September 11, 2017 Meeting Recap

We had another fantastic Presentation Pros meeting last Monday!  We were 17 in attendance, including Hiba, as our gracious guest.

Here are some of the highlights for you to relive the fun and to allow the few of you who missed the evening to catch a glimpse of it.

Grace was our masterful Toastmaster and chose the mysterious topic of “Eleven” for this meeting.

Martina shared opening words and introduced us to the “Art of Seduction”, a scholarly work, which reveals among others, that Cleopatra was not only beautiful but also had a mellifluous voice which she used to advance her rule of Egypt.  This story is a great reminder that the quality of our voice has great power and should be used accordingly.

Michael shared a simple yet clever speaking tip to help control nervousness.  He suggested we try to pretend being someone else or being a mannequin with a voice when nervousness sets in.  Definitively worth trying!

Carol S presented the first prepared speech, which was a practice of a five-minute presentation she will make at UCSB’s Campbell Hall to 600 teaching assistants later this month. She talked persuasively and passionately about the responsibility TAs have to report sexual harassment and sexual violence incidents they become aware of during their term at UCSB. She also brought up the “Green Dot” campaign designed to encourage the use of the 3Ds “Direct, Distract, Delegate” to help make the campus safer for everyone.

Steve was the second speaker and reviewed his principles for an Abundant Life, which are based on the “Success Principles” from Jack Canfield.  He presented many important ideas, such as taking 100% responsibility for one’s life, asking for honest feedback, using consistent self-discipline to reach one’s goals, practicing persistence and patience, and focusing on health, all of which promote an abundant life.

Carol GS was the third speaker and led a lively discussion on the topic of brainstorming followed by a real life demonstration of the principles she discussed.  She illustrated her ideas with a series of excellent slides (her tip to find images – google “clipart”) to make the point of what brainstorming is (neutral, encouraging, open) and is not (judgmental).  We then did a group brainstorm on ideas to increase laughter and humor, which was not only humorous in and of itself but uncovered many excellent ways to bring a daily dose of laugher.  Of course, attending Toastmaster meetings was a top contender 🙂

Randy led an interesting discussion on the topic of “Eleven”.  He dug up many stories of personal interest related to this number but also mentioned cultural, mystical, and magical references, all of which drew many varied and fascinating responses from the audience.  Sobering remembrances of 9/11 were discussed, but also quantum physics, numerology, lucky numbers, a beautiful wedding ceremony on 9/11, and Apollo 11, to name just a few.

After a great evaluation round led by Elaine as General Evaluator, and Eric, Larry, b and myself as evaluators, we were treated to a rousing Rooney by Sandra, who is getting very fed up with our mistreatment of the environment.  She has lived by the motto of “think globally, act locally” since the tender age of 11 and is not at all pleased with the fact that plastic is now everywhere, including in our water supply.  But the worst offense are the frozen blueberries, which are forced to travel all the way from Chili to her plate. She knows from personal experience how long and painful of a trip that can be, so she is now officially leading a blueberry boycott!

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