Thursday, June 14, 2012

Public Speaking Northwest Expresses the Wisdom of Winston Churchill!

Public Speaking Northwest Expresses the Wisdom of Winston Churchill!

 “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” 

Our members learn how to do both.

Our President, Barb, welcomed Lynne, Jan, Yanhong, Jamie, Tim, Cary, Juliet, Pierce, Prema, Jean, John, and our guests, Skye, Tim, Hudson, Cindy, and Mihaela.

Pierce, our Toastmaster, opened with the theme, “dreams” and recited from memory the “I Have a Dream Speech of Dr. Martin Luther King. His rich voice inspired us and increased our gratitude for belonging to such a diverse group of toastmasters. We live that dream!

Juliet, our newer member, provided the word for the day. Ecstatic! Many of us used it during the meeting. Now our challenge is to keep using it. Great word Juliet!

Barb, our first speaker, followed up on her talk on values from last week. This time she discussed goals.

We learned goals have 5 elements:

1. Goals are specific.
2. Goals are measurable.
3. Goals are action oriented.
4. Goals are time bounded.
5. Goals are realistic.

Barb organized her speech with power point and spoke with interest as she asked members for their toastmaster club goals. 

Here are a few of our club goals:

·      1. Post 10 + flyers per person throughout the year announcing our presence in the local community.
·      2. Become a distinguished club. (We only need 3 more members to attain this goal.)
·      3. Provide more training and a special mentor for each member.
·       4. Increase the number of our fun outside social activities together to at least 3.
·       5. Keep striving for individual achievement by completing our speaking and leadership manuals.
·       6. Continue to have fun together as we each strive to become good speakers and leaders.

Barb and our officers will review our progress in achieving these goals in the coming months. Thanks, Barb, for another great presentation.

Jamie, our second speaker, practiced a speech he will use to inspire volunteers, referrals, and contributions to a cause he and his wife, Cindy, are developing. His goal is to help the influx of people from other countries learn English. Jamie spoke of the fear, frustration, and loneliness parents feel when their children learn English in school and they can’t help.

Jamie plans to train volunteers to go to our immigrants in their apartments, businesses, and wherever they are. He hopes to have his Institute up and running by next January. We look forward to learning more and perhaps get involved in this worthy program. Thanks for sharing your vision, Jamie.

Jean evaluated Barb’s speech with the acronym, GOAL. Barb’s grammar, organization, attitude, and leadership inspired the audience to share their toastmaster goals.

Prema spoke with grace and enthusiasm as she explored the excellent points in Jamie’s speech. She especially admired the smooth flow with which Jamie speaks.

Emery, our table topic master, asked us about our dreams. John our new member spoke of a dream that helped him grow into a mature man. Jan talked about a dream that predicted her experience while visiting Russia during the coup that brought down President Gorbachev.

Guests were asked for their feedback. They described the meeting as:


Great News: 

John joined last week and Mihaela joined this week. Welcome to you both. We are so pleased support  and help you grow in your speaking and leading skills. We look forward to growing from your good ideas too.

The Blue Ribbon Winners were:

Best Speaker: Jamie
Best Evaluator: Prema
Best Table Topics Speaker: Jan

Congratulations to all!

Open House Next Tuesday!

To increase our membership, we will celebrate with an Open House and invite guests on Tuesday, June 19th at Noon. If you know of someone who’d like to learn public speaking and leadership skills in a self-paced fun environment, please invite them.
We meet every Tuesday from noon to 1:00 PM. You'll find us at the Seattle Times Building in Bothell, Washington ~ 19200 120th Avenue NE.
To find out more contact: Emery Jordan at: (206) 235-1356

Respectfully submitted,

Jean Tracy, DTM


  1. It feels great to belong to such a dynamic group of caring members.

  2. Great meeting! Glad to be a part of something greater than myself!

  3. It was a great meeting, working together to define our goals for the coming year.

  4. Jean, thanks again for your WONDERFUL minutes. You capture the spirit and content of the meeting so well.

  5. What a great meeting. Thank you Jean. This is a great club to belong to and develop as a communicator and leader!-Jamie

  6. Jamie,
    I have been studying Spanish for awhile and now I have an opportunity to use this skill. Will--not right away because, I am still leaning how to have simple conversation. In time I will be able to perhaps participate in your volunteer ranks. Thank you for a great speech and program.