Simply Speaking Minutes
Colorado Community Church
The theme for this meeting was “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success”.
The word of the day was “synergy”: (noun) the interaction of elements that when combined produce a
total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements.
Deborah Frauenfelder was our Sergeant-at-Arms and she led us in the pledge of allegiance before introducing Toastmaster Gigi De Gala.
Our Inspirator for the evening was Cybele Antonow who reminded us that we are all important and the roles we fill are important. She left us with this quote from the movie “The Help” “you is kind, you is smart, you is important”’ Amen to that!
Tom Marrs was our first speaker of the evening urging us to be mediocre, most of the world is anyway. With great speaking skills and a PowerPoint presentation to support him he proved his point and gave us a great speech on how to make an effective PowerPoint presentation.
Connie Akins brought back Jolene with some Pearls of Southern Wisdom. Jolene assured us she is not an attention hog. She also said she knew the meaning of “synergy” – sinning with energy! You've got to hand it to southern women.
Darryle Brown, in speech number three for the evening, presented “Rock the Interview” part 2. He reminded us that many times the interviewer is just as nervous as the interviewee. We must see interviews as fact gathering meet and greet. Be prepared to sell yourself & remember that success is not spontaneous.
Diane Nuss was our Table Topics master and we had some great answers, as well as first time jitters. Participants included guest & former member Abigail Smucker, as well as guests Erica Beaudrey and Terry Hiden.
General Evaluator Deborah Frauenfelder introduced the evaluators and gave an evaluation of the meeting which started on time after someone mentioned the clock was a little fast. She also offered her evaluation of the evaluators, noting their strengths as well as offering suggestions.
Kathy Fortune evaluated Tom’s technical speech. She said she thought it would be like watching paint dry. She was as surprised as we were that it so humorous. In her evaluation she kidded him saying “the opposite of a motivational speech, how dare you!” She also thanked him for making it fun to watch the paint dry.
Dale Jenkel gave kudos to Connie for her humorous speech and noted another one of her great lines “I was born sassy”. He was greatly impressed with her confidence and at how at ease she was on the stage.
Felicia Arambula evaluated Darryle. She mentioned that he has a strong voice, as well as a strong presence. He offered a lot of details in his speech, helpful details such as the interview is an opportunity to see if you’re both a good fit. She also said she aspires to be like Darryle, to be a rock star and tame those butterflies.
Timer Sherry Thomas said that all participants were in time.
Ah counter Rick Burton kept track of the “ah’s” & other filler words.
Grammarian Pete Hazlet kept track of grammar usage and great lines like “ the opposite of a motivational speech” while Quizmaster Alan Swartz tested our listening skills.
The awards were presented to:
Table Topics: guests Abigail Smucker & Erica Beaudrey (YES, a tie)
Best Evaluator: Felicia Arambula
Best Speaker: Connie Akins
President Cybele Antonow reminded us there is a humorous speech contest on 9/20, participants need to be there early. She also reminded us to not speak during speeches, or interrupt speakers during their speeches unless they ask for audience participation.
Treasurer Felicia Arambula reminded us that dues are due.
Next meeting is September 20, Humorous Speech Contest
Dale Jenkel, Joe Long, Darryle Brown, Pete Hazlet, Sherry Londo-Thomas, Deborah Frauenfelder, Diane Nuss, Gigi De Gala, Cybele Antonow, Alan Swartz, Connie Akins, Tom Marrs, Rick Burton, Felicia Arambula, Kathy Fortune,
Guests: Terry Hiden, Joy Davidson – soon to be a member, Abigail Smucker & her soon to be fiancé Michael David, Brandon Auger & Erica Beaudrey(engaged couple), Jennifer Peele, Rita Ward, & Lachance Pickett(daughter of former member Monica Brown)
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