Thursday, May 24, 2012

Public Speaking Northwest believes with Winston Churchill that, “The price of greatness is responsibility.”

Our toastmaster club promotes responsibility. The toastmaster creates the agenda and passes it out before the meeting so we’re clear about who will perform each duty. Each member, in turn, is prepared to fulfill his role. That’s why our meetings are so smooth and our club is great.
Barb, as President, presided over Emery, Prema, Yanhong, Jan, Cary, Lynne, Ken, Jean, and Lynne’s guest from Montana, Danette.

Pierce was to be our toastmaster for the day but he’s still recuperating from a car accident. Ken stepped up to the plate to take on the responsibility for Pierce.

Emery urged us to become friends with toastmasters on the social media site, Linkedin. He said we’ll discover many interesting ideas from our fellow toastmasters throughout the world.

Lynne, as grammarian, was responsible for the word of the day and posted “Filibuster” on the lectern. It is a reminder to use the word during the meeting when it’s our turn to speak. She gave the definition and used it in a sentence.

Cary’s responsibility, as Ah Counter, kept track of our “ahs,” “ums,” and unnecessary words. This helps us be responsible to avoid such filler words which distract our listeners and helps us become better speakers. It costs each member a nickel for each unnecessary word.

Jean, our first speaker, told 3 stories that prompted her to write her new kindle e-book, Character Building: Problem Stories for Family Discussions When Jean interviewed 3 different young men as a pre-sentence investigator for the court system, she listened for one thing. Did they take responsibility for their actions? "Responsibility," she said, "is one of the key cornerstones of character."

Her e-book is filled with problem stories about mischievous kids with everyday problems. These stories provide lively family discussions. They include 5 key questions for kids to answer. Children access their inner wisdom and give advice to the offending characters in the stories. This gives them an opportunity to think in ways that build character.

Emery, our second speaker and webmaster, showed us the wonders of our club’s website, in his talk entitled, “The Webmaster Knows.”  With computer in hand and our large pull down screen, Emery showed us the bells and whistles of our website’s 2 Menus.
He took us to the pages for:

·       Special agendas

·       Mentor forms

·       Member profiles

·       Member downloads

·       Google Doc/Roster

·       Our Blog

·       Contact page

There was so much more. This was helpful because some members are less comfortable with computers and the internet. Even the members who are more experienced with computers learned new things. We all appreciated his clear and excellent presentation.

The Blue Ribbons Winners Tied:

Best Speakers went to both Emery and Jean.

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. Emery gives so much and did a splendid job today. They say seeing is believing. Emery helped us see the greatness of our website. Thanks, Emery!

  2. I thoroughly enjoy watching our newest members excel; growing in skill and having the confidence to take on new roles. Well done...and keep growing!

  3. Lynne DauenhauerMay 24, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    I appreciate the way our club members willingly step up and take on additional roles when the need arises. What a supportive group we have!!

  4. It's also very nice to see our veteran DTM, Jean, continue her involvement even though she has already achieved the highest Toastmaster level. Thanks for the encouragement, Jean!