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Written by Margarita

Introduction

On Monday 13 March Bloomsbury Speakers held their regular club meeting downstairs at Wedge Issue Pizza & Beer. It was an evening of inspiration, learning and great fun!

Roles

The meeting started with a welcome speech from President Sheldon who shared with the audience his observations on importance of public speaking for people of all ages. Then Toastmaster Hari set out the theme for the evening – inspirational women – and introduced Timekeeper Olga and Grammarian Peter.

Prepared speeches

The first speaker was Paul, who joined Bloombsury Speakers just two weeks ago, but already got the second place in the International Evaluation Contest and represented the Club on the Area level. His Icebreaker speech entitled “Tourettes, Neuroscience and Me” deeply touched everyone in the audience. Paul explained how his experience of Tourettes led him to a career in neurology.

Rupert was the second to speak. His highly informative speech ? 2, entitled “Looking Back”, was devoted to the Cuban missile crisis. Rupert enlightened the audience on the background of the crisis and inspired even those who are not too keen on history to learn more about this greatest event of the Cold War.

The third speaker was Helen. She gave the first speech from advanced manual “Speaking to Inform”, which was entitled “Are you still playing this $%^&! Game?”. In a very fun and engaging manner Helen explained that the viral Pockemon Go! game exploits basic human needs known since prehistoric times that are hunting and gathering, unexpected awards and social inclusion.

After the speeches our Sergeant at Arms Sarah invited guests to introduce themselves.

Evaluations and Table Topics

After the break, we heard from the three evaluators – Tracey Alexander, Atul and Chantal.

We were then introduced to our Table Topic Master Swarajit, who structured his questions around the International Women’s Day. We heard from Dan, Yanik, Sarah, Chantal, Nigel, Anna and Peter, who all gave impromptu speeches for up to two minutes. Olga, the Timekeeper, then gave us the timings for each impromptu speech.

Margarita gave an evaluation of all the impromptu topics speakers, followed once more by Olga, who updated us on the timings for each evaluator’s speech.

Finally, our visiting General Evaluator, Rachel, evaluated our club and the meeting, including participants who had not received feedback during the session. Sheldon, the President of Bloomsbury Speakers, wrapped up the evening by announcing the awards:

Awards

Best Speaker: Rupert

Best Evaluator: Margarita

Best Table Topic: Nigel

Next meeting

Our next meeting will take place on Monday 27 March at 18:30 at Wedge Issue Pizza on Clerkenwell Road. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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

 

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Written by Margarita

Introduction

Bloomsbury Speakers held the International Speech and Evaluation Contests on the 6th of March 2017. They took place downstairs at Wedge Issue Pizza & Beer, which is now the regular venue for the club. It was a night of excellent speeches, great evaluations and exciting table topics!

The evening started with a brief yet energetic opening from President Sheldon, who passed floor to International Speech Contest Chair Heleana. She explained the rules of the contest and introduced the speakers as well as the timekeeper Chantal.

International Speech Contest

The first to speak was Renars. His entertaining speech focused on online dating and his personal experience of using Tinder set up really a high level for all contestants.

Matthew was the second, he inspired the audience with his highly emotional and personal speech about an unusual job interview.

Sheldon was the third, in his speech he explored what it really means to be proud to be British and invited the audience to think outside the box about this concept.

And the final speech was delivered by Margarita, who encouraged the audience to stop using social media on holidays to have a richer experience.

After all speeches were delivered, the meeting moved on to guest introductions and a short break.

Evaluation Contest

After the break, the meeting continued with the Evaluation Contest.

While evaluators were receiving instructions from the Chief Judge Dave, Evaluation Contest Chair Sheldon told the audience more about his experience of being President of the Club.

He then introduced the Mystery Speaker – Emily. In her highly informative speech she shared with the audience her knowledge about Opium Wars between China and Britain.

Her speech was then evaluated by the Evaluation contestants, Peter, Yemina, Paul and Matthew.

While the Committee members were registering votes made by the judges, the Table Topics Master Peter made almost everyone in the audience join his highly entertaining impromptu speaking session.

Awards

The winner of both the International Speech and Evaluation Contests was… Matthew.

Overall, the contestants showed such a high standard of speaking that no one in the room would have confidently bet on anyone taking the top spot.

Next meeting

The next regular meeting of Bloomsbury Speakers will be on Monday, 13 March 2017, downstairs at Wedge Issue Pizza & Beer. Doors open at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to join.

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Written by Margarita

Introduction

On Monday, 9 January, Bloomsbury Speakers held their first club meeting in 2017. Despite the Tube strike and a heavy rain, many club members, as well as a number of guests, made it to The Clerk and Well pub to practice their public speaking skills.

Roles

President Sheldon welcomed guests and club members with a passionate opening speech and passed the floor to Toastmaster Margarita who set the theme of the evening – gastronomic regrets and highlights of the recent festive season! She introduced Julian, the Timekeeper, to the audience and his job was to make sure the entire meeting ran smoothly and banged on time. Then Margarita introduced the word of the day – ‘ebullient’ – and invited the first speaker.

Prepared speeches

Rupert impressed the audience with his outstanding Icebreaker speech entitled “Growing up slow”. Rupert shared with us some stories from his childhood and adolescence that involved setting up his back garden on fire and getting in a car crash and that taught him important life lessons.

The second speaker was Heleana, who gave an inspiring No. 9 speech entitled “All my muses were men”. She told us about extraordinary people who played a great role in shaping her personality and persuaded us that inspiration can come from unexpected places in unexpected times from unexpected people.

Just before the break Yemina welcomed our wonderful guests and gave each of them an opportunity to introduced themselves and make a short speech.

After the break, we heard from the evaluators who had delivered their feedback on the prepared speeches – Chantal and Matthew.

We were then introduced to our Table Topic Master, Peter R., who structured his questions around the theme of strike. Many club members, as well as some very brave guests, volunteered to take part in this session and all gave impromptu speeches for up to two minutes. Julian, the Timekeeper, then outlined the timings of each impromptu speech.

Swarajit stepped in last minute to give an evaluation of all the impromptu topics speakers, followed once more by Julian, who updated us on the timings for each evaluator’s speech.

Finally, our visiting General Evaluator, Sergey Zabelin from London Victorians, evaluated our club and the meeting, including participants who had not received feedback. Sheldon, the President of Bloomsbury Speakers, wrapped up the evening by announcing the awards:

Awards

Best Speaker: Rupert

Best Evaluator: Matthew

Best Table Topic: Matthew

Next meeting

Our next regular meeting will be on Monday, 23 January, at The Clerk and Well (though the venue may be subject to change). Looking forward to seeing you all there! Please get in touch at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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Written by Agnes

Introduction

On Monday 22nd August Bloomsbury Speakers held their regular club meeting at the Clerk and Well pub. During the evening we heard four prepared speeches of a very high standard, four excellent evaluations, and six cracking table topics, with many of the guests participating in the impromptu speaking session.

Roles

Toastmaster Carrie kicked off the proceedings by setting the theme for the evening – the highlight of this summer, which is, sadly, about to end! She introduced Peter R, the Timekeeper, to the audience whose job was to make sure the entire meeting runs smoothly and bang on schedule. Carrie then opened the floor for the first speaker.

Prepared speeches

After the opening remarks, the first speaker was Chantal, who encouraged us to move more in the interest of our wellbeing in her project No. 2 speech entitled “Get Off Your …’ She outlined the dangers of prolonged periods of sitting, which is the unfortunate consequence of our modern lifestyle. In a speech packed with interesting ideas – such as the fact that medieval people burned off an average of 4000-5000 calories a day – she gave us practical tips about how to build more exercise into our busy days to avoid ending up with diabetes, various cancers and varicose veins.

The second speaker was Fabiano, who gave a futuristic No. 3 speech entitled “Homo Erectus, Homo Sapiens, Transhuman”. Fabiano explained how technological advancement is capable of increasing our physical and intellectual capacity, paving the way to a new phase in human evolution. Fabiano expressed his frustration over the fact that he still has to spend hours memorising his speech in front of the mirror instead of having it uploaded directly into his mind.

The third speaker was Atul, who gave a No. 3 speech about the life of the musical genius Ludwig Van Beethoven. He explained how the composer’s ability to overcome adversity, such as a cruel, overbearing father and his deafness from his twenties culminated in the masterpiece that is the Symphony No. 9. The piece, as we learned from Atul’s speech, was played when the Berlin Wall was brought down in 1989.

The final prepared speech, entitled “Food for Pokemons,’’ was delivered by Olga for the Competent Communicator No. 9 project. She described the nature of addictions and how they risk becoming all-consuming. She gave the audience strategies on how to switch attention away from an obsession and train our brains to appreciate multiple interests so they won’t fall prey to Pokemon.

After the break, we heard from the four evaluators who had been preparing feedback for the prepared speeches – Francesca, Chantal, who stepped in last minute, Robert and Peter F.

We were then introduced to our Table Topic Master, Ahmed, who structured his questions around the Olympic Games. We heard from Erin, Sarah, Chrystal, Simba, Ryan and Peter R., who all gave impromptu speeches for up to two minutes. Peter R, the Timekeeper, then gave us the timings for each impromptu speech.

Swarajit gave an evaluation of the all the impromptu topics speakers, followed once more by Peter R, who updated us on the timings for each evaluator’s speech.

Finally, our visiting General Evaluator, Thomas from London Victorians, evaluated our club and the meeting, including participants who hadn’t received feedback. Sheldon, the President of Bloomsbury Speakers, wrapped up the evening by announcing the awards:

Awards

Best Speaker: Chantal

Best Evaluator: Francesca

Best Table Topic: Erin

Next meeting

Our next event will be the Humorous Speech Workshop on 05 September at 18:30 in Wedge Issue Pizza on Clerkenwell Road. Sign up on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/humorous-speech-workshop-dig-deeper-to-your-funny-bone-tickets-27114437011

Our next regular meeting will be Monday 12 September at the Clerk and Well (though the venue may be subject to change). Please get in touch at [email protected] if you have any questions!

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Written by Margarita

Introduction

On Monday 8 August we met upstairs at the Clerk and Well for a regular meeting of Bloomsbury Speakers. We had three wonderful prepared speeches and a range of impromptu activities.

Roles

Club’s VPE Peter R took the role of the acting president and opened the meeting. The Toastmaster, brilliant speaker and experienced member of the club, Carrie suggested a great theme of the evening – she asked each participant to share the most unusual things they’ve ever done to earn money. Apparently, walking dogs and selling empty liquor bottles can give you some extra cash! Carrie introduced the Timekeeper Sarah, and Harkmaster Olga.

Prepared Speeches

After opening remarks, the first speaker was Francesca with her No. 3 speech ‘Why mindfulness is a positive force for change, and not just a buzzword’. She shared with us the benefits of meditation and suggested trying to do it every day for 10 minutes for 10 days to start seeing positive changes.

The second speaker was Peter F, who gave us his Storytelling No. 3 speech ‘It’s Ok to be an Immigrant’. He shred with us his story of moving from Singapore to London and the lessons he learnt being an immigrant.

Third up was Robert, delivering his No. 4 speech “Why campaign if not a member?” In his passionate speech he told us about his personal experience of campaigning and its benefits.

After the prepared speeches Sergeant at Arms Peter R introduced the guests.

After the break, we heard from the three evaluators who had been preparing feedback for the three prepared speeches – Helen, Swarajit and Matt.

Impromptu Speaking

We were then handed over to Table Topics Master Margarita. The theme of the Table Topics was Olympic Games. We heard from Norah, Atul, Helen, Joe, Abder and Peter R, who all gave impromptu speeches for up to two minutes.

Robert presented feedback on each of the impromptu speeches we had just heard, before we moved to an impromptu game “And then…” introduced by Peter R. Helen, Carrie, Matt and Robert created a hilarious impromptu story about Donald Trump, hamsters and apple pies.

Game

After it visiting General Evaluator Veronica evaluated all speakers not yet evaluated and provided feedback to the club.

Finally, Peter R, the VPE of Bloomsbury Speakers, announced the awards for the evening.

Awards

Best Speaker: Peter F

Peters

Best Evaluator: Helen
Helen
Best Table Topic: Peter R

Next meeting

Our next meeting will be Monday 22 August at the Clerk and Well (though the venue may be subject to change). Please get in touch at [email protected] if you have any questions!

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