The Sgt.-at-Arms Speaks Out

This post comes from First Oakville Toastmaster’s Sgt.-At-Arms Glenn Marshall who offers the following insightful thoughts:

 

We had a very different meeting last week – we had a significantly longer than normal speech, or more precisely, a 20 minute brainstorming session, a new type of speech, with the topic “ending meetings on time”.

This has sparked several thoughts:

1.  As was mentioned, adding a longer than normal speech to a meeting that reasonably often runs late, on the topic of running late, is rather ironic…

2.  This was a good idea.  Why don’t we do this more often?

The obvious, reasonable answer is “time is already an issue”.

Glenn’s First Favorite Quote Of The Week is from George Bernard  Shaw:  The reasonable person adapts to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to themselves.  Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable person.

Our club is bubbling with positive energy and ideas – its unfortunate we don’t have an outlet to let them flow even further.  Lets create one!

Lets explore periodic Saturday morning meetings (monthly?).  We’ve proven through our workshop program last year that we can get a reasonable turnout – lets take it to the next level.

And we can extend the First Oakville Toastmaster’s season into the summer, at least by a bit – it is the opinion of yours truly that we seem to end early – extending to the end of June seems to be worth considering.  Some members are not available during the summer and some want a break – how much of a break?  Is there a sufficient core that want to continue?

Lets take a step back and ask a bigger question:  Is stopping attending First Oakville Toastmaster’s during the summer a break (a helpful respite, a needed opportunity for a long summer vacation) or is it a penalty (a valuable source of positive, feeds-on-itself energy and inspiration is withdrawn needlessly)?

More meeting time, particularly on Saturdays, could result in interesting directions being explored, and provide the opportunity to explore non traditional length speeches and grow/explore in unexpected ways, personally and as a club.

Another brainstorming topic – what new things would you like to see explored at  First Oakville on Saturdays?  What do you want to receive?  What do you want to provide?  Are there speeches given that you would be interested in hearing the “long version” of?

We are very fortunate at First Oakville – we have a wonderful group of interesting, thoughtful, intelligent, skilled, wise, committed, energetic, positive people – why not take this further, if the group is willing?

Which leads me to Glenn’s Second Favorite Quote Of The Week, this one from Margaret Mead:

A small group of thoughtful people can change the world.  Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

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