Meeting: 2014-06-03
Tue, June 10, 2014 at 19:15
Message Masters in Meeting report, Toastmasters

Toastmasters can be fattening. You heard it here first. Toastmasters can be fattening, if you precede a meeting with a curbside BBQ sausage with all the fixings. A few of us started turning this into a weekly treat, or what might more accurately be called an addiction. They sure are tasty!

Many organizations strive to implement Lean processes. Today, our timer reduced the timing process by 66.7% by getting lost in thought and displaying only the red card. That made for a few exciting moments for speakers. La-la-la-la-la RED!

Table Topics filled today's meeting.

Fedra started us off by responding to "People are usually terrified by..." public speaking she said. She described some of the common fear responses and concluded with the suggestion that Toastmasters can help.

As Craig walked to the lecturn to answer the question, "Who influenced you the most in your life?" Jill hinted, "Me!" Without skipping a beat, Craig began with "The person who influenced me the most in my life was... Jill!"  Craig is never one to back down from a challenge. He went on to describe, in varying shades of comedy and serious, how Jill's ever-present gratitude and enthusiasm affect him in a postive way.

Jill enthusiastically described her hero. No, it isn't Craig. It's her dog Waldo, which survived puppyhood as a wild dog in the Turks and Caicos.

Natasha accepted the challenge of describing Toastmasters 50 years from now. She suggested that we would see a situation like in the movie "WALL-E" where we would float in chairs with computers. We would have computer chips in our heads and would be able to process information at the speed of thought. [Editorial: As long as it's something more powerful than a ZX81, we should be good to go.]

Sylvain described some activities he did this week:

The topics are serious and silly. We take the exercise seriously in our oratorical gymnasium, but ourselves, not so seriously.

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