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.


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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