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.