Giving Thanks in a Nutshell: Recap of Oct. 4th Meeting

It’s almost the long Thanksgiving weekend, and this meeting was appropriately in theme!  Our Toastmaster for the night was Camila, who kicked off the meeting with a speech that challenged us all to be more grateful this Thanksgiving.

Our first speaker for tonight was Theresa, who completed her second speech.  Her topic was also related to Thanksgiving.  Theresa took a different angle, explaining the light and dark sides of Thanksgiving symbols: the cornucopia, wheat sheaf, and acorn.  She encouraged us to avoid using more food than we need, and to not get too *stuffed* this weekend!  Great speech Theresa – looking forward to your next one.

VJ lead an impressive Table Topics session, with 9 participants giving improvised speeches.  Out of the many competitors, Sarah Yang won the vote of the crowd, talking about how having a few close friends can be better than having many friends.

Overall, it was a great meeting, and we were happy to see so many guests attend.  Hoping you all enjoy a fantastic long weekend – See you next week!

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Thank you Be! Recap of Sept. 27th Meeting

After the excitement from competitions during the previous meeting, this week our meeting schedule was back to normal.


Starting off the meeting, we inducted a new member into our club.  Welcome Esra – we’re happy to have you here!


Our Toastmaster for the night was James, who dedicated his speech to our club’s previous president, Be.  This will be Be’s last meeting for the foreseeable future – she has been an invaluable member of our club, and an amazing club president for the past year. We’re sad to see her go, but we’re grateful for everything she’s done here (and celebrated it with confetti)!


Mike did his second speech all about light, and using it as a perspective in photography.  Amanda lead our Table Topics session, which was won by newcomer Frederica.


See you all next week!

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Competition Week! Recap of Sept. 20th meeting

This week was full of excitement as we had two club competitions: Table Topics and Humorous Speeches.

Bob was our competition chairman, and kicked off the meeting.


For Table Topics, competition was fierce with 7 competitors! The topic was on North Korea – and the question was what would our contenders would do if in charge?  We had plenty of interesting improvised responses – being benevolent, destructive, and humorous.


In the end, Amanda won the Table Topics competition, with James and Camila closely ranked behind.


For our Humorous Speech competition, we had 3 experienced members compete: John, Andrew, and Be.  They had us laughing hard!  Each had a different prepared speech where we learned how to find the “one”, the advantages of being a koala, and how (not) to impress your wife.


John ended up as the winner of this competition! Congratulations to everyone who competed in our competitions this week – it was an intense and fun meeting.


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Disasters, Willpower, Recruiting, and Technology – September 13th, 2017

This week we were back at our regular home – The Waterfront Neighbourhood Center. We had a lively meeting with a test-run of a Table Topics competition, because next week is our exciting club competition for Humorous Speeches and Table Topics!


Our Toastmaster for the evening was Andrew, who began our meeting recollecting on the recent hurricanes that affected Texas and Florida, and leaving us with a message about how even the most terrible disasters can bring out the positive aspects of our humanity.


Bob was our first speaker for the evening, and he completed an improvised speech on an audiobook set called “Your Wish is Your Command”, created by the controversial (and imprisoned) Kevin Trudeau about personal success.  It was interesting to hear about the techniques in this series.


Damien was our final speaker (who gave our club his final speech!) about his insider experience in the recruitment industry.  He had practical and relevant advice for job seeking, building resumes, and how software and managers select candidates.  We really appreciated hearing about his advice and experience.  We all wish Damien the best out west as he’s moving to Vancouver (conveniently before winter…) and hope he can find a Toastmasters group *almost* as good as ours on the coast.

For Table Topics, Andrew lead a mock competition to practice for next week.  His topic was whether technology in society is good or bad.  We had a myriad of opinions… Is it the best thing that has happened to humanity? Or will it destroy us all? We’ll never know since this was a test run, and we had no winners. Wes did a great job evaluating all 7 competitors, reminding us to greet our audience, be specific, and tell personal stories.

Overall it was a great meeting, and we can’t wait for our competition next week.

See you all there!


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Back to School! Recap of Sept. 6th meeting

Summer is ending and kids are going back to school!  We had another wonderful meeting at the beautiful Fort York Library.

Our meeting began with our Toastmaster Wes giving a great speech on the importance of building powerful conclusions.  This is timely advice as we begin competitions in two weeks.

Louise was our 1st Speaker and gave a speech called “How Do I Get There From Here?” where she talked about the TTC and accessibility on transportation, which requires a lot of planning! We learned many things from her perspective on accessibility and using the TTC.

Next, Catarina gave a speech on “Secrets to Happiness and Success I Learned Working on a Ranch”.  She shared life experience gained from working with irrigation lines on the ranch, and focused on the importance of having purpose and gratitude as keys of happiness.

Domien was our Table Topics Master this evening, and had a variety of “easy”, “medium”, and “hard” topics that made for an interesting (and challenging) selection of improvised speeches.

Amanda won our Table Topics competition, by talking about the importance of customer service while ordering her favourite almond latte from Starbucks (which according to her is NOT a girly drink).

Looking forward to next week’s edition of Toastmasters on Sept. 13th, where we will be back at Harbourfront Neighbourhood Center.

If anyone is interested in competing (or volunteering) with competitions on Sept. 20th, we have a few spots left! You may contact our president (Wes Vick) to register.

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