Toastmaster: Sander Huijsen
“Oh, what I night,” is how I can best describe tonight’s meeting of Maylands Toastmasters. This could also have been one of the answers to the question asked by John Lehane during the warm-up: “what’s your favourite song?” It made for an excellent warm up, and it was great to learn about other people’s musical tastes.
We had one visitor tonight named Chris. This was his second time visiting Maylands and is becoming more comfortable with us with each visit. We welcomed Thomas French as our newest member, and he delivered a very powerful and clear ice breaker speech. It was evaluated by John Lehane.
As first-time Toastmaster, it took me a while to get my bearings, but I had a lot of fun doing it after all. The theme was “What if I am the one.” Not the easiest of themes to work with, but I commend everyone who managed to incorporate it into their items.
Kudos to AJ Murthy, who was scheduled as a reserve speaker and stepped up to deliver his second speech which was evaluated by Ann Cullen. Expertly done, especially on such short notice. The value of the reserve list was proved tonight, with a couple of speakers apologising. Nikki Davenport delivered her second speech, which was also received very well and that was evaluated by our president Matt Griggs.
The word of the day, as presented by Grammarian Rachel Huynh, was “happenstance”. What a beautiful word, one we don’t hear everyday.
The table topics tonight were presented by Inna Rozhnatovska, who was very encouraging. Her questions were clear, and sometimes a bit challenging. Nevertheless, I commend everyone involved in the table topics for their participation. It’s never easy being put on the spot to deliver an impromptu speech!
Barbara Harrison reported the Umms & Errs. According to her counts, everyone did extremely well. She explained that it is better to simply pause than to revert to Umms and Errs. It is a bad habit that is difficult to break.
At the end of the night, we got our timing report by Wendy Lim and AJ Murthy, concise and to the point. Paul Lim provided feedback to everyone who hadn’t been evaluated yet, and the night was closed by our president.