Meeting Recap for September 26, 2012

Think quick, but you don’t need to respond!  Did anyone have any fun at today’s meeting?  Did you learn anything?  I think the answer is “Yes” to both of those questions thanks to our Toastmaster, Darrell V, who picked today’s theme of “Think & Respond”.  I think the Toastmaster also roped Darrell into being our Grammarian!

UkraineWe got to hear from our local Ukrainian today, Oleg S, who gave us the lowdown on Ukraine with his speech titled, “Hidden Facts About Ukraine”.  This was Oleg’s second speech in the Competent Communicator manual, Organize Your Speech, and he did a great job!
Our second speaker, Craig M, says, “I struggled once again, but hey, that’s why we’re here!”  He was doing project #3 from the advanced Specialty Speeches Manual, Sell a Product, where he tried to persuade us to buy an iPhone 5.
Oleg captured the “Best Speaker-of-the-Day” award with his nice speech about Ukraine!

Scott P, our VP of Education, conducted Table Topics today and had some very interesting questions.  He first asked Darius O to tell him what is the worst piece of clothing someone can wear & why?  For some reason I’ve got visions of this person in a martian suit going to a cocktail dinner that I can’t get out of my head!  He then asked Rich S that if he were invisible, where would he go?  Naturally Rich’s first instinct was to go find out what the heck the government is up to by listening in on them to make sure they are telling us the truth – that’ll be the day!  We were running a little behind and so we didn’t have time for any more good questions and responses, but Darius captured the “Best Table Topic Response” award of the day!

Cheryl E was today’s General Evaluator and did an excellent job in this role!  We then got to hear our president, Kevin M, evaluate Oleg’s speech and he did a great job, especially as he was filling in at the last moment!  Lorianne O then evaluated your editor’s speech and proceeded to put him in his place and I truly did appreciate her pointing out the good, bad and ugly of my speech!  In fact, it was such a great evaluation that Lorianne was awarded today’s “Best Evaluator Award” for her effort!

lightbulbReminder/Teaching Moment of the Week:

  • If something’s come up and you can’t fill a role, be sure and let the Toastmaster know ASAP so he/she can find a replacement – assuming, of course, you have been unsuccessful in finding one yourself.
  • Remember to bring your Competent Leadership manual every week so you can get credit toward your CL Award whenever you fill a role and it might be at the “last minute”.

We really appreciate the great job everyone did today in making the meeting so enjoyable!

See you all next week!



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