Monthly Archives: November 2012

Meeting Recap for November 28 2012

A nice meeting today despite missing several of your smiley faces! Dennis E was our Toastmaster today and chose the theme of: “Themeless!” I believe he said it had something to do with procrastination but he wasn’t sure? Dennis was his typical funny self and we do enjoy his great sense of humor! He told us that he promises to be a better Toastmaster from now on! We’ll hold him to that, but he did a fine job!

Stylized FamilyCheryl E gave her 6th speech in the Competent Communicator Manual – ‘Vocal Variety’ – titled: “Funny Things Happen on the Way to a Family”. It’s amazing how much she has progressed since her first speech and we truly enjoy her conversational tone (borrowed from her evaluator, Dave S). Great stories about “Do you remember when …”.

Next up was Kathy D giving us her 7th speech from the same manual – ‘Research Your Topic’ – titled: “Sweet Perils”. Her speech told us all about the perils of, yes, sugar! I think we all have a better understanding of this highly addictive substance that most all of us simply can’t live without! Let’s all try to be a little sweeter, but not by consuming sugar – and this coming from the club’s Chocoholic!

Cheryl captured today’s Best-Speaker-of-the-Week award for her great speech!

Our president, Kevin M, volunteered to be our Table Topics master and chose the TT theme of, what else – Marijuana!  First up was one of our newest members, Steve E, who did a great job telling us why Marijuana should be legalized and the benefits thereof! He was followed by Michelle A, who IS our newest member and she too had lots to say about the “feel good” drug of choice. Darius O was the last of the volunteered contestants and expressed how we should all be able to do our own thing, including smoking Marijuana, as long as it doesn’t affect others! SpeakerSteve was today’s Best-Table-Topic-Response award of the day!

Darrell V was our General Evaluator and always does a great job and we appreciate his quick wit/humor as well. His first evaluator was Dave S, evaluating Cheryl’s speech. Dave continues to give his great evaluations and we all appreciate his balance of praise/instruction! Becky was our second evaluator, and gave us the low-down on Kathy’s speech. Becky is one of our club’s best evaluators and she also did a great job today and earned the Best Evaluator-of-the-Week award!

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Reminder/Teaching Moment of the Week

A couple of things we can’t stress enough!

  • If you know in advance (before you are scheduled) you will be unable to attend a particular week be sure and let the VP Education (Scott P this year) know so he/she can enter this information into the computer and it won’t schedule you for any roles on those days.
  • If you are already scheduled for a role and something comes up where you can’t attend that meeting, be sure and let the Toastmaster know ASAP and reach out to the club for possible volunteer replacements (this doesn’t work real well with speeches).

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 me and we will tell the group in above reminder/teaching moment!

The club has another new member!  That’s right! Michelle took the Toastmaster plunge today and is the club’s latest member and we wish her the best in building her speaking and leadership skills with us! She was unanimously voted in at today’s meeting!

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

See you all next week!

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Meeting Recap for November 14, 2012

A fantastic meeting today with a very nice turnout, including two guests! Lorianne O was today’s Toastmaster and introduced us to today’s theme about “Dreams” by telling us about those scary things that go through our minds each and every night – though fortunately, most of them we don’t remember!

Clair S was giving her “Ice Breaker” speech  titled “A Competitive Spirit”. That’s two weeks in a row we’ve had an Ice Breaker!  Like I mentioned last week, we just love to hear Ice Breaker speeches as they reveal so much about the person, as well as his/her current level of speaking.  What’s most exciting is to see these same speakers, say, 4-5 speeches from now and the improvement that takes place in between them! Swimming PoolWe certainly got to see/hear all about the competitive swimmer that Clair has been throughout her life.

Our seasoned veteran, Scott P, was our second speaker and he delivered project #2 Speaking in Praise from the advanced “Special Occasion Speeches” manual with his speech titled “An Ordinary Hero”.  This speech was a very touching story about his heroic sister who was killed while serving others.  We always enjoy listening to these advanced speakers and the great way in which they conduct themselves up in front of us.

Clair captured today’s Best-Speaker-of-the-Week award with her Ice Breaker! Scott went a little long in his speech and was disqualified.

Table Topics was conducted by Oleg S – we love our local Ukrainian! He had one of our guests, Casey S, get up in front and try to sell us a gavel. Casey was very brave to be “volunteered” into this role, without even knowing much about what he was supposed to even do!  TurkeyJennifer (welcome back!) was the only other TT invitee and she captured today’s Best-Table-Topic-Response award of the day by telling Oleg why they call him a turkey at work!

Our president, Kevin M, was today’s General Evaluator and we always appreciate Kevin’s fun and humor he brings to our club. His first evaluator was Darius (who is, in my opinion, a fantastic evaluator) and he was evaluating Clair’s speech. He did a great job of praising her speech and gave a couple of pointers to help her improve on her next speech.  Kathy was evaluator #2 and we had the pleasure of listening to her critique Scott’s speech.  She also did a great job and we appreciate the points she brought out about Scott’s presentation. Darius captured today’s Best Evaluator of the Week award for his impressive evaluation.

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Reminder/Teaching Moment of the Week:

  • When writing a speech. Start by clearly defining your purpose. Write one or two brief sentences that clearly define your point. As you write the speech work to include only what will move the audience toward that point. Edit out anything that doesn’t help your purpose – even if you really, really like it.

“If you don’t know what you want to achieve in your presentation your audience never will.”  — Harvey Diamond

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 me and we will tell the group in above reminder/teaching moment!

The club has a new member! That’s right! Steven took the Toastmaster plunge and is the club’s latest member and we wish him the best in building his speaking and leadership skills with us! He was unanimously voted in at today’s meeting!

We hope that our guests, David and Casey enjoyed themselves at today’s meeting!

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

Remember, Because of the Thanksgiving holiday
we won’t be meeting next week

Enjoy and we will see you all in two weeks!

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Meeting Recap for November 7, 2012

SoldierA great meeting today and hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves and learned something!  Cheryl E was today’s Toastmaster and started today’s meeting off by telling us a little bit about Veterans Day and her grandfather who was a veteran.  She did a great job and we appreciate the leadership skills that Toastmasters helps us try to improve upon each and every week!

Candice C was our first speaker today and we all got to enjoy her Icebreaker speech, titled “A Lesson Before Lying”.  We love to hear Icebreaker speeches as we all get to learn more about the personal side of the author!  It’s also the new member’s first speech, and it’s exciting to get a feel for their delivery and style.  Candice said she was so nervous that she’s never coming back – O.K., that’s a lie, I was just checking to see if you folks actually read this stuff! 

Our second speaker was Dave S who is working on the advanced, “The Entertaining Speaker” manual.  This was the 3rd project in this manual and Dave’s speech goal was to make them laugh, which he certainly did by talking to us about how “Kids Say the Darndest Things”, which was the title of his speech.  Dave did a great job and he shared the Best-Speaker-of-the-Week award with Candice.

LeeAnn D was today’s Table Topics Master and had questions related to Veterans day, so you know she was in tune with today’s theme.  Her first volunteer was Oleg S, who had to answer a question related to a date having a special meaning.  Knowing I didn’t have a role meant that I was for sure going to be called on to do Table Topics and was wondering why I didn’t get that question to answer.  I got my question next and had to talk about visiting any kind of special war memorial or such.  Kim I (welcome back!) then had to talk about a US FlagVeterans Day Parade and did a fine job, however, she was way too excited to be done after 50 seconds!  Oleg and yours truly captured co-Best-Table-Topic-Response of the day awards.

Toastmaster veteran Scott P was today’s General Evaluator and did his usual great job in that role.  Our first evaluator was Liz M who was filling in at the last moment and we always appreciate when people volunteer for roles like she did.  She did an excellent job and wasn’t too hard on Candice, after all, it was her first speech!  Guest evaluator, Oscar M, then evaluated Dave speech and we appreciate him coming down to our club – Scott inviting him, of course.  Oscar just recently captured 1st place in the District 15 Evaluation Contest!  That means he won his club, area, division and the district contest!  Oscar captured today’s Best Evaluator of the Week award for his impressive evaluation.

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Reminder/Teaching Moment of the Week:

  • When evaluating remember you have a lot of experience being in an audience and listening to presentations.  This qualifies even a beginning Toastmaster to evaluate an accomplished speaker.  Even a professional speaker can learn from your feedback.  Always give suggestions that can help the speaker improve.It is unnecessary to send the group an e-mail if you can’t make it to a particular meeting if you DON’T have a role

“Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot.”     — D. H. Lawrence

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 me and we will tell the group in above reminder/teaching moment!

We hope that our guest, Steve E, enjoyed himself at today’s meeting!

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

See you all next week!

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