May 23, 2012: Meeting Recap

posted Jul 29, 2012, 4:44 PM by Advanced Public Speakers Toastmasters Club   [ updated Oct 15, 2014, 2:34 PM ]

Fellow Toastmasters,

We had a packed room last Wednesday.  Another fruitful meeting unfolded under the dynamic leadership of our Toastmaster of the Day Jose Garcia. 

Jose masterfully introduced each speaker and meeting participant.  In the process he completed project #5 of specialty speeches (Introduce the Speaker).  Well done.

But wait there's more: Georgia completed her ACS at the meeting.  Congratulations.

On the speech menu this time:

  • Gouri told us a wonderful story about an old lady painter she met in Buenos Aires.  Apparently, Gouri is an under-cover Brazilian...  Intrigued?  Ask Gouri about it.
  • There is no shortage of awards in Toastmasters.  Ivana presented one to APS and concluded with a memorable mountain analogy.  If you missed it, talk to to her.
  • There's always room for improvement.  Georgia suggested 5 ways to make the APS club even stronger.  It looks like the next team of club officers has their work cut out for them already.
  • The word of the day was 'plethora' and presented by Pauline Edwards.  Thank you Pauline for choosing and selecting it among a plethora of other words.

Table topics challenged a few to think on their feet.  For instance:

  • Christine told us about what she thinks an "impact job" entails
  • Lois shared her thoughts about the place of testing in our educational system
  • Harry explained what the challenges and opportunities of our megacities are
  • Leila expanded on the role of apologies in our social relationships with others

Our general evaluator for the night, Todd McKinney, ran an effective meeting evaluation.  Our evaluators Harry, Christine, Brian, and Kimberly provided actionable improvement suggestions to our speakers, while pointing out what worked well in their respective speeches.

Finally, Leila and Jennifer watched the ahs-ums and tracked our time.  Thanks.

Our next meeting is on June 27.  Signup for meeting roles online, or drop me a note.

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Francois-Xavier Charpentier de Beauville
President, Advanced Public Speakers