Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Meetings

 There are many fantastic reasons why I am a member of Boaters Toastmasters, and having fun is high on that list! This meeting certainly delivered plenty of that in spades. What an entertaining meeting, full of humour as well as being educational.

Toastmaster Roydon’s theme was ‘Work’ and throughout the meeting he offered plenty of advice and anecdotes as to the joys and benefits of work. My favourite quote of the day on a definition of work …. “the physical and mental activity to get to where we are now”.

 Grammarian Danny treats everything as fun and extended Colin’s grammarian game idea to a form of noughts and crosses, with each team scoring for using the word, or derivations of, “spontaneous”. Needless to say, the result was a draw.

 Greg McGeorge’s project was Research your Topic, and this he had done most thoroughly. The serious start to his speech soon dissolved when he revealed his topic – Man Flu. His descriptions of pre-optic nucleus temperature receptors, man’s low level immune system (quoting from the very reputable Cosmopolitan), the attacks on those with the XY chromosomes, had us all very entertained. Great stuff.

 Rodney stepped up at the last moment to give a speech – an educational – on how Rodney puts a speech together. Very helpful tips, the key things to remember ‘word, topic, purpose’ and ‘head, heart, humour, heavy duty’. Keep these in mind and putting a speech together should be a piece of cake (gluten free of course).

 Third speaker was Steve Mydlowski who having earlier in the week said he couldn’t give a speech because he had nothing prepared, gave a warm and funny well structured speech about his Toastmaster life, and ably demonstrated that treating his speech presentation like a big table topic made it easy.

 Brett’s table topics covered various work themes – being the new PM, work risks, new boss, ably covered by all speakers, including Brett’s guests Bern and Elizabeth Snow.

 Introducers and evaluators all brought some humour to what they said, with Claire summing up a meeting that had brought much laughter and good feeling.

Sandra Smith

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