Hello Fellow Toastmasters,
Last night we held our much anticipated debate and we had a fiery crowd! We also had a number of guests who indicated they truly enjoyed the meeting and felt the enthusiasm. Brian started the night off with Invocation as he shared his experience from his recent trip to Europe. Lucille stepped in as our Joke Master and had us laughing right away with her witty joke. Our Toastmaster Charles did a great job moving the meeting along because we had a jam-packed agenda.
The first half of the meeting hosted the Debate. I, Daniela, was the Table Topic Master and led the debate. The room was split into two sides, affirmative and negative, and the groups were given 5 minutes to discuss amongst themselves the topic before arguments began. The topic of the debate was: Parents are responsible for the actions of their children. The room was fired up with eager speakers taking the stand from both sides arguing their case. It was wonderful to see table topic speakers jump at the opportunity to share their thoughts. Great responses were provided from both sides, but in the end, the side arguing against the topic won the debate. Great job everyone! Michael followed-up with a succinct evaluation of the Table Topic Debate and pointed out a few items that caught his attention.
Refreshments last night were provided by Florence. Thank you! They were delicious.
The second half of the meeting got underway a bit behind schedule, but we dove right in. Our first speaker was George, giving his eighth manual project using visual aids. He used his PowerPoint presentation effectively to explain images about the Bernie Sanders campaign and that this movement, although strong, is not being televised but streamed in his speech “The Revolution will not be televisted.” Our second speaker Margaret gave her Icebreaker speech and really provided us with an insight into her life with a moving story about her family. Her speech “September 30th 2013” captivated the audience as we got to know Margaret on more personal level. Congrats on giving your Icebreaker! Our third speaker was Daniel, who shared with us about “The pizza I didn’t eat.” Although he had us intrigued with his opening and title, this was actually a research topic about the Vegan lifestyle and its benefits. Great job to all three speakers!
The evaluations followed, beginning with Aaron who complimented George for streamlined speech, but also provided specific examples of how he can engage the audience more using his visual aids. Byron provided constructive feedback for Margaret and praised her on her natural ability to be command the stage and draw the audience with her smooth delivery. Alex evaluated Daniel and commended him for his great use of comedy, which is always a plus, but also provided areas of improvement as he continues to grow in his speaking.
Our General Evaluator Martin provided a succinct recap of the meeting and gave a quick evaluation of the speech evaluators. The meeting ended a few minutes after the hour due to the eventful night but the general consensus was that this was such a wonderful meeting and everyone really enjoyed themselves. I hope to see many of you next time… see you next week!