Mike night and the sinister man

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Rod educates on mic's
A brilliant educational session was conducted by Rod yesterday evening when he took us through microphones and their use during presentations and speeches. Starting off with the reasons for them, the physics behind them, and the many varieties there are, it was the perfect information for those of us who may not have been aware of how important these instruments can be - or how crucial it is to set them up correctly. Everything from appropriate clothing to poppers and whistlers was discussed, along with a smattering of past stories and anecdotes on microphone mixups. He ended it with giving everyone a chance to try out the lavalier microphone, which allowed participants to test their vocal varieties through the speakers! A priceless session in my book.

Rods speech earlier in the evening was also a great a reminder of how the simplest of stories are often far more successful in keeping an audience engaged, than their complex cousins.
His dark and stormy night, with the light in the abandoned house and sinister visitor provided the ideal backdrop for the rainy weather in Gauteng.. And could we repeat the story, he asked? Absolutely.

Keith preceded him with his advanced speech on kings and Catholics in the 17th century. He provided some fascinating historical information of this time, including a multitude of facts and figures to boot.

Toastmaster Mary took us through the Oval office, amongst other places, in the White House. And of course posed the obvious question - where will Obama find place for his Basketball court?

Join us for our next meeting on the 24th.
As always guests and visitors welcome!

Humorous Contest Winner!

Jay Hari from Division H, is this years Humorously speaking champion!
From the entire division, well done Jay!

Iron Maiden and the Fiscal Jangle

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Cheryl-Lynn's monetary idioms
On the eve of Halloween, Rod's word of the evening - Jangle - provided the ideal backdrop for scary monsters and fiscal discipline...
It refers to a metallic sound, or to set ones nerves on edge, but whilst there may have been plenty of economic referrals during Cheryl-Lynn's impromptu session, there were only nerves of steel, or rather iron, during the speeches.

Ruth got the CC's off to a splendid start, with her CC2 story about her recent elephant ride in the Pilansberg. Describing her climb on to its back and the feel of its skin, she made it clear that whilst the worlds largest land mammal may well have been a hairy monster, it was certainly not as scary as originally envisaged.
Rod took the stage with his CC2 and an excellent story of his climb through ice and snow, and how an avalanche nearly ended the lives of a climbing party nearby. His use of adjectives and humour was an example for all to follow.
True to form Mary was an iron pillar of strength as she powered her way through her speech - Iron Lady - on how important blood donations can be to the lives of others. Her discussion on managing the effects of Hemochromatosis (too much iron in the blood) was both enthralling and a lesson for all.

Once again Cheryl-Lynn provided an outstanding theme in her impromptu/table topics session when she asked participants to talk about financially related idioms.
Whilst most were only to happy to break out of the economic stranglehold and explain why spending in these uncertain times was actually a great idea, it was Keith who managed to steal the show, and the title, and walk away with top honours.
He also took home the award for best evaluator for his evaluation of Mary, whilst Mary in turn took the awards for most improved speaker and best speaker of the evening.
With a performance like that, there can be no doubt that we have a president with nerves of steel...Trick, or Treat?

Join us for our next meeting on the 10th of November.
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The T-Shirt Ice-Breaker

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Glenice leading the way
Any good Toastmaster will tell you - Opening, three points, close.
But great Toastmasters know just how to keep the theme of those points consistent, and seemlessly link them together.
Which is exactly what Ruth did in Monday evening's meeting as she tackled her CC1 again, and linked all three points by cleverly referring to T-Shirts that had meant something to her before.
She's clearly done this before (!), but produced an outstanding speech either way.
Rod was on form with both his speech and his impromptu, taking home the table topics title which required participants to creatively link their given line to a broadway musical.
The word of the evening - Rigmarole - was used effectively by 4 speakers, whilst Glenice provided much needed insight into Pink Floyd and their walls!

Join us again on the 27th for our next club meeting.

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