Online Presenters Toastmasters – Monday June 8, 2020

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THIS MEETING WILL BE RECORDED. Stills and excerpts from the video may be used by the club in its public relations and social media outreach.

Members and guests are encouraged to sign in anytime after 7:15 pm U.S. Eastern Time for an informal meet and greet and to allow time for any technical troubleshooting. We also do self introductions during this time. The meeting will officially starts at 7:45 pm.

Online Evaluation Forms can be found here:

7:15 PM  Self introductions / informal meet and greet / technical troubleshooting time

7:40 PM  Presiding Officer gives a brief orientation and overview of the club mission. Introduces the Toastmaster of the Day

7:45 PM  Toastmaster of the Day Elaine Nieberding, DL5
Introduces supporting roles. Leads the meeting.
Timer Antoinette Trim, MS5
Ah Counter Andriy Smolenko
Grammarian Carol Prahinski, DTM
Watcher Tiger Mcandie, ACG, ALB
Chat Monitor Donna Knight
Vote Counter Open
7:53 PM  Speaker 1 Graham Cairns, DTM

"Thank you for the music …." Strategic Relationships Level 1 Mastering Fundamentals: Ice Breaker
 Green: 4  Yellow: 5  Red: 6


Graham Cairns is today starting his seventh path in Toastmasters – Strategic Relationships.

And he intends using this path to focus on the second word in that path: RELATIONSHIPS.

In coming months, he will be exploring cross-cultural communication, and networking with people from around the world, and using social media for something other than cat pictures and food porn, and he’ll examine leading volunteers, and leading discussions on making the  world a better place.

But that’s all to come.

Today, Graham begins this path by looking at what makes him so passionate about relationships – and how it all began with a song – in an icebreaker entitled “Thank You For the Music” … 

Speaker 2 Andrew Bern, DTM

"Testimonial Pitch" Other Manual or Non Manual Speech: Custom Speech 5 to 7 minutes
 Green: 5  Yellow: 6  Red: 7


The Talk focuses on Toastmasters as Problem Solvers.  The problem is building membership strength during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.  This will be followed by taping testimonials on why membership.

Speaker 3 Brian David Crawford, DTM

"How to Open a Banana" Presentation Mastery Level 1 Mastering Fundamentals: Evaluation and Feedback – First Speech
 Green: 5  Yellow: 6  Red: 7


Do you know how to open a banana? It’s more complex than you think, and Brian David Crawford (or BDC as he’s more affectionately known) is here to show you why.

Backup Speaker 1 Lieceng Zhu
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.

Toastmaster asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Speaker of the Day

8:20 PM  Topics Master Tricia Smith
Leads the Table Topics impromptu speaking section of the meeting. Priority toward members not performing any roles.
Each Table Topics Speaker  Green: 1  Yellow: 1:30  Red: 2

Topics Master asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Topics Speaker of the Day

Prospective Member Speech

Taiana Melo will introduce herself as a prospective OP member in a 3-5 minute speech. VPM ELaine Nieberding will introduce.

8:32 PM  This time is reserved for speeches by prospective members. A prospective member who does not meet our default requirement for Toastmasters experience (more than 6 Toastmasters speeches) has the option of making a 3-5 minute speech about why that requirement should be waived.

8:37 PM  General Evaluator Nik Lakhani, ACB ALB and Pathways MS5, PM4, VC4, EH4
General Evaluator leads the evaluation portion of the meeting, starting with the prepared speech evaluations.
Evaluator 1 Roxanne Hosein
Evaluator 2 Emily Thompson, EH3
Evaluator 3 Marianne Grady, CC, ALB
Each evaluator  Green: 2  Yellow: 2:30  Red: 3

General Evaluator asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Evaluator of the Day

General Evaluator continues with the functionary reports (the Grammarian, the Watcher, the Ah Counter, and the Chat Monitor (1 minute each)).

General Evaluator rounds out this portion of the meeting by giving an overall evaluation, 2-3 minutes. General Evaluator should aim ONLY to add any new insights, not re-evaluate speakers or repeat information covered by others.

General Evaluator asks Vote Counter to reveal the winners of the meeting

8:57 PM  President/Presiding Officer closing remarks. Be sure to wrap up meeting by 9 pm

8:59 PM   Meeting officially ends.

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Theme and Word of the Day

June 8th’s theme is UPSY-DAISY Day. As a child when you stumbled and fell and were cheerfully helped up, or in play were gleefully raised up in the air by a loved one, the call was “UPSY-DAISY”! All of humankind has been falling this past week into hurt and fear, anger and judgement. Dare we to lift each other, to move into each day with more hope and cheer each other forward? For days-ease sake?!

WORD of the DAY: ELEVATE (verb) raise or lift (something) up to a higher position.

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Club Mission: We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Specialty: Online Presenters focuses on the development of online speaking and presentation skills for those interested in conducting better webinars or online meetings.


Nik Lakhani, ACB ALB and Pathways MS5, PM4, VC4, EH4
VP of Education
Krishn Ramchurn, DTM
VP Membership
Louis Brown, DTM
VP Public Relations
Elaine Nieberding, DL5
Emily Thompson, EH3
David F. Carr, DTM
Sgt. at Arms
Assyl Boizhanova, DTM
Immediate Past President
Lois Margolin, DTM