written by florence nakkozi
VP Public Relations Croydon Communicators
"Hope" was the theme of our zoom meeting on Thursday.
"Bumfuzzle" was the word of the day!
It was a remarkable evening with a mixture of learning, encouragement and being motivated.
The Toastmaster, Susan Harris led the entire meeting with excellence. Her team included the Timer (Troy Udall) & Grammarian (Aminat Omotosho)
We had 4 Inspiring prepared speeches which were all evaluated.
Anushka Rajapakse was the best speaker and Aseem Kapoor was the best evaluator.
The second part of the meeting was led by the Table Topics Master, Florence Nakkozi. In line with the theme of the meeting table topic questions were;
1- Describe the word HOPE to someone who has lost their job or who has been made redudant during the covid 19 crisis?
2-If you were asked to give a speech about having HOPE in 2021. Could you tell us 3 things that you will talk about?
3-What advise would you give to a single person who has lost HOPE in finding the right partner?
4-What does HOPE mean to you?
5-Do you think we need to have HOPE in order to achieve our goals?
6-How do you exercise having HOPE if you want to start a podcast or show and you have never done it before?
7-What is the one thing you want to achieve through this Toastmasters program?
Gina Rocque- Drayton was the best table speaker.
The President Aseem Kapoor closed the meeting with the award ceremony.
Troy Udall received the President award.
Congratulations to the winners.
We honour our visiting Toastmasters, Carol Cadogan from Liberty Speakers & Jose Fernandes from Purley Speakers.
Big thank you to all our speakers and role players.
written by aseem kapoor
Club President Croydon Communicators
The meeting theme was 'Patience' and we have been waiting patiently this year to welcome our Area Director Debbie Williams to a meeting of Croydon Communicators!
As mentioned in my opening remarks, Toastmasters are currently offering everyone that renewed their membership recently a free Pathway! Please do remember to select it and add it to your education transcript as soon as possible.
I handed over control of the meeting to our Toastmaster Matt Clark's assured hands who guided us all through the agenda expertly.
Our Grammarian Gina introduced us to an unusual but interesting Yiddish word of the day 'Meshuggener' a mad or foolish person. A comprehensive report followed in the second half.
Florence made sure we were all warmed up for the meeting by asking us all to tell us what 'patience' means to us.
We were treated to three wonderful speeches, with Afia talking about her 'lockdown adventures', Aminat introducing us to 'Annalise Keating' and Mustafa with 'Pebbles in his mouth'.
Feedback to the speakers was provided by evaluators Norma, Luqman and Gina.
Following the break Susan engaged our guests Kat (who recently joined neighbouring club Purley Speakers) and Carol (from Liberty Speakers) and of course Debbie (Speakers of Croydon).
Sandra told us the importance of practicing impromptu speaking and led the Table Topics session with speakers getting immediate evaluations.
We were challenged with some very interesting and creative 'would you rather' questions about aliens, losing our ability to read or speak, having fur or scales, talking to animals, travelling on a shoe-string budge v staying at home in luxury.
Carol our visiting Toastmaster was very impressed with Sandra and complimentary in his comments at the end of the meeting. Well done Sandra!
Finally Debbie provided very comprehensive feedback both with her General Evaluation hat on and as Area Director with some very useful recommendations to ensure we can be even better, and it was great to hear we impressed as a club, with numerous commendations for role players:
It was a pleasure having her at the meeting and we hope to see her again soon.
Well done to our meeting award winners:
Best Speaker: Mustafa Soomro
Best Evaluator: Gina Rocque Drayton
Best Table Topics: Gina Rocque Drayton
President's Award: Susan Harris
See you at our next meeting on 26th November.