This week’s theme was RISK for this first day of “summer feel”, and the Friday before the long weekend.
Sergeant at Arms — Matt, being an architect, started our meeting by eliminating, isolating and minimising our risk of finding the toilet, and the exits in case of any risky adventure that may arise.
Sabine Perry (general evaluator) said that Matt had a great way of choosing his words, but to speak up a little louder.
Alana Bogart was our “Madame Toastmaster” and she explained why she chose this theme. Working with blind kids, she needs the parents of her blind kids to understand that we, sighted individuals, take risks every day when crossing the road, so let your kids take ‘calculated’ risks. It will make them stronger. Alana threw in St John’s survey of what is the biggest risk of all…. We laughed when it was ‘putting on your knickers’.
Sabine Perry (general evaluator) felt that the theme was great, the meeting flowed really well, and didn’t have any recommendations.
Louise, our librarian grammarian gave us a mouthful to use – PERORATIO. She tied it with last week’s word. Peroratio means the end of the speech. To end a speech, we must sum up the argument, appeal to the audience’s emotions. The Romans, we learnt, were the masters of this.
In (sort of) recent times, “”Give me liberty, or give me death!” is a quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775, at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia.
Sabine Perry (general evaluator) liked how Louise tied the word of the day with last week’s. She wanted to see Louise change her stance to make her delivery even more interesting.
#1 David Cooper Introducer – Warwick Hutchins Speaker – Terrelle Hegarty — Evaluator
Because Warwick is new to the club, we learned from David that Warwick is a Chief Information Officer at Pegasus health and that he manages GEEKS! (how do you do that?!) Warwick’s ice breaking speech (5-7 mins) was from the Dynamic Leadership track.
Sabine Perry (general evaluator) said that he gave some great background but suggested getting his hand out of his pocket while talking.
Title: How to Boil a Frog. Warwick took inspiration of “frog” from Natalie’s speech titled (the author of this blog), I am NOT a Bull Frog.
Warwick sat on the high chair in the middle of the stage. Now that is being intimate! That grabbed our attention. Warwick started off by explaining about how you boil a frog – put it in cold water, and let the water heat up slowly, and the frog dies without being conscious of this. Quite a captivating title – where was he going with this, I wondered… Warwick opened up about the deep hole that he slipped into 8 years ago, like a frog not knowing that he’s slowly dying. Very emotional speech about his own Black Dog journey.
Terrelle said in her evaluation that this was a powerful ice breaker. From the appetizer of the title (pun intended), the story was engaging, raw, open & honest. He had a nice balance — conversational style and a relaxed style. He weaved the story from the frog with vivid imagery. Any suggestions to make this better? I can’t remember what she said. From the blogger’s point of view, perhaps Warwick could have brought a stuffed frog and somehow made the frog hop at the end. Dunno – just a thought.
Sabine Perry (general evaluator) said that Terrell was the master of evaluation and uses the power of 3 very well. She suggested that she use the name of the speaker in this instant, but loved her carefully crafted evaluation.
#2 Louise Landers Introducer – Caleb Vercoe Speaker – John McVicar – Evaluator
Louise explained that Caleb is a Team Leader, and that he is already on his Level 2 in the Leadership Pathway. After such a deep speech from our previous speaker, she said that Caleb is a pro at lifting the mood and he did with his speech titled Why on Earth am I Doing This? (5-7 mins)
Sabine Perry (general evaluator) love her choice of words but wanted her to get rid of the lectern!
Caleb intrigued us right off by painting the picture of his sitting down at the kitchen table with a jug of water at 9pm and waking up at 3am (toilet break I imagine). Why on earth would he do this every second week? Caleb gives blood. He said that it’s quite satisfying to know that he is helping someone – ie car accident, cancer, etc. He feels that it’s a step forward. He said that perhaps he should start wearing a cape with “I’m an Everyday Hero”. (and you can too— I, the blogger, said that)
Deep down though, we all know it’s all about the free cookies 🙂
John said that it was an intriguing title, and that he, personally, couldn’t give blood because he’s from the UK and they had Mad Cow’s Disease in the 90’s. John said that Caleb injected a lot of humour. His recommendation was to make eye contact with the back of the audience and to stop moving his head from side to side too quickly. He said to lift his head, and that will help project his voice.
Sabine Perry (general evaluator) thought that John did a text book evaluation but cautioned him about talking about himself – especially since next week is the evaluation contest. John had some really good recommendations, she felt
#3 Brett Snow- Introducer – Rebecca Clements- Speaker – Denise Ford – Evaluator
Brett started by saying deep kisses, and other very “frenchy’ words to get us thinking. We learned that Biddy (Rebecca) enjoys the mountains and snow, the music band Burn the Bridge, and goes on an annual trip to Queenstown with her girl friends. Her speech (5-7 mins) is the second speech — giving another ice breaker but using the evaluator’s suggestion to improve the second speech –
Sabine Perry (general evaluator) loved Brett’s humorous use of the word of the day. He was kind and uplifting, but wanted Brett to use more vocal variety.
Title is Je ne sais quoi
With a title like this, we knew that France (or perhaps Quebec) was going to be referenced and we weren’t disappointed. In 2005, Biddy went to France and was captivated by the baguettes, bicycles, and cobblestones of Paris while attending the Climate Conference for the NZ Government. Her interest in all things French grew the following year (film, art, books) to culminate in her 2007 OS (overseas trip) to France where she made wine for 3 months. She learned that wine is drunk in the mornings and that table wine is only for the family, not the guests. (I, the blogger, didn’t know that- and I’m French Canadian)
Denise loved the strong opening and enjoyed hearing about her trip. She felt that Biddy could use the lectern for notes rather than a cellphone so that she can use her hands to gesture, (like all good French People!- blogger’s thoughts) Denise felt that she had a clear strong voice but wanted a tad more vocal variety.
Sabine Perry (general evaluator) said that Denise has a kind and soft manner but wanted her to use a bit more vocal variety but she loved the personal touch
TABLE TOPICS (TT) – Gerald Hartley stayed with the topic of Risk and ask our speaker about what risk they would take, OR if they took a risk and it paid off, OR if they disregarded the risk and went with their gut OR if they have taken a risk and it didn’t pay off OR what would you tell this generation of kids about risks.
Sabine Perry (general evaluator) felt the topic to be very appropriate. She felt that his way of naming the person to come up (while they are at their chair), then saying the topic then getting them up did not flow very well. However, the topics were all relevant and consistent.
David Clarkson, Vijay, Donald (guest), Hayden and Kevin spoke about risk, and we found out that this topic is actually well suited for table topics because everyone had something to say about it. The one that I, the blogger, liked the best was from Kevin who told us the story of how he joined Toastmaster – by tripping over the Toastmaster’s sign on the footpath and being curious.
Royden Gibbs evaluated the TT speakers and said that everyone added a bit of humour and were engaging. He suggested to some to move closer to the audience, told someone to use another word rather than FANTASTIC, and wanted everyone to continue in our club, and for Donald to come and join it.
Sabine Perry (general evaluator) commended Royden for filling in the shoes at the last minute. She wanted him to be aware that he hands clasps and that she felt that he was stepping backwards/forward a bit too much, but he gave a great evaluation with humour and sincerity.
The timer was Imeda Curtin and made sure that we had enough time for our coffee and scones.
Sandra Chatterton, our president, told us the reasons why her head wasn’t focused on Boaters lately (you should have been here for those reason), but that she is now back in action and is looking forward to the Evaluation Contest next week, and the International Speech next month!
Toastie Award —- to ——- Warwick! Well done! Alana told him to watch that he doesn’t poke a knife in the (plastic) toaster to eliminate the risk of elimination. Good humour Alana!
Alana, our Toastmaster, told us that the biggest risk that we take is saying I love You! – that got us laughing… but it is true. It is a huge risk for someone who doesn’t want to be rejected – and no one does because we are all human!