Hello Fellow Toastmasters,
Our Nature themed meeting last night hosted a large and lively crowd. We also had a number of guests who joined us and commented that they truly enjoyed learning from the members.
The night started off with Lucille as our Invocation. She shared with us a beautiful poem from the book “Chicken Soup for the Soul” that she received from a fellow member. Migo, our Joke Master, soon followed and had us laughing with his witty joke about kids’ names. Here comes ‘Brick!’ Daniela was the Toastmaster for the evening and ensured the meeting moved along smoothly.
Margaret was our Table Topic Master and did a great job with her well planned questions about Nature, and it was her first time! Speakers were provided with varying questions that were quite thought-provoking and truly challenged us to think on our feet. It is important to remember that if we get ‘stumped,’ it is okay to take a moment, gather your thoughts, and continue. Daniela followed up with the Table Topic Evaluations and provided succinct feedback to all speakers.
Refreshments last night were provided by Martin. Thank you for the wonderful treats!
For our long speech portion of the meeting we had three speakers. George was our first speaker and presented his 9th project titled “Tragedy in Nevada.” He detailed the happenings of the recent democratic convention, explaining the importance of voting, and persuaded the audience to vote in favor of Bernie Sanders. The second speaker was Garvin who gave us an impromptu speech titled “How I found myself.” He shared with us his journey as he explored his Thai roots and American upbringing, trying to bridge the two cultures. Our final speaker was Daniel, who gave us is his 8th speech titled “Little white lie about yellow teeth.” Daniel also attempted to persuade the audience… to go to the dentist! He started off with a story about how he was ‘forced’ to make a dental appointment and ultimately realized that even though most of us hate, we need to make our yearly visits.
Following the speeches were the evaluations. Byron evaluated George and right away pointed out that George is a talented speaker. He advised George to focus on persuasion and try to reach the audience by appealing to the emotions. Aaron evaluated Garvin’s speech and mentioned he appreciated his energy and sharing his personal story. He also advised him to be mindful of his story-telling details so as to not be too harsh. The last evaluator was Migo who provided great feedback for Daniel’s persuasive speech. He commended Daniel for his organization and also advised him to provide more detail about the things that can happen if you don’t visit the dentist, to make the speech more powerful.
Joan stepped in as the General Evaluator for the night and gave a great summary of the meeting. She also provided additional feedback to the speakers and evaluators.
The night ended just a few minutes after nine, and it seemed all in attendance left with plenty of enthusiasm. We hope to see many of you again !