Recaps

The big un-wrap

The big un-wrap

That's it. That's a wrap for 2013. Tonight was the end of year round-up - a chance to have a bit of fun with our wider Toastmaster friends and family.
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Summer, Leadership and tea-towel undies

Summer, Leadership and tea-towel undies

And just like that it was December. The home-straight for the year. But tonight’s meeting couldn’t be further from a wind-down, with two incredible prepared speeches, a manic table topics session and who could forget Inka’s incredible caramel slice! With Chrissy in the Toastmaster driving seat we started off in warm-Chrissy-style, on time, to what … Summer, Leadership and tea-towel undies Read More » ...

Work-shopping

An evening of tips, tricks and traps – tonight’s workshop evening had something for everyone.  Running two concurrent tracks, we went from session to session, learning, discussing and taking notes along the way. Dave Y ran a practical mind-mapping session, showing by live example a neat way to plan and map out a full speech … Work-shopping Read More » ...

Parihaka & The Nod

From the powerful to the light-hearted, tonight’s session was engaging, fun & educational. Toastmaster Dave Brierly had punctuality in mind from the outset and with a concise introduction we were straight into Dave Young’s Bard, an account of one woman’s incredible experience and growth through Toastmasters. Tim started his new book tonight, speaking from The … Parihaka & The Nod Read More » ...

Engineering, new leaves & a ginger cat called chocky

The agenda was action-packed with three speeches, a 20 minute supper and a presentation to boot – and it was well worth every minute.  For those who haven’t heard, Dave Young took out the Toastmasters New Zealand Humorous Speech contest in the weekend.  Our Dave is the New Zealand Champion!  More details are on our … Engineering, new leaves & a ginger cat called chocky Read More » ...

Growing without notes, African icebreaking & Taiaha action

In the words of our general evaluator Dave Young, tonight was “professional, well presented and well prepared”. Well done all! It was a special occasion for Tim tonight, as he presented his final CC speech, “Growth”. Speaking on his own personal growth through Toastmasters Tim also achieved a new milestone, delivering the entire talk without … Growing without notes, African icebreaking & Taiaha action Read More » ...

Diwali MC & dreams around the dash

Toastmaster Rohit set us off tonight with a fantastic recount of what it was like to be MC for five thousand people at last weekend’s Diwali Festival. Well done Toastmaster Rohit! Tonight’s bard was from Marg, a great reading which uncovered some of the truths behind old wives tales. Marg showed us how a bard … Diwali MC & dreams around the dash Read More » ...

Desire of a real job with children

We shook things up a little with a chair-and-table approach to tonight’s meeting, lead by able-Toastmaster Scott. Inka warmed us up with an insightful reading on the mind and brain exercises, before Dave B introduced the word of the day Desire complete with a constable-grammarian persona. The audience of 15 was absolutely spoilt with two … Desire of a real job with children Read More » ...

Horsing around with football & gunpowder

A truely lively evening, with plenty of laughs, and as Jan pointed out in her evaluation, an almost reminiscent theme of our childhoods – explosions, childhood dreams, sports teams & flying beds. We had three blinding speeches tonight, all brilliant in their own right, for quite different reasons. Gary kicked us off with a magnificent … Horsing around with football & gunpowder Read More » ...
Illustrious bagology with knickers

Illustrious bagology with knickers

Tonight was an evening filled with evocative, beautiful language. Chrissy set the scene with her word of the day ‘illustrious’. Following on, Dave B delivered a bard rich with clever turns of phrase from a piece by Stephen Fry. The bard focused on language and helped seal the theme of language for the evening. Next … Illustrious bagology with knickers Read More » ...

Drug testing the NZ psyche

What an entertaining evening! But that’s what it’s all about – a good dose of fun and something to learn along the way. Congratulations to our speakers tonight, Scott & Rohit on two great presentations. Scott used toastmasters tonight as a test-run for a talk he will give on drug testing tomorrow at his work. … Drug testing the NZ psyche Read More » ...

Demonstrating health & safety with a white mouse

It was great to see so many people along to our demonstration meeting tonight. We deviated from the regular programme with M.C. Ellie giving our guests a friendly run-down on Toastmasters. Toastmaster Jan was next, setting a great positive tone for the meeting, introducing Grammarian Randal with his tongue-twisting word of the day ‘loquacious’. Tonight … Demonstrating health & safety with a white mouse Read More » ...

A supernatural omnishambles

An interesting & entertaining evening, headed up by Toastmaster Jonathan who kicked us off with a reflective & motivating reading from Marianne Williamson. Tim the Grammarian introduced the word of the day ‘omnishambles’, which only officially became a word last month. Randall took the floor next with some incredible tales of the supernatural in his … A supernatural omnishambles Read More » ...

Tenacious structure with email & upholstery

An all-round interesting, entertaining and educational evening. Toastmaster Rohit was captain of the ship and kicked us off introducing grammarian Ade with her word of the day “Tenacious”. Jan took the floor next with a captivating recount of her recent experience, renovating French furniture. Doing a fantastic job speaking without notes, Jan showed how simple … Tenacious structure with email & upholstery Read More » ...

Post-quake waves of fudge

It was a night of thoughtful and at times very moving speeches.  Some exceptional use of language – we clearly are a club of word-smiths. Tasha blew us away with her beautifully-crafted speech on post-quake Christchurch, capturing the mood, rebirth and even the language with this new city.  Then Scott took us on the search … Post-quake waves of fudge Read More » ...