What’s the best way to get the attention of TM624? That’s easy, just say the theme of the meeting is sex, drugs, and rock n roll! As soon as those words crossed the lips of toastmaster Rex Downing all 27 pairs of eyeballs in attendance opened wide as if to say “alright!” Now fully engaged, the audience eagerly awaited Stu’s table topics questions, and let’s just say sex, drugs and rock n roll had to wait. Stu said a recent study predicts that 1 million more people will live in San Diego in 30 years. Interesting but not sex, drugs, and rock n roll.
Stephen Huber practiced the speech he will give to a new employee titled “The First Conversation.” Beginning with the phrase “cash is king, but corporate culture is queen,” Stephen tried to emphasize to the new employee the value he places on his companies team work culture. Paraphrasing Stephen he said that when a goal is not met by an employee it was a team effort. Many people drop the ball when an individual employee fails to make their goal. With purpose, accountability, and security Stephen is building a solid foundation.
Guest speaker Jacqueline Whalen briefed us on the new Pathways Training program to be rolled out next month by Toastmasters International. Pathways will be completely different than the current manuals based system but if you are currently working in a manual you will have 2 1/2 years to finish previous manuals and leadership goals.
Jeffery Sallen gave a non-manual speech “Adult-ing.” Jeff took us through some of the process of buying his first home in San Diego. From actually being the winning bidder on a property, to a 21 day escrow, to inspecting the foundation Jeff stressed this is what you do when you’re an adult, a grownup some might say. Even though the house is 80 years old the foundation and footings are top shelf. Winner Runner-up Best Speaker
Hugh Tanner gave speech #4 How to say it with “Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll.” Finally, sex, drugs, and rock n roll! Hugh spun out some nostalgic details about his once promising rock musician career in LA. Guest Jacqueline kind of cramped Hugh’s style but needless to say Hugh was in the thick of the late ’70’s LA music scene with accompanying groupies, etc.
Sean Deilgat gave a non-manual speech “Surrender.” Opening with the farewell speech Napoleon gave to his elite troops Sean asked the question should we run, fight, or surrender? Clarifying, it’s surrender not retreat. Surrendering takes power away from the adversary. “When the great lord passes, the wise peasant bows deeply and silently farts” goes the saying. Don’t let pride get in the way of self preservation, says Sean.
Winner Best Speaker
Best Evaluator Vay Shire
Best Table Topics Andrew Cretella