At 6:30 every Tuesday we meet in St. James the Less Church conveniently located between Victoria and Pimlico to develop leadership and develop speaking skills. On Tuesday 16th August Prateek was Toastmaster of the evening running an energetic night. He had a team to assist him, Bruna was timekeeper and Nuala was sergeant at arms. Isabelle was grammarian and Christophe was harkmaster.
There were four prepared speeches on the night, first on stage was Pranav delivering his Icebreaker. He informed the audience of his challenging journey which resulted in outstanding achievements while working in the robotics industry.
Second on stage was John, delivering speech 4 from the Competent Communication manual ‘How to Say it’. He compared facing adversity to teabags; it’s only when you put teabags in hot water you find out how strong they are. Similarly, when people face adversity it can bring out their best.
Third on stage was Sophia delivering speech 5 from the Competent Communication manual ‘Your Body Speaks’. Inspired by a book ‘Hinds Feet on High Places’, Sophia delivered a message about developing courage to overcome fear and humiliation.
Fourth on stage was Robert who spoke about advances in tech, how the speed of technological change has made life easier for the end consumer. Providing examples such as apps such XE currency which offers convenience and the best foreign exchange rates possible.
The four speeches were evaluated by Stephen, Fahad, Romain and Florian respectively. Evaluations happen throughout a Toastmaster meeting so speakers learn where their strengths lie, and are also made aware of areas they can improve.
Majdouline then hosted the table topics session to develop speaking skills, with the theme of idioms, speakers were challenged to speak for 1-2 minutes on idioms such as ‘out of the blue’ and ‘as keen as mustard’. An inventive session with interesting answers that were then evaluated by Tatiana.
Guests are always welcome to join us so come along to our next meeting on the 23rd August!