We were back with a bang tonight with two great speeches, a neat round of table topics and lots of new faces!
Ellie began with a warm welcome and great overview of Toastmasters for our guests, before introducing JP our Toastmaster for the evening. JP had clearly been thinking over the summer break – thinking about goals, “decision-fatigue” and ways to “automate everything”, which he shared setting the tone for meeting which GE Dave B would later describe as “an evening that flourished”!
Maya was the evening’s Grammarian, introducing the word of the day ‘Entropy’ and putting forth the challenge to the evening’s speakers. “Only entropy comes easy”; Anton Chekhov.
The evening’s first speech was from Ade, doing speech four from the Entertaining Speaker manual. “The best laid plans of mice and men” opened in Scottish rhyme before Ade unrolled a hilarious narrative of Flower-power campervans, stalled engines and abandonment, miscommunication, teenagers, dogs and a mammoth road-trip to Kerikeri! Thanks for a truly entertaining speech Ade!
Kathy was next with speech nine from the Competent Communicator manual titled “Mincs”. “Common sense, who has it?” began Kathy, before she asserted that our society is ‘squeezing the common sense out of us’. Schools with trees, pregnancy guidelines, smacking, peanut allergies, slow drivers, fast drivers – “Enough is enough” said Kathy, “I think we need a minister for common sense”, introducing the acronym MINCS! This hilarious speech raised some rather concerning issues in a very clever way, the overall affect being very persuasive – completely in-line with the speech objectives. Congratulations on a great speech tonight Kathy!
Jennifer’s tabletopics were a brilliant challenge – to talk about your holiday for two minutes, including a random line which Jen had prepared earlier. Ellie kicked it off with “Suddenly it exploded” which she incredibly twisted into a story about repainting her house! Gary’s line was “In the distance I saw a castle”, which actually turned out to be a DOC hut with a particularly annoying tramper. Our guest Sam introduced himself before rolling into a story about a close encounter with an octopus in Karamea! Awesome! Congratulations to Lorna & Phil for standing up and introducing themselves also.
So great to see everyone back into it tonight and equally-as-great to have our seven guests along as well. See you all next time!