Area 18 Conference - 31/10/2015

Yesterday (31/10/2015) six members from Boyd Park Toastmasters attended the Area 18 Conference. The morning was fun, educational and, for those with the courage to participate in a competition, challenging.


Congratulations to Anne-Marie Maw, Ally Hannon & Andrew Cole who all showed off their amazing talents and courage by competing in the Evaluation, International & Table Topics competitions respectively.


Andrew gave a clear and very well structured speech in the Table Topic competition. Table Topics always requires a huge dose of daring, drive and determination, qualities that Andrew had in abundance to make Boyd Park proud.


Anne-Marie starred in the Evaluation Competition. One of the most difficult competitions because, not only do you only have limited time to prepare, but you have to listen and listen carefully! Your speech must comment on a previous speech you have only just heard. I am sure all 5 of the Boyd Park members were very confident that Anne-Marie had this in the bag as her speech neared perfection. However, today (Anne-Marie's first competition no less) was not the day.


It was no surprise that the level of talent on display was exceedingly high. There was one particular speaker, Ian Demack from Stafford Heights, who entered all competitions and looked like he would win them all. Until, that is, the international competition where our very own Ally Hannon prevailed as the winner with a beautiful speech about her life since her Father's death entitled "What Could Ever Go Wrong!". Ally will now represent Area 18 in the next round of competitions! Congratulations Ally, a truly wonderful speech. 


As a club we were responsible to organise the International competition and this duty fell heavily on our very own Michelé Keighley. Many thanks to Michelé who, as always, demonstrated her exceptional skills and experience by producing a professional contest enjoyed by all. We also need to thank Michelé and Joe for decorating our table with a Halloween theme (or should I say Samhain) and adding yet more fun to the day!


As guest speakers go, we were luck enough to have Anne Moffat who is the 'Director of Economic Development and Executive Services' at Moreton Bay Regional Services. In short, she writes speeches for the Mayor. She discussed the use of pathos ethos and logos from the Greek philosopher Aristotle as tools to help when giving persuasive speeches. If you are uncultured like myself, and have not heard of these before, then do you self a favour and google them now; 30 minutes of reading will make you life easier forever. Thank you Anne for your inspiration and guidance with this very helpful speech.


The whole day was kept lean and mean with high quality speeches throughout. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as me and I am certainly looking forward to the next one. Details will be posted shortly!




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