On a fresh Friday morning Vijay Vellaisamy kicked off meeting 924 with a very athletic opening activity to capture the attention of the members. He then went on to warmly welcome the Toastmaster of the day David Pottinger.
Segway -ing along from the World Cup theme of the previous week, David drew us into the theme of the day by highlighting how well the Japanese World Cup soccer team cleaned up their dressing room after their final game. From there he continued to weave interesting snippets of valuable information relating to Japan throughout the course of the meeting.
Our Grammarian, Louise Landess introduced ‘content’ as the word of the day. The versatility of this word became obvious as many people freely integrated this word into their speeches.
Our first speaker, Sandra Chatterton took us on a story telling journey off to Russell in the car with close friends. The title of the speech: ‘When your time is not up’ was an early indicator that this journey was no normal car trip. Sandra walked, and talked us through the terrifying experience of a large pine tree falling onto the car. The detailed descriptions, combined with effective pace changes helped to illuminate the shocking scene as it unfolded. Having escaped this near miss, the very relieved travellers then progressed onto Russell to celebrate their good fortune. The speech was nicely concluded with the simple message: when your time is not up, you’re very lucky.
Following on from this the second speaker Mark Glanville presented a topic that was applicable to those for whom their time was up. The topic of Mark’s speech was Green Burials New Zealand. An interesting and informative topic with content that had the audience completely captivated. Using the power of three, Mark utilised 3 questions to frame up the structure of his speech. Informing the audience of what green burials were, how to prepare for a green burial and where in Christchurch green burials can be carried out. Mark presented a well-executed speech with an appealing cross-section of visual resources.
Our third speaker of the day, Steve Kennelly, shaped his speech straight out of personal experience. His opening line: I am not drunk I have vestibular neuritis, quickly took us back to when he collapsed at a previous toastmaster’s meeting. Taking us briefly through the events of that morning, Steve set a sound platform from which to structure a wonderful educational speech about the medical mechanics of the inner ear. Covering off 4 inner issues in such a short time span, this was an extremely interesting speech which was easy to follow and packed with many interesting facts.
After the break John MacVicar introduced us to a great range of table topics that were tied nicely to the theme of the day:
First up Denise Ford who had just arrived back from Japan showered us in delightful descriptions of the Japanese country side.
Following this Adam had the audience captivated by his fabulous fluency of the Japanese language. Adam had plenty to share as he drew on his personal experiences of living life in Japan as a professional rugby player.
Next up we had Louise Landess cleverly coercing and convincing us all that Japan is the ultimate holiday destination.
To round off the table topics, Lloyd Mason activated our senses by explaining the wonders of exploring the great outdoors of north Japan.
A diverse range of interesting, educational and entertaining speeches were delivered throughout the course of the meeting.
The toastie award went to the Toastmaster of the day David Pottinger for running a very lively and entertaining meeting, thank you.