Emma Hayes, Toastmaster of the day, shared a range of world records, cleverly matched to each meeting participants (kayaking, planking, kissing, fastest speed boat).
Our scheduled speakers chose to motivate and inspire. Speaker 1 Brent Ruru delved into the treasure trove of personal experience gained while circumnavigating New Zealand with his good friend Max. Brent’s storytelling, coupled with a beautiful photo story was utterly captivating. In addition to motivating the team to get out and discover natural NZ (particularly quiz night on Stewart Island), Brent presented the 3353 tool to aid setting and achieving personal goals.
Speaker 2 Greg McGeorge, completed the CC manual with his message to “look inside for inspiration”. A clever twist in the construction of Greg’s speech was to use great inventors as role-models for self-motivation, rather than present them to the audience as external motivation. Greg’s speech clearly connected with the audience, as speakers on both sides of the subsequent debate (during TableTopics) drew on his arguments to support their position.
Speaker 3 – Tackling the first project of the “Speaking to Inform” manual, Rachel Walton chose to take on the subject of Speech Evaluations through analogy with modern art. She kicked off the presentation with Richard Monk’s “The Scream” (this is how I used to feel about giving Evaluations), and a photoshopped Cheshire Cat (this is how I want you to feel at the end of the presentation). Rachel’s presentation was packed with advice and handy tips, backed up with a handout. A key point to remember: it’s not about you. Think of the evaluation as your only opportunity to give the Speaker key advice before they go into the next room to give the speech again (maybe to a bigger audience, or a review board, or an interview panel, or a contest).
Something a little different on the TableTopics front this week. Two teams faced off in a debate arguing the motion World Record attempts are pathetic bids for attention”. This proved to be a challenging (and somewhat confusing) task, tackled with much hilarity by all involved.
Congratulations to Nathan Najib – raising 10,000 for Nepal – and Terelle Hegarty – presenting the Toastie in under one minute!