Nov 8th Meeting Recap
Published: 23 November 2014
Written by Colin Curran
Kevin White, a member for less than six months, was our Toastmaster of the Day on November 8, and no one would have guessed from his performance that he was a novice in the role. It is always great to see new members taking on new challenges with such alacrity (thank you, Word Master Varun)!
Our first speaker was new member Satish, delivering his ice breaker. Satish related four stories from different points of his life that described his relationship with speaking. As a boy, his teacher had always said "Silence is golden". Satish now knows that silence is not golden, and that now is the time to conquer his fear of speaking in public. Megha also delivered her icebreaker speech, sharing many details of her life, from the time she broke her teeth from falling off her bicycle, to the present day, when she is the proud mother of children ages 9 and 15. Megha is gearing up for a return to the workforce.
Ramzan delivered a persuasive speech on the benefits of composting, and Bob gave a technical presentation on Social Network Analysis. Spurred on by his daughter, Ramzan began learning about composting and discovered that 25% of food that Americans purchase gets thrown away, and also that 20% of landfill waste is made from food waste. When discarded food is broken down by bacteria it can then be used as soil. Ramzan rational and passionate appeal to a practice that can help both the household and the earth found a highly receptive (and persuaded) audience. Bob presented a rundown of his recent research into what business practices allow for things to be built faster. More than 150 practices were analyzed and ranked according to different methodologies. Bob introduced us to the concept of Social Network Analysis, and presented his final research findings: that team flexibility is of utmost importance, and it depends on tacit knowledge sharing.
Ashis led a great table topics session revolving around dreams. Highlights include Paiker describing her dream to be the person that people in her life can turn to, Vanaja's reaction to the scenario of being fired, and Kandarp's response to being our nation's president.
Shekar led a strong evaluation session, with Narender, Varun, Chris, and yours truly offering individual speech evaluations.
Best Speaker: Ramzan Lakhani
Best Table Topics Speaker: Paiker Sayed
Best Evaluator: Colin Curran
Club Business: Holiday party scheduled for December 20, with Shekar Krishnan coordinating.
Please join me in welcoming our newest member, Paiker Sayed, who is continuing her Toastmaster journey with us!