A month has passed since my last Professional Mens Toastmasters meeting and nothing creates value more than scarcity. Absence for a month really brought home how good our meetings can be. Five meaningful and impactful speeches, focused and humorous table topics, and manly camaraderie. Add 26 members present with 2 guests, speech #10 from Mounir, a thorough ah counter report from Stu, and the stage was set for an energetic meeting orchestrated by the bearded one, Vay, Shire. Finally, congratulations to Faysel Manfaa for his runner-up finish at the Area 21 International Speech contest. He will represent Area 21 at the district contest if the winner is unable to speak.
Pete O’Neal gave speech #3 titled “The Slight Edge.” Inspired by the book The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success.” Pete told us how making small incremental improvements on a daily basis yields massive success in the long term. Many begin this process and give up after a short time because they don’t see the results they expect. Realistic expectations and commitment are required. Pete closed with a quote, “A true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is looking.”
Steven Prescott gave “Coaching Fundamentals Part 3: The Feedback Phase.” Expanding on his Coaching Fundamentals speech, Steven says effective feedback requires positive energy and a focus on the positive instead of the negative. Importantly be honest and find common ground.
Michael Lambert gave non-manual speech “Playing With Our Balls.” Beginning with a series of blue jokes Michael got to the point quoting golfing great Bobby Jones, “Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots – but you have to play the ball where it lies.” No matter what it is you don’t like you must accept the situation as it is and use the tools you have to “play the ball where it lies.”
Mounir Lazzouni completed the Competent Communicator manual giving speech #10, “How to Build A Moat Around Your Sand Castle.” Demonstrating a simple meditation technique – rubbing thumb and first finger together – Mounir introduced the concept of mindfulness and how to combat the saboteur in our mind. Increase your positivity quotient and make your brain your best friend by exercising the brain with meditation. When you find yourself in negative self talk, rub your fingers together. Personally, I’ve already used Mounir’s suggestion and technique in the yoga class I teach. Winner Runner-up best speaker
Andrew Cretella gave humorous speech, “Chump or Trump.” in a roast style speech Andrew used so many word plays and Archie Bunker-isms it’s impossible to list even 25% of them. “Speaking metaphysically, filled with humidity, courage of his affections, faith in we the sheeple, won the electrical college, the specific ocean,” and many, many more. Even though it was political humor it could have been given to either side, true humor.
Winner Best Speaker
Best Evaluator Faysel Manfaa
Best Table Topics Aaron Aiken