Communication and Leadership Skills

How does the wet weather change our routine?

Off the back of the 100+ year floods in March, our club members opened the meeting with a 45-second warm-up answering, “How does the wet weather change our routine?”

Therese chaired the meeting – acting as chairperson for the first time! She said it was great to get the experience leading the meeting and helped give her the confidence to make a presentation at work a week later.

Felipe delivered a moving toast to the doctors and nurses around the world and in particular in his native country of Brazil. Brazil is really struggling with COVID right now. 

Kieron served as Speech Toastmaster. It was a night of “Pauls” for prepared speeches.

Bacchus delivered a spontaneous speech on North Korea which was very informative. Did you know that North Korea relies on China for 90% of its resources? 

Ice Breaker: 3 Lessons from Granddad

St Kieran's Toastmasters Manly Vale Paul M

Paul M delivered his icebreaker speech (a new member’s first speech) and did a fantastic job. We learned three lessons he learned from his granddad including:

  • To appreciate the simple things
  • To value education and life-long learning
  • To appreciate the opportunities that come his way

4 Types of Speeches

Paul G St Kieran's Toastmasters Manly Vale

Paul G presented on different types of speeches including:

  1. Explain a subject
  2. Tell a story
  3. Inspire an audience
  4. To give praise 

We then had a session of short speeches where members volunteered to give an impromptu 2-3 minute speech inspired by the different types of speeches that Paul had explained.

Scott R, Ilona, David, Karen and Jeff took up the challenge! 

Scott R at St Kieran's Manly Vale Toastmasters

QI Table Topics!

St Kieran's Toastmasters Manly Vale

Jeff presented a hoot of a Table Topics session inspired by a TV show in the UK called QI.  Jeff gave each of us a very obscure word and we had to “define” it for the group. Some of the “definitions” were quite convincing!

Fachidiot – Paul M defined this as a type of food one can find in France.

Tidsoptimist – Eva defined him as one who likes top-shelf drinks and pontificates

Verbigeration – David defined this as a vegetarian who must consume more food to make up for the absence of meat in their diet

Nemophilist – Ilona told a brilliant story that ended by defining a nemophilist as one who is looking for Nemo

Blursday- Paul G defined this as a term used by WWI soldiers when they didn’t know what day of the week it was

You get the idea! We howled with laugher! 

Scott R and Kieron were Table Topics evaluators. Maria served as Timer and David as Grammarian.


Awards for the night:

  • Best Speaker – Paul M
  • Best Table Topics – Therese
  • The Excellence Award – Karen

You’re Invited!

I hope these meeting summaries give you a flavour of what our meetings and culture are like at St Kieran’s Manly Vale. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.  We’d love to have you as our guest. Simply email our VP Membership, Eva Meagher, for more details.  Link is on our home page or email toastmastersmanlyvale at outlook dot com

(Why do we write the email address that way? So that we can avoid phishing/spam bots!).


Karen Robertson. Toastmasters St Kieran’s Manly Vale VP PR.