This month, we’re meeting two weeks in a row due to the Thanksgiving holiday coming up in the US next week, which coopts our normal meeting date. We started off the meeting with a review of the individual roles: Timer, speech evaluators, ah counter, (the person who looks out for crutch and filler words used by the other Toastmasters), and the grammarian, me. I get to look out for misuses of the english language. I admit that this can be one of my favorite tasks, especially when it comes to Denise, because I love to pick on her for her southernisms. But I promise, I’ll try not to exhibit any triumphalism in doing it. Triumphalism is our word of the day today, and I got to pick it. I need to get some sort of dictionary app for my iPad though, so I can look up words on the go, like when situations like this come up.

Once the meeting got started, we heard a rousing speech from our division governor, who spoke about the goals she has for our clubs, and how she would love for us all to be excited about what we do for Toastmasters. Next, we heard from one of our toastmasters who has an incredible talent for telling the best stories. He shared a Puerto Rican folktale with us, and he also shared truffles, which means he automatically gets my vote for best speech, because there was good food involved, and I love food. πŸ˜› After this, we heard a speech on the procedures we follow each meeting. This was in response to an educational talk our division governor gave us last week at the end of that meeting. Since this speech was no longer story time, I think it faced a bit of a disadvantage. But that’s just my humble opinion.

After the speeches we voted, and then went on to table topics, which are a set of speeches designed to flex our impromptu skills. Since today was hat day for our club, the first prompt had to do with why people chose the hats they did. I wore my normal head covering. Next e voted on the table topic speeches. Then we got the timer’s report from Denise, during which we took the opportunity to pick on our division governor. Our group tends to be pretty laid-back, so we manage to get in all the stuff we need to for the meeting while still having fun. Next we heard the speech evaluations, which are always a great time to receive feedback when you’re speaking. I didn’t realize how important these were until I gave my first speech last week, and the feedback I received during my evaluation was extremely valuable and I’m looking for ward to speaking again becasue of it.

I think our meeting went exceptionally well tonight. Things seemed to flow natually and everybody was on their game. I’m looking forward to future meetings going this well. I probably won’t liveblog each meeting, but there were a few people on Twitter who expressed some interest in Toastmasters, and I thought that an example of how a meeting can run would be a nice sneak-peak in to what Toastmasters is, and that hopefully some of those who expressed interest will consider joining with some aid from this account.

Until next time.

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