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.


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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