Mystery Toastmaster here, reporting on our zoom meeting on Wednesday 5 August.
Great to have a well-attended meeting in August when so many people are usually away. We had five wonderful guests.
It was great welcome Felicia from Milton Keynes Confident Speakers. She’s used to shorter lunchtime meetings there so she enjoyed something different with a longer meeting and its relaxed evening vibe. We always value constructive feedback from toastmasters who are members at clubs to learn how they do things differently and we were delighted she commended us on our friendliness.
So much learning for everyone in fact this evening with four very inspirational prepared speeches – we heard about Belbin leadership roles from Enroy, how we can use our environment to change us from Lynne, Rossana spoke about Leadership Lessons from JFK … Airport and Rose had us thinking about the use of negative feelings and gratitude.
It was a hugely entertaining time with Maria as “Toastmaster” (equivalent to chairperson) for the evening – she brings something very special to the role and revels in the opportunity to be a bit of a rebel and inject humour which we all enjoy.
Well done to Vice President Education, Oliver, for taking on so many roles at the meeting at the last minute which earned him the nickname “Batman” – not forgetting his “Robin”, Enrico who stepped into the role of Ah Counter with no notice.
Our Vice President Membership, Mike, had some great table topic questions to ask us based around Rishi Sunak giving 50% off, which three guests gave impromptu short speeches on. They had to talk about what they would do with 50% off and why in various scenarios.
Our guests took on these subjects with apparent ease and we had some great answers. These took us cooking with Nigella Lawson, travelling in a camper van and eating lots of ice cream – what’s not to love about that! Felicia was a worthy winner of our Table Topic of the evening winner – it really was as good as a prepared speech.
We heard exciting news that North Herts Speakers is going to be introduce guest speakers (who may or may not be Toastmasters) to future meetings – so watch this space for details in future.
Meantime, our next club meeting will be on Wednesday, 19 August 20 – come and join us.