Meeting #786. Friday, 10th July 2015
Theme of our meeting was Success
Sergeant at Arms, Helen MacDonald, started the meeting with a challenge inventing the word “Success-less-ness” Most of us failed this tongue twister test.
Our Toastmaster David Clarkson defined success for us, and what success would look like for our meeting.
Bee Bathish was our Grammarian, and unlike Helen who invented a word, Bee was removing 2 words from our language due to overuse. The words, “really” and “very”, giving us about 18 examples, of other words use instead.
The “Toastie” award winning speech was, Speaker 1, Steve Kennelly. He wowed us with a speech on his favorite book, “After the War” by Bob Kerr. At first glance it looks like a children’s book of only 20 pages with a sentence on every page, but with the help of power point slides showing us the pages of the book he used his powers of observation to unveiled the multi-layers of stories behind the story. What seemed like a children’s story magically transformed into a story of a family, then the story of New Zealand history, then a reflection on the changes New Zealand’s lifestyle and demographics. It left us all speechless as we thought about the layers.
Speaker 2, Mark Glanville, impressed with a commanding performance as he gave his icebreaker speech. It was intriguing and to hear how, as a teenager, he stumbled into becoming a funeral director. How he met his wife and their courtship. How his training helped him through the death of his brother. To the success of his business today working for a nation wide brand.
Speaker 3, Alana Bogart, did a project from the Interpersonal Communications Manual. It was on Assertiveness and how to be assertive when necessary. This involved her sharing the 4 steps to being assertive and a role-play called “The Parking Spot”, with Helen McLeod playing the villain. This was followed by, invited audience feedback, on the process and strategy used. The feedback was strong and constructive with many giving input.
Our Evaluators all did a superb job this meeting of listening, commending and giving good recommendations. This is what makes coming to toastmasters a worthwhile and growing experience.
All together, a fun time and a great success. David Cooper