Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bored Into a Coma

MERCI:  We love to tell tales on Jan, so we thought we would share a Sunday Smile with you today.

RUSTY:  Jan has been a bit intimidated by the "traffic light" timer at Toastmasters.  Depending on the purpose, you have to talk for more than "x"  but less than "y" number of minutes.

SAM:  It isn't that Jan can't talk for x - y minutes.  It's just hard to say something on a particular subject when the brain is blank and in panic mode.

MICAH:  Last Thursday she determined she would not stop talking on the subject until at least after the first light (green) went on.  Her objective was to give a 2 minute minimum evaluation of a 5 minute talk.

PERCY:  She finished her evaluation.  No light.  She kept talking.  Still no light.  She rambled all around whatever tidbits she could remember of the talk.  Still no light.

CYNDI:  The other members were being bored into a coma.. It seemed to her and probably to the others as if she had been talking FOREVER!

BUDDY:  Eventually she totally ran out of anything to say that was even remotely related to the speech. So she stretched out her arm to point to the timing light, leaned over the podium, and exclaimed, "Isn't this EVER going to come to an end!!"  That woke up everyone she'd lulled to sleep!  The laughter "woke" the timer. 

MARCUS:  Next meeting Jan will be the timer. She hopes she doesn't "zone out".  It's easy to do.

PERCY:  Have you ever seen a horse line dance?

MERCI:  Did you ever imagine you would see a horse line dance?

BUDDY:  Watch the footwork as the horse dances in a tight space.

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  1. when mom was married, her then hubby went to Toastmasters too. Jan, I admire you. I know for a fact that ain't easy and that's the point. It helps enormously to make you to relate effectively and you are able to advance at work if you work in a traditional field, never mind the great networking.

  2. We would like toastmasters if they have butter!

  3. Oh our Mom cannot speak in front of large group -- she just gets too nervous!

  4. You never know how long a few minutes are until you are being timed.

  5. Good luck!
    have a super Sunday...

    Noodle and crew

  6. Hari OM
    Crikey - if jan had talked the hind leg offa that hossy, it wouldn't have been able to shake it's tushy so well!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  7. Our Daddy keeps threatening my Mama that they are going to go to toastmasters!! Mama hates speaking in public!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  8. Jan is very brave. My mom would NEVER do Toastmasters!

  9. Wow, that toastmasters thingie is very tough, kudos to Jan for doing it.

    That horse was amazing - hope he got lots of tasty treats during his training.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  10. I don't think we have toastmasters, but mum has done public speaking!!! It's quite a knack to make everyone fall asleep she's found!! ;)

  11. Sorry, zoned out there for a minute! Where the heck did the dancing horse come from? Love Dolly

  12. Our Mommy gets carried away when she talks sometimes. And that's without lights! Kudos to Jan!

  13. We think it's so great that Jan is part of Toastmasters! Public speaking is not easy to do, and so many people are terrified of it.

    Linedancing horses? Who knew???


  14. You are so brave to do speeches...meowmy/growlmy would be stammering and sweating with knock knees...

  15. We is wondering why no one else noticed the timer was asleep? Maybe those Toastmasters need a backup timer. We thinks Jan did well to point it out.

    We've never seen a line dancing horse before - he's very good at it!
    Sasha, Sami, & Saku


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