Gratitude was the theme of our November 28 meeting. Jeanie, our Toastmaster, encouraged us to combat the negative thoughts we often have about ourselves by offering every member three specific and thoughtful reasons why she is grateful for us. It helped us all look at ourselves in a positive and different light.
We had two excellent speakers. RoseMary won the Best Speaker ribbon with her Ice Breaker speech. Using organization, PowerPoint slides and humor, she eloquently explained her love for learning. Sam’s speech, American Dream, was a personal tale of gratitude juxtaposed by the story of another less fortunate Mr. Oh.
Our best Table Topics winner was Gorje who shared his experience co-teaching a course on Financial Peace and the gratitude he felt knowing how much the gift of a mattress was appreciated by one of his workshop attendees.
Sapna took home the Best Evaluator ribbon offering with her thoughtful evaluation of Sam’s speech.
Thanks everyone for such an uplifting meeting. Happy Birthday Sam and thank you Jeanie for an excellent theme – I am grateful for your openness, positivity, and infectious enthusiasm.
This week, we had four guests (Sergio, Jorian, Leo and Katrina) attend our meeting. Rosemary, a first-time Toastmaster, inspired us with her coming adventure of taking “Road Trips” during her Thanksgiving holiday. She did a great job facilitating the meeting! Jeannie shared tips and ideas on “How to be More Creative and More Productive” through her ‘Body Speaks’ speech, describing distraction is the biggest threat to productivity. Did you know that each time we get distracted, it takes 23 minutes for our brains to get back to their normal mode? For this reason, setting aside 90 minutes of quiet, undistracted time to focus on an important task each day, can help us achieve better productivity. Meanwhile, Alex shared his hobby and passion for treasure hunting, through his How to Say It speech “Is There Still Buried Treasure?”. He hopes one day to discover gold coins and/or an engagement ring in the parks or at the beach. Jeannie also stepped up to spearhead the Table Topic segment, having Sam, Leo, and Julie share their favorite and weirdest road trip experiences. Saurabh and Julie gave detail and constructive feedback to Jeannie and Alex for their speeches. We had a fun and successful meeting, where Jeannie, Julie and Sam took home the blue ribbon awards.
We hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! Let’s us be thankful and cherish what we have today. See you all next week!
Heather did a great job as a Toastmaster, she had everybody occupied with the theme. Everyone stated what like about Thanksgiving traditions and their favorite food. Our speaker Hulyn Jin, an assistant professor at XMU University in China gave us great information about school. The university located in Fujian, China, was built in 1921 and is one of the top schools in China. The cost of tuition is $4,000 per year undergrad, $4,600 for master and $5,200 for PhD. Meanwhile, the cost of living in China is approximately $460 dollars per month, the weather is warm and the food is delicious. Click here to learn more about the entry requirements. Overall meeting was great we had six people participating in our Thanksgiving-themed table topics. Jorge gave excellent evaluation for Hulyn Jin’s speech.