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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Toastmasters 8/18 Meeting Recap

Sandy Springs Toastmasters (Club 3133):

Anastasia Pass performed the TM duties for the meeting.

Catherine Lautenbacher took on a member's challenge to do a Table Topics on the Olympics. Questions to participants ranged from drug testing controversies to whether Dressage and Synchronized Diving should really be considered Olympic events.  Steve Bragg won for his humorous response on various events at the Olympics like water polo. During Table Topics this week, the group tried a new technique for the Ah/Grammarian role.  Instead of hand tracking the verbal "crutches" members use like ah, um, so, like, you know, as people responded a bell was rung each time they used a crutch.  After much laughter and discussion, it was clear that there were mixed feelings in the group about this strategy. Since it is important for our progress as speakers to pay close attention to not using crutches, we agreed to try it again but not at every meeting and only during the Table Topics session. However, all were open to letting the Speaker request this technique be used during their prepared speech.  

Paige Kerr provided delicious Starbucks coffee for the break.

Duane Humphrey, working towards his ACB and gave a speech about "Changing Your Perspective" which was a very personal and poignant story about how he and his wife had to change their perspective in a big way during their journey to start their family.  He captured the audience's attention right from the outset by blowing up a balloon and continued to use the visual aid to demonstrate important points about pressure, resistance and mental toughness - all leading to changing your perspective.

Many thanks to evaluator Crystal Reeve, for her detailed and helpful feedback particularly on the aspects that Duane asked her to pay close attention. Since there was only one speaker and one evaluator, they were both winners!

The upcoming meeting schedules are live on the Speak Up Sandy Springs site.  Please review future dates so that we can adjust as needed if you will be out during the next few meetings or if you would like to serve in a particular role. Next week we are hoping to have our Humorous Speech Contest.  Please contact Anastasia Pass or Alan Magee immediately if you are interested in being a contestant!  The winner will represent our Club at the Area competition.

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