Posts in “Speeches” category

How did I get here?

Imagination flowed through this meeting led by Dee with some extremely interesting speeches. Louise had a six minute speech talking about neurodiversity and the autism spectrum. Just like there is vast diversity in the way humans look, there is also vast diversity in human minds. I think this is great! Life would be boring if we all ... read more.

Look To The Stars

Member blog by Rachel Walton. Thank you to our Toastmaster of the morning – David Cooper, who successfully interwove the “look to the stars” theme throughout our meeting We had such a stellar meeting today – what a great word choice from today’s Grammarian, Cam Parsonson. We were challenged to weave this word into our ... read more.

Welcome Back to Reality

The first meeting of the year: Welcome back to reality! Welcome to our two guests: Nancy & Nemir. Today we were challenged to not use the word “good” for the whole meeting. Max Delaney: The Heart of the Mainland Led us through what to do throughout the year at Lake Dunstan (Cromwell) and central Otago ... read more.

Something new for Boaters!

The theme for the latest Toastmaster session was “Do Something New” and that’s exactly what Roydon did, introducing the meeting in the form of an aircraft safety video, winning him this week’s Toastie award. Lance who is a building manager gave us an educational 7-minute speech on the process of building a new home and ... read more.

Oh the places we’ll go…

Member blog by Roydon Gibbs. Post Covid Travel: Where are you going to? That was the question Toastmaster Rachel Walton challenged us with this week at Boaters meeting number 1060. Our multicultural Boaters team took us all on a trip around the world. Canada seemed a popular destination. But there were plenty of other locations ... read more.

Taking different paths to the Toastie Award.

Member blog by Alannah Vickery. Theme Rain: Toastmaster Roydon Gibbs tested the Boater audience with questions regarding Rain throughout the meeting. Morgane the Grammarian’s word of the day was “nonchalant” which all of our three speakers this morning did their best to show… they were very relaxed!! Dynamic Leadership, Level 1, Project 3, Evaluation and ... read more.

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Stepping out of that zone

Member blog by Max Delaney. This week’s meeting was hosted wonderfully by David Clarkson as Toastmaster and was centred around the theme of Comfort Zone. Each speaker this week stepped out of their comfort zone, which David reminded us throughout the meeting is the most effective way to reach our goals. (Note from the Editor ... read more.

An uncommon Friday

Member blog by Anna Smirnova. It was an uncommon Friday morning in Boaters Toastmasters, starting with the cheerful greetings and instructions of our Sergeant at Arms of the day Alana Bogart. Using her great vocal variety, Alana chanted the theme and inspired the audience to echo her. Toastmaster Natalie Perzylo chose a theme that is ... read more.

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A meeting more than most

Member blog by Henry Thomson. Meeting #1046. I began coming to Boaters Toastmasters meetings in late November of 2020. If there is one thing I have noticed, it is that we like to keep it uplifting, optimistic and positive. Which is definitely nice for a 7am start to the day. However, our meeting last Friday ... read more.

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Listen. Learn. Lead.

Member blog by Anna Smirnova who gets a special mention for not only writing her first ever blog post, but doing it in English, which is not her first language… but she’s here to practice, so what better way than to accept the challenge and just do it!! It was a great beginning of a ... read more.