By Antonio Meza, President
We had a lovely evening with the subject of improvisation!
Our TME Marc Yoshikawa improvised smoothly through the evening leading us on a night of discovery and surprises.
Jean Delaunay, improvised an impressive word of the day “in the gloaming” which means the twilight, sunrise or dusk.
Bob Mohl offered the speech of the day in three points: when you are a speaker do not act out, be yourself, and relive the content of your speech.
We had three excellent prepared speeches.
Albena Gadjanova improvised with her computer to get acquainted with visual aids, and she told us how having the right partnerships and enough passion you can setup a business that gets you all the way to sunbathing.
With a ribbon winning speech, Sean Ryan told us the story of how he went from being a caterpillar (introvert) to a butterfly (extrovert) with the help of Toastmasters during the past year.
And Antonio Meza offered a speech on How to become Mexican in five simple steps combining, Mariachi Music meditation, believing in « tomorrow », take it easy, make a difference, and adopting the spirit of « fiesta ».
Peter Kenton improvised the table topic sessions by bringing elements of his kitchen that had very suggestive forms. He asked our speakers to imagine the specific use of each element which were not obvious.
Heli Aru evaluated the speech of Albena with precision and giving us a demonstration of how many elements one can find in a speech to make it even better.
David Logan evaluated Sean’s speech with his usual powerful voice, admiration and imaginative suggestions.
And Bob Mohl evaluated Antonio’s speech making emphasis on the importance to follow the projects guidelines and reminding us of the power of jokes "after the speech".
Best Table Topics: Mark Finneran
Best Evaluator: Bob Mohl
Best Speaker: Sean Ryan
Here are some comments from the guests who attended the meeting:
“Really enjoyed the meeting especially evaluations.”
“Had a great time. Very casual and (the club) is a home for everyone.”
“Interesting and inspiring.”
“Glad to be here. Can be imaginative and creative.”
“Enjoyable evening. Evaluations were of good quality.”
“Here on holidays from a Toastmasters in Togo and wanted to visit this club.”
We are a couple of sessions from the club contest and we will have at least seven who want to participate. It is going to be great!
Our next club meeting will be on March 3, 2014 and will take place at Chez Clément, 9, rue Saint-André des Arts, 75006 Paris.