Posted by on Aug 22, 2015 in Meetings

Dr. Rodney Ford cheered our early-risers on today with the theme for Meeting #792 ‘Happiness’. Short on volume (but by no means quality), an unusually subdued presentation from Roydon Gibbs was nicely balanced by Grammarian Emma Hayes who introduced the word of the day “Cacophony” – used effectively by several speakers.

Notable performances this morning included the three Speech Introductions from Helen Dorothy McLeod, John MacVicar, and Garry Musson – all three presenting “mini-speeches”, weaving humour and personal stories with details of speech objectives and project information, and (from my personal view) creating a positive environment for the Speaker.

Our three speeches this morning were Inspirational, Humorous, and Educational. Achieving his Competent Communicator Award this morning, Steve Thomas delivered a rousing speech to inspire everyone to achieve their goals – no matter the barriers. As a role-model, Steve presented a lofty example: climbing to Everest Base Camp in the wake of rebel unrest, sans ‘Hot Robin’, risking discord and disarray in the workplace during his absence. The Boaters audience were riveted throughout and no doubt keen to hear more of Steve’s adventures. Especially Evaluator Nathan, who is keen to head back with Steve and “knock the b*** off” (as the saying goes).
Take 2 of the Humorous Speech from Esther Newman in preparation for the Area Speech Contest on the 15th September 2015.
Biochemist Bee Bathish delivered a boutique speech crafted especially for Boaters on the benefits of Vitamin-C for overall vitality and well-being (not to mention avoiding scurvy). Delightful one-liners and exquisite visuals kept the presentation on target – ensuring the audience were not bamboozled by jargon, skeletal formula, or miscellaneous facts. Eat your broccoli, raw.

Toastie winner Kim Carter delivered a challenging and entertaining take on TableTopics – particularly with the TableTopics Contest just around the corner. A fantastic response from all involved, particularly Sandra Smith taking on “How do you lift someone from deep depression into a state of happiness” (Give them a free trip to Corsica!) and Mark Glanville revealing his inner hunter in “what personality traits make you happy?”

Thank you Rodney, I will be humming “Always look on the Bright Side of Life” for the next three days (at least). What a way to start the weekend!

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