A meeting about habits

Once again a very successful meeting at the Linköping Toastmasters Club!

The excellent toastmaster of the evening, Kaihong, opened the meeting with a very welcoming smile. We had two new guests this evening, Daniel and Alice, so we spent a little extra time in the beginning explaining the different roles in a Toastmaster meeting. This was a great exercise for all of us, and the guests got a good introduction to the upcoming meeting.

Second item on the agenda was The Word of the day. Johan was responsible for this, and his selected word was “Habit”. We asked each other questions about our habits, for example “What do you want to make into a habit in your life?”. That’s a tough question to answer without any time to think. But everyone did a great job answering the questions and made use of the word “habit”.

Then we where all very excited to hear Anton’s Ice breaker speech! “Mining for me” was the title, and Anton took the whole room back 40 years in time and to the gold mines in South Africa. Anton did an excellent job presenting his well prepared speech.

After a cup of tea in the break, we had a double session of “Table topics master”. Lasse started and the theme of his table topics was “Stop, think, and speak from the heart”. Everyone that was called to participate in Lasses table topic had to describe and promote their original home towns. How interesting to hear about four places in different countries!

Next Table topics session was led by Nicky. Her theme was the “21 days myth” which began as a misinterpretation of Dr Maxwell Maltz’s work on the self-image and habit formation. Maltz did not find that 21 days of task completion forms a habit. People wanted it to be true so much so, however, that the idea began to grow in popularity. This was yet another interesting table topic, and one of the speakers, Chun-Xia, had the advice to live in the present and enjoy the moment more. I think that we all could benefit from that!

Thank you all for a great meeting and see you again in two weeks. New guests are always welcome!

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