Club Meeting 3rd April 2017

Josephine rose to the challenge of energising a small group of 6 members on her first time chairing a Chaucer meeting. Pete gave an interactive education session. Bryan revealed his mastery of use of voice in a speech about cats and Peter gave us a thought provoking speech about retiring to Israel. They impressed the audience and evaluators. Julian chaired the topics session and chose the theme of favourites – from holiday destination to colour. There were spirited and humorous responses. Pete evaluated the evening to be a success with quality not quantity.

Come and join us for our next meeting on 8th May after the Easter break. There are still roles to fill on the agenda – let Julian or Adrian know if you are willing to contribute.

Happy Easter to all members and friends of Chaucer Speakers.

Congratulations to Barry and Becky

Congratulations to two Chaucer members: Barry on being elected as incoming South Eastern District president for 2017-18 and to Becky on being elected as incoming vice-president. They take up their positions on 1st June.

The Association of Speakers Clubs is run by dedicated volunteers and depends on members like Barry and Becky generously offering their time and expertise. Most people find it a rewarding experience and opportunities exist to volunteer at club, area, district and national level. There is still time to volunteer to join the Chaucer committee for 2017-18, speak to Julian our incoming president.

Club Meeting 20.3.17 with Aly Harrold

Chaucer’s last meeting of March was a high watermark for the year. The evening was chaired by Suzanne who warmed the room up with a topic of holidays we are looking forward to which proved entertaining. Following this, our guest Aly Harold delivered a masterclass in “use of voice”. The workshop was hugely informative, entertaining and interactive and was invaluable to novices and seasoned pros alike. We were doing breathing exercises, superwoman poses, burbling… See Aly’s website for links to her u-tube videos demonstrating these exercises and lots of other useful information for speakers. Many thanks to Aly for her generosity in travelling to Chaucer and sharing her expertise.

After the break topics was chaired Barry who asked us to relate the history or future of items as diverse as ice-cream and ladders. The challenges provided plenty of scope for deploying the voice techniques learnt earlier. A special mention for Bryan who used his topic of the history of the zebra to demonstrate vibrant vocal variety in contrast to his usual quiet delivery. Peter had us laughing by starting his response with 30 silent secs of Aly’s warm up exercises and then describing a horror version of the tooth fairy.
An educational, entertaining and funny evening was rounded off by Adrian’s topics evaluation and a general evaluation by Carol. The next meeting on 3rd April is chaired by Josephine so please give her your support and contribution for her fist time in the chair.
We look forward to welcoming you to our meeting on 3rd April.

Club Meeting 6th March 2017

Perhaps the funniest evening of the year last night at the Chaucer Speakers Club, superbly chaired by Rachel who warmed the group up with a 15 second comment on their most memorable holiday event. Adrian ran briskly through business matters before a great education slot on Judging by Peter, fresh off a red eye flight from New Zealand, a lively Q&A ensued.

The core of the meeting was given over to two speeches, the first from Michael, an A6 superbly delivered, well structured and nostalgic for the band called Television, new to many in the room but a band playing at the time of the Beatles. Julian evaluated and concluded that this was a clear pass. Next was an adventurous and confident speech from Julie, a “prescriptive speech” in which she aimed to convince the audience to start, renew or continue journaling and in particular focusing on positive aspects that this process can deliver. An audience blind vote was taken after the speech along with a follow up evaluation by Stewart. The vote was a clear pass for Julie and Stewart reinforced the key message whilst pointing out the strengths of delivery and maybe one improvement for another time.

After the break a riotous and fun impromptu followed where Bryan chose a quasi balloon debate where as world leaders (term used loosely) we had to justify our staying in the balloon though no vote was taken. Some interesting and expected leaders were chosen such as Merkel, Trump and Putin and some less expected ones such as the Pope and “ a sheep” yes, a sheep, where Stewart was challenged to justify why a sheep should be saved from the basket.

After an eloquent topics evaluation from Katy and a general evaluation from Adrian the meeting was concluded and though numbers had been light the evening was judged a great success.

You are welcome to join us for our next meeting on Monday 20th March when we are delighted to have a workshop on the use of voice given by Aly Harrold from West Kent who has been a professional singer and now trains and mentors businesswomen in speaking.

Club Meeting 20th February 2017

Last nights meeting chaired by Adrian was fun, featuring two guests Fay and Catherine from West Kent both of whom contributed strongly to the evening. Fay delivered a practice A10 that was well received and superbly reviewed by Julie. Her subject was “what to do at 75 and 1/2″ and showed us that life clearly begins at 75. Although some regulars were away due to illness we welcomed back Barry, Becky and Peter who have been unable to join us of late. Peter delivered a thought-provoking speech, “sticking your head in the sand” which was eloquently reviewed and passed by Katy.

The topics session was chaired by Kent Area President Suzanne who chose subjects loosely related to Donald Trump as a theme. For some a challenging 3 minutes, however a great deal was learned and laughed at, especially when reviewed by Julian who had unfortunately forgotten his glasses.
The evening was rounded off by Will as general evaluator who succinctly reviewed the evenings proceedings.

Congratulations to our competitors at Kent Area for ably representing Chaucer and thanks to Carol for being our representative on the judging panels.

Congratulations to the winners of the Kent Area Competitions, Aly in the speech competition, Sue in the Topics (both West Kent SC) and Steve (Thanet SC) in the evaluation competition. Chaucer SC wish you all the best at the South Eastern Area Competitions.

Join us for our next meeting on 6th March.