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Learning New Language

Member blog by Gerald Hartley. The ‘buzz’ was in the air at meeting #1078, as Toastmaster Jacqui led our ‘Demo Day ‘ with the theme ‘What’s Your Buzz’. Our Grammarian Max was simply ‘elated’ this week. Not only did he bring along his partner Ashley as a guest, but also shared the news that he’s ... read more.

Your favourite joke

Member blog by Louise: This week the blog spotlight is on our meeting’s supporting players; on the people and roles that give the meeting structure and the speakers, feedback. And while they rarely get the glory during the hour and a half we meet, their roles allow the speakers to shine. Every meeting starts with ... read more.

Goodbye to Online – Hello again Hybrid

Last week’s meeting marked the end of our online-only meetings… unless there is another lockdown that is… Our Toastmaster Helen McLeod warmed us all into her meeting with the theme “Feel the fear and do it anyway”. A very fitting theme for everyone who attends Toastmasters. She kicked it off with some humour talking about ... read more.

Is AFG Restaurant Open?

Member blog by Jacqui Anderson. You just never know what topics and conversations will be covered off at Boaters on a Friday morning but it is always worth jumping online (or going to a live meeting) to get your fill of new conversations. This week we began with Helen reading a poem by Winston Churchill ... read more.

Spring is in the Air

Member Blog by Alannah. Spring is in the air with daffodils full, Christchurch’s parks and gardens proving that summer is on its way. Spring change was the theme at Boaters Friday morning via ZOOM. Toastmaster Steve did an excellent job at keeping us entertained with stories of Spring. Gerald spoke about Gamblers Guide to Negotiation, ... read more.

Sun going behind a stormy looking cloud over a lake with a straight gravel road beside it

Toastmasters – a lockdown journey

Member blog by Roydon Gibbs. Alannah Vickery led us as Toastmaster with some interesting quiz questions to keep us engaged this week. Did you remember the Beatles concert in Christchurch was in 1964? Or that the Christchurch Commonwealth games were in 1974? With our move this week from Level Four to Level Three Craig Mason ... read more.

Speaking in Covid-19

Why let a pandemic stop the progress! Just like last year, the Boaters club has pushed through Level 4 lockdown and is now pushing through Level 3 lockdown. We have been hosting our regular Toastmasters meetings on Zoom and they have been immensely fruitful. We all know the world is changing and becoming far more ... read more.

Fast-paced for 7am on a Friday

What a fast-paced 7 am start to the day this was! The morning kicked off with Sabine’s speech ‘Different Sides of Me’. An experienced Toastmaster who took the opportunity to share a side to her that not many had seen before. Sabine’s humorous delivery coupled with well-timed slideshow pictures captivated us as we delved into ... 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.

The Toastie Award

What is the infamous toastie award? It is an award given out once at every meeting to a speaker that has done extraordinarily well. How did it start? David explained the interesting origin story of the Toastie Award. It was many years ago when the club was in trouble, the venue kept changing due to ... read more.