With the upcoming weeks to be this year’s toastmaster’s contest, this week’s theme was purposefully titled: Practice, practice, practice! Some would say it is very “practical”. After our President Nils welcomed the audience to the meeting, I introduced the theme of the day by taking us back to elementary mathematics and the necessity of practice. This meeting was designed to be bilingual and we were happy to see some old members and visiting guests were able to participate in the meeting in the language of their preference.
Atul provided the word of the evening ‘nonchalant’ and urged even the german speakers to use it in their speeches.
We moved onto the man event of the evening: DTM Andrea Saurzweig presented some tips we can use in the table topic speeches. She explained each of the techniques that can be used for table topics and shared the presentation of her work in the group chat. The next session was with the Table topic segment where Andrea and Eugenia both took turns to ask different table topics and use one particular technique during the presentation of the table topic. A total of 7 topics were asked, and each toastmaster had a chance to present a topic and practice a technique.
Post a 10-minute break, we moved on with our evaluations. The Table topics were brilliantly evaluated by Arun Sundar and Ximeng. They were articulate, well structured, and delivered fabulous feedback to our participants. This was followed by the reports from our Word of the Evening – Atul, Timer- Ita, and Ah Counter – Monika. They made it look effortless and nonchalant. The whole meeting was evaluated by our visiting guest Toastmaster Stephen Wagner, who reiterated that he would love to visit the Aachen Toastmasters occasionally. And to Stephen we say, you are always welcome. Finally, I concluded the meeting with the message that we are what we practice to do and to be, and we can practice making progress.