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Covent Garden Speakers - Grow in CONFIDENCE ! Pages


Enjoy the Olympics; the highlight of the week was the morning at Covent Garden Speakers. The exuberant meeting embraced the essence of Toastmasters and swept us into a cauldron of fun.

Perhaps it was the watchful eye of Michelle Cheung, the toastmaster of the morning, aided by her eclectic team members that made it so. Like the ‘cox’ of the meeting, she guided the ‘rowers’ along and was responsible for the smooth running order, while her effortless grace and dazzling enthusiasm brought a pristine freshness to the whole morning.

Time is money, and although we started five minutes late – perhaps due to the change in room venue – our timekeeper, William Korsinah, deserves praise for not wasting time and improving the quality of the previous meeting. And thank you, Roger Harding, for coming to the rescue and providing us with a delightful new bell and lectern this week.

The “cheeky and mischievous” Dexter Coles’ quirky table topics session certainly “reined the pain on us”, while his warm manner stripped newcomers from fear. There were ripples of laughter as portraits of overgrown politicians, the Queen, dog walkers and more jumped to the stage with ease. The enthusiasm was matched with encouraging feedback, humorously delivered by Adam Wells.

The Building Your Voice workshop conducted by Jonathan Mueller aimed to develop our vocal power. His pen and mouth exercise and tongue twisters were fun to do, and we felt more resonant after singing AEIOU. It was a hit which led to a lush and lyrical second half of the meeting.

In a marvellous performance for his icebreaker The Dreamer, Chinkata took us away from our world into another; I look forward to seeing more of his engaging presence. Then Aaron’s speech Get Out While They Still Can really struck a chord with us as his message played on repressed thoughts about the things that truly matter in life. In Mediocrity, Mutshuyki Tokeshi’s excellent use of visual aids, humour and creativity left us with a warm glow as he debunked the myths about self-improvement. With skill to match their enthusiasm, Neil Coleman and Jonathan Mueller evaluated their speeches smoothly and offered tips beneficial to all.

Thank you to our sergeant at arms, Dimitri Golub, and sign in, Sarah Sawar, who looked and were every inch the part of welcoming hosts; and thanks of course to our linguist, Trang Lee, who I commend on her persistent effort in encouraging us to use the word ‘persistence’, which will be used throughout the week. A final thank you to our general evaluator, Sean Glasgow, who smoothly delivered tips and tricks that will help us become better toastmasters for the next meeting.

And guess what? Those who feel they missed out on the ‘craic’, please don’t worry, our next meeting is only six mornings away, Tuesday 7 August 2012 at 7am for a 7.10am start. And yes, of course you can bring a guest…Good luck till then. JOIN US AT OUR NEXT MEETING

Beir bua is beannacht!

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