Posted by on Aug 1, 2015 in Meetings

7:00 am on July 31st saw Speights Ale House packed to the gunnels for meeting #789

Our Toastmaster of the day Roydon Gibbs planned and ran the meeting with his usual efficiency and sincerity. The theme of the day was “Changes” – prompted by an air worm of the tune Changes by David Bowie. Roydon had so many thought provoking quotes interspersed throughout the meeting “To learn is to change” “Progress is impossible without change” to name a couple

Our Grammarian, Claire Ruru, challenged us with the word “vicissitude” then came back with a comprehensive and educational report on our vocabulary throughout the meeting

Ice Breaker speeches are always a highlight and this morning’s first speech by Angelique was no exception. Someone after my own heart who loves travel, food and oh no ……she lost me at the obsession with Dr Phil. Awesome getting to know our newer members each time they take the stage – well done on a well deserved Toastie award

Our second speaker was Nathan Najib who shared his views on motivation – deciding at a young age that a 9-5 job was not for him. Nathan’s motivation is to have money – but only so he can achieve his other goals like building a home for his parents and having and supporting his own family some day. Nathan also has his own charitable foundation so he can leave a legacy. Again we were treated to so many wonderful quotes but my favourite concept was that sometimes we do the things we need to do so one day we can do what we want to do.

Our third speaker Steve Thomas educated us on the Project Slip and addressed us as if we were his Project Management team who had issues that needed urgent attention – pointing out the problem areas while still getting the team on side. He gave us some useful tips in this presentation and handled the situation tactfully but persuasively

David Clarkson, our Table Topics Master, made the very most of the theme and all of the 7 TT speakers found the topics easy to speak to and we were entertained with humour and sincerity. Claire gave us her impassioned thoughts on results based education, Alan on being short-changed, Danny thought the flag change was a waste of money, Kevin remembered the dramatic changes wrought by the loss of his mother, David Cooper educated us on TVs, Helen McLeod wanted to make a difference to some of the families with mental illness that she encounters at work and our guest Dan deftly explained that he came to Toastmasters for personal development

Rachel Walton used a slightly different tack in the GE role and focussed on how we measured up in making Boaters a successful club – sure we all learned from this

Well done to all, including those who didn’t get to speak for just being there.

Toastmasters is the only personal reason I have for getting up at 5:30am.
Fantastic start to the day !!!

Deb McAlpine

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