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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Speak Up Sandy Springs Toastmasters Recap June 16, 2016

Bud Otto performed multiple roles in his unique Otto fashion at our last meeting serving as Sgt at Arms, Toastmaster and GE, .  Michael McConnell presented to the group an info-mercial meeting theme idea to apply to both TT and speeches and also informed us that another speaking club has expressed interest in attending our meeting and giving a couple of speeches.  Michael agreed as long as they are reciprocal and let us send a couple members to speak at their meeting.  More details to follow.  Please direct any new ideas or opinions on the above 2 ideas to Anastasia, Michael or Alan. 
Our Table Topics Master was Jim Owen who had a series of questions that were real interview questions that he found on the internet.  There were several interesting questions as well as amusing and serious responses with Anastasia Pass having the winning response. Her question was what would she change if she had to start her career over again. Answer: not to be an administrative assistant because it's rare to ever break out of the admin role and you are given exciting promotions like handling the supplies in not just one but two break rooms :0).
Coffee, donuts and juice were provide by Vanessa Lane.

Alex Brinkman gave his second CC speech (organizing your speech) entitled "Father's Day".  With Father's Day this coming weekend, it was a timely and touching tribute to his father and how without his father's direction, encouragement and good listening his life would most likely have gone in a completely negative direction.  It was candid, humorous and well organized.
Darbie Saunders gave an impromptu and animated speech about entitled "Treasure Hunting" which was all about her newest hobby - shopping at estate sales. She told how her passion developed, the best strategies she's learned, the wide variety of things you can find and how much money you can save at estate sales.  She encouraged all of us to check out and to join in the fun.

Catherine Lautenbacher gave Alex specific feedback on what she liked about his speech and how he could improve.  Alan Magee did the same for Darbie's speech and appreciated her enthusiastic call to action. Alex Brinkman won the Best Speaker Award and Alan Magee won Best Evaluator.

All in all, it was a another fun meeting and we look forward to seeing all of you and some guests next week!

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