A Sunday Meeting
It was a special meeting in several ways.
- We met on Sunday afternoon, rather than the regular Wednesday evening
- We met at a member’s house
- Colin Hughes presented his Advanced Communication Workshop, completing his Advanced Communicator Gold Award
- It was a Speakathon – with 6 speeches delivered and evaluated
And it was a great meeting. Colin’s workshop on Leadership went very well. Glenis had prepared a specially adapted script for Colin which he delivered very effectively. David handled the display of Powerpoint presentation slides. The 12 participants, including 3 visitors, took an active part filling in their Workbooks and participating in the discussions.
The Workshop came from the Success Leadership Series, Developing Your Leadership Skills, Leadership Part II. It dealt with
- the characteristics of effective teams
- the establishment of a contract between the leader and team members
- the stages of team development
- Victor Vroom’s Expectancy Model of Motivation
- Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
- Creating and maintaining a positive environment
- Using rewards effectively
- Redirecting behaviour
Peter Law spoke on X-Ray, the first speech from the Speaking to Inform Manual. He outlined the original discovery by Roentgen in 1895 which revolutionised medical diagnosis, its early uses with many deaths resulting from radiation illnesses, through to sophisticated low dose treatments today. Peter confessed he had had numerous X Rays, and handed around a recent one when he fell off a ladder and broke his wrist. Heljo Cameron evaluated Peter’s speech.
Paul Reilly exhorted us to Go with your Heart, speech 3 from the Competent Communicator Manual. Paul compared the benefits of reason and emotion in making life changing decisions like buying a house or choosing partners, and came down strongly on the side of emotion as the best guide. He told us an entertaining story of how on impulse he bought a 47 foot 15 ton river boat and took it up the Swan and Canning River as far as the Riverton Bridge, passing by our meeting place on the way. He owned it for 10 years before other responsibilities took his attention. Robyn Richards evaluated Paul’s speech.
Joe Fry inspired us to Plan – then do it, speech 9 from the Competent Communicator Manual. Joe is delivering a 45 minute presentation to a major conference of mining company leaders in a week’s time. He gave some insights into how his company plans major projects and applied it to our situation in our lives and Toastmasters. Paul Reilly evaluated Joe’s speech which completes his Competent Communication award.
Robyn Richards read us The Highwayman, speech 2 from the Interpretive Reading Manual. She read the Alfred Noyes poem with drama, enthusiasm and passionate intensity. No wonder it is the most popular narrative poem in English. Glenis Nicholas evaluated Robyn’s speech.
Mark Richards and David Nicholas combined in a double bill from the Communicating on Television Manual with the title New Clubs in WA. Mark was the host presenter for Toastmasters TV (Project 3), interviewing new clubs expert David Nicholas (Project 2). As an additional highlight the interview was recorded on David’s iMac and will be available to members after some editing. Peter Law evaluated both projects.
Mark Richards was the Timer for the meeting.
Glenis Nicholas prepared the afternoon tea.
Overall, it was a very informative and very entertaining meeting.
Story by David Nicholas DTM
Webmaster & Toastmaster for the afternoon