10th February 2016 Meeting Summary and Highlights


What an enriching evening we just recently had? !In preparation of the upcoming contest season we invited Dorothea Stuart to conduct a workshop on evaluations. Dorothea joined Toastmasters 10 years ago and is a DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) which is the highest possible Toastmaster achievement.


Dorothea started off with a little story about how Toastmasters was born and emphasised that since then, over 90 years ago, giving feedback was a main component of the Toastmaster idea. We discussed why we deliver  evaluations and what actually makes a good evaluation, before we got started with the interactive part of the evening. We had 3 prepared speeches, which all formed part of the workshop. After the speeches were delivered we analysed them in small groups and delivered a constructive and encouraging evaluation for each speaker.

Our first speaker Carrie started off with “Sharks – Why Should We Protect Them?”, which was speech #2 from the Competent Communication (CC) manual. The objective was to organise her speech. Carries’s speech had a very strong opening and caught our attention right away by making a comparison between Toastmasters and Sharks,who would have thought that? Her arguments were also very well laid out.


Our second speaker Beth delivered speech #7  from the CC manual with the curious title: “How to Get Lucky in Love!” Her task was to research her topic, and after hearing all the great examples about how and why lucky people are lucky, it motivated us to practice them not only in our love life,  but also in a professional environment. Her encouraging and open body language definitely portrayed what she preached.


Our last speaker Armelle delivered her final speech project in the CC manual. The purpose of her speech was to inspire the audience. She certainly did so in remarkable fashion which a speech entitled: “Charlie – To be or not to be?” We were indeed all inspired to think about freedom of speech, if there should be boundaries around this right, and if expressing a belief freely can stigmatise marginalised groups. Many congratulations to Armelle! With this speech she completed a huge Toastmaster milestone. Well done also to Armelle for being awarded best speaker of the evening!


And thank you to our timekeeper Loretta, and to Peter from Bloomsbury Speakers for his encouraging General Evaluation (GE), and a BIG THANK YOU to Dorothea, for delivering a great workshop!


We hope all our visitors Alexia, Angela, Ayesha, Diane, Luana and Ruby enjoyed the evening. If you would like to visit us, just sign up here for the next meeting: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/toastmasters-wibf-speakers-city-tickets-18859303685

If you would like to find out more information about other workshops, please see below!

Other Events

Thurs 18 Feb, 7pm: Evaluation workshop with Elizabeth Toohig at London Olympians SW7:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/evaluation-workshop-run-by-elizabeth-toohig-tickets-20695393479

Mon 29 Feb, 6.30pm Exceptional Evaluations workshop with Freddie Daniells at Bloomsbury Speakers:http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exceptional-evaluations-workshop-with-freddie-daniells-tickets-21092663725

Mon 29 Feb, 6.30pm: How to master impromptu speaking (table topics) with David Jones, Cass Toastmaster:https://www.meetup.com/CASSToastmasters/events/228634196/

Sun 13 Mar, 12-5pm: From Speaker to Trainer Workshop in Holborn: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/speaker-to-trainer-tickets-21139883962



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