Last club meeting of the 2016-17 season

Last night saw the final meeting of the season with a decent turnout for a hot summers evening. initially the plan was to hear 3 new speakers start their journey but all the speakers had to cancel at short notice. Julie, our chair for the evening implemented her plan B. The evening kicked off promptly and the warm up gave members a chance to say what they liked about the club and what they would wish to see change, so a great support for the incoming president Julian.  A guest arrived for his first meeting and made an excellent contribution in the topics session. The business session saw Josephine take her award for the most improved speaker last season and Julian was delighted to announce that the club won the Kent Hopper Cup team speaking competition two weeks earlier so a big congratulations to the team for that.
The main part of the evening began with  an advanced speech by Peter who gave an masterpiece advanced impromptu speech – he choose from 3 topics and prepared a 10 minute speech in ten minutes. He chose “the smoking ban ten years on” where we learned that he was not a smoker and consequently did not have stunted growth. The speech was reviewed by Suzanne and she declared that it was an excellent speech both in content and delivery. Whilst Peter was preparing the speech we had a lively education session delivered by Michael followed by a discussion around overcoming nerves and the “authenticity” of standing still during speech delivery. A range of views were expressed and whilst we all understand the ASC position which, in competition , we play to, at a local level it was generally agreed that we should allow more expression of individuality of style.
After a lively break we moved to topics which was chaired by Adrian  and had the theme of Nautical terms used in our language, some of which are well known and others less so – the bitter end, slush fund, letting the cat out of the bag… Rachel reviewed the topics session and she thought it challenging in spite of being allowed a little extra time to think about the topic before delivery while Adrian explained the nautical origin of each term.
The evening was wrapped up by the new President Julian and closed by Julie after what proved to be a great evening.

Our 2017-18 season starts on Monday 18th September. See our events page for social events and open invitations to events at other Kent clubs such as a Cogers evening at West Kent SC.

Have a happy summer and see you in September.