Meeting Recap for October 17, 2012

Open House signCongratulations to all our potential new members for attending today’s Open House!  We really hope you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to seeing you again soon! We meet every Wednesday from 12:05 – 1:00 P.M. (except the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the last two of the year).  Don’t be afraid to call or write if you have any questions.  You’re also welcome to visit the club and/or our website ( as often as you would like before taking the Toastmaster plunge – which isn’t all that scary, especially when you consider what you get out of it!

We also had a couple of distinguished guests visit our club today!
Billie JonesBillie Jones, DTM, currently serving as our Area D2 Governor, joined us and we were thrilled to have her visit the Salt Lake Hardware Club for the first time!  Billie turned out to be one of our key contributors to the success of our Open House!  We’re assuming Scott P had something to do with her visit and we appreciate you inviting her!  We also got another visit from Oscar M  You may remember that Oscar was our “Target Speaker” for our club Evaluation Contest in August.  He is all the way down from Logan!  We even put him to work as today’s Ah Master!

For those club members that weren’t able to make it today (and  there were a lot of you), you missed a really good meeting and the opportunity to meet 13 people that usually aren’t at our club – though we’re hoping all of them soon become members and join our little family of fun and learning!  We appreciate the great job Rich S did in helping organize this event!

Our one and only speaker today (we did it that way on purpose so that we would have plenty of time to let the visitors share their thoughts) was our current president, Kevin M, who was giving speech #7 from the Competent Communicator manual – Research Your Topic.  His speech was titled “Not Normal” and it was perfect for today’s meeting.  Hearing some of Kevin’s stories, we could probably label him – Abby Normal!  Seriously though, we appreciate him taking on the assignment of speaking today AND running the portion of the meeting that he always does as our president!  He did win today’s “Best Speaker-of-the-Day Award” with his great speech!

Table Topics was conducted by Dennis E who was filling in at the last moment for two straight weeks!  Oscar was the first volunteer and had to come up with his favorite governmental conspiracy theory!  Rich S was next but adroitly avoided telling us who he thought won last night’s Presidential debate.  ElegenceBillie was then asked to talk about style over substance, straight from last night’s presidential debate.  Craig had to come up with a way to make peace in the middle east – not easy in 45 seconds!  Last but not least, Michelle A – the only guest who volunteered – had to speak about her favorite part of being in the military!  In the end, it was the veteran, Billie, who captured today’s best “Table Topic Response of the Week!”

Darrell conducted the evaluation portion of the meeting and we appreciate him volunteering at the last moment as well.  First up was our only evaluator of the day, LeeAnn D, who did a great job in evaluating Kevin’s speech.  She seems to be getting real comfortable in front of us and did a fantastic job, walking away with today’s “Best Evaluator” of the week award!


Reminder/Teaching Moment of the Week:

  • Try bookending your speech.  That is, include a common element in both your opening and closing to provide Symmetry and make it more memorable.  (See “Bookending Your Speech: A Master Technique” on the  Six Minutes blog for more information on this technique.

“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”     — Mark Twain

If you have something you think we could all benefit from to make the Salt Lake Hardware Club even better, then please send them to Craig M and we will tell the group in the above reminder/teaching moment.

We really appreciate the great job everyone did today in making our Open House so successfull!

See you all next week!



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