Meeting Recap: April 9, 2015 (April Showers Bring May Flowers)

posted Jun 1, 2015, 9:43 AM by Advanced Public Speakers Toastmasters Club   [ updated Jul 19, 2015, 11:35 AM ]

Dear APS Members and Guests,

“There will be growth in the spring” proclaimed “Chance” - the gardener, and the clueless anti-hero in the novel/movie “Being There.” Growth is never by chance in the fertile soil of APS where the theme “April Showers Bring May Flowers” was brought to us by Toastmaster of the Day Eloise Johnny. Featured were preparations for speech contests, a European journey and community outreach. The meeting was vivified by Barbara Stallworth, a guest who also served as General Evaluator. “Vivify”was the Word of the Day. 

 “Community 2.0” is the entrepreneurial outreach program envisioned by Steve Brady. Why not organize a program where tech savvy young students gain teaching skills by helping older citizens in need of that same knowledge? Speech evaluator Harry Aneziris praised the innovative idea but wanted Steve to be mindful of repeated words and sentences.

Georgia Jones discussed preparations for her upcoming 500 mile European walking journey in “Camino Frances: Preparation and Practice.” Information gathering, ensuring personal/digital security and building endurance by walking the Brooklyn Bridge in the dead of winter were just a few of the preparations mentioned. Eloise Johnny loved the topic, but suggested that some vocal variation and a more powerful opening were needed.

“Just One Thing” is the current contest speech by Todd McKinney. Todd reminds the listeners that doing the one thing you love the most is the best way to make a difference, even if it takes a long time to find that one thing. Brian Robinson liked the stories and dialogue, but wanted even more audience focus and a deeper emotional connection.

Table Topics Master Kumar Kanumilli offered questions about personal growth and the possibility of a “mulligan” in your life (a do over, or an extra free chance.)Barbara Stallworth said her mulligan might be to become a professional tango dancer, but Zak Niazi feels he has learned from his mistakes and therefore would not do anything over. Brian Robinson believes that setting priorities is the key to improving time management, while Steve Brady said that being aware of your mental state is paramount in avoiding impulse eating and living a more healthy life.

The General Evaluation segment conducted by Barbara Stallworth featured Round Robin as well as conventional evaluations. Evaluation contestants Harry Aneziris andBrian Robinson were reminded of the importance of clear evaluation structure. Including a closing evaluation summary and the possibility of opening with or using quotations by famous people was also discussed.

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Todd McKinney
VP Education, Advanced Public Speakers