Our meeting was opened by our now clean shaven, younger looking Donald Harman.
The Theme for the meeting was “Remembering the First Time” For our Toastmaster of the Day Gerald it was reflecting on his first time at Toastmaster and his first impromptu speech. For Sabine our Grammarian it was being brought up in Germany and learning English as a 2nd language and she shared her 1st English poem from 6 years of English studies.
A Dreadful Language
I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough, and through.
Well don’t! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps.
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard but sounds like bird.
And dead: it’s said like bed, not bead,
For goodness sake don’t call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat
(They rhyme with suite and straight and debt).
A moth is not a moth as in mother
Nor both as in bother, nor broth as in brother,
And here is not a match for there,
Nor dear and fear, for bear and pear.
And then there’s dose and rose and lose–
Just look them up–and goose and choose
And cork and work and card and ward
And font and front and word and sword
And do and go, then thwart and cart,
Come, come! I’ve hardly made a start.
A dreadful Language? Why man alive!
I learned to talk it when I was five.
Kevin Cusack introduced Roydon Gibbs who was giving a speech titled. “The seductive illusion of finding your passion” An intriguing tale of why finding your passion may not be the glorious utopia that some make it out to be and that even when pursuing our passion difficulties arise and hard yards have to be endured to fulfil our potential. His theory was that passion is a seed that is developed through patience and hard work. Passion is something we pursue with interest and then it grows into fully developed passion.
Natalie introduced our second speaker Matt Body with a brilliant speech entitled “The Art of Terrorist Negotiation” He then proceeded to give us the terrorist profile of his 2 children complete with appropriate slides and stats on their individual strengths and weaknesses and what we should be aware of should we be in negotiation with his children. This parent guide of 5 steps to negotiating with children was humorous and entertaining to be part of as an audience.
Next Louise Green introduced Deb McApline with her speech “You want me to be a Leader?” Deb had been on an Insight Training Course recently on leadership styles. She shared about her style and other styles she had observed at times in the work place. She concluded that everyone has something different to give we just have to adapt to whatever leadership style we find ourselves under. This tied in beautifully with Denise Fords speech the previous week on her leadership style.
Caleb Vercoe led us in our Table Topics segment giving us simple but effective topics to give impromptu 2min speeches on. Louise spoke on her first experience of Toastmasters many years ago. Craig spoke on his 1st Big Adventure, David Cooper on his 1st date, and Donna her first public speech.
Speech Evaluations where done by Imelda Curtin, Alana Bogart, David Clarkson and Denise Ford. Our timekeeper was John MacVicar and General Evaluator Steve Kennelly.
Although the calibre of all speeches today was high, the Toastie award was awarded by David Clarkson to Matt Body. A strong performance by all participants today made it a great meeting and a worthwhile morning for all.