Club Meeting 18 September 2017 – Connect with the Audience

Our Toastmaster Giulia opened our meeting with advice that as speakers we must remember “audience is king”. We can spend hours writing our message, preparing and thinking we have a great message. It’s at the moment of delivery we have to ask ourselves have we connected with the audience, can we answer their question; “What’s in it for me?”

If you are building your vocabulary library, a word to add is “tranquil” an adjective that means free from commotion or tumult; peaceful, quiet, calm

Our prepared speeches today were by Lewis and Abdullah, to give them an opportunity to practise for the upcoming area contest. They were also able to get constructive feedback from their evaluators and the audience, which gave them a chance to hear if they really were able to connect with the audience.

Winners of the evening:

Sam, our guest – Best Table Topics Speaker

Tom – Best Evaluator

After our meeting we caught up with our two Tottenham Stars to ask them some quick-fire questions before they go and represent Tottenham Speakers in the Area 47 Contest on Tuesday 26 September.

 

Lewis – Winner of Table Topics Contest

How long have you been a Toastmaster?

11 months, I joined Tottenham Speakers 6 months ago when I moved to London

Why did you choose to take part in the contest?

To grow and to bring out the best in myself.

How did it feel like to win at club level?

Heart-pounding goodness. I was so glad to move to the next stage, as more pressure means bigger growth.

How are you now preparing for the area contest?

I am just trying to live a fulfilling life in the meantime, and constantly feeding my mind with books.

What advice would you give to a fellow toastmaster who is considering taking part in a competition? And what have you learnt about yourself since taking part in the contest?

You never feel ready! I’ve learned that it had been a long time since I competed in anything, I forgot the thrill it brings.

 

Abdullah – Winner of Humorous Speech Contest

How long have you been a Toastmaster?

For 2 years

Why did you choose to take part in the contest?

I love challenges, and the opportunity to compete against my colleagues in the club who are more experienced than me gave me the motivation.

How did it feel like to win at club level?

Amazing! All the speakers in the club have very high skills, and it was a difficult competition, so winning the contest gave me more confidence, and more motivation to represent my club in the area contest.

How are you now preparing for the area contest?

Practice! Practice! Practice!

What advice would you give to a fellow toastmaster who is considering taking part in a competition? And what have you learnt about yourself since taking part in the contest?

My advice is to prepare for the competition in advance, and to practice the speech and memorise it so you don’t need to use any notes during the speech. Also, video recording is a useful technique to revise the speech and improve it.

Good luck to both Lewis and Abdullah who are competing at the area contest competition on Tuesday 26 September. Tottenham Speakers are cheering you both on!!

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