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Toby’s debut at Woking Speakers Club

Toby came with me to Woking Speakers Club at the end of June 2015. The other members were very welcoming to him. The evening started with a warm up session where everyone could stand up and speak briefly. The topic for this session was “a musical instrument you play or would like to learn how to play”. Here is what Toby said when it was his turn to speak…

Later he volunteered to do a Table Topic where people are invited to come up to the front and speak off the cuff on a subject chosen by Katerina, the Topics Master for the evening. Katerina had a vase containing flowers of different colours, and asked Toby to speak for a minute on the colour yellow. So Toby had seconds to compose his thoughts before he started to speak…

At the end of the evening, Toby won Best Table Topic speech as voted by everyone in the room (about 35 people), and I won Best Evaluator. Here’s a photo of me and Toby with the Club President, Theo…

As we walked back to the car, Toby said to me that he had had ‘the best evening’: he really loved it. He was also very appreciative of all the people who came up to him at the end and told him what a terrific speaker he was.