There are many reasons for which to have these two items set forth for the members utilize within their speeches. However, the one I like to evolve with, especially when I am the acting Toastmaster, is to incorporate the WOD (word of the day) and blend it into the meeting’s theme.
For example, I am the Toastmaster at the Hospitable Toastmasters meeting in Sarnia, Ontario today. The WOD is “imbue”, picked by our Grammarian. I am hoping that our Table Topics Master will also join in on this project and set forth to utilize, inspire, and create topics that can help us all attain a better understanding of public speaking.
But more importantly, while I was researching the word “imbue” and some quotes that could help us understand its proper meaning and to therefore put the word into a proper context of meaning, I came across this quote:
“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern reslove. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.” — Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks
Ah, to be inbued…and receive: “Inspiration & Influence” at its finest.
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