Valentine memories

The standing president, Roland opened the meeting with a compelling story of Demosthenes. Even though underage, had no formal training, did not have a privileged background and suffered from the speech impediment, he trained hard. He used unusual methods like having pebbles in his mouth, ran then recited poems; scream against the sea to perfect his speaking skills. He became an influential statesman despite his circumstance. Learning from the story of Demosthenes, Roland encouraged members and guests to take steps towards their dreams.

Brad, Toastmaster of the day, chose the theme of Valentine, with a smile on his face.

Liz, the Table Topics Master, had a memorable Valentine story when she received a bouquet of flowers from a stranger on Kings road. She then led the impromptu section effortlessly with questions related to love. The best topic speaker of the evening went to Ivana, talking about the greatest love of her life. Ivana told a moving story with admiration about her Mum, who is a strong woman despite having a turbulent childhood.

In the second half of the meeting, Roscoe opened with a speech number three of the competent communicator manual about the Growth Mind Set. He informed the audience of the two types of Mindsets: growth or fixed. He concluded his speech with positive notes: people can learn and get anything they want; they learn best when they are at their edge, they need to ignore the negative voice in their heads. To him, people are not born with certain skills but they are built through beliefs and actions. Simon, the evaluator for Roscoe’s speech, won the best evaluator of the evening.

Roland bravely took on a Phoenix challenge on the topic of Valentine’s day and whether it is overrated. He only had time from the start of the meeting until his speech slot to prepare a speech. He entertained the audience with Valentine day in the several countries where he has been. Ultimately, he tried to persuade the audience of the meaning of Valentine. However, the majority of the audience still voted that Valentine is overrated.

See you again on the 28 Feb. 

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