As always Tuesday night afforded a small group of fun loving people a heck of a great evening! Tonight, was no different.
Our Toastmaster the evening JP kicked us off with his usual vim and verve. Leading us into the first speech of the evening by Jan.
Jan enlightened us to the many of the intricacies of selling your own home with her speech, ‘It’s more than just bread’.
Here are some of the benefits she helped us understand:
Telling the story – making sure that you are appealing to the right buyers.
Use natural light – natural light is softer and appeals to people more than false light.
Declutter and make it sparkle- if your place looks like a bomb site, it’s not going to appeal to many people.
Use Agents – To find a price for you.
Create a flyer and host open homes – people like to see before buying and having a flyer will help them remember once they’ve seen their 100th open home.
Negotiate – Jan shared some very handy tips here, some bordering on hypnosis.
Thanks so much for your words of wisdom Jan, I know everyone took something away from this one.
Our next speaker was Sam, who shared his speech ‘One summers day’.
In this speech we were introduced to the three types of rocks. Sedimentary, Metamorphic and Igneous.
Sedimentary rocks are formed from particles of sand, shells, pebbles, and other fragments of material. Together, all these particles are called sediment. Gradually, the sediment accumulates in layers and over a long period of time hardens into rock. Generally, sedimentary rock is fairly soft and may break apart or crumble easily. You can often see sand, pebbles, or stones in the rock, and it is usually the only type that contains fossils.
Examples of this rock type include conglomerate and limestone.
Metamorphic rocks are formed under the surface of the earth from the metamorphosis (change) that occurs due to intense heat and pressure (squeezing). The rocks that result from these processes often have ribbon-like layers and may have shiny crystals, formed by minerals growing slowly over time, on their surface.
Examples of this rock type include gneiss and marble.
Igneous rocks are formed when magma (molten rock deep within the earth) cools and hardens. Sometimes the magma cools inside the earth, and other times it erupts onto the surface from volcanoes (in this case, it is called lava). When lava cools very quickly, no crystals form and the rock looks shiny and glasslike. Sometimes gas bubbles are trapped in the rock during the cooling process, leaving tiny holes and spaces in the rock.
Examples of this rock type include basalt and obsidian.
After this speech I know we all feel that little bit smarter. Kind of like when you learn a new trick on your iPad keyboard or manage a new trick with that 90’s yoyo you have in your cupboard! Great work Sam, thanks for making us smarter.
To finish up we had a quick round of table topics, led by Ellie, who gave people a picture which she then asked speakers to share a memory the picture reminded them of.
First up was Tim. He had a picture that looked a little like this:
What it reminded him of was the coast, where road signs are shot to bits… over the next two minutes I was reminded of why I like living on the east coast. Thanks Tim for the stern warning about the west coast.
Next was Sergie with a picture like this:
This brought about memories about how Sergie used to collect toy guns as a child. When ever it was his birthday or an occasion arose where gifts would be given he would request a gun. He said this has now changed and gun are something he despises. Cheers Sergie.
Last up for the evening was Janet, who had a picture like this:
Janet let her mind run free on this one. We first heard about dead possums, then some how got on to Janet’s university life and how a popular game to play was called dead ants. Janet gave us an example by laying on the floor and flailing her limbs about. Very umm, descriptive Janet. However strange this journey through memory lane was, we were falling off our seats with laugher, thanks for the LOL Janet.
Thanks to everyone who came along this week. See you again soon.