Sunday, May 13, 2012

A look into a Winnipeg Toastmasters Class

It was another exciting meeting at UM Toastmasters this week.  The word of the day given by Matt was ‘procrastinate’ which is definitely a word I can describe myself for doing all the time.   

Our humourist for the day was Charith, and instead of the standard quick joke, he delivered a full on stand up act describing the woes of the English language at the airport.  “Why do they keep telling me to get on a plane when I would be much more comfortable in a plane, it is less windy there.”  Charith showed great observations into how funny and contradictory English can be at times when we speak.  

After many laughs, Bev provided the group with a very informative speech on how to use the stage we are given in the form of a timeline.  She described to us that we can move across a stage as a form of visual transitioning through the past, present and future and even demonstrated the impact it provides in a speech.  Even if we don’t have room to walk around, Bev told us a simple hand wave to the right side, in front or left side of us can also direct our focus and association to the past, present and future.   

After Bev’s speech was first timer Table Topics Master Trevi who did a great job in using the meeting theme of ‘watershed’ and asked the members of the meeting what we thought of public and private information.  

The meeting went by in a flash today but for good reasons.  Today was also the day we voted for our new executive.  A great round of congratulations and applause to our new executive team for the upcoming year!   

I myself truly enjoyed the role of Sergeant at Arms this year and had lots of fun trying to come up with new ways of opening and closing the meetings.  

A final shout out as well to our two newest members who joined today and last Wednesday, a warm welcome to our club from me to you. 

If you are interested dropping by and visiting our club, we meet Wednesdays from 12:05 – 12:55.  We have currently “moved house” for the summer to room 125 St. John’s in the University of Manitoba but please do drop by and see what our members are up to next week.

If you're in Winnipeg and interested in sitting in on a club meeting to see if Toastmasters is right for you , please feel free to contact Dianne Winser at, phone 204-256-7550.

Toastmasters – the proven way to grow your communication and leadership skills. 

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