Quaywords
July 2015

 

The Newsletter of Victoria Quay Toastmasters
Editor: David Nicholas
Committee
: Saman Perera, Jeni Alford, Hrehan Hakeem

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New Committee
Jul to Dec 2015
Extreme Body Language
A new approach from Rob Turner

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Elections for the new Officers Committee were held on June 24 2015

These are for the term from January to June 2015.


President
Dean Humphrey CC

Vice President
Education
Peter Carrie ACB

Vice President
Membership
Shona Hutchings

Vice President
Public Relations
Saman Perera ACB CL

Secretary
Peter Law DTM

Treasurer
David Nicholas DTM

Sergeant at Arms
Ilija Jurin

Immediate Past President
Peter Carrie ACB

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Extreme Body Language

CC 5: Your Body Speaks
Now what does that mean?

Rob Turner

Rob Turner

Victoria Quay members found a new meaning at a recent meeting.

Rob Turner had handled Projects 1-4. They were all very interesting speeches and very competent. They were all fascinating stories of his experiences as a child in England in the Second World War. Yes, a fair while ago.

But Project 5: Your Body Speaks – Title Communication. Wow!

In the first 4 minutes Rob mimed speech and action but no sound issued out of his mobile mouth. Fairly quickly we worked out he was putting up something on the wall. Two of them. Big pictures? No – were they …? yes, mirrors! – because when they were completed he admired himself in one of them and was appalled at his expression in the other.

 

 

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Where was this going?

Then we found out as he “stepped over the window sill” and addressed us.

Body language! Unless you are a mime artist on stage like Charlie Chaplin or Marcell Marceau, if you want to communicate you have to use words as the basis of your communication.

In the next two minutes Rob discussed the relation between our words and our body language. Obviously the ideal relationship is of a harmonious cooperation where our bodies enhance the message.

Then Rob stepped back over the window sill and cleaned the mirrors before he was satisfied and gave a final silent message to the audience before he signed off.

We always have the Evaluation straight after the speech. Evaluator Antony Svilicich carried on the project by miming his first sentence before stepping forward, over the window sill, and delivering audible speech. But he didn’t step back into the room!

No-one present had heard – no – experienced a speech like that before.

David Nicholas DTM

David Nicholas DTM

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