In honour of our impending Humorous Speech Competition, take a look at some helpful tips to help give you the best opportunity to prepare a hilarious speech!
Our last meeting was another lively and educational evening at Croydon Communicators. We received a warm reception from our Vice President of Education, Gina, who set the tone for our wonderful evening. Our Toastmaster for the evening, Michael, informed us of the role of a Toastmaster and guided us through the agenda. The theme of our meeting was ‘it’s never too late’ and attendees provided us all with creative responses to our theme. Michael told us that he has never baked a cake and that it’s never too late to learn to bake!
Our Timekeeper contributed to the theme by giving a witty it’s ‘never too late but it could be too late if you go over time.’ Our Grammarian then took to the stage and, after explaining that it was never too late to keep fit, informed us that the word of the day was ‘eloquence.’ We were divided into two groups for our warm up session where we had to find things in common with each other. This warm up session was unique and enjoyable, reminding us that we all have something in common. Each member of my group could agree that we all look forward to attending Toastmasters meetings and that we all love good food.
Our first speaker gave a speech encouraging us to go to Jamaica and by the end of their speech, she had us longing to go to the beautiful Land of Wood and Water! The objectives of the speech were to use a sales presentation to grab attention and promote a unique proposition in their sales presentation. The speaker told us of their love for Jamaica and gave lush and informative descriptions of Jamaican culture.
Our second speaker, Alicja bravely gave her Ice Breaker speech where she introduced herself to club members and used existing speaking skills. Alicja told us about working and studying in the UK. Her speech was a story of determination and adventures. She spoke with authority and confidence and has many excellent speaking techniques already! We look forward to more speeches from her.
Gina gave us the third speech of the evening entitled ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns.’ Gina beautifully read an extract from the book A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Before reading, she explained the plot of the book. Gina gave a moving and enthralling reading, making the audience want to hear more.
Our evening was one of inspiration, ever-present humour and bravery. We are privileged to have such talented club members. To the next meeting!
The jobs market is a highly competitive dog-eat-dog environment, that is all-too-often a minefield. Despite your best efforts to net an even halfway decent job, knockback after knockback is simply soul-destroying. Those who succeed at bagging the job they go after tend to stand out from the pack in the way they look, the way they present, how they respond to questions at interview; and in their ability to speak off the cuff and organise their thoughts and feelings about things clearly.
At Croydon Communicators we get a steady stream of visitors each interested in developing their communication skills for an array of different reasons. Some are on the job trail and feel they need to find their unique selling point. What you will find on joining Croydon Communicators is a route up a mountain with experienced 'sherpas' to mentor you along. There are ten camps up this mountain, which represent ten speech projects. The first stop is the 4-6-minute 'Ice Breaker Speech' and the last stop is the 8-10 minute (no notes) speech to 'Inspire Your Audience', which should showcase the skills you've gained incrementally at each camp. What's exciting about each camp en route to the summit is that it features a well-lit stage with a warm and friendly audience willing you on to present what you've been working on and give you feedback that is designed to motivate you to press on towards the summit, where you will achieve the Competent Communicator Award that can accompany your CV and application form for any job you apply for. Having the Competent Communicator Award for Toastmasters International is quite the USP!
So, if you are on the job trail and trying to stand out from your competitors, why not try Toastmasters? You won't regret it. We are always delighted to welcome new people along to Croydon Communicators and to cheer you along on your journey to the summit.
Thursday 10th March 2016 marked another evening of great speeches at Croydon Communicators. Once again, we had a fun and energetic evening with committee members using their leadership and communication skills to ensure that the evening ran smoothly. The theme of the evening was Freedom and I definitely felt that all three speeches reflected the theme. After our warm up where we stood up and took turns in guessing our favourite childhood films without saying the name of the film, the speeches began.
I was privileged to evaluate our first speaker, Sawan who began his speech by saying that ‘the mind is a great servant, but a poor master’ in reference to procrastinating about realising a long time dream of going to Las Vegas. Luckily, he did visit Las Vegas and described it in humorous and vivid detail. Sawan told us that what happens in Las Vegas has ended up being shared at Croydon Communicators! His speech was well structured and organised and he smoothly transitioned between facts and ideas.
Our second speaker, Andrew delivered a speech about persistence entitled ‘No, no, no.’ Andrew wanted to make sure that he delivered a message that was strong, powerful and clear and he certainly did just that! His speech was entertaining and funny. Andrew made us laugh when he described borrowing his Dad’s leopard skin shoes for a trip to the library and gave an inspiring quote: “Don’t focus on the ‘no’, focus on earning your ‘yes’.”
Our third speaker, Sunil talked about gender discrimination and described inequalities between men and women. It was clear that Sunil had researched and analysed an abstract theory or political interest and presented it in an interesting manner. He spoke about the importance of ‘equal pay for equal work’ and used a PowerPoint Presentation to illustrate his speech.
The theme of freedom followed through into our Table Topics where our Table Topics Master asked intriguing questions such as ‘what does freedom mean to you?’ and ‘if you were free to change something about your past, what would you do?’
Our General Evaluator gave a thorough evaluation with encouraging feedback and if we didn’t know already that our guests enjoyed the evening due to enthusiastic clapping, we certainly knew they enjoyed themselves due to the positive feedback they gave us! It was great to hear the impact Toastmasters can have on others.
Thursday evening was energetic and vibrant and we look forward to our next meeting on 24th March 2016. We hope you’ll be joining us!
Another brilliant night at Croydon Communicators!
The 25th of February 2016 was another great night of effective leadership and communication. Thursday evening’s theme was ‘Passion.’ Speakers were introduced by their passions.
The first speaker gave a brilliant talk excellently outlining Heathrow expansion arguments. This talk reminded us of an important economic issue that could have a serious impact on local citizens and the environment.
The second speaker added a spoken word dimension to the meeting with a moving performance of Maya Angelou’s ‘Phenomenal Woman’ and ‘Still I Rise.’ This speaker read with passion and conviction, expressing that the audience were all phenomenal.
The third and final speaker told a wonderful Egyptian folk tale about a young woman who lost a beautiful shoe and the prince who did all he could to find her. (Sounds familiar doesn't it!)
The exceptional guest General Evaluator gave a thorough evaluation; club members bravely and graciously stepped into new roles and great guests gave valued Table Topics contributions.
We look forward to another fun-filled and educational evening at Croydon Communicators on 10/03/16. Why not join us?
Our International Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest was a great success! Congratulations to all our contestants for their brilliant speeches and evaluations! You have all done yourselves and Croydon Communicators proud. Our winners will go on to compete at the Area level contest on the 16th of March 2016 which will be hosted at the CVA Resource Centre. Come down and support our speakers as they prepare to uphold the reputation of Croydon Communicators for excellence! A special thanks to all those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to organise the contests. A great night all round.
Attend our International Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest this Thursday 11th of February 2016 from 7pm-9pm at Mind in Croydon, Fairfield House, 10 Altyre Road, East Croydon, CR0 5LA. This one off event is free! The venue is opposite Croydon Park Hotel. Winners of the speech contest will compete internationally. Come along after work and enjoy a wonderful evening filled with great speeches, evaluations and company. Free refreshments will be served and drinks will follow at Croydon Park Hotel after the contests. Cheer on your fellow Croydon Communicators! New faces always welcome. We hope to see you there :-).
Our 10th December meeting will break from the usual format so that we can have a Christmas celebration together. We are putting on a three-course Christmas dinner, and will be hearing special speeches from experienced Toastmasters, David Thompson and Hanna Hunter. There'll also be after-dinner parlour games.
The dinner will be heavily subsidised by club funds, and the charge is just £10 per person, so if you want to come let us know by 3rd December - all members and guests are welcome!
Our next normal meeting will be Thursday 14th January.