Debate night at Zuriberg Toastmasters

On Tuesday 11th August 2018 instead of our regular meeting, Zuriberg Toastmasters held a debate night. The evening consisted of two debates, each with two teams of two people. Debating is a great opportunity for teams not only to develop their speech giving skills, but also quick thinking, logical argument forming and answering on the spot questions.

Our first competent Debate Master started the night off as debate master proposing the motion “This house believes that all disposal plastic should be banned by 2020”. The debate between the proposition and opposition soon got underway, with some exciting questions at the end. A brief evaluation was given, with some relevant feedback.

Zuriberg Debate

After the dinner break, the next debate followed from another one of our experienced members, with the more theologically themed motion “This house believes that it’s nice to be important but more important to be nice”. Again another tense but exciting debate ensued. Zuriberg Debate

The night was an overall success, both the audience and debaters learnt something and was a nice change from the usual program. The winners were announced and a small gift awarded to the winning team.

Thank you all for your attendance, participation (especially those who took a role) and for the feedback given. A particular well done to the winners of the debates.

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Regular Meeting on 17th July 2018

Here are a few pictures of our last meeting. Many thanks to our committed member Luis Cuesta for the photos

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Regular Meeting on 8th May 2017

Here are a few pictures of our last meeting where we had many interesting prepared speeches and very entertaining TableTopics. Many thanks to our committed member Luis Cuesta for the photos

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Zuriberg end of year Christmas party

By Nicola Von Lutterotti

What a cheerful evening we had last night. Thanks, Lesley and Michelle, for a wonderful set of games! They brought astonishing salesperson qualities in some of us to life – especially in Mark and Etienne who excelled in selling Christmas gifts no one really needed. The money we raised will be spent at the first meeting in January!

Kyle demonstrated most vividly, what it means to have a Toastmasters meeting in a train travelling at 300km/h: with strangers stubbornly remaining on a seat owned by Toastmasters (for 3.5 hours), conductors rudely interrupting Table Topic Speakers and passengers shoving debaters who were just about coming to the point. This is Toastmasters in real life. May those who weren’t there regret to have missed this memorable event for the rest of their life!

Finally, Hicham’s hilarious taboo game (since Tuesday internationally spelled tabu) challenged us to use our brains one last time. Julia, the guesser, was amazing. She sometimes found out the correct word by reading our minds. Wow, we foresee a great future for her.

Dear members of Zuriberg, have a wonderful Christmas season and a happy, successful and fun new year. Talking about happiness, success and fun: The best way to get all three is to come to our club meetings! The next one will be on January 16th!

Cheers and see you next year, Nicola

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How to prevent disasters from ruining your presentation

By Tatyana Mishchenko

On Tuesday, 7th of November, the Zuriberg Toastmasters Club had another hilarious, dynamic and exciting night!

An experienced Toastmaster of our club, Kyle Bullus, gave a workshop with the title: “Mastering Disastering”. We learned and exchanged ideas about how to stay cool when props, visual aids and technical devices fail us at the most important moments during presentation, in front of an audience – and how to prevent such disasters from happening in the first place. Continue reading

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