HOW TO! – Prepare and Practise

HOWTONow that you have the subject for your next speech, it is time to put it together. Write out your speech in full then read through it to see what is really not necessary to include and refine it so that it has a beginning that will hook in the audience, a body that has a logical flow and an ending the audience can take away with them.

Once you have the basis of the speech, speak it out loud to yourself several times and then practise in front of a mirror to see how your body language can be improved and record yourself. When playing back you can hear where you can use more voice modulation. If it is possible, ask your Mentor to see and hear your performance or at least give an outline by talking it through on the telephone so that you can gain advice.

When you feel comfortable, you will be ready to perform at your club. Remember, if you leave anything out of your speech the audience will not know so remember, when you see the red light, you should move smoothly into your close. Practise will help you to time yourself and be aware of when you need to close and will eventually make perfect!

Taken from Speakeasy 162 – August 2012

Preparation, Polish and Potential – 17th October

Good to see everyone at Monday’s Club meeting, and for those who couldn’t make it and sent apologies, here’s what you missed.

One of the joys of Toastmasters is seeing how much members progress in their confidence and speaking skills when they commit to practising and participating.

The winners

As Toastmaster for the evening, and first time in this role, Lloyd very capably demonstrated how far he’d come since popping into ESC one year ago. He was full of enthusiasm and energy, well prepared, and innovative – he’d placed a fluorescent “X” on the stage floor to remind himself, and us all, to position ourselves at this centre when we speak.

James looked so comfortable spinning his story of procrastination in coming up with a Warm Up topic, and getting us to confess whether we were planners or preferred to leave things to the last minute, also.

Relatively new member Paul Dowdeswell showed his determination to put into practice the feedback he’d received from his C1 at the last meeting, and spoke with heart and humour about himself, delivering his C2 titled “Try Again”. He won Best Speaker, against two very entertaining speeches from two very experienced speakers, Peter and Charlie. Adam, Aishi and Gillian gave valuable feedback as Evaluators, with Adam winning the vote for Evaluator.

Penny, as Topics Master, had an eclectic assortment of household treasures contained in her pink shopping bag. The 9 Topics speakers had the task of influencing the audience to buy whatever they fished out. Sonia and Doris shared the Best Topics vote.

The evening was rounded off with Stephen as Topics Evaluator, noting how many speakers used or avoided the “X” spot, and Amanda as General Evaluator. “Preparation, Polish and Potential” were the three words she used to describe Lloyd’s performance as Toastmaster, and the basis for an inspiring, educational and entertaining evening. Many thanks to Lloyd’s team – Scott as timekeeper, Justin as videographer and Costa as ballot counter.

The District 91 Conference is being held on Sat 5 November in Woking, with the final heat of the Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest where Division winners compete, plus workshops. Mark Pratt and Jamie Janie from Surbiton Speakers are representing our Area 53. For more info and to book, click on this link

Sandy Eifon-Jones, Area Ambassador for the Revitalised Education Programme, has prepared an update on the REP which she will be emailing to members shortly.

Next meeting is on Monday 7th November, with Charlie Warshawski as TM.

ESC President

Inspiration, education and humour – 3rd October

What a buzzing evening we had on Monday evening. Lots of inspiration, education and humour, all expertly orchestrated by Toastmaster for the evening, Ian Upton, with Tom as Time-keeper, Sheena as Videographer, Gillian and Costa as Ballot Counters, and Elizabeth delivering a very useful “helpful hints” Warm-Up session.

2016-10-03 Meeting

It was great to welcome back Charlie Warshawski, who rejoins ESC after a 12 month break. Also welcome to four new members – Scott Shanks (who rejoins after a 6 year break), Paul Dowdeswell, Justin Pybus and Ben Daly, who all stepped up to give prepared speeches. Our experienced Evaluators James, Stephen, Patrick and Adam all gave very constructive feedback – “the breakfast of champions” – which whetted everyone’s appetite to keep practicing and improving. One key learning point for speakers is to keep to time. Scott managed to do that and so was the only one eligible for Best Speech vote, with Adam voted as Best Evaluator.

Amanda led Table Topics with the theme of proverbs, giving eight speakers including 3 guests, the opportunity to embrace the moment, over-come panic, and practice impromptu speaking. Some stunning performances, with guest, Linzi, picking up the Best Topics vote. The evening was rounded off with Dave Goodman as Topics Evaluator and Aishi Lim as General Evaluator, both demonstrating their usual insightful and candid observations in their feedback.

Toastmaster of the Year (ToTY) award
What makes the Club run smoothly is your attendance and willingness to prepare and participate in whatever role you are assigned or volunteer for – the more you participate and practice, the better you get, and the better the Club gets too.

Each year, we present “Toastmaster of the Year” (ToTY) award to the member who has participated the most. Costa Nicolau is keeping score, noting down attendance, roles done, visits to other clubs, contests, etc. So, please make sure you let Costa know if you are doing things related to Toastmasters outside of ESC.

Area 53 Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contest
Come and support ESC winners Ian Upton, Dave Villa-Clarke and Dave Goodman as they compete against Surbiton Speakers Club winners on Thursday 6 October, 7.30pm, at St Andrews Church, Maple Road, Surbiton.

Doris Sew Hoy
ESC President