Report of the Meeting Held on Thursday 27 October 2016 by Deborah Percy

The chair, Bernie Morgan welcomed members and visitors from the two other Kent clubs. In a warm-up session, everyone remembered a special gift we wanted as a young child.

The audience were treated to two prepared speeches. The first, Lost in Time by Steve Pamphilon, challenged us to think about what it would mean to live forever. He demonstrated excellent audience rapport with his use of rhetorical questions and eye contact as well as pauses and the structure of the speech. As the evening’s general evaluator explained, rapport means thinking about the audience and not just the subject of the speech.

The second speech was made by Julian Watts of Chaucer Speakers club. It was an entertaining speech recommending chickens as pets. Julian was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject he could have sold them the to the audience if he’d have bought some along. Along with facts such as there are about 60 billion chickens in the world, and when kept as pets they lay about 300 eggs per year; we were amazed to hear that chickens have personalities.

For the second half of the evening, people were invited to speak for 2 or 3 minutes on a variety of subjects including Bake Off, the Ballet, and Libraries. Some members demonstrated the art of speaking about something different entirely. For example, given the subject test match cricket, John Beale told us why he’d prefer to watch Rugby.

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