Wednesday, August 23, 2017

High Spirits

Our August 22nd 2017 meeting was well attended and everyone seemed ignited in high spirits!
3 guests joined us, 2 speeches were given and an extra lengthy but enjoyable round table of introductions was shared by all.
Our Toastmaster for the evening Nandini Venkatesan offered those who were inspired by extra 'creativity' (word of the day) and found themselves sharing such wonderful stories during the round table introduction to develop out those stories further into a speech - great idea!
Our table topics winner was the friendly Marvin Henry who pictured here happily shows his prize statue.
Thanks to Rob Morris for brining in the statue that he said he 3D printed at home. Rob did a wonderful job sharing the back story on the Venus de Milo which he had learned about while visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.
Looking forward to more great meetings to come...

Monday, August 21, 2017

Learning about Vocal Variety

We had a fun meeting in a new temporary location next door while they are renovating the Nifty Fifties. Always good to shake things up a bit, speak in a new venue or location. See what comes up for us! This week both our speakers were focussing on Project #6 Vocal Variety. We learned about the Power of Pause, Rate of Speaking, and the importance of Tone.

Marvin was our enthusiastic Toastmaster spoke on the Theme of Festivals and Food and all the delicious foods he had at the Taste of Calgary. Mmm!  Ayanna gave an inspiring speech about the "The Powerful, Formidable, Terrifying Midnight Robber". This is a character in the Trinad Carnival who is a legendary storyteller using very descriptive language. She also challenged the members to embody the best vision of yourself you can imagine and keep working on your goals. Mona shared funny stories"Going Euro" of her trip to Europe and how she almost missed boarding the Eurostar. We leaned about making an impact by using luggage as a prop to get the audience's attention!

Great having two guests and our members recieved feedback from evaluators who helped them become better speakers. If you were not there, we missed you! Hope to see you this week!!