Recap of ETM Meeting of August 8, 2019
“The Power of Persistence” was the motivating theme chosen by our Toastmaster Cathy Yavorsky, (pictured right with ETM Secretary and tonight’s Presiding Officer Spencer Baylard). Each functionary briefly described how persistence had made a proud difference in career, family and other milestones of life.
Madison Orcutt, (pictured left), our first speaker, gave a highly motivating Ice Breaker speech on finding the good in people throughout the world. Madison’s speech came from the Presentation Mastery Path. Her vocal variety, gestures, descriptive details and general self-confidence are traits typically found in more seasoned speakers. For those reasons, she won the Best Speaker ribbon later in the meeting. Congrats to you, Madison!
Daria Yegorova gave our second speech, “When the Mentee Becomes the Mentor,” speech 7 from the Innovative Planning Path. Her career-focused true story, delivered with candor and sincerity, undoubtedly moved many people in the audience. Roxanne Cicarini gave our third speech of the evening, a five-part 10-14-minute speech from the Interpersonal Communication advanced manual. Entitled “How to Handle Criticism Effectively,,” part of the speech involved a 3-5 minute role-playing segment with Pat Rarus as a critical boss who is a stickler for grammar. Roxanne diffused the criticism beautifully even as the audience roared with laughter at the exaggerated antics. The role play was spontaneous rather than rehearsed. The speech took a little longer than required, likely because of comments from the audience.
John Lenihan evaluated with Madison’s speech, giving her high marks for her poise and self-confidence, especially for an Ice Breaker. Pat Rarus evaluated Daria’s talk, suggesting that more vocal variety be employed in the next speech. Finally, Kyra Oliver evaluated Roxanne’s speech and later won the Best Evaluator ribbon for her astute observations and helpful suggestions.
After our break, Robert Perry (pictured right) led the group in Table Topics. He asked participants to answer challenging election-like questions without being political. Robert’s creativity was evident as usual. Winning the Best Table Topics ribbon was second-time guest Gloriana Xia, who did amazing well under pressure.
Sean Kabo (pictured below) served as Timer. It was good to see him again after a long vacation to Alaska.
Four guests – two new and two returning – attended our meeting. All seemed to enjoy themselves and learn a lot as well. Please mark your calendars for our Sept. 5th anniversary celebration. Various current members will receive accolades and awards and former members will visit. This will be a great event so please attend if you can!