Our first meeting of February was reported to many of those there to be one of the very best they’d been to.
This is in part due to the way we have continued to adapt our meetings to the online environment and respond to our members’ needs.
We have dispensed with some of the meeting roles to shorten meeting length and at the same time we’ve added some elements in to increase our enjoyment. We all enjoy some time in break out rooms to enjoy socialising with our fellow toasties – something that happens naturally in the break in the middle of face to face meetings.
To give more attendees an opportunity to speak, we have added back in the popular just a minute slot where anyone can say anything, within reason!
We took fellowship as our theme for this meeting, something that our toastmaster for the evening, Judith Jones-Nugent, in their chairperson role threaded through the entire agenda with aplomb. This reminded us all that toastmaster meetings are about a lot more than public speaking, they are about friendship and connection too, something that we can really appreciate a lot more at this time.
As ever, we enjoyed the diversity of prepared speeches with a humorous look at going organic, one about using influence and with our glasses to the ready we enjoyed toasting our success as toastmaster at North Herts Speakers led by Dorothy Molloy.
We had a number of visitors at this meeting and two gamely took part in table topics, which were themed to honour the life of Captain Sir Tom Moore.
All in all, a very convivial and entertaining evening.
Special congratulations to our newest member Kelly, winning best table topic at her second attempt. Well done!