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11th June 2014

Dear Fellow “Farmers”,

Thanks for your enthusiastic participation in yesterday’s meeting. It’s always wonderful to have such variety of speeches. Thanks to Noah we are now aware of the the different speech parameters – even though many of us still struggle to apply them. And thanks to Adrian we can relax knowing that the likelihood to be killed has gone down steadily, and is still dropping. In addition, Markus shared with us his very valuable experience about high performance leadership and Vaclav persuaded us to work (harder still) on our self-discipline. Also, Thomas was a great table topics master – he transplanted us all to a farm where we had to work our way through chicken houses, fruit trees, vegetable gardens and other less rural environments.

In two weeks, we’ll have the speech marathon – a perfect possibility to move forward with your CCM or advanced workbook. Many of you have (been) signed up already. Please check easy speak and either confirm or tell us if you cannot make it.

I am looking forward to seeing you all on the 25th of June,

kind regards, Nicola

Debate – what a challenge!

What a meeting! First, we had two high-level speeches: Hui Mei explained to us what to expect when we look in a – literal or metaphorical – mirror and Marc Suter took us on a trip to ancient Carthage when moonlight encounters of local women with Roman soldiers were deadly (for the Latin lovers, not the girls for a change). Thanks also to Adrian and Piotr for two excellent evaluations: Given the quality of the speeches it wasn’t easy to point out room for improvement.

After dinner, Giorgio Ripamonti chaired the debate session with great stage presence and passion! The two teams were fabulous: Kevin and Thomas P. commended a banning of human cloning and a 5 year moratorium on therapeutic cloning and Nick and David K. opposed the motion. Both, proponents and opponents, defended their view points very articulately. The arguments of the proposition were more convincing, however – their motion passed in the TM parliament. Anyway, the prospect of having two identical versions of the same person – be it one’s husband, wife or parent – didn’t seem to be very attractive to the audience.

Thanks also to Michelle and Noah for the preparation of the room and all the material. It was much more challenging than on a regular meeting. And thanks to all of you who came, participated actively in the discussions and helped wherever help was needed. We’ll do this again soon.

Kind regards and see you on the 11th of June, Nicola

Meeting 16. April 2013, Report by Kevin Boomsma

Nicola von Lutterotti, Vice President Membership, opened the evening and after welcoming our guests for the evening, reminded all of us to register for the Toastmasters Division E Spring Conference that takes place on April 27th in nearby Zollikerberg. More information is available at http://tmspringconference2013.wordpress.com/.

Former Area Governor Celine Horan announced that our club officer committee elections are coming up on the 14th of May and reminded us that serving the club as an officer is a great way to not only learn leadership through experience but also a chance to give back to the club.

Hui Mei Liew Kaiser (evaluated by Kevin Boomsma) opened the speaking session of the evening with her 4th speech in the Competent Communicator track entitled “Malaysians flying home to vote” in which she shared a personal story of how she and other Malaysians abroad go out of their way to make it back home for elections. Just as impressive were the efforts made by Malaysians in their homeland to help those abroad return home for the elections. Hui Mei’s speech was a source of inspiration to go that extra mile for the benefit of of the collective, whether they are our countrymen or fellow club members.

Ben Nordemann (evaluated by Martin Hahn) introduced us to an alternative approach in medicine in his 9th speech in the Competent Communicator track entitled “Biophotons – a better way?”. Ben introduced us to the realm of biophotons by first explaining what biophotons are and from where they emanate. He then described the current methodology of utilizing biophotons in the emerging field of biontology for diagnosing and treating disease through administering light therapy as part of a holistic approach. The topic captivated the audience and initiated an impromptu Q&A session immediately following the speech!

Nicola von Lutterotti delivered a Table Topics session that will go down in the books as one of the most encouraging sessions ever. Contestants had the opportunity to elaborate on something that is or was their favorite. I believe that I even saw a show of hands for the opportunity to be called on next! Even two of our guests tried their hand at the 1-2 minute speech. Guest Toastmaster from the TM Club of Budapest Csaba Kötcsei told us how his favorite occupation would be bus chauffeur. When asked about his favorite activity in retirement, guest Barry Wynter told us not only his favorite activities but also shared some Jamaican wisdom on living well by stating, “We get up early in the morning so we have more time to relax.”

The winners of the evening were Martin Hahn for his speech evaluation and our guest Barry Wynter for his Table Topics speech (and tip on how to relax).

 

Great news! Zuriberg Toastmasters Club hosts the Division E Spring conference

On the 27th of April, the best speakers and evaluators in Switzerland are coming to Zurich to compete in the international speech and international evaluation contests at the Division E Spring conference.

This year, our club has the honour of hosting this prestigious event, where a Swiss delegate will come one step closer to taking part in the World Championship of public speaking. Separate contests will be held for the English and German speaking clubs and the best evaluator will also be determined.

The main event will be rounded off with good food, entertaining and educational workshops, and of course many interesting people. More details can be found on the Spring Conference website.

Whether you are a Toastmaster yourself, coming along to support a friend who is competing, or just want to meet some interesting people and learn a thing or two about public speaking, the Spring Conference has something for you.

Register Here

 

Meeting 19. March 2013, Report by Celine Horan

Last night we had a great meeting full of great speeches!

Noah Pikes gave his Ice Breaker speech: “Cries, Roars, Songs, and Words.” He opened by making us feel relaxed with his calm, honeyed tones. He shared about his book, The Sound of the Voice, and took us on a journey back to 1941, to the Blitz and a special letter his mother wrote to him. In the middle of his speech, he grew very excited when he talked about the man who had inspired him, author Roy Heart, and enlightened us with the information that the human voice has an octave range of six.

Even though this was his first speech, he showed no nerves and was brave enough to give us a vocal demonstration. Noah’s Ice Breaker was eloquent and wonderfully enthusiastic, and he even managed to include the word of the day: elucidate. Well done, Noah!

Konrad, our second speaker, gave us insights into student life in his speech “Give a Chance,” and he talked about his dad. To illustrate his points, he used slides with great ease and to great effect. He adhered to the simple rules of one-idea-per-slide and the-more-visual-the-better. He achieved this very well, making his well-prepared, detailed speech very easy to follow and enjoy. Well done, Konrad!

Adrian Engler evaluated Konrad and pointed out the simplicity of Konrad’s slides and his strong connection with the audience. He gave a detailed and balanced evaluation in his own inimitable style, and we enjoyed his evaluation very much. So too did Michelle Sabatini give an enthusiastic and balanced evaluation of Noah’s first speech, encouraging him to continue the work he had started in her usual gentle, humble manner, with the radiant smile we have all grown to love.

Both evaluations were excellent, given that neither had even the luxury of the dinner break to consider their points in more detail. This shows how flexible Toastmasters can be and how they do their best work under pressure. Congratulations to you both!

David Ermen hosted the table topics and asked a fun question about dreams that inspired some very weird and funny answers.

Nicholas Allen told us about his friend who can never stay awake on a train and who always ends up far from home (more often than he cares to admit). Thomas Koetzsch told us about his maths teacher at boarding school who yelled “Yawn with your mouth closed!” Guest Sonja talked about a depressed hamster, Thomas Portenseigne told a story about something chasing him through the African bushes, Henrik warned us to be afraid of cornflakes, I talked about a monkey and a Louis Vuitton backpack, and last but not least, Georgio revealed how Harry Potter got the philosopher stoned, to roars of laughter from the floor.

Listener Christian Funke decided to take the strange things that were uttered throughout the evening out of context, which made for interesting listening and caused us all to laugh out loud.

We were not even in our new home, Blue Monkey, but this did little to dampen our spirits. Although a number of guests did make mention that they preferred the Blue Monkey over our temporary abode, even having said that, they all agreed that they had a great time and were impressed with the speeches and structure.

I must say that I too was impressed with the guests, who all did a great job in the table topics portion of the evening, so much so that our guest Sonja, together with Thomas Koetzsch, won best table topics. Kudos to you both!

Thanks to Kevin Boomsma, Toastmaster of the evening; Michelle Sabatini, Sergeant at Arms; and David Ermen, Acting President, for your enthusiasm and flexibility under the many last-minute changes, nevertheless creating an evening that was fun and enjoyable for all. To all of you, well done!

Here’s to our next meeting.