The Spark

Transformers Toastmasters has helped produce another Inspirational Leader: Chamu M’Kombe completed his 10th project from the Competent Communicator manual – the inspirational speech – this evening.

We had a full programme of seven prepared speeches and still squeezed in four impromptu speeches. The theme of the evening was The Spark; open to interpretation by everyone. The Toastmaster of the Evening introduced each of the participants on the programme by sharing what ignites a spark their life and interspersed quotes of what authors and people of note consider to spark inspiration. An example is the author Suzanne Weyn who said: “Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.”

Visiting Toastmaster Goran Radanovic presented a speech in compliance with the 4th project of the Competent Communicator manual that he entitled: The turning point is my life. He spoke of how he learned that life gives back what you give out, after having only tried to take from life, which produced pain.

Tibor Nadj, in compliance with the 5th project in the Competent Communicator manual on learning to use gesture and body language, told of his experiences in Bangkok. His first experience was the care that the people take in their greeting of each other, to the careful way the chaotic traffic functions through mindfulness to finally learning from a monk that the secret of life is in breathing.

Visiting Toastmaster, Ian Bratt from Benoni, wanted assistance in improving his contest speech. His speech entitled And the winner is was about the one word he would like to see removed from language: loser. In any race there can be only one person who comes first, but that does not make the others less significant, they are also-winners.

Keith Bowen completed a project from the Advanced Speaking manual on leading discussions. His panel had each prepared a speech for or against mother-tongue education. Vero Ardies spoke on how mother tongue is the only language in which one can express the depth on one’s heart in a speech in accordance with the 4th Competent Communicator project. Judith Taylor spoke about language as a living means of communicating and expressing culture in a speech to demonstrate use of vocal variety. Chamu M’Kombe inspired his audience to adopt his position on mother tongue education based on the experiences that abound in southern Africa of children whose lives are never fulfilled because their education was hampered by being educated in a language they do not understand. Using both emotion and research he was certainly inspiring and won the Best Speaker award of the evening.

Following a delicious meal Vero provided four people with topics related to the theme of the evening to speak on off-the-cuff. From Judith Taylor we learned of a South African breakthrough in water filtration with the design of a new membrane that will produce potable water from any water source. Mary Byrne spoke of other South African inventions that will soon see the light of day that will make sustainable living more practicable. Tibor entertained us with a tale of the first kitten he brought home of a snowy winter’s night. Goran introduced us to his 6-spark plugged lady.

The evaluations of the prepared speeches were as always insightful and Ian left with some ideas to try in improving his contest speech. Our two guests were very complimentary of the meeting and Goran wants to return to present more speeches at our future meetings.ater source. Mary Byrne spoke of other South African inventions that will soon see the light of day that will make sustainable living more practicable. Tibor entertained us with a tale of the first kitten he brought home of a snowy winter’s night. Goran introduced us to his 6-spark plugged lady

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