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Wokingham Speakers Club

News, September 2014 

Humour, laughter and entertainment 
Amanda Bouch 
16th September 2014 

The challenges of internet dating, things that can go wrong with chemicals, surviving your 50th, dumb things we do to our bodies and commuting were the themes shared by the speakers that kept the audience laughing. This was our Humorous Speech and Table Topics contest night. 
 
 
Steve Catchick surprised us with his padding to look the part when going on a blind date and won first prize for the Humorous Speech. All those who have had to commute into London laughed with Ian Rodwell as he described the scrum and he placed second. Enough of us know that we need a ‘survival kit’ as described by Therese Edkins for those of a certain age…. Brian Moffatt told a very amusing Industrial Yarn involving exploding waste ponds and Matt Burchett got us thinking about our bodies in a different way. 
 
The Table Topic invited speakers to tell us about something they wish had not been invented and Marce Colucci kept us guessing on the gadget that is replacing men to win this contest. Steve Catchick came second and Catalina Pedraza third. Other contestants were Ian Rodwell and Matt Burchett, all kept us entertained and amused. 
 
President Amanda Bouch was Contest Chair and Tsitsi Madzingira as Chief Judge organised the team of judges, counters and timers to support the contest, including Tracy Miranda (Area Governor) and two guest judges from Windsor. 
 
Steve and Marce go on to represent Wokingham Speakers in the Area 21 Contest on Saturday 27th at Burnham. This should be a great event and all are encouraged to attend and support our members. 
 
We wish them the best of luck! 
 
Amanda 
Education on healthy living, speech writing and leadership 
Jo Thayer 
We had a fun meeting on 2 September. Whilst availability of speakers meant that we only had three prepared speeches during the evening, what we lacked in quantity were more than adequately covered in quality. 
 
A common theme of the evening was education. Firstly, Nadir Ahmed spoke about how a healthy body and mind helped Garry Kasparov become world chess champion. 
 
We were then treated to a superb educational speech by Mell Sheppard on “Writing for the World”, sharing tips and techniques on preparing and performing a world class speech. 
 
Our President, Amanda Bouch gave the third speech which was heavily weighted on the importance of leadership and development. 
 
The best speaker was awarded to Mell Sheppard
 
Asha Narashima stepped in last minute to run the table topics session. She asked the speakers to pick an object and to sell its benefits to the audience. We enjoyed a sales pitch from Steve Catchick on honey, Catalina Pedraza on a pedometer, Phil Cook told us the virtues of x-ray spectacles, Jose Maria sold us a pencil, Cherif Hemici a cookie and Gary Cranford was particularly imaginative with an elastic band. 
 
Best table topic speaker was awarded to Catalina Pedraza
 
Evaluations of the prepared speeches were delivered by Rachel Tinker, Therese Edkins, Sandra Rodwell and Paul Gardner evaluated the table topics. Therese was awarded best evaluator. 
 
Grammarian for the evening was Graeme Hobbs who gave a detailed report on use of grammar and the word of the day, “redoubtable”. 
 
We were treated to a general summation by Richard Shearing
 
It was my first time as Toastmaster of the Evening and although arranging the agenda was not an easy task, I am so glad that I persevered and now have more time management knowledge and confidence with thanks to my fellow Toastmasters. 
 
Jo Thayer