Tuesday, May 3, 2016

05/02/2016 About last night.......

Hello Fellow Toastmasters,

Last night’s meeting was another energetic and quite humorous meeting, with a number of our members stepping in to fill in roles.
Daniela started the meeting off with Invocation, sharing a story about her mother, followed by our Joke Master George who had us soon laughing. George also stepped in as our Toastmaster for the night and ensured that all roles were explained and that the meeting stayed on track.
Our Table Topic portion of the meeting was soon underway, and Byron took the stage as our Table Topic Master and asked varying questions and invoking speakers to provide feedback on that particular topic. The questions ranged from travel, to politics, to cuisine. Our Table Topic Evaluator followed up with evaluations for our speakers. She commended the speakers on their strengths, and also provided suggestions to improve their speeches, which included voice projection and using more body language.
Refreshments last night were provided by Aaron. They were delicious snacks, thank you very much!

The second half of the meeting was underway with three speakers. Our first speaker was Alex, giving us his 9th manual speech. He started off with a powerful punch and a serious of questions, then produced a visual aid that delivered his message: a mirror. In essence, we have the power to change ourselves for the better. Our second speaker was Lucille, our seasoned story-teller, who shared with us an article from a health magazine regarding healthy living. She explained that living a healthier, more stress-free life involves one very important thing: getting more sleep. She informed that this is especially important in growing children. Last but certainly not least, Al volunteered to give us his Icebreaker speech, and wowed the audience with his powerful voice. He shared with us an experience as a young man with his father, and the important message he learned about keeping your word. After winning a tough baseball match, his father kept his word and bought him the car he had asked for and proudly earned.

The speech evaluators soon took the stage to provide feedback for the speakers. Sean evaluated Alex and praised him for this confidence on stage, well-thought speech, and use of visual aids. He recommended Alex use more pauses in his speeches to make them more effective. Migo was the second evaluator and commended Lucille for her impromptu speech about health and how well she summarized this topic that is relatable to everyone. He suggested Lucille project her voice a bit more to make it easier to listen to her wonderful stories. Margaret evaluated Al on his first speech and right away congratulated him for his great story and stage presence. She commented that his speech was truly engaging and full of descriptive words that captivated the audience. She suggested that Al use a larger timeline to tell his story so that we may get to know him a little bit better.
Our General Evaluator Lucille culminated the meeting with a quick recap of the meeting and inspired the members to encourage our fellow Toastmasters who have been away for some time, to rejoin us.

Overall, it was another successful meeting. Looking forward to the next one, and hope to see many of you there! 

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