the evening,  with specific reference to women players. Felicity Dunderdale is an enthusiastic player herself,

Evaluations of the two speeches were full of praise. However, improvements in the use of reading from notes were suggested.

After the brief interval, our impromptu speaking session was chaired by a guest from Chaucer Speakers Club, based in Canterbury, Peter Curtis. The theme was musical instruments. It proved to be a gift for some, who knew a lot about the instrument. A lack of readily available knowledge on a topic is no barrier to an entertaining speech, as demonstrated by John Beale and his talk about the Saxophone. He won by a landslide victory in our vote for the best speech in this session.

The next meeting will be Thursday 12nd November at the Royal Temple Yacht Club, Ramsgate. All guests are welcome and the evening is free for visitors to attend. For further details, Thanet Speakers Club is on social media or you can leave a message for Deborah on 01843 607192.

Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 8th October 2015 by Deb Percy

It was another enjoyable evening with eleven people in attendance and a few apologies.

John Beale and Deborah Percy both gave speeches in the first half of the evening. Their assignment was to emphasise the message within the speech by a careful choice of vocabulary and word pictures to add depth and substance to description whilst being memorable and appropriate. From Wales to Ramsgate every day phrases such as ‘new-fangled’ and ‘dropped like a stone’ were among those that created an impression.

After the break, we played a game. Each person was given a real book title and had to guess what they thought the book was about, giving a summary of the plot or a blurb. All but one person described a work of fiction, some of which were extremely far fetched and amusing. The natural history of bats, however, was attributed to The Nightcomers.

At Speakers Club, everything is evaluated to assist the learning process for all present. Some of the pointers of the evening included:

  • Pay attention to time. Eight minutes is considered perfect for a speech at SC.
  • An effective use of discreet notes was described.
  • Rhetorical questions are a useful device to build rapport with the audience. They can be most effective if answered with descriptive language, after a pause. A satisfying conclusion can be returning to points made in the opening.
  • An impromptu speech can be delivered with confidence, no matter how ridiculous its content!
  • The speaker should aim for a decisive end to the speech.

The next meeting will be Thursday 22nd October. All guests are welcome and the evening is free for visitors to attend. For further details, Thanet Speakers Club is on social media or you can leave a message for Deborah on 01843 607192.

Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 24th September 2015 by Deb Percy

Comedy was the unofficial, unplanned theme that ran through this evening.

Will Warren, the National President of Speakers Clubs, attended to act as one of the judges for the masterpiece speech given by Bernie Morgan. She is an experienced member who excels at audience rapport and the use of humour. Needless to say she passed this assignment and held the audience captive with her talk about how the world has changed for children from one generation to the next. We would have liked more!

Ben Harris treated us to an hilarious and passionate impromptu speech after just ten minutes of preparation. It is all about the winning, not the taking part, was the thrust of his argument.

Everyone had ample chance to speak. Our warm up session was on the subject of little things that niggle, we had a quick session on nostalgia, and a topics session on modes of transport. Doug Weale won the Topics Trophy for the night, arguably for stringing together a load of old jokes in a seamless, original way that had us laughing. Proving that it timing is key and it is “the way you tell ’em.”

In the business session, Will  gave a brief overview of the structure of the organisation, its drive for new members and some forthcoming national events.

The next meeting will be Thursday 8th October. All guests are welcome and it is free for visitors to attend. For further details, Thanet Speakers Club is on social media or contact Deborah on 01843 607192.

Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday September 10, 2015, by Deborah Percy

We welcomed six guests to the well-attended first meeting of the season.

The lengthy reign of our Queen had been in the news, so we started with a warm up session in which the chair invited everyone make a brief comment on the defining feature of the current Elizabethan age. A few people mentioned times when they had met the Queen personally.

John Beale and Deborah Percy were awarded Certificates of Achievement for completing some speeches to a high standard. Many speeches are made purely to practice public speaking and for the entertainment of the audience. Some of our speeches are assessed according to criteria set out by the Association of Speakers Clubs, focusing on areas such as voice or gestures. This way we work to a defined programme for improvement.

With business out of the way, all members were invited to give a short pre-prepared speech on the subject of “Holidays.” John Beale focused on accommodation, and it was fascinating to hear about The Snooze Box he stayed in at Edinburgh during the festival. These are mobile hotels that pitch up at major events. They are tiny and basic but perfectly adequate accommodation with no breakfast but a comfortable bed. An ensuite too, in a space the size of which would make cat-swinging impossible.

After the interval, almost everyone took part in the impromptu speaking session, about a random two words. Trevor Kenning has been a member of the Association for many years, so there can be no surprise that his speech on “Wine and Dine” was voted the best of this session. Some of the guests gave impressive speeches on the subjects of “day and night”, knife and fork” and “home and work”.

The next meeting will be Thursday 24th September. All guests are welcome and the evening is free for visitors to attend. For further details, Thanet Speakers Club is on social media or you can leave a message for Deborah on 01843 607192.

August Update by Deborah Percy

Thanet Speakers club does not meet in mid-summer, but members are preparing for a busy schedule over the next ten months.

Our local meetings are friendly, with an atmosphere that is most supportive to inexperienced and timid speakers, even though they are chaired and follow an agenda. For the brave and fearless, however, the door is open for speaking competitions at area, district and national level. Being part of a national organisation allows us to add an optional seven dates to our dairies in addition to the nineteen Thanet Club meetings.

We meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, except December. We’d be very unpopular with our families if we skipped out on Christmas Eve to practice our speech-making skills.

The next meeting will be on Thursday 10th September. Everyone will be invited to deliver a prepared speech on the theme of “Holidays”, new guests are also welcome to join in or sit back and enjoy.

As always there will also be the impromptu session when people can speak for two minutes on a given subject with no advanced warning. Fortunately, deviation is acceptable, especially if it makes us laugh.

Meetings are held at the Royal Temple Yacht Club in Ramsgate and start at 8 pm sharp. For more information you can speak to Deborah on 607192 or search for us on all the usual social media. The website is:

www.thanetspeakers.club

Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 9 July 2015, by Deborah Percy

Trevor Kenning chaired the meeting and we began with a warm up session in which all present were invited to say what alternative career path we might choose if we could have our time again.

The group was then treated to two speeches with attention grabbing titles; they were to be assessed in relation to the manual of the Association of Speakers Clubs.

With the appellation “37,00 Heads of Lettuce,” Steve Pamphilon’s recounted how he came to perform in an opera about the Titanic. The way he was tricked into auditioning by a friend (possibly now an ex-friend) was very amusing. The title was his opening line and the first phrase in his audition. As evaluator, Doug Weale delivered a pass for the A4 assignment on the use of gestures.

“The Day I Met Neil Kinnock” was also the day Deborah Percy attended a hearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, nineteen years ago. She gave a personal account of her day in court and mentioned a few cases that the UK government won including that of the naked rambler in 2014. Ben Harris awarded a pass for an A5 speech on the the use of voice.

Bernie Morgan chaired the impromptu Topics Session after the break. This week she chose random lyrics from some of her favourite songs for us to speak about for 3 minutes. They included “I heard it through the grapevine”, “I am woman, hear me roar”,”It’s not about the money”, “when I’m 64” and “wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door.”

In his evaluation of this session Ben complimented the creativity of speakers such as Doug, he twisted the Tom Jones lyrics to talk about celebrity behaviour in the pop music world being, unfortunately, entirely usual. Ben stressed the importance of speaking with confidence, of learning from each other and that he’d prefer to hear an interesting longer speech that over run a time limit rather than one abruptly cut short.

In his evaluation of the evening as a whole Ron Sheldrake complimented Ben as a stalwart of the club; despite being the youngest in age, he has years more than five years of experience to draw upon and share.
The next meeting will be Thursday 10th September. The evening is free for visitors to attend. For further details google “Thanet Speakers Club” or you can leave a message for Deborah on 01843 607192.