Why Trump?; Ditch the perfectionist and An only child

The president, Trang motivated members and guests to face their fear of public speaking with an anecdote from the movie The world Fastest Indian, Burt Munro. He set various speed records until he retired at the age of 68. When nobody believed that he could do it, he quoted Theodore Roosevelt: ‘“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

The Toastmaster of the evening, Mike, a very experienced member, chose the theme of memories. He asked each speaker to share one achievement in 2017 or one thing to look forward to in 2018.

The Topic master, Robert, entertained the audience with a series of actions for the speakers to share their personal stories. The best table topic speaker went to Roland with a hilarious answer about a strawberry cake.

Tom opened the 2nd half of the meeting with the speech number 2. He explained the reason why America voted for Trump by looking at human behavior. Roscoe W delivered an informative number 2 speech. He tackled the problem of not finishing a project by advising the audience to get rid of the perfectionist. Subsequently, Ivana did an amazing ice-breaker, project number 1 of the competent communicator with the title: Being an only child. She shared with the audience her experience and lessons she learned from her life. Lastly, Caroline B offered a philosophical speech about desire and fulfillment. She concluded that love and understanding are essential for a human being.

The best speaker of the night went to Ivana.

The best evaluator went to Roland who evaluated Tom with the wonderful illustration of the effective use of body language.

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