Viewing entries posted in February 2014

February 24th Meeting

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The theme for the meeting was “the early bird gets the worm” and it seemed as though all Preston Persuaders attending the meeting were following the cue. Members were all early for the meeting and were suitably rewarded. Not only was it a wonderful meeting, each table was meticulously (WOTD) adorn with a cup of delicious gummy worms, thanks to the generosity of the Toastmaster for the meeting CC Stephanie M. Invocator TM Janak P. started off the meeting in a humorous vein by stating that when you are not an “early bird” you can miss out on a choice breakfast at hotels. In her remarks, Club President CC, CL Allison B. recalled her personal story of getting a significant reward by being the earliest on her first day of work.

In her Ice Breaker speech TM Carolyn K. spoke of how she used a very personal tragic event to conquer her fears. Championing the case for the mass introduction of electric cars, ACB Brian T. rhetorically reminded everyone on how dependant we all were on the automobile and how the auto bailout was a missed opportunity to move away from fossil fuels. In perhaps a first ever at Preston Persuader club, the Toastmaster Stephanie M. was also the final speaker of the evening. Stephanie completed the final project of the Competent Communication manual with a commanding delivery of a cause she felt right and finally accomplish it. Kudos to Stephanie on completing the CC manual and becoming a Competent Communicator. Table Topics Master TM Durai K. challenged all to recall how we have missed seizing opportunities in our lives and how we would do better the next time.

February 17th Meeting

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Meeting Recap

“Be my Valentine - every which way”, that seemed to echo through the meeting. First, TM Mike T., Toastmaster for the meeting, started the meeting stating how you can transcend your valentine experience from chocolates and flowers by describing his own personal valentine surprise event. Mike also shared a couple of very funny valentine quotes. Using a placard, TM Bahaman D. aptly described in his speech the five generations that make up the American social fabric and went on to elaborate the attributes of the Traditionalists Generation prior to the baby boomers. TM Larry D. in his speech on Relationships posed very interesting takes on food, beverages and relationships. Recalling on his personal experiences, Larry was able to convince all that relationships are really what makes us who we are. Finally, in her speech “why we compete” DTM Jyo P. redefined competition, which ultimately led her to encourage members to see the rewards of participating in the upcoming club speech contest. You could clearly see that Table Topics master ACS, ALS Ed M. was prepared for the theme of the meeting. Ed posed valentine related entertaining questions and the six ebullient(WOTD) participants equally excelled in their extemporaneous speeches. General Evaluator ACB Rick G. gave a unique yet valuable perspective on speech evaluation and how it helps to discover your “speaking” self. VP of Education, TM Mark R. deftly handled the duties of acting president for the meeting. VP of Membership, ACB Brian T. continued championing membership drive by introducing the newest club member Chris J. We extend a warm PPTM welcome to Chris.

February 10th Meeting

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CC Alex E. got the meeting started by invoking the quote “Home is where the Heart is” from the great Italian thinker Pliney. Club President CC, CL Allison B. in her remarks reminded all about the upcoming club speech contest on Mar 3rd. Continuing the new Back to Basics Tips, club VP of Education, TM Mark R. very succinctly described the role of the Invocator to include a brief inspirational thought for the meeting as well as not impinging on the Toastmaster’s topic. The Toastmaster for the meeting TM Wen K. used a map to demonstrate where and how your place of residence can be impacted by a nuclear accident. TM Durai K. in his speech “My Lemon” shared his very personal experience of first buying a new car and later a used car and connected the dots for the audience of the emotional roller coaster he went through. TM Mike T. recounted his family’s funny and rewarding experience of acquiring a canine pet that had to meet a host of requirements. He said his family is now enjoying the little “ball of furry”. CC Lisa S. detailed the process involved marketing an expensive product via a “cold call”. She then closed the sale by effectively using a member to role play a customer and addressing the customer needs. Table Topics Master, TM Melanie R. laid out an exciting topic of tall tales that got eager participants to let loose their imaginations. The topic and the participants together made up for a very humorous segment. General evaluator, DTM Jyo P., in yet another masterful demonstration of a PPTM role, provided an innocuous (WOTD), yet insightful evaluation of the evaluators.

February 3rd Meeting

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It’s the start of the second month of the new year and a timely theme of the meeting – Time Management. TM Stephanie M made a resounding start by invoking a Henry Thoreau quote - “As if you could kill time without injuring eternity”. The Toastmaster for the meeting ACG, ALS Hugh D spoke about the importance of time management in our daily lives. He cited the example of Super Bowl 16 , whence, the Cincinnati Bengals could not effectively manage the final minutes of the game and wound up losing to San Francisco. In his “Ice Breaker” speech TM Bahman D gave a very personal introduction of himself, making an impressive start of his TM journey. In her speech “Shaking In My Boots”, TM Susan B shared her literal shivering experience of her health scare. In his speech, TM Mark R weaved a remarkable tall tale of truth about toastmasters and had everyone riveted to the tale. Indeed, Mark administered (WOTD) a dose of laughter to everyone. The evening’s finale speech, "The 3 C’s of Life", was delivered by DTM Jyo P. In a poignant yet indomitable speech, Jyo spoke about how her own choice, per chance happenstance and finally her desire to change transformed her life. Table Topics Master CC Alex E made the impromptu speaking segment alluring by offering a reward. The General Evaluator CC Mickey B efficiently managed the evaluation segment, thus demonstrating his time management skills. The meeting came to a conclusion with the club recognizing TM Larry D as the Toastmaster of the month. Kudos to Larry!