Friday, May 18, 2012

Public Speaking Northwest shares

Public Speaking Northwest shares President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s belief, “Be sincere; be brief; be seated.”

Our toastmaster club, with its eye on the clock, starts on time, ends on time, and includes each agenda item on time. Why? Because we know, if we’re invited to speak, our audience will appreciate that we’re sincere, brief, and know when to be seated.

With that said, President Barb introduced our Toastmaster for the meeting, Ken, with Prema, Barb, Lynne, Jamie, Emery, Yanhong, Cary, Jean, and guest, Juliet in attendance.

We passed a get well card to sign for our member and dear friend, Pierce, who was in a car accident. We heard he is OK but hurting. We’ll know for sure when he returns. We want to see him with our own eyes. Take good care Pierce.
Lynne announced the word for the day, “Perspective” along with a moving story.

Jamie gave his Ice Breaker (first speech) in which he introduced himself to us. He was a toastmaster from years past and is brushing up on his public speaking skills which are considerable. 

Jamie shared that he’s a father who raised his family with spiritual values.
We learned about his strong family background. One member had been the Mayor of Santa Barbara and Jamie’s own father had been a dive bomber in WWII. 

Throughout his talk, Jamie delighted us with natural hand gestures, a smiling face, and his rare use of cue cards that fit in the palm of his hand.

Today Jamie values sharing his fathering skills with his grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and the world. Jamie, you see, is the author of two Amazon books, Letters to My Son and Like Father, Like Son.

Jamie ended by saying, “I’m not doing it perfectly (fathering). I stumble and fall but I keep on walking.”

We were wowed by Jamie’s gifts as a speaker and his values as a father.

Jean evaluated Jamie’s speech using the acronym, DAD.

Emery had a presentation that depended on his technical equipment but the connection to the internet failed. Emery clearly felt disappointed in spite of bringing special cables for the occasion. He decided to try again another day. We all felt for Emery because he is such an inspirational leader in our club.
Barb stepped up to the lectern with her off-the-cuff table topics.

Emery spoke about finding a home for his delicious rhubarb shortcake. We have often experienced his skills as a chef and he made our mouths water with his tasty talk.

Ken spoke about the importance of locking our doors to prevent robberies. This was fitting for two reasons. Ken is in the home safety business and Jamie was just robbed.

Cary won the Table Topics Ribbon for telling a cute story about his mother and her love for bubble wrap.

The Winners for the Blue Ribbons Were:

Best Speaker ~ Jamie
Best Evaluator ~ Jean
Best Table Topics ~ Cary

Congratulations to all!

Yanhong, our timer, kept us on time throughout the meeting. She helped us prove that we believe President Roosevelt’s quote, “Be sincere, be brief, be seated.” 

Our guest, Juliet, who works in a nearby business, announced her intention to join our club. Welcome Juliet!
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. Watching our members become confident professional leaders and speakers is the best!


  2. Right on! Wish I was there!

  3. How much toast could a toastmaster toast if a toastmaster could master toast? Is a Toastmaster one who has mastered toasting or one who Toast the master? Answers to these questions and more are available during our club meetings Tuesday's, 12 noon at the Seattle Times Building in Bothell. Join us for some fun and learn important steps to advancing your career or how to speak in a public setting without tripping over your tongue. (Golf shoes are not allowed in our meetings.)

  4. Toastmasters has literally changed my life. My confidence is back. I have so many new friends. And I'm succeeding at something that I thought was impossible.

  5. I always inspired by our toastmaster members! Love to be there!

  6. Thank you Jean for your beautifully written summaries of our great toastmaster meetings. Thoroughly enjoyed reading them.