December 21st was our holiday-themed meeting.
One person decided to go all-out for the occasion.
First, we had an Icebreaker speech. We absolutely love to listen to people stepping up to the challenge of giving their first speech.
We also had a speech on the topic of communication and conflict resolution with an interesting “Christmas Carol”/Ebeneezer Scrooge twist.
The entire club engaged with Scrooge through a series of difficult prepared questions. Scrooge had some points to make–and he made them!!!
Bob Swanson lead the Table Topics portion of the meeting. During Table Topics members speak extemporaneously on a topic given to them.
A ribbon was given to the club member giving his Icebreaker speech.
The evening started out with Mary Hiss delivering her Icebreaker speech. The Icebreaker speech is the first speech a member gives. It is 4-6 minutes long and gives the member a chance to introduce him/herself.
Justin Weichel discussed the benefits of adopting a wholefood diet and how one can get started.
Jeff McRaven then gave an analysis of “Rudoph the Red-nosed Reindeer” from an interesting perspective.
For the Table Topics portion of the meeting we were given several selections to choose from that linked to the topic for discussion.
The Table Topics Master:
Table Topic #1: I have to have that! –talk about that for 1-2 minutes.
Nate Otto took the lead on that one.
Table Topic #2 I have to have that #2!
John Satorius took a stab at that one.
Table Topic #3: You have to see that #1! The photographer stepped aside to try his luck at that one. “It’s a Wonderful Life” Why do we have to see that movie?
Table Topic #4: You have to see that #2! Santa and the Martians…. Why do we have to see that movie?
Finally, Mary Hiss received a ribbon for giving her Icebreaker speech.
At a Toastmasters meeting, you never know what interesting topics find their way into a speech next. This meeting started off with a speech about fire alarms with a bit of artistry and drama built into it.
Our second speaker was Sheila Wilkinson. She gave a speech about clutter. It was a very animated speech that was structured in a very interesting and effective way.
Nate Otto lead the Table Topics.
We spun the globe, pointed our finger, and landed on countries that we spoke about for 1-2 minutes.
Jeff McRaven was first up speaking about Portugal.
John Wendtland talked about the Dominican Republic.
Sheila Wilkinson was next up giving an impromptu speech on Peru.
John Satorius spoke about the Pacific Ocean.
Finally, Wyann Hoage related all she knew about Papua New Guinea to the group.
Several other speaking roles followed. At each meeting we strive to give everyone the opportunity to exercise their public speaking skills.
To fill in our new members, we replaced our prepared speech section of the meeting with informational speeches about our organization and what we do.
First, Heidi Schreiner spoke on officer roles.
Then, we were debriefed on the Competent Communicator series of speeches that everyone begins with.
Next, Jeff McRaven gave a talk on the Leadership Manual and how leadership is integrated into our educational program.
Finally, Steven Daigle talked about speech contests, conventions, and “Distinguished Clubs”.
Following the prepared speeches, we moved on to Table Topics. This is the time during the meeting that we get an opportunity to speak extemporaneously on a topic given to us.
First up was Jeff McRaven. Jeff is well-known for creating challenging Table Topics sessions. This particular night he was on the receiving end.
Long-time member Nate Otto followed up with the next question. Nate is a Table Topics speaker extraordinaire.
We do not require guests to speak; however, we had a guest who did a wonderful job of tackling a topic.
Finally, Sheila Wilkinson chimed in on the final topic of the night.
It was a dark and stormy night… we had our first scary stories themed meeting.
First up was Justin Weichel with his icebreaker. An icebreaker is a speech about yourself and is the first speech given by a new member.
How good does it feel to finish your first speech?
Next up was TIm Haukeness with a motivational speech. Tim has his own very distinctive way of injecting humor and energy into a speech.
In the Table Topics segment of the meeting (impromptu speaking), we moved on to scary stories.
Ivan Stoyanov opened the meeting discussing humans’ search for meaning by referencing Victor Frankl’s book, “Man’s Search for Meaning”. John Wendtland then highlighted the far-reaching implications of the US’s geographic advantages. Finally, Jeff McRaven narrated the life of a famous American, framing the essence of his character with a letter he had written.
Sheila Wilkinson conducted interviews with several members in talk show format.
The entire meeting was conducted with a radio show theme. A large screen was used to separate the speakers from the audience. This enabled the speakers and the audience to focus on the vocal aspects of speaking.