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July 20, 2017 @ Mt. Simon Park, Dells Pavilion, Eau Claire, WI
Grill warm at 6 PM and regular meeting will be held at 7 PM. Bring your own food to grill (if any), a dish to pass, your own drinks, your own plates, eating utensils, etc.
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Public speaking skills are exercised through both prepared and impromptu speeches at every meeting. The mission of a Toastmaster Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills that in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.
A special meeting was held to evaluate how well we are serving our members in all areas.
A few highlights from our June 15th meeting….
Heidi started out the evening with an idea-rich speech on various methods of crafting speech introductions that capture the audience.
Ben Thurow took the stage as the Topics Master and began dishing out challenging topics for off-the-cuff speeches…..
Ivan Stoyanov talked about “If not now, when?” and “What will be important when you are 80?”
Eric Goetz then discussed, “When does time pass the most quickly for you?” and “Is it possible to lie without saying a word?”
Finally, Heidi Schreiner responded to “When is the last time you tried something new?” and “Would you break the law to save a loved one?”
Our newest member Eric Goetz started off the night with “How to Manage Gatekeepers”–project #2 in the “Competent Communicator” manual.
Visiting Toastmaster Melissa Eslinger from Heart of Eau Claire Toastmasters delivered a motivational speech entitled “Go the Distance”–project #2 in the “Resources for Entertainment” manual.
Table topics are one to two minute impromptu speeches about a given subject. The Table Topics Master prepares several topics in advance and requests volunteers to speak on one of the topics. Since the speaker has no idea what the table topic is, this is a great opportunity for learning to speak off-the-cuff. Preference in table topics speaking is typically given to members that have no other meeting role or guests who would like to volunteer.
Jeff McRaven–famous for challenging table topics–was the Topics Master.
Sheila Wilkinson responded to the question, “How long would you keep a friend if they talked to you like you speak to yourself?”
Julie Court pondered, “When you look back over the past month, what single moment stands out?”
Eric Goetz worked his way through the ethical dilemma, “Is stealing to feed a starving child wrong?”
We will now be meeting at the Lake Hallie Goodwill at 7:00 pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.
Secondly, we will be holding our Speech Contest at the first meeting in February. This speech contest will consist of the International and Table Topics categories.
The date of the contest is: February 2nd, 2017!