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Meeting Report: 8 May 2017

Written by Scott

Introduction

On Monday, 8th May, Bloomsbury Speakers had their regular meeting at the Wedge Issue Pizza. We heard some exceptional entertaining speeches from the Club members and enjoyed an outstanding Table Topics session with Club’s guests.

Roles

The meeting started with a welcome speech from the President Sheldon who introduced the session with an anecdote about Will Smith and skydiving, stressing that being outside of your comfort zone can be a blissful and rewarding experience even if it doesn’t seem it beforehand. He introduced Toastmaster Peter who then introduced Timekeeper Dan and Grammarian Scott.

Prepared speeches

The first speaker was Fabiano, in his Speech number 6 “Fighting for Your Self-Confidence”. A muscular speech about his experience training Muai Thai kickboxing and self improvement that transcends the physical nature of a martial art. A knock out with the audience!

Matt was the second to speak. His speech number 9 entitled “The Man on the Moon” was a personal speech about his relationship with his father, shared characteristics and stealing a car (in Grand Theft Auto). Very heartfelt and well performed.

The third speech was given by Margarita. Who sold the audience on how to sell in her advanced speech “Chill Pill”. She gave us some tips on selling and demonstrated this with a lengthy and impressive section of improvisation selling to audience member Sebastian, who left with a much lighter wallet.

Evaluations and Table Topics

After the break, we heard from the three evaluators – Helen, Atul and Julian.

Then Tracey, the Table Topics Master, took the floor with the subject of change, provoking some entertaining and sincere speeches from the participants. Sheldon evaluated each speaker afterwards.

Finally, our visiting General Evaluator, James evaluated our club and the meeting. Also giving us a brief taster of his upcoming Best Man speech.

At the end of the meeting President Sheldon invited those who are interested to apply to join the Committee next year. If you would like to learn more about the Committee and/or are interested in joining it, please get in touch!

Awards

Best Speaker: Matt

Best Evaluator: Atul

Best Table Topic: Dan

Next meeting

The next meeting will take place at The Wedge Issue Pizza & Beer (91-95 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1R 5BX), on Monday, 22 May, at 6.30pm. Come over to practice your public speaking skills and enjoy delicious pizza on the Club!

Please get in touch at [email protected] if you have any questions!

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