Meeting No.769 'Camping'

Another fun and well-attended meeting at which we welcomed two visitors
(Amber and Leanne) and two returning members. Shridar and Sashi

However, a quorum was not attained so no meeting minutes were recorded.

As usual, apologies necessitated a raft of changes to the published Agenda, but all those who stepped-up on short notice to fill required positions acquitted themselves admirably.

Chih assumed the role of Sergeant at Arms and kept the meeting to its key time frames.

Word of the Day was ‘persuade’, the art of convincing others.

May W. provided the Thought of the Day ………. ‘If I could think as slow as a tortoise walks, I could run as fast as a cheetah’.  I’ve paraphrased May’s words but I’m sure my memory is pretty close to the actual.

Elena was kept busy changing various hats by taking on the roles of Toastmaster, Round Robin Master as well as her role of President.
As President she inducted new members Hiren and Nilesh.

Five speeches were scheduled but absences reduced the number to three, Chih, Hiren and yours truly. Hiren spoke on Passive Income opportunities, Chih on the basics of fitness regimens and me on awareness of Local Government.

Chih’s speech was his eighth, which required the use of audio visual aids. We all felt for him in his attempts to set-up the projector …. none more than me when I recalled my same struggles on the occasion of my eighth speech (a total disaster!!!!)

This weeks speech was my tenth, taking me to Competent Communicator level, and I felt a huge and rewarding sense of achievement and I heartily recommend to all new members to set their sights on getting to Competent Communicator level, and beyond. It’s well worth the effort.

The demanding and critical roles of Evaluators were carried-out by those master Evaluators, Wendy, Julie and Daniel, who as usual made the job look easy …… we all no it is not! So well done youse blokes!! (Please excuse my jocular departure from good grammar).
 Sridhar was the Meeting Evaluator and showed that despite an absence, he has not forgotten his skills. Well done Sridhar and welcome back, it was great to see you.
Sashi took-on the role of Timekeeper and provided an excellent report on the individual time elements of the meeting.

One point or tip, or observation, that I feel is worth passing on: My speeches number eight and nine missed my objectives by a mile and were efforts I’d rather forget. But I’m sure those personal disasters spurred me on this week to a speech which I believe was my best to date. Maybe my inbuilt competitive spirit helped, but to me the most important part was that I gave myself a competitive advantage by ‘Power Dressing’.  I love dressing-up (I try to avoid skirts, high heels and tights of course!!) and when I’m in a business suit I FEEL good and my confidence improves.
I’m sure those aspects assisted me to bounce back this week. Can I suggest to our male members to experiment, by wearing a suit when the occasion demands and see if what I’m saying holds true.

Finally, just a reminder;  Werribee Toastmasters is a journey, not a destination, none of us will ‘arrive’, but each meeting missed is a lost opportunity to improve in so many ways.

Good luck and good speaking.

Paul von Harder