WH award winners - 24 April 2017

Club meeting – 24 April 2017

A Euphoric meeting at the Winchmore Hill club!

We had a number of guests, many of our club members and a wonderful assortment of visiting Toastmasters from nearby clubs.  Rosy kicked off the the meeting as our club president and she was also Toastmaster of the evening.  She effortlessly guided us through the evening’s proceedings.

Lee was our first speaker of the evening, and delivering his first speech!  This was his “ice-breaker”, where he talked to us about growing old, not growing up.  An intriguing speech and a great start to his Toastmasters club journey.  Next up was Barbara, who gave an insightful speech into the life of Che Guevara in a speech entitled “The making of an icon”.  Although still new to the club, Barbara demonstrated what she had learned about structuring her speech well – and both opened and closed with a thought-provoking quote.  It was a clearly well-researched speech.  Well done Barbara!

Arnold was the third speaker of the evening, treating us to his thoughts on the topic of “Is the art of seduction real?”.  Another well-researched speech that was engaging.  I’m sure we all learned a few things about Cassanova, and maybe some tips we can put into practice in our own lives!

Each of our prepared speakers receives feedback and advice from another member of the club in the form of an evaluation. Graeme, Steve and Tariq were our evaluators, and each provided supportive and encouraging feedback based on the personal objectives of the speaker and their level of experience. These evaluations are at the heart of what makes the club special – as this is how we best learn how to develop our speaking skills.

We also practice impromptu or off-the-cuff speaking at our club meetings. This session was led by Dorothea.  Dorothea has only recently joined the club, but is already demonstrating her ability to learn from the programme.  She gave us a great range of subjects, on the topic of reminiscing on the past.  We got insights into first days at school, sentimental objects, birthday presents, a most embarrassing moment and first job interviews.

Arnold was our “Ah-Erm counter”, providing feedback on distracting “filler words”, Sinita highlighted good use of language and Barbara kept us all running to time.  Tariq, a visiting Toastmaster summed up the evening with a review of what everyone had achieved.

Another fun, informative and entertaining meeting.  Luke, one of our guests, enjoyed it so much that he decided to join as a member!  Well done to everyone – and especially our award winners: Lee Sondack (best speaker), Luke Best (best impromptu speaker) and Graeme Bass (best evaluator).


WH award winners - 24 April 2017
24 April 2017 award winners – Lee Sondack (best speaker), Luke Best (best impromptu speaker) and Graeme Bass (best evaluator)

What is Gavel Club?

Gavel Clubs are affiliated with Toastmasters International and provide a supportive and structured environment for members to develop their public speaking and leadership skills.

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Gavel Club will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. Whether you are a tenured manager, student, young professional, someone looking to advance their career, or someone hoping to make an impact in your community, Toastmasters is the most efficient, supportive, enjoyable, and affordable way of gaining great communication skills. By learning to effectively formulate and express your ideas, you open an entirely new world of possibilities. You’ll improve your interpersonal communication and be more persuasive and confident when giving speeches.

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  1. Build Confidence for Public Speaking: Gavel club present speaking opportunities at every meeting. Whether you present a prepared speech, participate in Table Topics®, or fill a meeting role, you can get the valuable practice needed to build confidence for public speaking. And Toastmasters’ safe and supportive club environment means there’s no pressure, so you can work at your own pace.
  2. Become a more effective speaker: An integral part of Toastmasters is giving and receiving feedback. When you speak at a club, a fellow Toastmaster will provide you with feedback to help you grow your public speaking skills. With the Pathways learning experience, you will have access to an education program that will teach you the skills required to become a more effective speaker.
  3. Improve my presentation Skill: Gavel Club isn’t only for improving your public speaking or communication skills. By giving speeches and working through a learning path in the Pathways learning experience, you will learn how to structure your presentation and incorporate tone and body language to truly engage with your audience.
  4. Improv my Leadership Skill: Since Gavel clubs are run by members, each club offers volunteer leadership positions. When you combine this with the leadership skills you can learn through the Pathways learning experience, you can not only build skills, but can gain valuable experience leading a team.
  5.  Meet my professional Goal: By improving your communication, public speaking, and leadership skills, you are building a better version of yourself. Whether you are hoping to land that big promotion or simply want to feel more confident when communicating with coworkers, Gavel Club can help teach the skills you need!
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  7. Network With Others and Build Social Communication: Gavel come from all walks of life. Over time, attending meetings will allow you to build social connections and network with others that you may not have had the opportunity to meet otherwise. In a Gavel club, you’ll find likeminded people who are working hard to build similar skills as you!


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In Toastmasters, everything revolves around the club meeting. With over 15,000 clubs in almost 150 countries, each club is unique in their own way. While clubs all feature the same structure, some are more formal, feature a theme, or have criteria for members to join. We encourage everyone to visit several clubs until they find one that fits their needs. To learn more about the basic structure of a Gavel Club meeting.

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In addition to the supportive learning environment in the club, there is a structured education program called Pathways.

What is the Pathways learning experience?
Pathways is Gavel’ exciting, interactive, and flexible education program open_in_new. It focuses on five core competencies: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Strategic Leadership, Management, and Confidence. With 11 paths to choose from (and more in development), you have the option to pick which skills you want to focus on.

How does Pathways work?
Sign into Pathways and take the online assessment, which will suggest a learning path based on your goals. As a Toastmasters member, you will receive one free path when you join. Progress through your path by completing projects, giving presentations at club meetings, and implementing feedback, all done at your own pace. Each path has five levels and you’ll start by mastering fundamentals before working your way up to demonstrating your expertise. Best of all, Pathways is available online or in print and is translated into eight languages!

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Ready to experience the ultimate source in public speaking and leadership? For 90 years, the Gavel Club  has provided practical information and inspiring stories, with a range of in-depth articles and helpful tips written by industry experts and experienced members. You’ll gain tools for improving your speeches, advice on growing your leadership skills, and deeper insight into your strengths. Plus, look forward to online exclusives every month!

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You can visit a club near you—or one that meets online—for free as a guest, with no obligation to join. Find a club that best fits your schedule and personality.  Send questions via email to Winchmorehillspeakers@gmail.com .

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