Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Meeting November 28th, 2012

Toastmaster: Colton

Cowabunga Dudes! This week's theme was to count our blessing. In an odd combination, our word of the day was any surfer slang.

Colton, the man in charge.

Tim brought us some really though provoking words on how God sees time and how it is very different than we as humans see time. The speech was intriguing and enlightening. Entitled "Out of Time," the speech was the How to Say It project from the Competent Communicator manual.

Tim really driving home a point to Robyne. 

Michael also told us about various communication levels and how each one of us could become the guy who could walk into a room and be the life of the party with everyone. Colton joined him a little role play - as a body building graphic artist - for a demonstration. This completed Michael's Conversing with Ease project in the Interpersonal Communications manual.

Michael cracks up Colton with one of his examples. 
In comically related news, table topics were interrupted when a truck drove by with a huge ad on it for a kung fu vampire. The truck was so bogus, the distraction of an entire side of the room caused the speaker to stop his speech and ask what was going on. We all got a good laugh.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Meeting November 14th, 2012

Toastmaster - Michael

This week, we were privileged to have a couple of guests at our meeting. Thanks to both Scott and Jason for stopping by to see Downtown Lubbock Toastmasters - the best Lubbock Toastmasters club, if I do say so myself. 

The theme for the meeting was "Peanuts." Andy said he was pretty sure it was the cartoon and not the legume. In that spirit, he brought along his son, who is an exceptionally savvy Peanuts fan. We didn't know it at the time, but Andy had another very special treat in store for us well. 

Robyne read a very rousing speech for her Interpretive Reading Manual. She did an excellent job bring the passion out of a speech from one of our country's founding fathers to convince our country's leaders to go to war with England to gain our independence. 

Robyne reading a speach for her Interpretive Reading Manual

Table topics was very interesting this week. Gary brought a bag of random items from his desk. Then he had members of the club choose an item from the bag and then give a Table Topic speech about the item. The speaker needed to show they were savvy about the item.

Gary and his bag of tricks.
Colten's item came from the inventor of the hair clip. Apparently, the inventor's daughter complained about her hair getting in her face far to many times. 

Andy spoke very briefly about how his item was a reminder of the upcoming Christmas season. 

Michael's item came from days gone past, where we did not know the earth was round and plumbing pipes were oval. His item from the bag was used to connect these oval pipes.

Michael talks about ancient plumbing parts. 
Our guest Jason also braved an item from the bag. His item was clearly a piece of one of Scott's failed experiments. Normally Scott's experiments go well, but this one went so awry that the part ended up on Gary's desk.

Finally all that was left was Andy's evaluation of Robyne's speech. In keeping with the theme of the day, Andy spoke like the teacher from the Peanuts during his evaluation. Once he had started some theme music on his phone, he only said "Wah wah woh wah wah." His evaluation was still helpful to Robyne because he held up signs to close caption what he was saying - complete with pictures from the cartoon.

Andy's evaluation. While contemplating for a moment, he holds up a sign with his thoughts.