Battle Speakers Club

THE group warmed up their vocal cords after Alison Pringle spoke about the Olympic Games euphoria which was sweeping the nation.

She asked everyone to briefly comment on whether they felt inspired to wave the British flag for Team GB.

The evening’s host - Toastmaster - Mark Mulcahy took to the floor describing what the various roles involved and he introduced all the speakers.

Susan Kennard’s top tip for the evening was to practice, practice and practice. President Graham Gardener, introducing new member Ian Ellery, said he was starting on an exciting journey.

Ian described his successful career as an illustrator but advised members never to trust a school careers officer.

He made the audience laugh when he boasted that the 1980’s were the best time to have a company credit card.

Experienced speaker Dec Cluskey, assessing Ian’s first speech, stated it was one of the best ice breakers he had ever heard.

Eliza Davies skilfully conducted an exercise in persuading the group of the benefits of only one parent going out to work.

Denise Mulligan said Eliza had managed to open the audiences views on a controversial issue of mothers staying at home.

Susan Kennard eloquently delivered her speech titled ‘The Law Of Attraction In Action’.

Giles Robinson, when evaluating Susan, gave her very positive feedback.

Dorothy Margison injected great fun into the evening when she spontaneously selected members of the group to speak.

They were asked to use a pictorial image as their starting point to speak for two minutes without any preparation.

Guests Kelan and Paul were happy to launch themselves in at the deep end: they both managed to get quickly get into the topics at this point.

They said they had really enjoyed themselves both in participation and learning from the experienced speakers.

Battle Speakers Club is the envy of many other Toastmaster clubs in the country as it has a specially friendly and relaxed ambience.

No experience is needed to join in and you can come as a guest free of charge without an invitation.

Members have a great opportunity to have socialise together. For example, there is a club party at the end of August.

So why not come along and join us? You have nothing to lose but everything to gain.

The club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at Battle Club, rear of 91 High Street, Battle, TN33 0AQ (entrance next to Yesterday’s World) from 7.15pm to 9.45pm.

Further details can be found at www.battlespeakers.co.uk, or call Giles Robinson on 01424 773972 .