Running out of a gritty version 2.0

“Grit.  It’s the fire in your belly that pushes you along” began CCTM President JP as he introduced the night with our new official Toastmasters agenda.

“Which night is it?” asked Toastmaster Ellie – “The best night of the week” we answered back.  And indeed it was.  Fun & laughs, learning and inspiration.  But the first task of the evening was to draw the winners of the Toastmasters New Zealand trip to the 2014 International Toastmasters Convention in Kuala Lumpur.


First up to the podium was Tim with his Technical Presentation ‘Version 2.0’.  This speech was a practise for a software launch event he would be giving in Australia next week.  Loaded to the hilt with geological jargon and software terminology, Tim got excited about his new software while spinning several 3D models of vein-hosted gold and copper porphyry models on the projector!  Tim’s speech might’ve been a ‘first-pass’ attempt tonight, but the feedback he got from the group will transform this into a blinding presentation next week.

David Knight gave the evening’s second speech titled ‘He is running out’, which he wrote on the whiteboard at the beginning.  Then in a neat twist, David added Atomic Number and Atomic Weight annotations to the word ‘He’, suddenly spinning this talk into a whole new dimension.  From here David built his argument for the preservation of helium.  “At the current rate we’re using it, all Helium on this planet will be depleted in 25 years”, he asserted.  Liquid helium is essential for MRI imaging and other devices in medical physics.  With 25% of the world’s consumption of helium being squandered on helium party balloons alone, “Do you want to be the one to tell your grandchildren that they can’t have MRI machines because we wasted all the helium on kids parties?”.  Incredible!


“We’re coming down to earth with a bang!” began Tabletopics Master Ade as she unveiled her challenge.  Talk starters was the game, and it was challenging!  Like Ellie’s one which began “William cried out in ecstasy when he found …” his toy dog under the bed.  Turns out William was a 3-year-old who was incredibly passionate about finding his dog!  David began “George burst into tears when …” BANG – the dog was dead.  Suddenly we could see where this evening’s topics were going!  Then “Cinthea cried out in pain as they lifted her out of the …” hole in the shingle in the riverbed?  “Cinthea was an only child”, continued JP, “she was a farm girl, and when her parents were out, she loved to climb trees and hide in holes down at the river”.  Ok.  Then Williams dog showed up, and before you could say BANG, Cinthea was in the hole with a broken leg.  “It’s a sad story, but it happens every day” concluded JP as the batten was handed to Dave B.  “Henry’s heart was racing 90 to the dozen as he knocked on the door …”  but which door and why?  Well first of all there was a strange dog, a cup of tea, then screaming.  Eventually Henry ended up a the river extracting Cinthea from the hole in the shingle.  But the real heart-racing came when Henry knocked on the door of Cinthea’s house to explain her broken leg to her parents.

An incredible marathon of tales!  Well done everyone!