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!”


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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