Saturday, June 2, 2018

Jun 2, 2018 Toastmasters Meeting - Present a Proposal

Just before the club meeting today was the Officers' meeting. But since Renzo and I were a bit early, we talked about my style of delivering speeches over lunch. My sharing focused on how a prepared speaker may correctly time his speech by using the text of the script as his guide.

For today's meeting, those who attended were: (L-R front) Hans, Loise, Leah, Duchess, Ching, Nath, Dolly, Abby, Krissy, and Russell, (L-R back) Raul, Jeffrey, Ed, me, Mark, Lawrence, Neulfred (guest) and Renzo.

(photo credits: Dolly's Photographer)

Neulfred is a club-hopping member from El President Toastmasters club in Mandaluyong City.

Table Topic Switcheroo

The theme for today's meeting was "To whom much is given, much is expected". Duchess, as the Topicsmaster, handed out the theme's questions by attaching them as labels to her pasalubongs in a grab bag. Quite novel! Only 5 of the pasalubong items had real table topic questions in them.

I was one of those who drew a question and kept silent. All 4 recipients stood up to speak. Then Russell volunteered to take on a topic maybe not realizing that he didn't even draw a question.

So I slid, in a mild-mannered way of course, my question to him. Thus, I avoided taking on the topic. Needless to say, Russell - the champion that he is, still gave an outstanding Table Topic response! Way to go Russ!

Last Speech for Innovative Planning Level 3

Today, I delivered the last requirement for the Innovative Planning Level 3 of Pathways and that is the Present a Proposal speech. I've been ready with this speech since the May 19 regular meeting, but the club pared down the number of speakers to just 4 and so I wasn't able to deliver.

The idea for this proposal came from the realization that we no longer have time as a luxury in our club meetings. In the old venue, we had the place to ourselves from 2 pm onward. It's different at Gather because the owners are giving us a fixed rate for 2 hours. After 2 hours, they turn off the air-conditioning (at 4 pm).

In my speech, I mentioned of ways to shorten meetings. I even mentioned in a previous meeting last month where we had a guest, John from England, who said they didn't even have the Toastmasters Promise as well as an Invocation. No, they dive right in to the club meeting.

A photo-shoot session followed today's meeting. And that's... a wrap!