Fun Meeting Ideas
By Keith Maderer, Club Growth Director
The Big Distraction Meeting
While most toastmasters meetings are orderly and welcoming, in real life, speaking to groups can be more challenging. Dinner meetings, meetings with children in the audience, meetings with construction going on outside, cell phones going off, people talking in the back or even hecklers can all be disruptive to a speaker’s “flow”.
But the reality is… it happens.
So if you want to prepare your fellow members for the potential distractions they could encounter, a Big Distraction Meeting can be a lot of fun.
Download some random sounds, noises, crying babies and other potentially distracting noises which can be played back during the meeting.
Appoint a couple of members to deliberately have a side conversation, mildly heckle or otherwise distract the speakers, evaluators and others during their presentations.
Watching members handle distractions can be humorous and entertaining, but will also be a great learning experience for everyone involved.
Be sure to warn each member before the Big Distraction Meeting and make sure to inform any guests that this will be happening on purpose.
As long as the distractions are thought out in advance and properly planned, everyone should have a fun time, learn a little more about tolerance and truly appreciate that “positive and mutually supportive environment” of your regular meetings.