At Banyandah Toastmasters we showcase speakers from beginners to advanced, so you don’t need to worry about whether you can join us! At the moment we have members who have been with us one month to 10 years, aged in their twenties right through. We come from Australian to Asian backgrounds and who have English as their first or second language. We are a small friendly club where everyone get the opportunity for plenty of practice, but also to develop at their own pace. We learn to gradually overcome our fears of public speaking, developing through to a love of public speaking. We grow from scared to confident. We move from lacking in fluency, saying lots of ums and ahs to few or at times none. This is only achieved by practising, presenting and attending meetings. You’ll like our feedback- it’s positive and supportive. We follow the CRC methodology for evaluations- Commend, Recommend, Commend. That’s how we go from fear of public speaking to no more fear! Why not come and join us as a guest and watch speakers of all types learning to master that greatest of skills, that you too can master!
Tonight’s meeting saw member Rachel Leong speaking confidently and inspiring us with a her speech titled “The Obstacle is the way”. Drawing on Marcus Aurelius and stoicism she inspired us with themes of developing calm, embracing obstacles and understanding the importance of perception, action and will. Rachel epitomised the confident public speaker and demonstrated her great ability to memorise complex and detailed material. You were an inspiration to us tonight Rachel!
Last Banyandah Meeting saw new member Jai deliver her Icebreaker Speech- the first from the Competent Communicator Manual. Jai had been a member previously in Korea, so no doubt this assisted with her outstanding delivery. Come, watch and learn from other members new and old, in their quest to develop wonderful public speaking skills!
Many thanks to our Past President Joe who is heading off to Sao Paulo! We are very lucky to have had Joe’s input and experience over 4 years. Thanks Joe! Visit his travel blog http://joe.in and keep up with his adventures.
On the 25th of March Banyandah Toastmasters hosted its International Speech and Evaluation contests. Club contests are scheduled twice a year and give members the opportunity to practice public speaking in a competitive environment.
International Speech Contest
Contest Chair Anita hosted the night’s initial competition, the International Speech Contest. In the International Speech Contest, each contestant must present a substantially original speech of 5 to 7 minutes.
There were two contestants, Ross followed by Trevor. After a nervous wait, Trevor was announced as the winner and presented with the winning certificate.
After supper, Joe chaired the Evaluation Contest. Speech evaluations are very important in Toastmasters with the standard club meeting containing several evaluation roles. In the Evaluation Contest, the contestants must evaluate the same test speech. To stop latter contestants from gaining an advantage, they are kept out of the contest room for the earlier evaluations.
Area Governor and guest Charles Fisher presented the test speech “A Dark Story about Chocolate”, an informative talk about the exploitation behind some of the chocolate produced. Matt was the first contestant and Adam the second. Following the tallying of the judges’ votes, Matt was adjudged the winner.
Congratulations club contest winners Trevor and Matt – they will be representing Banyandah at the N24 Area Contest on Saturday 16 March at the Dianella Community Centre.
A very special thanks to N24 Area Governor Charles Fisher and Ellenbrook Toastmasters Peter, Ray and Malley for visiting and assisting Banyandah with the evening. As a thank you for their efforts, each of our guests went home with a bottle of wine presented by our Club President Ross Hinscliff.