I have fallen so behind in posting, I’m so sorry everyone! It’s been crazy, but fun, so here’s a summary of what I’ve been up to and a small sample of the amazing things that are happening in Division H.
On the 19th of October we had the Divsion H Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests. We sent two worthy representatives to the District contest, held on the 8th-10th of November in Colchester. David Henderson made it to the final of the Table Topics Contest and gave a fun and entertaining response to the question ‘If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 10-year-old self?’ It was his first time competing at that level and he really did us all proud. Well done, David, you’re officially a District Finalist!
Chris Boden was also brilliant at the Humorous Speech final. He’d made a few tweeks to the speech he delivered at Division, including enlarging his ‘certificates’ which I thought was very effective. He didn’t work on his singing or dancing, which was vital, and was rewarded with a respectable third place. Well done to you too, Chris!
I visited Tunbridge Wells Speakers on the 22nd of October, and what an amazing, supportive group they are! It took me a while to get there but it was absolutely worth the drive. I stayed for their committee meeting afterwards and shared with them the tips for promoting the club and retaining members that I have picked up from all the wonderful things our clubs are doing. I can’t emphasise enough how important it is for vibrant, successful clubs to visit each other and share what they’re doing. I do what I can with my visits and this blog, but a lot more can be accomplished if you’re out there yourselves.
I had the pleasure of speaking at an event at Fluor Farnborough, where our very own Fluor Farnborough Speakers is located. I spoke about strategies for managing your nerves and techniques for delivering a great presentation then took questions. I remember thinking how impossible it would have been for me to do that without all that I have learned and all the wonderful support I have received from my Toastmasters experience. It was very rewarding to share this experience with a whole new audience, and subsequent meetings at Fluor have seen an increase in visitors.
Part 2 of Catching Up tomorrow!