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!