Become a better person, become a better man. A Professional Mens Toastmaster may be both. Ask any of the 24 members present this Tuesday, the message of this meeting was clear. The TM624 tribe of brothers is a unique band of men. Stephen Huber’s table topics questions like “what advise do you give others that you fail to follow yourself(?)” to “what mistake have you made that you would make again(?)” to “what do you dislike about yourself(?)” these self reflective questions drew some revealing responses. Two Ice Breaker speeches, an impromptu speech, and three speeches from the Competent Communicator manual gave toastmaster Tim Campbell plenty to work with.
New member Steven Prescott’s Ice Breaker revealed a small town kid in a big time profession. Growing up in Victorville, CA he now works in real estate securitization. Steven is married and has several hobbies including sailing, snowboarding, and working out. Steven’s wife is also a Toastmaster which prompted him to join our tribe.
Rex Downing rejoined TM624 after a years long hiatus and reintroduced himself with his Ice Breaker. Another small town kid growing up in the San Joaquin Vally Rex attended the Univ. of Washington as a navy ROTC cadet. He took us through his early years as a naval officer and his duties as Executive Officer on a fast patrol boat. Rex seems made for a leadership roll in TM624!
Sean Delight gave speech #8 Your Body Speaks titled “Quantum Physics Explained”. What an opening! He used his body by effectively getting our attention and holding it throughout. Memorization and body parts might have been a better title but, whatever, Sean got his point across especially with Alex Toma as eye candy. Winner Runner-Up Best Speaker.
Vay Shire took on the challenge of an impromptu speech titled “Be Real”. As a post-toastie Vay knows that becoming a better person and a better speaker are co-equal goals of TM624 members. His delivery and message were exactly what his audience wanted to hear. Winner Best Speaker.
DaSean Cunningham showed what courage is when he got up a second time to give speech #2. Paralysis from analysis is a better rhyme than too much memorization and DaSean will give this speech another try soon.
Best Evaluator Jeff Zettle
Best Table Topics Mike Norris