After Dinner Speaking Evening April 2011

34 members, partners and guests joined us for an evening of After Dinner Speaking on April 13th.

Club Chairman Eddie Barnes welcomed everybody to the evening.

Following grace, read by Chris Frost, we shared a hearty 3 course meal.

After dinner, club member Neil Lakeland took the helm and introduced three fascinating speeches:-

Matt Kyle On the loneliness of the aspiring author

Robert AdamsOn his life in public relations and journalism

Anne PetersOn how (not) to prepare for a speech whilst on holiday

To wrap up the evening Eddie presented the club “silverware” to our speech, topics and evaluation competition winners to Matt Kyle, Anne Peters and Mark Stock

Robert Adams was given the President’s Award for his consistent and loyal support for the club.

The conclusion – a great evening! Let’s do it again soon.

Here’s a few pictures from the event.

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West Kent Speakers Club – – 23rd March

Another fun and busy evening at West Kent Speakers with some 15 members and 3 new visitors.

David King gave an excellent first Topics sessions with a theme taking us on a tour of the USA and Steve Nichols passing his B1. Well done to both of them.

Chair for the evening Mark Stock set everyone present a fun challenge – to read some poems by Spike Milligan.

Guests are always welcome! – To enquire about visiting or membership email our Club Secretary Sue Shaw or call 01622 750879 (weekday evenings)

Although we always encourage participation from new visitors, we’re  happy to let you sit back and watch the fun!

West Kent Speakers Club – Meeting Review 9th March – Maidstone

22 Members enjoyed another great evening of speaking and speech-making in Maidstone last week.

Chairman Robert kicked us off with an unusual warm-up, centered around returning things back to shops.

Ravi made a first-class job of his first ever topics session. His sense of humour showed clearly as we were asked to imagine we were famous people from history deliver our retirement speeches. Characters as diverse as Judas and Bruce Forsyth were seen delivering their swansong!

Fred passed his B3 with flying colours with a truly engaging speech about the demise of the BBC World Service.

Gestures in our speeches are as important as the words and some useful techniques and sound advice was imparted by Terry.

All in all a great evening of speaking….!

Chairman – Robert Adams
Topics Chairman – Ravi Kalsi
Topics Evaluator – Fay Andrews
Timekeeper – Celia Hardy
Speech No 1 Fred Lamont – B3 Speech Construction
Evaluator – Eddie Barnes
Masterclass – Terry Nunn    Use Of Gestures
General Evaluator – Aly Harrold

Our next meeting will be on March 23rd.

Guests are always welcome! – To enquire about visiting or membership email our Club Secretary Sue Shaw or call 01622 750879 (weekday evenings)

Although we always encourage participation from new visitors, we’re  happy to let you sit back and watch the fun!

West Kent Speakers Club – Meeting Review– 23rd February

At West Kent Speakers Club we help you Achieve Speaking Confidence in a relaxed supportive environment.

Our most recent next meeting took place at The Stone Street Club Maidstone on 23rd February.

Our programme was:-

Chairman – Michael Breeze
Topics Chairman – Phil Wilson
Topics Evaluator – TBC
Timekeeper – Ravi Kalsi
Speech No 1 – Celia Hardy (B1 Making A Start)
Evaluator – Eddie Barnes
Speech No 2 – TBC
Evaluator – Gary Smith
General Evaluator – Karen Thomas

Guests are always welcome! – To enquire about visiting or membership email our Club Secretary Sue Shaw or call 01622 750879 (weekday evenings)

Although we always encourage participation from new visitors, we’re  happy to let you sit back and watch the fun!

West Kent Speakers Club –Meeting Review – 9th February – Maidstone

Matt was in the Chair tonight for our first meeting in February. The meeting was well attended and we were glad to welcome a visitor. The evening began with a warm up session when everyone introduced themselves and said a person they would like to meet and why. The responses included Charles I, Nelson Mandela, Marilyn Monroe, Tigger and Lyricist Johnny Mercer.

Speeches followed from Robert and David. Robert’s B7 (Use of Notes) entitled “Stirling Stuff” gave us three items that had links to our local Area. The Oxo cube, Haynes car manual and the Stirling bomber. There is so much to learn and enjoy at Speakers club. David’s B3 (Speech Construction) was entitled “Space for All” and gave everyone food for thought.

After an interval Monty chaired the topics session. Topics are included in the program to develop the ability to think on ones feet. Each topic tonight was for 2 ½ minutes. The session was kicked off with experienced member Gary being asked if technology should be used in sport. Gary started by asking, “what is technology” and then went onto discuss how technology is used and finished with a conclusion. Other diverse topics included, the attraction of Hello magazine, streetlights, and the humanisation of animals. The topics evaluator Sue, reminded us all to move with a purpose when presenting a speech, and to watch out for visual signals such as hand clenching.

There was an enthusiastic finish to the evening with Cliff as the General Evaluator. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 23 February. Start time 7.45 sharp.

Guests are always welcome! – To enquire about visiting or membership email our Club Secretary Sue Shaw or call 01622 750879 (weekday evenings)

Although we always encourage participation from new visitors, we’re  happy to let you sit back and watch the fun!

West Kent Speakers Club – Meeting Review – 26th January – PM Maidstone

Fred was at the helm tonight and got the evening off to a fine start with the question “what advice would we give to ourselves at 16”. Lots of advice such as studying hard, enjoying life and believing ones mother wasn’t out to make ones life a misery; were some of the replies.

Neil took over for his first session as topics chairman and provided a cornucopia of headings for members to speak on. We all look forward to seeing Roberts new hat sometime! Some skillful links and entertaining talks.

Ally gave a polished evaluation and her gentle manner was encouraging to all.

Robert rose to the challenge of an impromptu very well and reminded us of the past and red telephone kiosks.

Sue did her B6 vocabulary and word pictures which was evaluated by Cliff.

There was another chance for everyone to take part in the evening when Fred asked everyone to recount there favourite film moment.

The evening was wrapped up with a masterful General Evaluation by Gary.

At West Kent Speakers Club we help you Achieve Speaking Confidence in a relaxed supportive environment.

Our next meeting will take place at The Stone Street Club Maidstone on 9th February

Guests are always welcome! – To enquire about visiting or membership email our Club Secretary Sue Shaw or call 01622 750879 (weekday evenings)

Although we always encourage participation from new visitors, we’re  happy to let you sit back and watch the fun!

Happy New Year – Our First Public Speaking Meeting of 2011

What a great start to the year !

Some 15 club members and one new visitor packed the room to officially close off 2010 and get us all ready to speak in 2011.

Members all brought along a 4 minute speech about christmas and the new year. A wondeful range of topics was covered, from the true origins of christmas to the “commercial” nature of the holiday in the 21st Century.

There were no speech evaluations – although Robert Adams did give a general overview of the meeting. He gave a special mention to Jean-Louis Abbyad who was brave enough to join in on his first visit.

Guests are always welcome at WKSC – To enquire about visiting or membership email our Club Secretary Sue Shaw or call 01622 750879 (weekday evenings). Although we always encourage participation from new visitors, we’re happy to let you sit back and just watch the fun!

West Kent Speakers Club – Meeting Review – 8th Dec

Due to weather and venue problems our meeting didn’t take place as planned…

Those who did attend managed to enjoy a purely social get-together with festive food and a drink.

The Xmas meeting is now re-scheduled for 12th Jan!

Guests are always welcome! – To enquire about visiting or membership email our Club Secretary Sue Shaw or call 01622 750879 (weekday evenings)

Although we always encourage participation from new visitors, we’re happy to let you sit back and just watch the fun!

West Kent Speakers Club – Meeting Review – 24th November

Another fun evening at West Kent Speakers Club!

Our focus at this meeting was our Annual Speech Evaluation Contest

Evaluations are the secret ingredient at Speakers Club. Knowing how to analyse a speech and give constructive advice and a fair critique helps everybody learn and progress in the art of public speaking.

In the competition, a speech is delivered and the contestants each evaluate it in turn, secretly from one another. Officials acting as chaperones and “Distractors” ensure no one has an advantage in planning their evaluation.

Three special sets of congratulations go to:-

  • Neil Lakeland – who delivered the speech (his B3 – Speech Construction assignment) and was passed by all eight evaluators. He moves on to his B4 Gestures speech.
  • Celia Hardy – who only became an offical member at this meeting and stunned everyone, giving a really great evaluation, and was pronounced runner up.
  • Mark Stock (aka Marc Lemezma) – Who won the competition.

Our next meeting on December 8th is our Christmas social

Guests are always welcome! – To enquire about visiting or membership email our Club Secretary Sue Shaw or call 01622 750879 (weekday evenings)

Although we always encourage participation from new visitors, we’re  happy to let you sit back and watch the fun!

West Kent Speakers Club – Meeting Review 10th November

Another exciting, different and absolutely fun evening at WKSC this week!

We had two cracking speeches:-

Ravi Kalsi delivered his B3 Speech (Speech Construction) – A very funny talk about the possible use of insects as a source of proteins.

Aly Harrold spoke about the ravages of time on the human body for her B8 (Use of Humour Speech).

Both speakers were given an emphatic thumbs up from their evaluators.

Gary Smith enlightened us with an “Evaluation Masterclass”.  Giving constructive feedback is the lifeblood of Speakers Club – and all who watch a good evaluator will learn from what they have to say about the speech being reviewed.

We rounded the evening off with an unusual topics session, run by Fay Andrews. We were each given an object from Fay’s cupboard and had to “convince” the board of a Christmas Catalogue company to include our item. Great fun and very different.  A special mention again to Celia Hardy – who kept going when others would have given up – and on only her 2nd meeting!

Join us again on 24th November – Guests are always welcome! – To enquire about visiting or membership email our Club Secretary Sue Shaw or call 01622 750879 (weekday evenings)

Although we always encourage participation from new visitors, we’re always happy to let you sit back and watch the fun!