Do you wear your heart on your sleeve? Or do you wear a poker face, keeping your hand close to your chest as to avoid revealing what it is you are going through?
This week’s theme, “Show Your Game Face.” forced members to contemplate how they interact with the world around them. The truth of it is, as Frank C. pointed out in his well-delivered inspiration, we do both depending on our situation — or comfort level.
Our default may be to show the game face to the world. The one that demonstrates our strength or that we have it all together. A face we want strangers to see or the one we project in new or unknown situations.
We reign in our nervousness and put on our game face to focus on a new role or perhaps an impromptu speech that promises to stretch outside of our comfort zone, such as the debate format of the Table Topics delivered by Weegee S.
However, I think Toastmasters is showing us the benefits of opening ourselves up to the group and encouraging us to wear our hearts on our sleeve. This was demonstrated in the meeting by one of our newest members Jade G., who stood up and delivered her Icebreaker at the meeting.
It shifts our game face from one of protection to openness.
Other highlights of the meeting:
The meeting itself was well crafted thanks to the man at the helm, Neil B. — who celebrated his 60th birthday with us at the lectern!
Patricia H. delivered a masterpiece speech evaluation for Jade that touched upon the heart of the speech — to be happy.
William B. demonstrated his quick impromptu speech skills with an extended evaluation of Table Topics — paying keen attention to detail and offering suggestions for all participants.
The role of Timer was handled by Judy L., who kept us on time but went with the flow as changes occurred throughout the meeting.
Our intrepid Quizmaster, Ben R. demonstrated his listening skills and even stumped the entire group once or twice!
Jokemaster was played by John G. and it was perfect for Halloween — involving the FBI and bodies in the backyard.
Sheila C. was the General Evaluator and she wrapped up the meeting with a nice bow!
Our VP of Education will start adding themes for the next year. If there is one you are particularly partial to or would like to see added, please contact Neil B.