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Public Speaking For All

August 24 2020

Meeting report

by Administrator

Good afternoon, Fellow Toastmasters!

Members present on Monday night were Harlon, Shankar, Antréa, Craig, Donna, Pamela, Julieanna, Laura, and Tammy. Those members not able to make the meeting last night were Michael, Justine, Mindy, Sean, and Rey.

Harlon began the meeting on time and our Toastmaster for the evening was Laura Sanchez.

Pamela, in her role as WAG, chose “ameliorate” as the Word of the Day. It means to make something (bad or unsatisfactory) better. Our General Evaluator of the night was Harlon, and Tammy performed the role of timer.

The first speech was given by Shankar. He gave a speech titled: The Daily Intention. When Shankar joined Toastmasters in 2012, he was worried about not being understood by the locals in Oxford, Ohio. That’s when he joined The Oxford Toastmasters Club. He quickly discovered that Table Topics were his favorite part of the meeting. It didn’t take long until he won the area table topics contest. These days he wants to perfect his appearance on screen, which is why he shared with us what plan he came up with to turn impromptu speaking into his second nature. His morning Daily Intention focuses on a different question each day and is great for his business exposure. His speech was 6 minutes and 16 seconds in duration.

Antréa spoke next about finding healthy ways to overcome negative thinking. She discussed three specific thought distortions that lead her to negative thoughts. One was something she called “should statements,” another was labeling, and the third was magnification. Her Zoom backgrounds exemplified the points she was making throughout her speech. Antréa spoke for 7 minutes and 3 seconds.

With the impending storms in the Gulf, a possible Fujiwhara (, Craig’s theme for Table Topics tonight was music that mentioned the weather and how the song he named resembled the speaker.

The first speaker, Harlon, was given REO Speedwagon’s Riding the Storm Out. Harlon protested that his song was really, Rock You Like a Hurricane. Then he stated that living in an entrepreneurial world is always like riding a storm out. (1:18)

Donna was next with the song Dreamer. She shared that she had a dream about a storm that actually came true with the storms coming and family arriving to her house fleeing the storms. (1:40)

Thunderstruck by AC/DC was Julieanna’s song. She said that she’s never heard the song in her life but that she does love a good storm. She talked about lightening striking outside her house once that left a crater and her vivid memory was of the blue light of the lightening. (1:30)

Shankar was given Blowing in the Wind by Bob Dillon. He said that listening to American music defined his childhood. What was curious is that since he didn’t listen to the lyrics, only the music, he still has to consciously think to listen to the meaning in songs. (2:12)

Tammy talked about Dust in the Wind by Kansas. This song reminds her of dust tornadoes swirling. This unusual time we all find ourselves in with so much going on has caused her to get caught up in the whirlwind of trying to deal with it all. (1:15)

Laura was given Harlon’s song of the night - Rock You Like a Hurricane, by Scorpion. She said she is also being buffeted by uncertainty and unpredictability. At that point in her speech, she was interrupted by her bird Ollie flying into her impromptu speech. It was a wonderful case in point of what she was talking about. (1:39)

Pamela hasn’t ever heard Rainy Days and Mondays by the Carpenters because she listens to soft Jazz and Country more than rock. Even though unfamiliar with the song, she was still able to make her time. (1:02)

Our last speaker was Antréa with a Jimi Hendrix song, The Wind Cries Mary. She said the topic was awesome because everyone knows who Jimi Hendrix is, but she had never heard the song, so she instead talked about a hurricane meme and how Texans prepare for them. (1:40)

In the general evaluation portion of the night, Harlon invited Donna to evaluated Shankar’s speech. She loved the title of the speech being the Daily Intention. The purpose of his speech was clear and concise. He had perfect gestures, and she would like to see the choppiness of his speech patterns to smooth out more. Sing to us, Shankar… 😊 (2:45)

Julieanna evaluated Antréa’s speech saying that she really excelled at changing the backgrounds to go along with the speech. Antréa challenged us and it was an interesting topic. It was engaging. She has done so much better with maintaining volume and looking more comfortable in her speech. She challenged Antréa to watch her eye movements as they can sometimes be distracting. (2:13)

Pamela shared that the word of the day was widely used throughout the meeting. Shankar used the word of the day 8 times. Way to go, Shankar!

Harlon evaluated the overall meeting. We started on time even though not everyone was there. All roles were filled when we started the meeting. We were on schedule and the Toastmaster moved us along.

The winner for best speech of the night was Shankar and there was a three way tie for best Table Topics between Shankar, Laura, and Julieanna.

On Monday, August 31st, we still need two meeting roles filled: Speaker 2 and Table Topics Master. Let’s fill up the roles for the next few weeks so that we situate the club members in a better position to prepare ourselves. Sign up for roles at this link:

Thanks again for an amazing meeting! Have a great week!

The link to the virtual meeting is here:


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Meeting update

by Administrator

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