Toastmasters Speaking Elephants Meeting- July 12th

“But I… never could make a good impromptu speech without several hours to prepare it” – Mark Twain, 1879 speech (Thanks, Garson O’Toole!)

Our meeting “Comfort Zone” on July 12, 2011 was a great opportunity to answer the question posed by the Toastmaster of the evening, Anna Witkowska: “What can we learn when we step out of our comfort zone?”

Those who made their step out of their comfort zone and joined us that evening could see&hear firsthand how effective the Toastmasters method is.

Through desensitization – being frequently exposed in a safe and controlled way to the idea of public speaking, in a supportive and caring environment of our Club, one can greatly improve his/her speaking skills. This was proven by:

Agnieszka Porzezińska, with her 6th CC project: Vocal Variety, vividly described a theatre performance she prepared; all sprinkled with a perfect blend of descriptive language and mimicking of the actors’ voices. One could actually feel like being part of that very performance. We hope to hear more of Agnieszka’s colourful stories.

Christoph Bolliger, our new transfer from Japan, has already proved a great asset to our team, when he gave his impromptu speech “Panta Rei”. Not only did he manage to prove Mark Twain’s immortal words wrong, but what is even more interesting, gave a captivating presentation on a concept in the philosophy of Heraclitus that “everything flows”. Chris makes a great striker in our all-star team.

Kamila Sidor and Tomek Kolinko enjoyed their moment of glory, as they received from the hands of our Club President, Milena Plauchowski, their well deserved award for their involvement in the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program, program which helps young people build their communication and leadership skills so they may become tomorrow’s leaders in business, industry and their local community.

Congratulations, Kamila and Tomek!