Home / Articles posted by budbrown

Author: budbrown

Featured Role – General Evaluator

The General Evaluator is an evaluator of everything that takes place throughout the meeting. Before the meeting Check with the Toastmaster of the meeting to find out how the programme will be conducted and if there are any planned deviations from the usual meeting format. During the meeting Take notes on everything that happens or, in your view, should happen. For example, ...
Read More

Executive Meeting Minutes for October, 20th/16

Black Walnut Toastmasters Executive Meeting Minutes for October, 20th/16 Members Present: H.W. Bud Brown, Chris O’Brien, Matt DiMarco, Veliborka Kecman, Sarah Connors, David Golan, Beata LaBocha, and Wayne Kuhn Regrets: Sandy Moore, and Melanie Thomas 7 am President Calls Meeting to Order Minutes from Sept Meeting: Accepted Agenda for Oct Meeting: Accepted Department Reports: Sergeant-At-Ar...
Read More

What’s The Buzz # 1956

Since my term as Vice President of Public Relations is coming to an end the day after tomorrow, this will be my last entry for What's The Buzz (I have missed about 11 weeks anyway) Hopefully our incoming VP of PR will have many volunteers from our club offering to write three of these blogs in order to get credit toward their CL as an "Assistant to the Webmaster" in project 6 of the Competent Lead...
Read More

Whats the Buzz # 1945

The Nothing Meeting # 1945 was like a flashback to the Jerry Seinfeld show.  It was a meeting about NOTHING. Our Toastmaster Chris insisted that this was not a reflection of his having wakened up at 3:30 this morning with the panicked realization that he had forgotten to create a them.  It was simply indicative of the idea of nothing which , not surprisingly, gets very little (one is tempted to ...
Read More

Whats The Buzz # 1943 Tall Tales

A Tale of Black Walnuts The 2016 Black Walnut Tall Tales Competition took place this week with four of our biggest liars presenting histories that hardly happened. As is customary in our club, last year’s winner, Heather Landells was tapped to be the Chair of this year’s competition.  Heather acknowledged that she had plenty of help from our Assistant to the VP Education, David Golan and the res...
Read More

Whats the Buzz # 1942

Problems: Obstacles? or Challenges? This week, our Toastmaster, Veli decided that the problem of people who had planned on coming to the meeting, missing it for whatever reason, was an opportunity to learn and grow.  She asked us if we thought of problems as obstacles or challenges (opportunities).  She told us about a time when she had been at risk of missing a train because she had slept in.  I...
Read More

What’s The Buzz # 1941

MVP We started today's meeting with Toastmaster Matt getting insights on the Most Valuable Points that people have experienced from their association with Toastmasters from members present like Wayne who uses the skills he has learned in workshops and Sarah who took part in an Open House style meeting where members of the health group where she has her business spoke about their various disciplin...
Read More

Whats the Buzz # 1939

Decisions: The weather Channel may have perpetrated a fraud upon us by their “winter storm warning” that was actually just informing us of an average snowfall of a mere 12 cm.  The result was attendance of only 13 members but didn’t deter two guests from joining the meeting. Our theme today was Decisions and our Toastmaster, Wayne inspired us to make the decision to forge ahead with plans and dr...
Read More

Featured Role – General Evaluator

The General Evaluator is an evaluator of everything that takes place throughout the meeting. Before the meeting Check with the Toastmaster of the meeting to find out how the program will be conducted and if there are any planned deviations from the usual meeting format. Try to contact the speech evaluators and encourage them to find out the objectives of their speakers' projects (if it is availa...
Read More

Whats the Buzz # 1938

Desire, The Beginning Of All Achievement Our Toastmaster this week was Andrew who began the meeting with an impassioned encouragement to understand that to change your outcome, you need to change your thinking. This week we had only one speech but it was just as well because for once, we had a business meeting in our meeting and that gobbled up the time that would have been used by any two speec...
Read More
Top