“If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would that be?” This was the question asked to each of our 7 contestants. Each contestant was escorted onto the stage, without knowing what question they would be asked. And they had to give a 1-2 minute speech about it. That’s exactly what Table Topics trains us to do. To handle unexpected situations. To be ready to speak about anything without warning.
All the contestants gave unique and well-constructed speeches. They were scored by six judges. And based on set criteria, the winners of the Table Topics Contest were announced:
1st place: Christopher Tso
2nd place: Rowlanda Orchiston
3rd place: Vicky Mina
After the contest section, we were back to our usual club meeting format.
The 1st speaker, Rowlanda impressed us again practicing her humorous speech “Got a Match?”. We gave her a “round-robin” evaluation where the audience gave plenty of valuable feedback for Rowlanda to enhance her speech. The feedback given sometimes conflicted with the feedback from another audience member, and it could have easily spiralled into a debate. That’s how passionate and engaged everyone was with Rowlanda’s second delivery of her winning speech.
The 2nd speaker, Hannah Le inspired us with her 10th and final speech in the Competent Communicator manual. It touched on an important issue in our society, where women’s voices are often marginalised in the workplace. She offered suggestions on what to do about it, and shared her own experiences on how she turned the odds into her favour. Ross Richard evaluated her speech, and he shared his observations on how Hannah has grown remarkably since she joined Toastmasters in late 2016. She’s a very different person now… much more confident and outgoing. A complete transformation also shared by other members of WPH Toastmasters.
It came and went so fast but more importantly we managed to squeeze lots of events. The last one off all was our Christmas party 19th of December. We came together, shared food and drinks, stories and jokes. Our DJ, Rowlanda played the music that was from around the world.
It was wonderful to be together and celebrate our accomplishments.
We said good our goodbyes to 2017 just to take a deep breath for 2018!
A lot has happened since the beginning of 2018. On the 31st of January we have done Club Speech Contest 2018 with the help of our guest judges Sandra, John and chef judge Ben.
Ross was the winner of the night one more time taking the first place. Mark came second with Rowland taking the third place.
Looking forward to a busy year ahead, feeling sweetly uneasy we are holding on to each other tightly. So, good luck everyone for 2017.
Here is another fun and nourishing event yet again!
On December 5, 2017, we competed against each other to evaluate our guest speaker of the night, Sabesh Sitsabesan. Ross Richard was also presented his DTM Plaque by Shirley Childs.
We had well-experienced and full-of-wisdom guests and visitors from other clubs. They kindly helped us carry out our evening with our Contest Chair Christopher Tso and District Director Shirley Childs. Ross was the winner of the night as I took the second place.
Ross was surely the star of the night. He was given the International Distinguished Toastmasters Plaque (DTM) together with his medal and badge by our director Shirley Childs.
In events like this, we come together and share moments of excitement and rewards. The end product is always that growth that we are all after. After every meeting, I cannot help but congratulate myself because I am a member of the club.
On the 7th of November 2017, Kingi took us to a journey in ourselves and reminded us that we were all unique in delivering our messages.
He was comfortable during his entire speech. He knew how to connect with each one of us in his own way. We could not feel anything glossy or pre-packaged about him. He spoke right from his heart, reaching to ours with ease. Kingi told us that he had brought some ideas for the night so that we could pick the ones we liked, just like the birds would pick their favourite seeds from a pack.
Thank you Kingi. We now appreciate more than ever, that the message we deliver has the greatest importance in our speeches and must be done in our own way.
If we were to write on the wall to remind us for future speeches, it would be:
Start with the message that you want to deliver… and ask yourself “who cares” and “so what’s the point”? When you know what you want to say, then it’s easy to know how to say it and quickly get to the point. And when you allow your message to be a part of you, and deliver it as yourself, then others will follow along your journey and engage with your message.
When: Tuesday 7 Nov 2017 Where: Dural Memorial Hall
604 Old Northern Road, Dural Time: 7.00 for 7.15 pm start Contact: Mel Colgar VPPR E: firstname.lastname@example.org M: 0409 916 002 RSVP: Monday 30 Oct 2017
A New Zealand Te Arawa descendant, a devoted Toastmaster and champion public speaker. Kingi was runner-up at the World Championship of Public Speaking in 2013.
Kingi has spent many years in the broadcasting industry as a Radio Announcer and TV presenter. He loves putting smiles on the faces of the people he talks to every day, whether he is on radio or tv.
Kingi is the husband of Wendy, the father of four awesome children and the grandfather, it’s hard to believe, the grandfather of 3 divine and angelic grand-daughters. They are the apples of their young grandfather’s eye.
His current passion is that of keynote speaking and delivering his presentation skills seminar called “Take yourself there”
“I am a descendant of great storytellers who used their words to carve visions in the minds of their people,” Kingi said.
“Effective communication is like painting a vivid picture into the minds and hearts of people. Magic will literally grow around you.”
Today was the day Rowlanda and Mark shone like the stars among all the contestants. The represented West Pennant Hills Club so well and took the third place in Table Topics and Humorous Speech contest in the Area M2 Contest at The Hills Club Baulkham Hills.
Thank you Rowlanda and Mark. We are proud of you both.
We had to help present their certificates and awards!
We came together to do our usual meeting on the 1st of August 2017 . We had 21 members and guests and with a guest speaker, Matt Tonkiss.
It was a very special evening because Matt is a successful member of Toastmaster family and he is preparing a speech for the Toastmasters International Convention taking place August 23 in Vancouver. It was invaluable for us to see his presentation on that evening and we even were fortunate to ask questions.
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