Our first online meeting was a success

On Wednesday we had our first online toastmasters meeting. It was a great success!

Prior to the meeting we had 30 minutes of technical warmup, where we familiarized ourseves with the software and got instructed how to

  • set the camera
  • mute ourselves
  • visibly clap

At 7pm our president opend the meeting and our toastmater of the evening Christian led us through the evening. It was his first time that he served as toastmaster of the evening – and that in such completely new environment. Chapau!

As you can see in the small print of the picture we had 22 people present – that is 20% than in our in person meetings. One guest even particpated from an other continent!

We had prepared speeches from

  • Axel on our upcoming Online Division Conference
  • Mayank on his upbringing and how he was often quite different than others
  • Alexander on Why beliefs are worth talking about

They all received lots and lots of applause – and rightly so.

I cant wait to seeing all of you soon again.

Online-Meeting on Wednesday

Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/576510766

Meeting-ID: 576 510 766

Quickdial mobile
+496971049922,,576510766# Deutschland
+493056795800,,576510766# Deutschland

Sandbox time: The call will be open starting 18:30. So you can familiarize yourself prior to the official start at 19:00.

Our District Director has kindly asked us to refrain from meeting in person and this is in line with recommendations to the public health.

Please switch to online meetings

Here is also a message from our international director Deepak Menon to all toastmasters clubs in affected areas. http://bit.ly/TI_Covid19.

 

In our club we plan to use a software called “Zoom” for our first online meeting this wednesday.

Zoom

You can get Zoom to work on your device, in case you have not used Zoom before.

You can download the Zoom client before the meeting if you’d like. It can be found here:
https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting

You can also just click on the meeting link and then download it at that time. Here’s a short video (< 1 min) re. how to do that:
https://www.youtube.com/embed/vFhAEoCF7jg?rel=0&autoplay=1

Here’s another short video (1:02 min) about the controls in Zoom:
https://www.youtube.com/embed/4w_pRMBEALE?rel=0&autoplay=1

There’s also a test room available, if you’d like to familiarize yourself a little bit before tomorrow’s meeting: https://zoom.us/test

Thank you to our VP Education Birgit for collecting this information for us.

Talk to you on Wednesday.

Alternative greetings

On March 4th we had our meeting in a slightly different place. Our normal meeting place at FIS was unfortunately not available. Sophie moved on short notice to the restaurant “Rundblick” Uttenreuth.

Our Meeting Place on March 4th

We had two speeches and two guests and we to learn something new: how to greet properly in the times of the coronavirus 😎.

Michael and Axel greeting properly

This clearly shows, that in unsure times it is good to show some humor!