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Attitude determines altitude

Meeting – Tuesday 9 July 2013
Today’s meeting was infused with attitude and enthusiasm. Mohammed carried himself with great professionalism and humour, especially when he was referred to as Madam Toastmaster. Well done for fostering a great environment for learning and fun. Nice too see special guest Kylee come along to the club too.

We were blown away by first time speakers, Phil and Nicholas. Phil drew on personal experience to prove the power of words and Nicholas delivered the theatrics of a thrilling ice breaker – his life journey. Both speeches were evaluated by Nadene and Jo respectively.

Special thanks to our role holders: Ruth our table topics master, TT evaluators Marieke and Jeremy, Grammarian Steve D for Word of the Day ‘Woot’, Steve T and his trusty stop watch, Jo & Ben for general evaluations and last but not least our Sergeant at Arms for breakky (legend!). Nice work team! Bring on the week! See you at the next meeting!

Feel the fear and do it anyway

Meeting – Tuesday 25 June 2013

Today’s meeting was all about feeling the fear and doing it anyway. Clinton showed no signs of fear filling in the President and Toastmaster roles at short notice and ran a smooth show. A solid performance by Jonesey!

Nadene put a whole new spin on table topics as she set up our speakers with a box and a scenario. A very creative way to  challenge our speakers. Some of the highlights included:  everyone hanging in suspense when Nicholas came across a mysterious, green box in the middle of a forest, Brenda sharing her discovery after fumbling around in an old shoe box, Clinton pulling out loads of recycled packaging paper to climax with a small pig, Cassia describing what appeared to be a creepy crawly item hanging behind her head. Special thanks to evaluators Ruth and Glenn F for providing great feedback.

First of our two formal speakers was John. He took us into the kitchen showroom to present a fabulous range of kitchen design package. He demonstrated some strong sales techniques. Special guest Bianca was invited to participate in the sales pitch as a potential buyer.  Phil G assessed John’s speech and gave his first evaluation at the club – well done!

Next up, we had Ben with “Forget about falling” which was delivered in line with today’s theme: feel the fear and do it anyway. His objective was to entertain and inspire by using personal experience. His key message was for people to focus on flying and not on falling (The fear of failure). Thanks to Steve D for presenting a thorough evaluation.

Also, special thanks to our general evaluator Marlene for her commentary on the meeting.

Congratulations to the new executive committee members who were all voted in by the club:

  • President – Brenda Newth
  • VP Education – Marieke van der Heijden
  • VP Membership – Steve Daly
  • VP Public Relations – Cassia Bennett-Burkhardt
  • Secretary – Ruth Turnbull
  • Treasurer – Jo Sutherland
  • Sergeant-At-Arms – John van Doormaal

Special thanks to Jo for an outstanding term as club president. She has been a fantastic leader at the helm.

See you at the next meeting on Tuesday 9 July. Onwards and upwards!

Meeting – Tuesday 11 June 2013

Theme: Challenges
Word of the Day:

Toastmaster Steve D lead a tenacious bunch of go-getters this morning. The room was booming with laughter and learning!

Nadene provided some funny subject matter for the table topics round. Steve T shared his fatherly advice for the Argentinian boyfriend who would pick up his daughter, John spoke on the importance of toilet seat etiquette (when to leave the seat up or down), Phil was assigned to speak on what to do when you see something stuck in someone else’s teeth, Brenda shared her frustration with left over toilet paper rolls, and Jo spoke about the one who rules the TV remote in her house – her dog!

After a 10 minute recess at half time, we were back into the speeches. Dave opened with his 10th assignment entitled “Yes you can” which inspired and made us laugh. In his speech “Everybody communicates – few people connect.”  Eric shared some fantastic and ‘funner’ pointers about making better connections with people. And Jeremy wowed us with his amazing feat – swimming the Sharkfest Alcatraz event in San Francisco and using effective PPT slide visuals to tell his story.

Special thanks to all of our evaluators, Clinton, Mohammed, Phil, Jo, Brenda and Cassia – for providing everyone with constructive feedback.

Well done everyone for rising to the challenge – see you next time!

Growth is good

Meeting – Tuesday 30 April 2013

The meeting was opened by our high energy and motivational Clinton Jones, who was standing in for our president, who was called away on work duty.  Clinton themed the meeting on “growth” and supported this with various quotes – some of which were, “when we are green we are growing, when we ripen, we rot”, and “it’s what you learn after all that counts”.

In the week leading up to the meeting, Clinton had sent a may-day call to all members to bring along a guest to the meeting. As a result there were five quests (Raewyn Mack, Lisa Taylor, Nicholle Heggie, Depak Selvaratnam and Provind Singh).  They were warmly welcomed and were introduced individually to the meeting by their inviter.

Table topics followed the theme of “growth” and an amazing array of topics were delivered by our vastly improved toastmaster, Steve Daly.

Our speakers, Brenda and Marieke, delivered first-class speeches which were laced with elements of motivation, discovery, education, humour and sincerity.

Brenda recounted her learnings from participating in a Division contest and strongly believed in engaging a professional coach to help you prepare for this level of contest.  She had learned so much and was eager to share it with her audience.

Marieke (on her 10th CC speech) motivated the audience to find out what they want in life – to embrace change because change is good and change happens.  She used the analogy from “Who moved my cheese” to make her point.

Both speakers received positive and constructive evaluations from Jeremy and Nadene.

Our general evaluator, Glenn L commented on the warm welcome he received at the door from Cassia on Hospitality.  He also highly commended each of the role holders  – Sergeant at Arms (great coffee and breakfast), Chairman, Grammarian, Table Topics Master, Table Topics Evaluators, Speech Evaluators, and Timer – for carrying out their roles professionally and succinctly.  This was particularly so for the benefit of our guests.  Feedback from Glenn on all the roles was constructively and supportive and no doubt left each of the role holders feeling great.

As always, there was plenty of clapping and laughter during the meeting, and I always leave a Central Park Toastmasters Club meeting feeling pumped and elevated and ready to face the world.  What a tonic for the week!!

I look forward to the next meeting!!

Meeting report:  Marlene Krone (addicted)

Do Not Give Up

Meeting – Tuesday 2 April 2013

Word of the Day:  Edify – To instruct or improve someone morally

Another great meeting with a great theme of “Do Not Give Up” something that we should all reflect on.

The Table topics were interesting and thought provoking linking back to various recent news stories. Answers ranged from A Giant dinosaur jungle gym, using hidden gems to assist in building schools and education through to a circus ring master saying ‘harden up’ to fleas suffering from the European winter.

The main speeches were informative and humorous. Brenda undertook her competition speech to test it out. A great speech around dating in ones later years and that it isn’t too much different from being a teenager. It had great humour throughout, lots of analogies and a three step plan to sorting out the men from the boys.

Eric’s speech on democratizing the showcased how news and information can no longer be contained given the overreaching availability of information in today’s modern society. Searching for information is easy however results can be skewed given existing search engine formats. A new search engine optimisation could be created to provide a fairer result for all.

Tony’s speech looked to the future, 2040 and what it would mean if one didn’t look after their body now. Focusing on leading a healthy life with simple changes can make all the difference on quality of life. Undertaking 20min of exercise three times a week will help combat issues moving forward. Certainly a compelling argument using the examples mentioned.

Overall another great meeting with fantastic presentations and evaluations.

Report by Jeremy