The theme of ‘New Beginnings’, our first meeting of 2022 started slightly late due to some technical issues with our online members.
However Amy, as Sergeant At Arms, got the meeting started, then took over as Timer.
James wass our Toastmaster of the evening, making our four guests feel welcome by weaving the story of his first visit into informing them of what an impressive organisation Toastmasters International is.
Tim introduced himself as the Grammarian and ‘blossom’ as the word of the day.
James led the warmup where we were all encouraged to share what we wanted to achieve in 2022 and eight words or less (I didn’t hit that target!). This exercise got us all looking forward and upped our energy levels.
We had four prepared speeches to enjoy. Both Michelle and Emil gave very different opinions to mentoring.
Gulbegim spoke from Uzbekistan about the parallels she drew between hiking and starting a business.
Sher gave his Icebreaker Speech and was thrilled to win Best Speaker of the evening.
Evaluations were given by Bence, feeding back to Michelle. He managed to get the ‘blossom’ into both the introduction and evaluation an impressive number of times.
Santosh evaluated Emil and Nishanth, dialling in from India, gave Gulbegim some structured pointers.