Even though we’ve all been in quarantine for what seems like forever, a Silicon Speech Toastmasters meeting is always a bright spot on the week’s schedule and anything but a perfunctory exercise in online discourse. I’ve always found SST meetings to be lively, interesting, fun and last night even more educational than usual.
Karan Bavandi executed the Agenda as our Toastmaster first introducing Armando Yee who served as tour guide for a virtual trip through California Gold Country. His speech included terrific visuals and he not only gave us a great idea for a summer getaway but we also learned a lot about the history of the Golden State.
A cancellation allowed us to bring up Louise Hyland, recent winner of the District One International Speech Contest who took us through her speech writing process. It’s not every day that you get to hear how it’s done from a championship speaker. She gave us many valuable insights including a great way to overcome nervousness which is to realize it’s not about you. It’s all about your content and your audience and how your message should be viewed as your gift to those listening. I think we all learned a lot and our future speeches should be better as a result.
We learned even more from the insightful and supportive evaluations by Marina Romanova and Alex Schams.
Then it was Azita Sachmechian’s turn as Table Topics Master. She had us thinking about what to focus on during these times at home and how we should rid ourselves of the unimportant. This led to a quote by Muhammad Ali who once said, “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” It was a great note to end on.
A quick shout out to our guest Joelle Johnson. It was terrific having you be part of our meeting and I hope you’ll join us again.