Sunday, May 13, 2012

Public Speaking Northwest and Jerry Seinfeld Know Something about Fear
 “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” ~ Jerry Seinfeld.

Public Speaking Northwest Welcomes Guests!

Members at Public Speaking Northwest Love Doing Eulogies You’ll soon see what I mean from Ken’s presentation.
President Barb pre-sided over members Ken, Pierce, Jamie, Prema, Emery, Cary, Lynne, Jean and guests from our local university – Gaby, Audrey, Alexis, Moon, Grace, and Frehiwot.

Pierce led the meeting as Toastmaster with great confidence as he orated on his theme, legacy.
Jamie gave us our inspiration for the day from his Amazon book, Letters to My Son.

Cary, our grammarian, picked “Fuddy-Duddy” as the word for today. It brought in several quarters from our members.

Ken, our first speaker, told us humorous anecdotes about his deceased father’s “Right of Passage.” Through his dad’s sense of humor, Ken taught us how a left-handed screwdriver works.
He had us in stitches as he showed how his super tall father couldn’t fit into the box from the crematorium.  There was a whole lot of shaking going on. He then shared how his brother placed their father reverently on his bookshelf – upside down. Ken assured us that his dad was a jokester and would have appreciated Ken’s many colorful descriptions.
Prema, our second speaker, filled us with awe as she used a map describing her native India. She showed us how India is shaped like outstretched arms embracing her different peoples, foods, religions, languages, and industries. Prema described Kashmir as the crown sitting on the shoulders of India.
Prema used her graceful gestures to describe the beautiful mountains, rivers, and landscape. She showed us where Mother Teresa did her ministry and the Ganges River where people purify themselves.
Prema ended by displaying the different spices she uses in cooking her favorite Indian dishes.
Emery evaluated Ken’s talk and Jean evaluated Prema’s presentation.
Barb had many awards to share. Both Barb and Ken received the Triple Crown Awards from our District for their many accomplishments this year.
Emery won the highly prized Spark Plug award and received both a trophy from our District Leaders and a standing ovation from our members for his tireless efforts in making our toastmaster club so remarkable.

The blue ribbon awards for today’s meeting went to:
Best Speaker ~ Ken
Best Evaluator ~ Jean
Best Table Topics Speaker ~ Emery
Congratulations to all!
If you'd like to join us for polishing your presentations, developing leadership skills, and making friends, we welcome you.

We meet every Tuesday from noon to 1:00 PM. You'll find us at the Seattle Times Building in Bothell ~ 19200 120th Avenue NE. Feel free to bring your lunch.

To find out more contact: Emery Jordan at: (206) 235-1356

Respectfully Submitted,
Jean Tracy, DTM ~ Secretary


  1. Thank you for your tireless methods of presentation and sharing of our club. I feel privileged to be in the same club. Great use of the Christmas photo.

  2. Welcome Jamie...good to have you in the Club. Your inspirational story was excellent. A great way to begin our meeting!

  3. I am looking forward to my next speech. I have been in front often in life but Toastmasters takes presentation of myself and information to much greater depth. Great for confidence building and learning how to quickly organize a speech and present it more efficiently and powerfully. Jan

  4. Really good and informational meeting. Jean's book is very current and topical given all the discussion about bullying and looking at child rearing responsibilities issues.

    Emery gave an informational speech that I needed about how to use our club computer sites.
    Very valuable.

    I was away 3 weeks and always think about what I am missing. It is always a good and learning experience.