As first-time Toastmaster tonight, Joel asked us to introduce ourselves by reminiscing about our favorite teacher. Ironically, most of us chose our English teachers and several shared how those favorite teachers led them to the careers they currently have. Mark encouraged us to create a Timeline of Gratitude looking back at those times in our lives – both positive and negative – that today we are thankful for. I’m thinking that would be great fodder for someone’s upcoming speech. Margaret shared two tips on effective evaluations: giving actual examples of how the speaker could improve and, remembering your evaluation is a performance not just for the speaker but for everyone in the audience. As our first speaker, Madhura treated us to an overview of Taoism including its origins in the 6th century BC by Lao Tzu and its main tenets. She dedicated her speech to Joe Sharp from whom she received a book on Taoism. Mary followed with her speech on why she has stayed in Toastmasters for “18 Years Plus”, the most important reason being to help others reap the benefits of Toastmasters through mentoring. Having experience and knowledge, a desire to help others grow and being an unconditional cheerleader are the three traits she finds most beneficial as a mentor and anyone finishing Level 1 in Pathways is ready for that opportunity. Speaking of which, we congratulate Madhura and heap “plaudits” on her completing Level 1 in Pathways, a culmination of four speeches. Way to go Madhura!
Mark outdid himself on Table Topics tonight with well-thought out questions including the seasons of life, sin, prayer and miracles. Even Shelly, our guest and now newest member, participated with how the Lord’s prayer directs her communication with God. We’re so glad you’re joining us Shelly!
“The unaffected loveliness of the commonplace..” -Oswald Chambers, quoted by Margaret in her Table Topic tonight.