10th October 2016. A Buzz In The Air

There was a definite buzz in the air in the Trident Room at David Lloyd, Hatfield, on Saturday afternoon. Forty- five Toastmasters and guests gathered to hear the six Humorous speech contestants and six Table Topics contestants from Area20 compete for a place in the Division contest on Saturday 22nd October at Wyboston Conference centre, Great N Rd, Wyboston MK44 3AL.
The afternoon got off to a great start with a workshop on ‘Contest Judging’ by Kevin Baggs (DTM) who is the District 71 Chief Judge for the UK. What the audience appreciated about the workshop was the opportunity to judge a mini-contest of three short speeches and then have the opportunity to provide feedback informed by the criteria on the voting ballot.
The Humorous Speech contest which followed was hosted by Steve Campion with ease and eloquence. Each speech lived up to expectation and laughter filled the room. Choosing a winner must have been truly difficult. However, the judges had to make a choice and David Banfro from Hertfordshire Speakers was declared the winner, Aris Kapsanakis from East Herts Speakers came second and Kat Anderson from Luton Speakers came third.
The Table Topics contest was equally thrilling with Constance Turner (DTM) and Immediate Past Division Director, at the helm as Contest Chair. Her Table Topics question: “If you were looking for a belly full of laughs, where would you go and why?” was enthusiastically embraced by the six contestants who crafted six awesome impromptu stories. Tony Stead, from North Herts Speakers won the contest with Coralie Frances from Cornerstone Communication in second place and Frankie Lewis from Luton in third place. David Banfro and Tony Stead will represent Area20 at the forthcoming Division contest on 22nd October. Best of luck to you both! I hope that as many members as possible will be at Wyboston to support the David and Tony.
The afternoon ended with the presentation of certificates and plaques to the winners, followed by a message of appreciation from the Area Director, Elizabeth Jordan, to all the contestants, the Chief Judge, the Contest Chairs, the timers, counters, usher, SAA and the audience.
The room was still buzzing long after the contest ended.
Elizabeth Jordan