Speaking Tip: Open
Speakers: Laura, Christine, Grace
Table Topics: Mary Jo
General Evaluator: Open
Evaluators: Ron, Alyce, Lili
Word of the Day: Matt
Ah Counter: Fred
- In the speech, “A Great Business Course,” Wayne told the club about a class he recently took that provided entrepreneurs with guidance about starting a business. Wayne highlighted a few interesting items that he learned that will be helpful to him as he begins his own business venture.
- Holly’s speech, “Custom Tailored Change,” was inspired by the book “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing” by Bronnie Ware. In her speech, Holly shared those five regrets, and reminded all of us that life is short, we need to figure out what is really important to us and make changes necessary to focus on those things.
- Ron recounted his very first “almost” speaking engagement and his subsequent career in Toastmasters in “Cast of Thousands.” Ron was sure he was going to die if he had to speak in front of a group, and joined Toastmasters shortly after that, in 1996. Although he found Toastmasters incredibly uncomfortable for quite some time, and often thought about quitting, he persevered. Support from club members and practice enabled him to become the outstanding speaker and mentor that he is today.
- Best Table Topics went to Cindy for her comments about why it is pathetic that many people don’t use all the paid vacation time that they get from their employer.
- Kristina won the award for Best Evaluator for her evaluation of Ron’s speech.
- The award for Best Speaker went to Holly for her powerful speech about keeping your perspective in life and remembering what is really important at the end of the day.
Ron’s rooney was an issue that we all struggle with, opening those darned sealed plastic packages. They seem to be designed to make it as difficult, and potentially painful, as possible to open!