Report from Toastmaster meeting 11th January by Shelagh Jones
Our Toastmaster of the Day (and also our President), Jean Stewart, chose the very appropriate Theme of Goal Setting for the first meeting of the New Year.
Grammarian Alison Turner built on the Theme with “Determination” as her Word of the Day which was reasonably well used during the ensuing speeches.
Table Topics Master Sean Gordon created a clutch of questions centred on New Year Resolutions past, present and imagined which were, as always, taken up very enthusiastically and effectively. In fact, so effective were the speeches that for the first time “in living memory” there were equal votes for every participant – until the one person who had not voted completed their ballot and Stephanie Bisby was declared as Table Topics winner.
David Allen “broke his duck” as Table Topics Evaluator, acquitted himself well for a first attempt, and learned some valuable lessons for next time.
There was no vote for best Evaluator as David fell short of his allotted time and Alison was giving so much feedback as Grammarian that she ran way over her time. We certainly get plenty of opportunity to practice keeping to time at Toastmaster meetings!
The final part of the meeting was devoted to an informal “workshop” about ways to spread the word about Toastmasters in the area and bring more members to the club. Jean Stewart led the discussion and it was really helpful to have the input of all members present and, most importantly, a guest who was seeing the club from a different viewpoint.
There were some excellent suggestions which will be implemented over the second half of the Toastmasters year.
Those of us who are members know just how much there is to be gained from being involved with Doncaster Speakers. We really owe it to others to let them know too!
The meeting ended on a positive and upbeat note with everyone buzzing about what they themselves are going to do.
Next meeting is on 25th January at the Regent Hotel at 7pm and, as always, guests are welcome.