Jan. 31 Grub N Gab Toastmasters Recap

Congratulations to Caroline, who shared with us she is expecting a baby!

Our theme this week was Chinese New Year.  2017 is the Year of the Rooster.  People born in the year of the rooster tend to be quick-minded and punctual.  They make great teachers and first responders.  An interesting fact shared is that oranges are considered lucky.  Single women once wrote their phone number on oranges, then threw them into the river. Men would collect the oranges and determine if they would be a good match based on the sweetness of the orange.

Tien provided a speech from the Leadership Excellence Series, Giving Effective Feedback.  It’s important that we set clear and concise objectives, observe team member’s performance, provide immediate feedback and recognize positive performance.  Tien did an excellent job is personalizing the presentation and recognizing our member’s outstanding performances.

During the Table Topics portion of our meeting, we discussed Spring cleaning, Spring traditions and the importance of time with extended family.

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Jan. 17 Grub N Gab Toastmasters Recap

Our theme this week was Have Some Fun.  Deb made it even more entertaining with free candy.  Our newest member Shelly, delivered an outstanding Ice Breaker speech.  Shelly joined Grub N Gab Toastmasters because she is terrified of public speaking.  She’s currently an accountant since it required minimal public speaking to get a degree.  It also was interesting to learn more about Shelly’s passion for working out, particularly Spin.  Meanwhile, Julie’s speech discussed important self-development tools, Lynda.com ; Servant leadership Institute and Toastmasters.

During our Table Topics session, we discussed different ways we like to have fun and enjoy life. Marianne had great questions.

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Jan. 10 Grub N Gab Toastmasters Recap

Thanks to everyone for a great first meeting of the year!  We opened the meeting with a discussion surrounding our New Year’s Resolutions.   Goals include going to church, being more social, learning Spanish, becoming more organized and planned as well as making more time for ourselves.

We had two wonderful speakers today.  Sam discussed the resolution he made as a teenager to lose weight and his struggle to minimize his food intake and work out every day.

Meanwhile, Ernesto discussed that SMART Goals can help you achieve your objectives.

  • Specific – target a specific area for improvement.
  • Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator of progress.
  • Assignable – specify who will do it.
  • Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
  • Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved.

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