Monthly Archives: December 2012

Meeting Recap for December 12, 2012

Another wonderful meeting that was a lot of fun and we also learned a lot!  Dave S was our Toastmaster today and gave us a little introduction about the theme, SceneryNational Geographic, 124 years of scientific exploration! Who doesn’t like the breathtaking pictures that have been sprinkled throughout that classic magazine over the years? Thanks for the fun theme and all of your NG knowledge!

We were honored to have one of our newest members, Steven E, give his Ice-Breaker speech titled: “Read National Geographic? I Live National Geographic!” And if memory serves me correctly, he was a substitute speaker that only had a couple of days to put such a speech together. Talk about a scary missionary experience! Hearing Steven’s speech was one thing, but our President, Kevin M, could also picture some of the beautiful scenery of that green foliage Steven mentioned about in his speech! Steven was awarded today’s best “Speaker-of-the-Week” award with his great speech!

Cell PhoneOur second speaker, Oleg S, gave us a great speech about cell phones!  Of course he gave this speech in his usual, very humorous way, and we all got a great chuckle from the way he explains things to us. All I know is, I’m going to be particular about where I carry my cell phone from now on! He gave us a little history lesson on cell phones and we appreciate how well his English is coming along. We certainly look forward to hearing these speakers give more speeches in the future!

Clair S was our Table Topics Master and had some amazing questions that she would read off and you were thinking how grateful you were that she hasn’t called on you!  Fortunately, at the end of her reading the question, she would then simplify what she wanted you to respond to in a much easier sentence that didn’t scare the pants off of you! First up was Darius trying to tell us what he would do if his life were to end in seven days.  Believe it or not, he thought calling in sick to work every day and playing video games was the way to go! Next up was Michelle who had to tell us about her biggest fears, which I don’t think were all that uncommon – death and spiders!  Last up was today’s best “Table Topics Response-of-the-Week” winner, Candice C, where she was asked to tell us about a time when she camouflaged herself. She told us about a very fun and interesting situation where she needed to dress up like a boy that just didn’t work out!

The evaluation portion of the meeting was conducted by Becky C.  We appreciate Becky’s expertise and knowledge about Toastmasters and she did her usual great job despite starting out with a mind lapse!  She mentioned how wonderful it was to have all of our newest members involved in today’s meeting in some kind of role!  Evaluator #1 was LeeAnn who did an excellent job of evaluating Steven’s Ice Breaker and passed along several improvement points for his future speeches.  Toastmaster veteran, Dennis E, captured today’s best “Evaluator-of-the-Week” award with his great assessment of Oleg’s speech, including using the whiteboard for a visual.  We always appreciate Dennis’ wit and humor in these evaluations!

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Reminder/Teaching Moment of the Week:

  • Remember to keep your speech focused on a specific point and purpose.

“If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour.”     — Dianna Booher

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

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 December 5, 2012

Bermuda Triangle

A great meeting today that I really enjoyed and I hope you did too!  Scott P was today’s Toastmaster and introduced us to “The Bermuda Triangle and Other Mysteries” for today’s theme.  I especially liked all of that ‘stuff’ he mentioned about Darius O – that was so funny and what a memory!

Today’s speakers were doing presentations in a most unusual manner, but for something totally different it was really a lot of fun!  Becky C started off by giving a television speech titled “Tips on Preparing a Speech.”  This speech was being recorded for television purposes and the evaluator was to make his/her notes by watching the TV monitor and not the actual speaker – at least not the one in the front of the room.  Talk about a mystery!  We all learned something from Becky’s speech that we can use in our future speeches – as well as how difficult speaking in front of a television camera can be.

Our next speaker, and today’s “Speaker-of-the-week” recipient, Rich S, gave us all the rundown on getting our money’s worth with his speech titled:  “Products of Value”.  I don’t know about you, but I learned more about blender product value in 7 minutes than I’ve known my entire lifetime!  After Rich’s ‘smooth’ speech, I even know what a “Blendtec” is – I also know I can’t afford one!  Rich did a great job and we appreciate his passion for getting his money’s worth!

Craig M conducted Table Topics and asked questions about Christmas present receiving.  We had four wonderful respondents, though no volunteers!  Christmast PresentsFirst up was Cheryl E and she got to tell us why she was so happy with a “Cheesy Candle” when she bought her sister a $169 Cashmere sweater!  Next up was our very funny Lorianne O, who was trying to thank her super skinny mother-in-law for buying her an exercise video for fat people.  Oleg S tried his best to explain the joys of receiving a 79¢ backscratcher instead of some nice $30 gift card!  Last but not least, and the recipient of today’s “Best Table Topics Response” was, Dave S.  Dave got to read us the letter he wrote to his father after receiving one of his most joyous Christmas gifts of all – a stuffed Elmo doll!

The evaluation portion of the meeting was conducted by Darius O.  He kept the meeting on time and did a great job.  His first evaluator was our president, Kevin M, evaluating Becky’s speech.  He did a great job for something that I don’t think we have ever seen before in our club – evaluating from watching the speech on TV!  Our second evaluator, Ellen C, had the pleasure of evaluating Rich’s blender speech!  She nailed the review right on the head and told Rich everything he did good and not so good, short of throwing him in the blender!  Ellen captured today’s “Best Evaluator-of-the-Week award!”

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Reminder/Teaching Moment of the Week:

  • To follow up on one of Becky’s excellent points – A thought from Sims Wyeth &  Co. Blog –  When reading a written speech…
    “You’re reading written prose, so you will sound formal and more distant.  We don’t speak in complete sentences, and the rhythm of formal prose is very different from the cadences of spontaneous speech.  Actors train for years to be able to make written scripts sound ‘real’ or conversational.  Few people outside of the theater have this ability.”

“There are only two types of speakers in the world. 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.”     — 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 to Craig and we will tell the group in above reminder/teaching moment!

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

See you all next week!

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