What an exciting meeting we had today in our Winnipeg Toastmasters Club. Cathy was our Toastmaster and she chose an awesome theme – Celebrate Diversity.
Cathy drew our attention to the quote on the bottom of our agenda
“What we have to do is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities. - Hillary Clinton.
We were all encouraged in our introductions to choose a country and share something about its culture; without being garrulous (overly talkative), which was the word of the day.
We were entertained by two speakers today. Jessica was working on her second speech “More Than a Piece of String”. Wow, it was so interesting to hear her weave her story about all the different colours of string she had woven into a special blanket. More important though was how each colour represented a different memory in her life.
Dianne was our second speaker and entertained us with “The Gift of Speech”. She had us all worried at the beginning when she stood there for what seemed like a very long time before speaking, but we soon realized she had done that on purpose to illustrate how her father had a problem speaking. She referred to the Kings Speech and went on sharing how her father had had a stroke and lost his ability to speak but on his death bed was able to whisper “I Love You” to his daughter. A very emotional ending to the speech.
Our evaluators Emma and
Andrea shared their feelings on the positives and the growth points of our speakers which was a great learning experience for all of us.
Emma Frost was a guest at our meeting and she gave a brief campaign speech in her bid to win the election for Lieutenant Governor of Marketing for 2011-2012. This led to a brief discussion of when and how to vote as well as who else was running. It was a teachable moment.A
The end to another great meeting at UM Masters and out into the beautiful Winnipeg sunshine we went!
If you would like to take part in a UM Masters meeting, we’re located in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba. Our meetings are held every Wednesday from 12:05 –12:50 PM in Room 111 at St. John’s College (which is part of the University of Manitoba).
If you're in Winnipeg and interested in sitting in on a club meeting to see if Toastmasters is right for you, please feel free to contact Beverley Doern at email@example.com