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Another exciting Toastmasters meeting

Meeting – 30 August 2016

The coffee was brewed and the toast cooking as our members gathered for another exciting fortnightly Toastmasters meeting.

Eric, our Toastmaster, started the meeting following a welcome from the club President, Steve. Steve welcomed Raphael as a guest and noted that he had come for a 2nd visit so it was good to know that he hadn’t been scared off.

Roozbeh was Grammarian for the day and his word of the day was “resolute”. The point of this is to encourage everyone to use the WOD and embrace the ongoing opportunities to add to our vocabulary.  Roozbeh’s role was to listen for ums and ah’s and any interesting word or phrase usage.

The first part of our meeting had 2 very good speakers delivering speeches from their manuals. Both speeches were entertaining and informative and very good examples of different ways to present. Sue took the opportunity to conduct a farewell speech to very close relatives and Jeremy gave a business briefing relating to paying tolls on roads. Both very thought provoking. Our 3rd speaker was Clinton delivering an overview of what being a member of Toastmasters is all about.

After a brief 5 minute break the 2nd part of the meeting included Table Topics which are a great opportunity to speak in an impromptu manner whilst using Toastmasters tips and tricks to deliver an interesting 1 minute speech.

Everything is evaluated so all the above were followed by peer evaluations and recommendations for development.

As usual a great meeting that was fun and informative and an excellent start to the day.

Why not join us at our next meeting on Tues 13 September at 0700. See you there?

Ruth Turnbull 

Learning to Lead

Meeting – Tuesday 9 September 2014

Great meeting themed on Leadership this morning – hosted by the energetic Eric as our Toastmaster!

Clinton opened in classic presidential leadership style and addressed an enthused audience.

Glossophobia – the fear of public speaking, was the word of the day brought to us by Malcolm – a challenge for all to use the word in our speeches and overcome the jitters of speaking.

Talk Show host Oprah Winfrey (aka Bianca) took the Table topics stage by storm by introducing the following celebrities: Clinton, John, Steve D, Malcolm, Rhonda and Phil.

Central Park was privileged to have Jim Harknett, Area Governor join us today. He was the first of three speakers, including Phil who gave us three ways to fail in business (10 speeches done and dusted – well done Phil) and Kymberly who presented some interesting analysis in her second speech to the club on psychometric testing in recruitment.

Evaluators Ben & Mohammed provided helpful feedback to our Table Topic speakers, as did John, Clinton and Steve D for our three formal speeches.

Samwell was slick behind the timers chair and Steve T wrapped up a super charged meeting with a general evaluation.
Hope Dave (Eric’s guest) enjoyed the meeting.

See you all at the next meeting in two weeks! Remember Area competition this Saturday – Ruth and Eric will be representing!

Self Development

Meeting – Tuesday 25 March 

Good attendance with 3 apologies and 2 guests. Breakfast prepared by John of Bagels and Cream Cheese very appreciated.
Theme Self Development and very good quotes from Toastmaster Eric and President Brenda.

Glenn took over Grammarian role at the last minute and used colors as the words for the day.

Table Topics ably run by Bianca and Self Development themes. Samwell, Jeremy, Clinton, Glenn, Ruth and Malcolm all managed the table topics well. Good feedback from the evaluators.

3 speeches.
Marlene gave a great speech title “Left Right Out” all about being left handed. Some very good research. 

Phil’s speech about “Life’s Purpose” was not only interesting but gave us another perspective of Phil and his quiet determination to follow his passion in Involving sport.

John, speech entitled “The Cutting Edge” was a great lesson in what not to do when using sharp edged tools. Very enlightening and we almost feel guilty to acknowledge, amusing.

The Evaluations of all speeches were delivered in a very positive and supportive way that we all learnt from.

A lively fun meeting with a lot of learning opportunities.

by Ruth

Giving the gift of growth


Altruism is defined as the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others. A fitting word of the day from Jeremy.

Great line up of speakers who gave freely of their time and talents: Marlene with “Memories”, Eric with “Inverse Paranoid” and Marieke with an educational on evaluations.

Well done to everyone who participated – see you in two weeks for our final club meeting for the year – a Christmas celebration!!!

By Ben


Meeting report from Nadene


Eric fixed the lectern, lots of laughter around the height and we all wondered how Marlene was going to cope.  We’ll also said we needed a step for Steve and Nadene to reach it J

Brenda welcomed everyone to the inaugural Harlem Globe Trotters meeting and read a quote to everyone on resilience.

Brenda then introduces our Toastmaster – the fab/glam Ruth Turnbull.

When Ruth told Brenda that she wanted the theme to be Resilience i.e. to stay resilient Brenda thought Ruth had said Brazilian and then conjured up all sorts of pictures in her head!! This was over the phone hence the misunderstanding.

Apologies from President Clinton due to him being on baby duty, good on you CJ!!

Ruth then read a quote – Truth will set you free but the other will piss you off!!

Next up was our Grammarian – Steve D – word of the day – Buoyant


  • Topic – Exercise – Bianca
    Topic – Favourite car – Glenn – why would you pick Glenn – all he wants to do is talk about Holden’s
  • And then the timer (Eric our resident DJ) decides its disco time and started flashing the lights (due to Glenn going over his allotted time)
  • Topic – Spend time doing the basics – Jo – talked about a life experience and then the lights started flashing again – I almost felt like standing up and dancing J
  • Topic – The more you give the more you get – Samwell – you lost me !!
  • Topic – Self Development – John who’s big into self-help books – it’s about the doing!!!

TT Evaluators – Steve T (Evens) &  Jeremy (Odds) gave some great tips and tricks for each speaker

Ruth our fab/glam Toastmaster then read us another quote on resilience.

Then she lost her way a bit and asked for Executive Notices which were to support Clinton at the Flicking Centre on Saturday 19th Oct and Jo the Treasurer said PAY YOUR FEES.

Back to the agenda, time for a cuppa.

½ time – General Evaluator – Marlene – provided some great feedback and some great recommendations – commented that it was great that the Topic for the Table Topics were read out prior to the speaker being announced.

Then we got into our fabulous speakers doing their project speeches.

1st speaker – Phil Speech #7 – apply your skills “1st Light” – although not in the religious sense!! – Topic “Don’t leave home until you’ve seen the country”

2nd speaker – Cassia Speech # 6 Dr Suess

3rd speaker – Nicolas Speech # 3 “24 misfortunes McGough”

1st Evaluator – Samwell

Provide good feedback – recommendations – referred to the playground that we have

2nd Evaluator – Mohammad – great recommendations and feedback.

3rd Evaluator – Ben – Great feedback and recommendations – Energetic & entertaining speech, theatrical, captivating and brilliant. – great pausation and structure.

Grammarians report – Steve D

Great banter – word of the day used several times –“ buoyant”. Good word usage and phrases. Engaging meeting.  Myriads of sayings almost too many to capture.

Time keepers report – Eric

Made all sorts of excuses that his stop watch had stopped. His feedback was that some specific speakers timing needed to be watched – hence the disco lights. He was very buoyant in providing his report and yet again practised his disco lighting.

General Evaluator 2 – Glenn provided great feedback and recommendations one specific tip was to remember when giving an evaluation to number you recommendations.

Meeting Close – Brenda.

By Nadene