Toastmaster Andrew led a meeting of rituals. First we bowed to music, then followed the official contest rules with tabletopics.
From Bob, we learned that sometimes we unintentionally create a barrier between ourselves and our goals by physically hiding behind objects. So don’t hide behind the lectern, step forward, open up, and opportunities will come!
Congrats to Luke for his awesome tabletopics speech! He came up on top from at least 10 contestants. Definitely awe-inspiring! Let’s all bow to him as well.
Next meeting, Maria will be our toastmaster.
Speakers: Cara (her ice breaker!), Olga and Luke.
Knowing is only half the battle. We learned from Toastmaster James that we only become competent when we start applying what we know. It takes discipline at first, but it will eventually become automatic, which is when we become unconsciously competent, in other words….talented!
Insights continue with our next two speakers. First, speaker Arash shared us a story of boy name Johnny with a hidden talent. Johnny’s beat boxing talent was only revealed with Arash’s encouragement. The story demonstrated that no matter how small our action or at what level, we have the power to influence others.
Then Speaker Bob taught us a technique that we can use to be remembered – the serial position effect. Be the first or the last, but not in between. Perhaps that explains many of our life mysteries, like first impression and the middle child syndrome?
Finally, our meeting ended with Laksman leading a thought provoking tabletopics session. Congrats Roger for winning again! Was it because of his talent or serial position effect? Or both? We’ll find out next time.
In summary, lessons learned at this meeting: become talented, get noticed and influence others!
Next meeting, Wes is our toastmaster and Karoline will be speaking.
Toastmaster Be shared her recent challenges with developing two habits, swearing and punctuality. The two go together at her new office, but she wishes only to choose one to adopt- swearing. I mean ** punctuality of course. Lakshman surprised us by volunteering to do his third speech. He was certainly being truthful to himself. Such words of wisdom!
Wes, our VP of Education held our hands through the yellow brick road, the toastmaster’s journey. He encouraged us to choose a date. It doesn’t matter where you are at on the path, decide on your date so we can be off to become leaders, and see this wizards of ours.
Using Be’s junk from her office, she managed to get us to thinking. John with his magic blue cloth and phrase, instantly magnetized us and ultimately won the table topics. Congrats John! Next time, when you want to connect with anyone, use his secret phrase.
Also, congrats Sol for becoming our new member!
Next meeting, we will continue to develop the right habits, sharpening our skills and igniting our enthusiasm!
James will be our toastmaster, and Cristina, Arash and Bob will be speaking.
Congrats to the winners of 2015 – 2016’s club awards. From left to right, John as the toastmaster of the year, Wes as most ambitious, Mark as the best table topics and James as the most enthusiastic member!
How many potatoes can you juggle?
In his first Toastmaster’s speech, Luke gave us some personal insight and wisdom about what its like working in a large manufacturing and engineering corporation. Who knew a children’s game like “hot potato” would relate so well to a feeling Luke finds at work. Well done Luke.
We had a great night of firsts, with two of our new members giving their Ice-Breaker speeches!
First, Stanley began by telling us how he stepped out of his shell in University, when he got some random adrenaline and became his debate team captain! And who knew, eventually leading their team to become debate champions and earning himself the best debater award!
Next we had a wonderfully personal and touching account from Olga. She spoke about her distaste for education growing up in Eastern Europe. And her personal saga culminated in getting a degree in honours by the time her tale was over.
Mark also lead our Table Topics portion of the evening, resulting in a 4 way tie for the win. With one last vote, our winner was our guest Roger!