Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters

Toastmasters Linkoping meeting November 8, 2016

The theme of the evening was ‘Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters‘, which was accidentally ironic: at Linkoping Toastmasters you don’t need to be brave to start a conversation that matters.

The meeting had a packed agenda, with six speeches from a mix of new and experienced members. Some quirky graphics showed us how to turn a fruit tree into a desert, (or was it the other way around?). We learnt that some old British marques of cars are still treasured here in Sweden; an important thing about decay; and that Kings & Queens should be making a comeback. Peter Pan was there, though not in green tights, with some cherry blossom. We learnt that one of us showed promise as a kick-boxer before deciding on a scientific career; one of us can be dared to do (almost) anything; and where Peter Pan has a pain.

As usual, evaluations of the speeches were done in a positive and encouraging manner.

We welcomed our 15th member, Art, who earned his Icebreaker banner for his first speech from his assigned mentor, Li.
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Some small technical glitches with timekeeping were ascribed to Captain Hook’s nemesis, the Crocodile, having swallowed the clock. Nicky chaired the meeting as Toastmaster, in a friendly but terrifyingly competent way. I must be brave enough to start a conversation with her one day….

Anton Popiolek

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