Outside Today’s Lugubrious News…

Today at Toasting Excellence Toastmasters, we reviewed the “Moments of Truth” This is a great yearly review we do as a club to check in with how we are doing in key areas that help keep our club healthy. It is hard to face the truth of where we fall short sometimes, but when we know what areas need bolstered up, it helps us each become stronger. Adele did a wonderful job at leading us through the process.


Thank you, Willie, for your great service as toastmaster, well done. Mark used his new stop light backgrounds as timing lights, and the Word of the day was Lugubrious meaning mournful, sad or gloomy. We enjoy having themed meetings and today’s theme was “The News”


We are looking forward to next week’s open house with special guest speaker, PJ Kleffner, DTM. He is one of my favorite speakers and leaders, recently stepping down after successful service as District 7 Director through the first year of Covid times! Let’s Welcome PJ to our Toasting Excellence Online Event, Wednesday October 27 at Noon:05!

Backwards Meeting:

Come see what a “Backwards Meeting” or a “gniteeM sdrawkcaB” is!!


Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Noon:05, led by Lisa Davis…


This WILL be fun!! I am instructed to send you the Toastmasters meeting link along with a brief explanation and example of what to expect in the meeting. It should be really fun and help us develop our listening skills as well as just shake up any monotony we may or may not be feeling.


Join Our Zoom Toasting Excellence Meeting Wednesdays at Noon:05–Link below:


“Backward Meeting:Run the meeting in reverse! Presiding officer or toastmaster begins by thanking everyone for a great meeting and then introduces the general evaluator. The general evaluator gives the evaluation, introduces whoever would normally have been on the agenda prior to the evaluator. (General Evaluator, Timer’s report, grammarian’s report, speech evaluator). The trick is that the speakers must replicate whatever was given as an evaluation, even though they did not speak yet. For instance: the evaluator says TM Williams, normally your gestures are very effective, but today, I notice that you must have been a bit unprepared as you were fiddling a lot with your ring. Then speaker Williams would try to fiddle with his ring and not use as many gestures as usual.
The Table Topic (TM) speakers speak on whatever they choose and the topics master must listen carefully to know what topic to give when presenting the topic after the speaker speaks. This type of meeting requires excellent listening skills and then implementation in an impromptu way.” (from Zing! Zest! Bang! How to Create Meetings Members Never Want to Miss! A Compilation of Ideas to Change Meeting Format, Create themed Meetings, and Interesting Table Topics (TM). By Sandy Bell D7 Area 32 Governor and Jim Wolak D7 Area 34 Governor.


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