Training In Communications & Public Speaking Lancaster
MINUTES SOUTH LANCASTER SPEAKERS CLUB
11th DECEMBER 2019
In Attendance:- Diana Douglas, James Douglas, Jane Entwistle, John Entwistle, Eddy Jackson, Louise Jackson, Carol Kershaw, David Knox, Joyce Meiring (2) and Sue Solloway.
Apologies:- Andrew Hawkes
Greetings and Introductions
The President opened the Meeting by welcoming those present.
The Chair for the evening was Diana Douglas.
The Prepared Speech for the evening was given by Sue Solloway, the title was “ A Poem – In Praise Of You “ It was an unconventional speech as it was set to verse. The poem spoke of every member of the club highlighting their forte. The humour was very gentle and the audience rapport was whole hearted.
John Entwistle Evaluated Sue’s speech and pointed out the various strong points contained within the contribution and felt that the speech was very inclusive of the membership and that it had been well received by those present.
The next part of the meeting was different from normal and took the form of each speaker giving a four minute reading of their choice eg a poem, a piece of prose, a newspaper article.
David Knox – Tam o’ Shanter by Rabbie Burns (extracts)
The reading started with an extract from the King Jame's Bible. Genesis 2:
"And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."
A Lancashire Speakers Club Reading Topic
This institution, perhaps one should say enterprise out of respect for which one says one need not change one's mind about a thing one has believed in, requiring public promises of one's intention to fulfill a private obligation: I wonder what Adam and Eve think of it by this time, this firegilt steel alive with goldenness; how bright it shows -- "of circular traditions and impostures, committing many spoils," requiring all one's criminal ingenuity to avoid!
Jane Entwistle – Macavity– The Mystery Cat by T. S. Eliot
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The readings were Evaluated by Carol Kershaw, Eddy Jackson and Jane Entwistle, each making appropriate comments on three speakers. The comments made primarily concentrated around the use of voice, pause, inclination and rapport due to the nature of the subject.
The Chair for this session was David Knox and the theme for the two minute topic was ‘Food at Christmas’ and preferences.
Sue Solloway –
Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Eggs v Coffee & Croissants
Sue felt that there was no contest here. Smoked salmon won quite easily, croissants full of calories and unhealthy fat. Rather than have smoked salmon her preference would be gravelax.
Jane Entwistle – French Onion Soup v Prawn Cocktail
Jane was not keen on either of these choices. Perhaps the reason for not liking the soup is that she had never tasted a good one. If she had to choose then she would have Prawn Cocktail but would have rocket rather than ordinary lettuce and perhaps have gravelax instead of prawns.
Diana Douglas- Turkey V Nut Roast
Diana knew that she would be having Turkey but would prefer to have the vegetarian option and perhaps she would visit the local delicatessen in order to buy some nut roast.
Joyce Meiring – Christmas Pudding V Trifle
Joyce informed the audience that her husband had made the Christmas Pudding on the menu and therefore felt obliged to eat it although she would prefer to have Trifle with lovely home made custard, cream and alcohol induced sponge.
John Entwistle – Cheese & Biscuits V After Eight Mints
There was no competition here cheese and biscuits was his choice. Many local cheeses available. However, John had an excellent tip for people who likes After Eights. If you are out walking take a Mars Bar bury it in the snow then cut it up into slices get some minty toothpaste, spread some on the pieces and you have something like an after dinner mint.
Louise Jackson – Sandwiches V Bubble and Squeak
Louise did not particularly like sandwiches but did like cold meats. Bubble and Squeak would be her preference and would include caramelised onions, slowly cooked.
The Topics were Evaluated by James Douglas
The Topics Evaluator gave a very fair, constructive critique of the presentations given.
The General Evaluation was carried out by David Knox.
Given that the format of the evening had the potential to overrun the Chair ran the meeting in a very efficient manner. The evening had been different from the normal meeting and the Education Director should be congratulated for producing an appropriate/relevant agenda. The Readings were varied and interesting, informative, funny. Comments were also made about the Evaluators and their contributions, giving advice as well as recognising the good points made. Overall the evening was very enjoyable and successful and looked forward to the next meeting.
The President reminded those present about the meal on Wednesday 18th December and that the menu choices had been forwarded to The Fleece.
The Education Director commented on the Readings and the benefits of having such a session.
In closing the meeting the President wished everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The Meeting ended at 9.28
Date of next Meeting Wednesday 8th January 2020.
Public Speaking Training South Lancaster Speakers Club
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