Hey, WorldSurfers!

Did you know that the first unofficial Toastmasters meeting was held on March 24, 1905? Or that 90 years ago, in 1928, the name “Toastmasters Club” was trademarked, and the predecessor of the Competent Communicator manual entitled “Ten lessons in Public speaking” was published and copyrighted? We decided to commemorate these important milestones in the history of TM organization and on March 27, 2018 – exactly 113 years since the first unofficial meeting – we held our club’s own special meeting #97 dedicated to our large and talented community – the Toastmasters International! We are delighted to provide you with a detailed report of WorldSurfers meeting #97.

We had three brilliant speakers, each of whom presented a very informative and valuable speech within CC manual. Two of the presenters – Artur Tuzbekov and Natalia Bakanova – opted for a personal story and used it as an example for the audience to follow suit. Natalia in her CC project #3 entitled «Failures and lessons» was courageous enough to give an account of her previous failures in public speaking, while Artur talked about his experience of solving health problems in his CC project #5 entitled «To sit or not to sit».

Curiously enough, the world-famous quote from Hamlet’s monologue was quite a popular basis for speech titles at our club’s meeting #97. Just like Artur, Alisa Ivanova also entitled her CC project #8 in a form of a dilemma – «To tease or not to tease». Alisa’s speech covered a very interesting topic: marketing wars between world-renowned automotive brands – BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Jaguar. Curious to know what commercials Alisa showed to the audience to support her points? Visit our YouTube channel and watch the video of her performance to find it out!

Table Topics session, led by Olga Gritsenko, was held perfectly in line with the general theme of the meeting – the Toastmasters International. Each participant was offered an image of some profession or occupation and was invited to talk about how membership in a TM club and public speaking skills could help a person of that occupation to succeed in his or her career. With great pleasure we would like to congratulate our former member Marina Pelepets, who visited our club during her short stay in Russia, and won the Table Topics session! Marina, we hope to see you more often at our meetings!:)

We would like to thank all the participants for their contribution to our club’s meeting #97, and we are looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!

You can find the videos from the meeting on our YouTube channel at the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxZN2EYMNMCOmngxyE_Co4vyorqCNudHa