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Take a Stand for Your Health

I gave my third speech in Toastmasters this past Monday. I discussed the benefits of switching to a standing desk, and the positive benefits I have noticed since making the switch.

The transcript of my speech can be found here.

I decided to take video of this speech because I am wanting to see what others see during my speech. I certainly see a couple things to work on for next time, but that’s part of the fun of Toastmasters.

Toastmasters April 29th, 2013

This was certainly an interesting meeting. Because of outside circumstances, several roles had to be filled on the spot at the meeting. Luckily for us, Susan is very good at delegating and at filling needed roles. Despite the lack of people, the meeting still went smoothly.

The meeting started promptly on time, which was rather humorous. By the time Ann brought the gavel down, Susan began to notice the missing pieces for the evening. Susan gathered herself and took charge or the meeting. Susan was initially going to play the role of the Toastmaster, but delegated that responsibility to Tammy.

It was Tammy’s first time being a Toastmaster, and I feel she did an excellent job. She handled the situation like a true professional. Tammy called on our humorist for the evening, Ann to bring a little humor to the evening.

Ann told a joke about a man who was bidding on an exotic parrot at an auction. All the man cared about was winning the bird. The bidding went back and forth, but eventually he won the prized parrot. When the man went over to pay, he said to the auctioneer, “I hope the parrot can talk.” The auctioneer nodded his head approvingly and said, “Of course he can talk. Who do you think was bidding against you?”

Susan played the role of word master this evening. She chose the word, “laconic,” which means brief or terse. I believe Tammy made the joke that, “tonight’s meeting is going to be rather laconic.” Susan was also the grammarian. Dr. Lu was the Ah-Counter. Ann was the timer / ballot counter. Susan, taking on yet another role, was the General Evaluator.

The first speaker of the evening was David. David was giving a speech to a PTA meeting on Monday (5-6-13) and was using Toastmasters as a way of practicing his speech. David gave his speech about his company Legal Shield. The first thing that struck me about David’s speech was the inclusion of props. He had cardboard cutouts, and everyone in the room received a pamphlet. That certainly showed that he was on the right track for giving the real speech the following Monday. David emphasized the experience the members of his company have by stating they employee experienced lawyers and past judges. He gave examples of how he relied on Legal Shield for help in his own life.

The second speaker was Mark. Mark spoke about the 7 deadly sins. I was busy writing my evaluation of David’s speech, so I wasn’t able to fully pay attention to Mark’s speech. From what I briefly picked up on, I enjoyed the imagery painted by Mark. He took us on a journey through the 7 layers of Dante’s Mountain. I caught the end when he said, “and when we have rid our backs of all the monkeys, we can spread our wings to the heavens and say, ‘free at last! free at last!’” I asked Susan for her notes on Mark’s speech, so I could include them in his email. Here is what Susan had to say,

“Mark speech was called 7 deadly sins. He gave a laconic historical introduction to the 7 deadly sins. Mark had a laconic example for each sin and an antidote. he talked about the 7 deadly sins pyramid and provided the virtue for each. Starting from the bottom, Pride vs Humility, Envy vs Kindness, Wrath vs Forgiveness, Sloth vs Diligence, Greed vs Charity, Gluttony vs Temperance and Lust vs Chastity. You ought to have been present in our meeting to hear the whole story, he concluded his speech stating that the sins keeps us in chains and if we acquire the virtues mentioned [humility, kindness, forgiveness, diligence, charity, self-restraint and purity] we will be free, free to fly.”

If my memory serves me correctly, I believe Tammy conducted the Table Topics portion of the meeting. The first question went to Dr. Lu. Lu was asked, “if failure was not an option, what would you do?” I thought Dr. Lu’s response to this question was perfect. Dr. Lu said, “failure is inevitable.” The most important thing is how you learn from failure. Those are important words that we all can stand to remember from time to time.

The next question went David’s way. David was asked, “if you could change one thing about your past, what would you change and what difference would it make?” David’s response centered around the idea that he would learn from his past mistakes.

Martin was asked what he would do with $1 million? Martin immediately said he would give 10% to the church. He would share some of the money with his family, and he would have to pray about what to do with the rest of the money. He did allude to the fact he would probably be riding around in a nicer vehicle though.

The final Table Topics question was fielded by Ann. She was asked to talk about the one person who made the most difference in her life. She expanded on the prompt and included her parents and her brother. Ann’s mom was a teacher, and her father was very kind and gentle, even when Ann would get in trouble.

I gave my evaluation of David’s speech once Table Topics was finished. I enjoyed David’s speech. I feel the props he brought were a nice addition. I suggested he try to connect with the audience a little more by coming up with more scenarios in which Legal Shield was helpful to parents. I didn’t pick up on the use of any transitions in his speech, but all in all I think David did a good job, and I hope his speech to the PTA went well.

Hyacinthe evaluated Mark’s speech. Hyacinthe enjoyed the opening of Mark’s speech. For each of the points (7 deadly sins), Mark had an anecdote. Hyacinthe seemed to enjoyed Mark’s conclusion with the imagery of climbing to the top of the mountain having shed all of the monkeys. Hyacinthe did feel Mark could use more body language, and could move around a little more to get out from behind the podium.

All of the helpers gave their respective reports. I think my favorite report came from Dr. Lu. I had 4 ah’s and a couple ‘choo choo choos.’ At first I had no idea what he was talking about, but talking with Hyacinthe I understood what he was talking about. I mentioned to a couple people at work, and they had noticed me doing it at work. If I gained anything from Toastmasters it is an awareness that apparently I make train noises from time to time.

Mark was awarded the best speaker of the night. Ann was the best Table Topics speaker, and Hyacinthe was the evening’s best evaluator. The meeting ended once the agenda was set for the following week.

Toastmasters – April 22nd, 2013

The room was bustling with small talk before Ann called the meeting to order with the smack of her gavel. She led us in the invocation and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance. This was all pretty standard from what I’ve seen during my time in Toastmasters. The rest of the evening, however, was not so standard.

On this particular evening, new members were formally inducted. Hyacinthe led this portion of the meeting. He read from the official Toastmasters New Member Induction Ceremony document, which can be found here. All of the new members, myself included, lined-up along the front of the room as Hyacinthe read the document. Once he was finished, we each received a pin from Susan that we are to wear to each meeting. The new inductees grouped together for a few photographs, and the ceremony was finished.

Since this was a special evening, there were no speakers. Ann led a 30 minute session of Table Topics. This was no ordinary Table Topics session though. Ann would ask a single question, and there would be two responses from randomly chosen participants. One person would take a positive stance to the question, and the other would take a negative stance. This led to some interesting responses.

Statement 1: If you could fix dinner for a special person, who would it be and what would you make?

Brian: I said I would fix dinner for my girlfriend, Tiffany. She lives in Washington D.C., and I don’t get to see her often. I would prepare a meal of Dungeness Crab, kale, zucchini, and tea.

Nam: Nam said he would cook for his wife. He said he wasn’t the greatest cook, but “I can fry up some eggs.” For dessert, he and his wife would enjoy ice cream that he would have picked up from Braum’s.

His response wasn’t the negative of mine, but I will say that he had the trickiest question of the night to take the negative of. I probably would have done the same.

Statement 2: Dogs are definitely smarter than cats.

Lu: He felt dogs are definitely smarter than cats because they protect your family. Cats stay out of sight and keep their distance. Dr. Lu did a great impression of the sound a dog makes when you pet it, but I don’t think I can fully express that through writing. You just had to be there to fully appreciate it!

Martin: He felt that cats are much smarter than dogs, specifically large cats. He mentioned cheetahs and how intelligent they are when they hunt.

Statement 3: Everyone should own a gun and the world would be a safer place.

There were a couple of memorable quotes dished out in this epic dual.

David: “Peace is the way, and let me tell yah, I’ve got a piece.” “Everyone should carry nuclear bombs.” I may have to slightly disagree with David on how everyone having nukes would affect world peace…just slightly.

Stan: Stan felt that the path to world peace is not paved with all of humanity owning guns. According to Stan, world peace could be achieved if everyone carried a knife. Stan pointed out that Susan could stand to carry two knives. You would think everyone carrying knives would have in impact on fashion, but not according to Stan. A knife could be wielded fashionably by using a, “leather sheath.” Stan ended his razor-sharp response with a fist bang on the podium followed by the word, “knives.”

Statement 4: Technology has greatly improved our life in so many ways.

Mark: He felt technology has certainly improved our lives. 100 years ago we didn’t have central heat and air. Technological advances in medicine have improved our lives. Mark brought up the printing press and how revolutionary it was. The thought of Stephen King penning his own books shows how much technology has impacted society.

Mike: Taking the negative view, Mike talked about how technology has ruined everyone. There is no more privacy. Information can now travel the world instantly, which is both a blessing and a curse. For the person that doesn’t want to hear about all of the evils in the world, technology brings about harm.

Statement 5: What is your favorite comic strip?

Henry: Henry had a tough time coming up with a favorite comic strip. He would have been a solid choice for the negative version of this question, but I thought the way he ended his speech was perfect. After a minute or two, he just simply said, “uhhh, I hate comics.”

April: Taking the opposite view, April didn’t have a favorite comic strip because of the lack of comic strips she has been exposed to in her life. She was right when she said they aren’t as prevalent nowadays. I think I would have gone with Spider-Man or the X-Men and just hoped that counted.

Statement 6: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

Tammy: I think Tammy has thought about this question before because she had numerous locations she would go. She would travel to Paris, this time without the company of her teenage daughter. She would like to go to Germany and see King Ludwig’s Castle. Looking at the picture I can see why she would want to do that.

Nam: Nam got a second chance to take the negative point on a question. Instead of traveling to Paris or Germany, Nam would rather sit on the couch and watch Thunder basketball. He wouldn’t have to deal with the hassles and headaches of traveling. Everything he needs is right here in central Oklahoma!

That concluded the Table Topics portion of the meeting. The Toastmaster, Susan, called on the reports from the helpers for the night’s meeting. Mark was the only speaker who didn’t utter an “ah.” April, the grammarian, informed me that it is incorrect to conclude a speech with, “and…yeah.” I clearly can see that’s not the thing to do, but when I’m up giving an impromptu speech, that’s about as good of an ending as I’m capable of producing right now. That’s the reason I’m in Toastmasters thought. Gradually, I will become more comfortable with the impromptu speeches.

We had a couple of guests for the evening on this night. Charles had nothing but nice things to say about his experience with the group. I was happy to see Bonnie back again. The meeting ended with Susan making remarks as the president of the group. Susan encouraged us to strive to see the yellow card when speaking. Many of us, myself included, bail out as soon as that precious green card is lifted. Assignments were made for next week, and the meeting adjourned. I believe we are going to have three speakers on Monday, so that will be an action packed meeting!

Toastmasters – April 8th, 2013

As usual, Ann started the meeting on time. Ann called on Mark to lead us in the invocation for the evening. Mark chose to recite the Lord’s Prayer, and was joined by other members of the group. Ann lead us in the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance. Susan was called to the podium to welcome our guests for the evening, which if my memory serves me right, we had two guests. The club business mentioned by Susan mostly revolved around how awesome some of our members have performed in the area contests.

The Toastmaster for the evening was Stan. As we all know, there are many moving pieces to a Toastmasters’ meeting. There are several roles that must be filled in order for the evening to go smoothly. Stan introduced each of the helpers and invited each to give a brief description of the job he or she would be performing for the evening.

David, in addition to giving his Ice Breaker, volunteered to bring a bit of humor to the group. David’s story involved a child in a small swimming pool. The child’s father was watching the strange behavior of the child, as the child stomped around the wading pool. Eventually, the child became fed up with the water in the pool and he began to scoop out the water. The curious father eventually approached the child and asked why he was scooping out the water. The child, apparently having recently heard the tale of Jesus walking on water, was upset because, “the water wasn’t working correctly.”

The word of the evening was chosen by Mark. Mark chose “faze” as the word that each of us should try to incorporate into our speeches for the evening. Ann filled in as the Grammarian and Ah-Counter. I played the role of the Timer/Ballot Counter, and our General Evaluator was Ann. Big evening for Ann, she wore many hats at this meeting!

Our first speaker was April. April was giving her third speech, which according to the Competent Communication manual centers around, “getting to the point.” April chose to speak about Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. I have read this book, myself, and I must say it was an excellent choice for a speech. April chose several themes from the book that spoke to her most. April learned how to be interesting to other people, which ironically, is to become interesting in the other person. She was able to apply this principle during a recent business meeting, in which a single question filled an hour’s worth of time. April learned how to see the best in other people. Accepting that not every argument can be won was another life-principle April picked up from Mr. Carnegie’s book. The final principle April learned, is very important. There is no greater sound to a person’s ears than the sound of their own name. April learned to use people’s names when speaking with them; this makes them feel important.

Following April’s speech, was Dr. Lu, who gave us a glimpse into his life by giving his first speech: Ice Breaker. It was very evident from Dr. Lu’s speech that he is a very dynamic person. He seems to have many different interests. He told us about the proper pronunciation of his name. It is difficult to get his name legally changed to better represent the proper pronunciation, so he has stuck with his current name. Dr. Lu was born in China, and came to the U.S. for medical research. This choice of profession did not sit well with his wife and parents, and eventually he became a research psychiatrist. Dr. Lu has been married for 16 years. Dr. Lu has aspirations of being a better follower of Christ. He has many hobbies including stamp and coin collection. He concluded his speech with a singular phrase he feels best describes him, “a man without a focus.”

Our final speaker of the evening was David. David was also giving his ice breaker speech. The first thing I noticed about David was how positive he was. He joined the Michigan and Indiana National Guard. He told the recruiter to send him south, so that’s how he came to be a “nut from Ohio,” living in Oklahoma. David attended college in Chickasha, Oklahoma. He was invited to a Kenyan wedding, where he met Susan and his future wife, who rendered him, “speechless.” It seemed David’s main reason for joining Toastmasters was the become a better communicator. He felt this would not only help him in his marriage, but also in his business. David served as a medic during his time in the military, so he has a passion for helping others. He ended his speech by telling us about an event taking place at the Cox Convention Center this Saturday and public speakers are needed.

Christie led the Table Topics portion of the meeting. She had recently returned from a trip to the always water-logged Seattle. Knowing this information, it is no shock that her questions centered around the theme of water. Michael was asked to share his favorite setting involving water. Michael loves wake boarding, and has desires to go surfing some day. Hunter shared his favorite water activity. He likes to go kneeboarding, but told Michael he has yet to try wake boarding. Hunter loves to go swimming, and likes to try to touch the bottom, as long as the pressure in his ears allow. I have, “dolphin with lasers,” written down in my notes. I can’t recall the context in which this was used, but I know I got a chuckle out of it. The final speaker for Table Topics was a guest. Neen was asked if she has ever been successful in planting a garden. She felt she was a, “pretty lousy gardner.” She went on to say the, “majority of the plants in her house die.” I applaud her honesty; if I were asked the same question, my responses would have been very similar.

The detail of my notes trailed off at this point because I had to focus on counting the ballots, so I don’t have much information about the three evaluations.

The best speaker of the night was April. Hunter was voted the best Table Topics speaker. I was happy to see Michael win Most Improved Table Topics speakers; even in just the few meetings he has been coming, I can see him becoming more comfortable. Alexis was considered to be the best evaluator of the evening.

I don’t have much in the way of notes on Ann’s thoughts on the flow of the meeting. I’ll try to jot a few more things down during the General Evaluator’s portion of the meeting next time. Roles were set up for next meeting, and the meeting adjourned. I look forward to seeing you all next week. I need to start working on my speech!

Toastmasters – 3/25/13

Our Sergeant at Arms, Ann, started the meeting on time. After April led us in the Invocation and Pledge, the club’s president, Susan was called to the podium. As part of Susan’s run through club business, she mentioned Stan and Ann received recognition at the Area 02 contest that took place over the weekend. Stan presented the best Table Topics speech at the contest, and Ann gave the best speech. Congratulations to the both of them for their accomplishments.

Ann started off her duties as Toastmaster, by introducing the various contributors for the evening. Tammy was the Poet/Humorist, and she read a poem about Easter, which I believe was chosen by Ann. I played the part of the Word Master and Grammarian/Ah Counter. Nam was in charge of monitoring the time everyone spoke, and Hyacinthe was the general evaluator.

There was only one speaker for this particular meeting. Mark was giving his first speech, the Ice Breaker. Mark did a great job taking us on a journey through his life. I can’t speak for everyone, but he did a great job of instilling emotion in me with his speech. From an emotional standpoint, his speech had its highs and its lows. I personally enjoyed how Mark ended his speech. All of the different experiences Mark has encountered in his life has brought him a singular calling: make crosses and give them to people. He has been doing this for 7 years and estimates he has given away one-thousand of his hand-made crosses. His reason for joining Toastmasters was not because he wants to be a better public speaker. He spends many nights at the church doing Bible study and Knights of Columbus. He simply loves the church.

Toby was the Table Topics Master, and brought a very fun twist to the Table Topics portion of the meeting. Instead of just asking a series of questions, Toby decided to mimic the game Balderdash. Toby would go from person to person and ask them to give the definition of a specific phobia. The twist was if the person did not know the definition of the word, they would have to make one up on the spot. Since we only had one speaker, we had more time for Table Topics, and I must say it was pretty fun.

Bud was the first person to face Toby’s gauntlet of phobias. Bud was given the word, glossophobia, which is the fear of public speaking. Bud, from my memory, did not give a definition of the word glossophobia, but he was entertaining none the less. Bud gave his entire response with his daughter draped around his neck. He made mentions of how he was starting to get involved in politics, mostly to benefit his two young children, and how Toastmasters has helped him along the way.

Kyle was the next person Toby picked out of the crowd. Kyle was given the word, nomophobia, which is the fear of being out of contact with a mobile phone. Kyle did not know this definition, so he launched into a talk about how nomophobia was the fear of all things relating to water. I felt he was bluffing because at one meeting Kyle spoke about how much he enjoyed wake boarding.

Fresh off his victory in Table Topics at the Area 02 contest, Stan was given the challenge of providing a definition for oikophobia. Oikophobia is the fear of home surroundings, but Stan cleverly said that “oik” was Latin for “pig.” Therefore, Stan confidently concluded, oikophobia was simply the fear of pigs. Oikophobia, according to Stan, is closely related to similar phobias, cat-aphobia and canine-aphobia. One way to over come oikophobia is to be gradually exposed to bacon. I can see why he is a champion; I was convinced he knew what he was talking about.

Some of our newer members and guests got in on the fun. Martin was asked for the definition of achluophobia, which is the fear of darkness. Martin tried convincing us that this phobia describes an irrational fear of the letter “A.” He said that people suffering from this phobia would not give their children a name starting with the letter A. They certainly wouldn’t be the owner of a vehicle manufactured by Acura. People suffering from this phobia wouldn’t even want to breathe AIR! The only reason they are able to survive is because they can breathe oxygen! According to Martin, this is a very serious phobia indeed.

Michael, a visiting guest, was required to give the definition of hylephobia. Hylephobia is the fear of wood and wooded areas. Michael told us that “high-lephobia” was a fear of heights. He told us that a person with this phobia would avoid places that are high up. I personally enjoyed Michael’s speech because of the attention paid to the Timer, Nam. Once Nam held up the green piece of paper indicating his time was up, Michael let out a sigh of relief and simply said, “Thank you.”

Tetraphobia is the fear of the number 4. Christian was given the final task of giving us the definition of this tricky phobia. Christian cleverly said that “tetra” relates to earth, so this is a fear of all things relating to the earth. This person could only seek refuge by living on a boat.

After the fun of Table Topics with Toby, the general evaluator game to podium. Hyacinthe called up Susan who was the evaluator of Mark’s speech. Susan particularly enjoyed Mark’s voice and how he inspired emotion in the audience. She felt he was well prepared and should learn to use pauses instead of apologizing.

Once Susan was finished with her evaluation, Hyacinthe called for the reports from the Timer, Word Master, and Grammarian/Ah Counter. The meeting adjourned after positions were filled for next week. I don’t have all the details of this in my notes, but I do know there will be 3 speakers, so that will be exciting!

Toastmasters – 3rd Meeting

Susan started the meeting promptly on time. Ann led us in the Invocation and Pledge. We had a number of guests at this meeting, which is exciting to see. I hope they enjoyed themselves and will consider coming back next monday. After welcoming the guests, Susan went on to call up Mark, who was the evening’s provider of humor.

I found Mark’s joke to be rather funny. The story centered around Mark as he was receiving from the previous night’s St. Patrick’s Day “festivities.” In the story, Mark found himself at a gas station filling his car up with a little bit of gas. While he was at the pump, he noticed another man was filling his car up. This other man caught Mark’s eye because he was smoking a cigarette while he filled his vehicle with the flammable fluid. Just about the time that Mark had this thought, the man’s arm was engulfed in flames. Mark came to the man’s aid and managed to help him put the fire out. Mark went into the gas station and was looking to buy some burn creme for the man, when a police office came pulling up outside. The police office began to arrest the burn victim. Mark went to the police officer and politely asked, “why are you arresting this man?” The officer replied, “because he has an illegal fire arm.”

After Mark’s joke, Susan went on to introduce who was playing the different roles for the evening. Tammy Lowe played the role of the Word Master/Grammarian/ and Ah-Counter. Tammy’s word for the evening was, “obsess.” Mark played the role of Timer, filling in for Weixin Lu. Susan was the General Evaluator. After the introductions were done, Susan welcomed the Toastmaster, Toby Pugh.

Toby enthusiastically approached the podium and called up the only speaker for the evening, myself. My speech covered my journey through college and how I came to join Toastmasters. The transcript of my speech can be found here.

After my speech, Hyancithe led the Table Topics portion of the meeting. Hyancithe’s questions centered around the theme of St. Patrick’s Day. His first question was, “Have you ever attended a St. Patrick’s Day Parade? If so, how did you like it?” Ann was called on to answer this question. Ann stood up and took the podium and gave a wonderful answer. She talked about attending a parade and took her poodle, Talula. She mentioned attending a parade in Ireland…I imagine that was a blast!

The next question in Hyancithe’s arsenal of questions was asked of Nam. The question was, “if your birthday was on March 17th, how would you celebrate?” Nam mentioned that he had never celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, but he may consider it next year. He steered the question towards talking about how much he enjoys fishing. It was nice to hear a person speak about a hobby in which they enjoy so much.

Toby was asked how he felt about the environmental impacts of dying bodies of water green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Toby’s feelings were that if the water can be colored in a way that isn’t harmful to the environment, then “party on!”

Hyancithe asked Tammy about her favorite season. Tammy doesn’t care too much for the “extreme” weather seasons of winter and summer. Of spring and fall, Tammy prefers spring because of the renewal seen in nature. She mentioned she had bought a new house and is looking forward to seeing what springs up in her yard/garden.

One of the guests was asked the fifth and final question of Table Topics. Martin was asked about his favorite tune. Martin told the group that he really enjoys Christian music. This brought Table Topics to a close. Susan took the podium and called for the evening’s only evaluator, Ann.

Ann delivered a scathing review of my speech…I’m just kidding. Ann had good things to say about Brian’s speech. She seemed to enjoy the changing tones of the speech, saying it was, “mysterious,” and “funny.”

Once Ann was done, the Timer and Ah Counters gave their account for the evening. I can’t recall specifics of the times given, but all of them were within the specified time limits. Tammy was a very good listener, as she found numerous examples of “ahhs” tucked away in people’s speeches. I think Toby was one of the few that went unscathed by “ahhs.”

Wearing her president’s hat, Susan did make a comment that the podium should never be left empty at a Toastmasters meeting. The person calling another to the podium should remain behind the podium until the other gets there. There should be a seamless transition of power.

The meeting was adjourned on time. Roles were assigned for next week. I don’t recall all of the roles, but I do know that I will be playing the role of the Word Master/Grammarian/ Ah Counter, and Mark will be giving his Ice Breaker.

Toastmasters – 2nd Meeting

I attended my second Toastmasters meeting last night. While I wasn’t completely comfortable, I was certainly more at ease with the experience. As was the same as last week, there were two main speakers. The two speakers were April and Paul.

Speech #1

April was working on her second speech of the Competent Communication curriculum. Her speech centered around the idea of health and nutrition, and how both of those are within our power to control. I consider myself to be conscious of nutrition and my health (probably too much so if you ask my friends), so I found her speech to be interesting. She mentioned a number of diets:

  • Dr. Oz’s Diet
  • Paleo
  • Popcorn Diet
  • Southbeach Diet

I had never heard of the Popcorn Diet, so that was interesting. I’m not sure how one can do meal replacement with nothing but popcorn, but whatever. Everyone is different and somethings work different for others. I personally could not imagine doing that. As it stands right now, if I don’t take in greater than 3000 calories, I wilt away into nothing.

The main objective of her speech was to provide the listeners with a speech where there was a clear outline. I felt, as did her evaluator, that she accomplished this goal.

Speech #2

Paul was looking to inspire us as he set out to accomplish his tenth speech of the Competent Communication curriculum. I’ve only met Paul twice, but on both occasions he exudes a great sense of humor. From what I’ve gathered, if Paul is speaking there will be some humor injected at some point. The speech he delivered certainly fit with this concept.

His speech was fashioned after Jeff Foxworthy’s bit, “You might be a redneck…,” only Paul’s leadoff line was, “You might be a Toastmaster…” I found Paul’s speech to be entertaining; I didn’t feel a sense of inspiration until towards the end. Paul said, “…and if your friends, coworkers, and family suddenly say to you, ‘you have a lot more confidence,’ then you might be a Toastmaster.” That really spoke to me and confirmed that I am in the right place. I’m not the most confident public speaker, especially when I have to speak off the cuff, but it is comforting knowing that the others in the room feel the same and are doing something about it.

Table Topics – Favorite Hobby

Kyle led the Table Topics portion of the meeting. I was called on to share my favorite hobby. I stood up and rattled off a handful of my favorite hobbies; I spoke too little last time so I had to make up for it this week. I mentioned basketball as my favorite hobby, which is no question to me. When I go periods of time without either shooting a basketball or playing a pickup game, I will start to have dreams about playing basketball. The game of basketball courses through my veins. I also mentioned a couple of my newfound hobbies: yoga and biking. I’ve already talked about yoga on this blog, so I won’t elaborate. The weather has been too cold and windy for me to go biking, but when it warms up, I’ll be taking weekly trips to Lake Hefner to cruise around.

I closed out the meeting by agreeing to give my Ice Breaker speech at the next meeting. I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully I can give the others in the group a good idea of who I am as a person, and what I want to accomplish from Toastmasters.