What Did I Miss: 8/27/2020

Last night, San Diego Toastmasters 7 rocked Zoom with 6 guests and members galore!

Jon Berman led a star-packed meeting and Yesica (Table Topics), Joyce (Evaluator), and Kris (Speaker) walked away with “Best of” ribbons (which were well-earned). Yesica emphatically answered a Table Topic about what her mentors have meant to her while Joyce gave a specific and supportive evaluation of Kalina’s speech.

What did you miss? Believe me when I say the summaries don’t do the speeches justice.

Kris took the ribbon for her speech about how to protect yourself if you don’t have a martial arts background or firearm. It involves standing up straight to increase your situational awareness, listening to your intuition (because it is smarter than you), defining and enforcing your boundaries (please give me six feet), and keep yourself in physical condition. Kris is a master of self-defense and kicking ass and made her speech entry level for the rest of us without her skills.

Manny talked about being a germaphobe after an experience in his microbiology class. He walked us through why you shouldn’t allow shoes in the house. Manny also let us know that during the pandemic, he’s fine. He’s obeying the experts while trying to focus on good things and not allow his mind to hover over the negative. This speech best fit Jon’s theme which was awareness. Manny stays aware of what he’s thinking and actively tries to control it. It’s a good lesson even if you aren’t a germaphobe.

Kalina took us through the question, does self-help work? It turns out that there is no one solution to all problems but you have to use the things you learn and keep in mind that inner-work is not about perfection, it’s about progress. And Kalina sees a lot of progress in her life. As a professional coach, she teaches that progress and benefits from it. As Toastmasters, we strive to do a little better each time but a professional coach can help you ‘unpack your baggage.’

If you weren’t there, you missed three great speeches AND great evaluations. So what did the Table Topics Speakers talk about? Table Topics was led by yours truly. As I said, Yesica talked about the role mentors in and out of Toastmasters have meant to her.

Yesica has been working in the district at a high level helping other clubs achieve success while being a mentor and receiving mentoring at a very high level. She was even mentored by our member Joyce who ran the entire district. But to be fair, who hasn’t Joyce mentored by answering the complicated questions we ask her?

Bob talked about how he feels about me (I think he’s obsessed – hey, you weren’t there). And guests, Eric G talked about what makes a birthday great and Cole spoke about how his life would be different if he were raised by his best friends’ parents instead of his own. All of the responses were different, some were impassioned like Yesica, silly like Bob’s, or thoughtful like Eric G’s and Cole’s. It was a terrific table topics session if I do say so myself (and I do).

Next week, Sept 3, San Diego Toastmasters 7 is holding the International Speech & Humorous Speech contest. I am the Toastmaster of the Evening that night and I hope that you won’t be reading a summary about the contest, you’ll have lived it.

I hope you’re all doing well and I’d love to see you all at the contest (and the week after, and the week after that, and the week after that)!

Chris Hammell, DTM

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