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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Excalibur Meeting Report, 11th April 2018

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  • Regular Meeting on 25th April! (Details)
  • Support our Division L Evaluation winner President Chinkata at 2018 Spring Conference on 5-6 May! (Ticket
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Toastmaster of the evening, David Adams opened up the meeting with the introduction of the date (11th April) in different years. 


Brian Skelton warmly invited guests to share the reasons to visit Excalibur. Lukasz Karwacki as timekeeper assured everyone on time in the meeting.  


Table Topics session

Table Topic Master, Ben Starling conducted the session with the topic of Ocean. In the beginning, Brian Skelton stated how he is going to stay with a polar bear. Errol Williamson phrased his natural descriptions. When it comes to transportation in the sea, Guest Simon preferred submarine since he can admire deep sea creature under the sea. Monika Swiderska enjoyed her senses of humour. Freddie Daniels explained why he like deep sea fishing creatively. Cat Kipling found his speech very joyful. Anne Bingham would like to spend time on the tropical island during holiday. Robin Alcott found her reasons creative and interesting. Eva Yang regarded the shark as her favorite animal due to its courage and confidence. Marcin Tolysi suggested to perform more confidently with eye contact as a shark does. 


Prepared Speeches! 

Sonia Araujo shared her roller coaster experience vividly on the topic “My nemesis, the Hulk.” Evaluator Robin Alcott enjoyed her description and recommended to add more dialogues. Second speaker Lynne Cantor embarked on the journey of PATHWAYS under the title “Your carrier is like crazy paving.”  Evaluator Monika Swiderska loved her usage of three and suggested to attract the audience with more vocal varieties. Carolina Castillo talked about her love story with the title “Tell the truth.” Evaluator Chinkata Okpara recommended to address in detail about the conversation with her dad. The final speaker Sophie Jones proposed a change for future one-speaker meeting style with convincing reasons. Evaluator Errol Williamson loved her sense of humor. 


Open Feedback: 
Marcin Tolysz clearly and succinctly drew out audience commendations and recommendations for both speakers.

General Evaluator Clementine Mauniew provided great suggestions to all the session masters as well as the evaluators. 



Finally, Chinkata Okpara closed the meeting by announcing the winners: 

First Pathways Icebreaker: Lynne Cantor
Best Table Topic: Brian Skelton
Best Evaluator: Errol Williamson
Best Speaker: Two winnersSonia Araujo & Carolina Castillo






Welcome to join us!


Next on!
  • Regular Meeting on 25th April! (Details)
  • Support our Division L Evaluation winner President Chinkata at 2018 Spring Conference on 5-6 May! (Ticket

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Excalibur Meeting Report, 14th March 2018


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Reminders:
Support our winners in Area Contest on 21st March! (FREE Ticket)
Urgent: Your Excaliburger Fees are due by Friday 23 March 2018!
Regular meeting on 28th March! (Details)


As always, President Chinkata Okpara opened the meeting with enthusiasm and reminded us to pay the Excaliburger Fees, now

Toastmaster of the evening, Nick Westall prepared a series of jokes to introduce each session. Cat Kipling warmly introduced guests Ian, Vivienne, and Glen. New member Sophie Jones as timekeeper explained the time rules clearly.


Table Topics session

Our international student, Eva Yang, being TTM for the  first time, conducted the session with interesting questions related to England. In the beginning, Jan Winnick shared her favourite musical experience of “Our House”. Marcin Tolysz phrased her lovely descriptions of the story. When it comes to the tourist attractions during Easter vacation, Monika Swiderska recommended Aberdeen in Scotland with foxy whether and silver city. David West enjoyed her senses of humour. Guest Ian described Heathrow airport as something special for England with an interesting experience. Cat Kipling found his speech very joyful. Having acted as a real witch in Harry Potter, Robin Alcott thought the spell to get on 9-3/4 platform was fantastic. Sophie Jones, though a busy timekeeper, can hear her excitement from the words. Concerning the increasing tuition fee in the UK, Anne Bingham agreed with the raise of the educational fee and also opposed it. Lynne Cantor was surprised at her humorous explanations. 


Prepared Speeches! 

Ben Starling introduced his friend Sunny and described the story on the topic “The Meaning of Life.” Evaluator Freddie Daniells enjoyed that he set up the story as a narrator and recommended to add more dialogues. Second speaker Paul Andreas brought us the history of financial under the title “Eye, Eye aka Globalism, Part Two.”  Evaluator Lynne Cantor loved the detailed explanation behind the figure on the dollar note and suggested to address more on the conclusion. The final speaker David Lennon talked about his personal story as a War Correspondent with the title “Why am I the only one?” Evaluator Chinkata Okpara loved his appearance, jacket and microphone, as well as the opening which captured the audience at once. 




Open Feedback: 
Robin Alcott clearly and succinctly drew out audience commendations and recommendations for both speakers.

General Evaluator Glen Savage provided great suggestions to all the session masters as well as the evaluators. Most importantly, he gave us a sword as a present of Excalibur speakers club.


Finally, Chinkata Okpara closed the meeting by announcing the winners: 

Best Table Topic: Three winnersJan Winnick, Monika Swiderska, Robin Alcott
Best Evaluator: Freddie Daniells
Best Table Topic Evaluator: Ben Starling




Welcome to join us!


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Reminders:
Support our winners in Area Contest on 21st March! (FREE Ticket)
Urgent: Your Excaliburger Fees are due by Friday 23 March 2018!
Regular meeting on 28th March! (Details)

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

Excalibur Meeting Report, 28th February 2018

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Next on: Regular meeting on 14th March! 
Area Speech & Evaluation Contest on 21st March!


We had a fruitful and fantastic in-house speech contest night in spite of the beast from the east blowing the snow everywhere. In the beginning, to relieve the contestants' stress, Contest Chair Simon Bucknell led a brainstorming game with all the guests.

 

International Speech!
Five contestants delivered five totally different topics but all memorable! Robin Alcott shared her four-cat story with the title “The Ultimate Role Model.” Interestingly, Ben Starling mentioned his dog experience with the title “Lucy in the Sky.” Monika Swiderska opened up with the blaming from her mother and discussed that the right way is what you say. Carolina Castillo provided her dramatic love story to showcase that relationships are built on trust. Eva Yang explained the principle of her sacrificed metal with a romantic story.


Evaluation! 
Guest speaker Noor Khan encouraged the audience to embrace the dragon in our dream. Five evaluators gave him tremendous praises as well as constructive suggestions: David Lennon, Eva Yang, Errol Williamson, Chinkata Okpara, and Carolina Castillo.



Winners: 

Finally, the winners were announced by Chief Judge Marcin Tolysz:
#1 Speaker:   Carolina Castillo
#2 Speaker:   Monika Swiderska
#3 Speaker:   Ben Starling
#1 Evaluator:        Errol Williamson
#2 Evaluator:        Chinkata Okpara
#3 Evaluator:        Carolina Castillo










Next on:
l   Regular meeting on 14th March! (Details)
l   Support our winners in Area Contest on 21st March! (FREE Ticket)


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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Excalibur Meeting Report, 14th February 2018

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Next on: In-house Speech & Evaluation Contest on 28th February!


“Love is all it matters!” Toastmaster of the love, Freddie Daniells opened the meeting with beautiful song lyrics. David Adams warmly introduced guests Ian, Dio, and RemiTimekeeper Tadija Popovic explained the time rules in detail.




Table Topics session
Table Topics Master, Robin Alcott conducted the session romantically. Starting with the food, Marcin Tolysz indicated dark chocolates are more likely to make the trees extinct than milk or white chocolates. Monika Swiderska recommended addressing more on this interesting aspect. Speaking of the food not to eat on Valentine ’s Day, guest Ian mentioned that fish as a common allergic food to her ex-wife. Carolina Castillo enjoyed his entertaining story. If being able to date with one chef, Cat Kipling would like to choose the vegetarian chef since it is hard to figure out the vegetarian cuisine. David West appreciated her detailed explanations for three options. When it comes to the favourite food, our new member Ben Starling shared his noodle experience in the restaurant. Carol West praised that he stuck to the answer and recommended to use more stages. Regarding non-chocolate products, our new member Sonia Araujo described the ice cream flavours. Eva Yang enjoyed her sharing and recommended to express the experience more.


Prepared Speeches! 

Ian Brown described his working and studying experience last year. Although he forgot everything from the university, he had a lot of fun with youngsters and worked hard to prepare for the exam. Evaluator Brian Skelton enjoyed his humorous opening and recommended to pay attention to the pauses. Second speaker Carolina Castillo demonstrated the persuasive skills to sell a product. As a top seller, she introduced three important aspects such as defining the need, solving the need, and obtaining the commitment. Evaluator Ben Starling loved the eight questions in the beginning of the demonstration to understand the need of the customer and suggested to address more on the commitment part. 



Open Feedback: 
Eva Yang conducted the session for her first time and succinctly drew out audience commendations and recommendations for both speakers.

There is always a room for improvement! “Moments of Truth” is a discussion activity for members and guests to share what they like about Excalibur and to provide recommendations. President Chinkata Okpara divided us into three groups:
(a)  Planning & Organisation: Although some members concerned about Pathways, most of members liked the agenda and open feedback session.
(b)  First Impression: In spite of the uncontrollable temperature of the room, new members found Excalibur encourage guests to be involved.
(c)  Membership Orientation: Mentoring can be coordinated with the CV (manuals, speeches, leader status) of the members.

General Evaluator Dionysios Kola from dbToastmasters club found lots of laughter in the meeting and provided suggestions to all session masters.

Finally, President Chinkata Okpara closed the meeting by announcing the winner of Best Table Topic: Cat Kipling.



Next on: In-house Speech & Evaluation Contest on 28th February!

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Excalibur Meeting Report, 24th January 2018

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As always, President Chinkata Okpara opened the meeting with enthusiasm for the rollout of the new education programme "Pathways" which is just around the corner! 

Toastmaster of the evening, Mustapha Hanafi made a variety of delicious savoury treats, chocolate cake and oriental sweeties, very much enjoyed by all. David Lennon warmly introduced guests Tariq, Ace, John, and Noor. Timekeeper Eva Yang explained the time rules in detail.


Table Topics session
VPM of Excalibur, Freddie Daniells conducted the session describing interesting scenarios that happened to him and asked related questions of the audience. Responding, David Lennon vividly talked about not finishing a whale steak in Norway and using the lettuce on the plate to hide the uneaten meal. Marc Lottig recommended paying attention to the time control. When it comes to the transportation in London, Jan Winnick regarded herself as a psychologically normal person in the tube and shared some observations in the tube. Paul Andreas enjoyed her entertaining story and suggested to use more of stages. Concerning the gifts question, our guest from Florida, Ace, revealed a concept of not recycling someone's present to other friends until your friendships are recycled. Lynne Cantor appreciated his personal stories and dynamic voice. Our welcome guest Noor Khan said that he always eats too much in his mother’s home. John Akers found his two-side opinion stories quite organised.


Prepared Speeches! 
Prakash Patel delivered his first humorous speech on the topic “Focus on Getting It Done.” He delivered a charming and droll talk about his experiences trying to buy a special food from France for his French teacher. Evaluator Monika Swiderska enjoyed his colorful dialogues and recommended to rehearse more in advance. 
Second speaker Cat Kipling made a Mexican Martguerita cocktail. Under the title Shaken, not stirred.”  She actually completed the task spot on seven minutes. Evaluator Carolina Castillo, who happens to be Mexican, loved the demonstration and said that she would have found it really hard to cut the lemon while explaining to the audience.




Open Feedback: 
Errol Williamson clearly and succinctly drew out audience commendations and recommendations for both speakers.



PATHWAYS!
Pathways ambassadors Lynne Cantor and Tariq Pasha gave a workshop of new Toastmasters journey “PATHWAYS” and showcased how to enter the system with a clear slide introduction. Can’t wait to join PATHWAYS as soon as possible!
Finally, Chinkata Okpara closed the meeting by announcing the winners: 

Best Table Topic: Asaf (Ace) Mengelgien. (Guest)
Best Table Topic Evaluator: Lynne Cantor



As always, the meeting ended with an extended session in the pub! We enjoyed the conversations with our new friends. Welcome to join us!


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