“Donʻt ever say ʻI wish I would haveʻ” – Toastmasters Meeting 3/14/12

Aloha DBA TMs,

We were privileged to have long-time member Dave Oberheu serve as Toastmaster of last weekʻs meeting. Dave chose as his theme “Donʻt ever say ʻI wish I would have,ʻ” and gave two examples from his own life. The first was the whirlwind courtship of his wife which lasted a little more than two months, and the second was their somewhat impetuous move to Hawaii 35 years ago. (Who knew that accountants could be impetuous?)

Our first speaker, Colleen Murray, an “Aussie,” entertained us with the differences in the English language as spoken in Australia and in America. Did you know that a “zebra crossing” is actually a crosswalk, or that a “boot” is  a car trunk? Colleen said Australians also shorten their words by not pronoucing the “rʻs” and leaving off the “gʻs.” The way we speak, she said, is not right or wrong, just different. Now that she is living here, she aspires to our local accent!

Christopher Akin, our second speaker, talked about social enterprises. These organizations use a revenue model like businesses to generate income and address a social need. Unlike regular businesses whose bottom line is simply profit, they have a double or triple bottom line: profits, the planet, and people. An example is TOMS Shoes: If you buy a pair of shoes from TOMS, they will donate a pair of shoes to a child with medical conditions living in a developing country. Unlike non-profit organizations dependent on grants, social enterprises are independently financial, so they can be flexible like a for-profit business, and be able to take action.

We were honored to have visiting Toastmaster Joy Turbeville serve as the evaluator for Chris, and to give a short session on structuring evaluations. Joy said she usually begins with a metaphor (in Chrisʻ case, a “polished pearl”). She structures her evaluations using an “Oreo” approach: Praise followed by constructive comment, helpful advice, and ending with more praise. Joy was kind enough to share copies of the form she uses to organize her evaluations.

Mahalo to Pascal He, son of Wen He, who delivered the joke of the day—yet another lawyer joke!


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