Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Public Speaking Northwest Encourages Leadership!

 Today our Toastmaster, Jan, added 5 “Goose Truths” to her agenda. Here is one of them: “We need to encourage our leadership. At the same time, let us be careful what we say when we honk from behind.”

Barb, our president, welcomed Jan, Barbara, Jamie, Cindy, Kyle, Ken, Prema, Emery, Cary, Jean, and guest, Sonam, who found us through the website, Meet-Up.

Cindy, our grammarian, provided the word, Sheeple, which is a noun and means “docile people who are easily led.” Many of us used it in a sentence during the meeting.

Jamie, our first speaker, gave his 3rd talk and it was so good. How can you possibly make a training talk about being the timer, ah counter, grammarian, and topics master? Jamie did! He used stories, anecdotes, humor, and examples to explain each role. He coined the Jamie Rule. “That’s when you speak too long.” Today he spoke within our time boundaries, 7 minutes and 14 seconds.

Jamie gave his talk in front of the lectern rather than behind it. His energy and enthusiasm shone bright and kept us engaged.

Barb evaluated Jamie’s presentation with praise for making an otherwise dull topic fun and interesting. Thanks for the fine training, Jamie.

Cary, our second speaker, entitled his talk, “Land of Plenty But Food for Few.” Cary had been inspired by the Discovery Channel. He noted that there are 7 billion people on earth and in another 10 years there will be 8 billion.

“It worries me,” he stated. “What are we going to do?’ He spoke of a tuna shortage and of fishermen catching sharks for their fins while discarding the rest. Even our own Puget Sound is decreasing in its abundance of fish.

Cary lives on a lake in the country where they can stock the lake. City people won’t have it so good.

Cary suggested people use heirloom seeds that can be used again and again. He thought pea patches (community gardens) can help and he hoped people would stock up for emergencies.

Thanks for sharing this important information, Cary. You demonstrated good eye contact and special examples of concern along with solutions for our growing population. Good job!

Prema evaluated Cary’s talk and felt his mention of the Discovery Channel gave extra credibility to his talk. She appreciated his use of gestures, simplicity of speech, and his clarity.

During Table Topics Ken was asked to define “Exit Strategy.” He gave several examples like:
  • Walking casually through the door
  • Being quiet and sitting down if he and his wife have an argument
  • A business man who buys or lies his way out
  • A child who tells one parent that the other parent said he could do something and it wasn’t true
Barbara had to define “Auto-magnetically.” She said in Harry Potter books it is used as Muggle Technology and that it automated magic spells.

Our Blue Ribbon Winners!

Best Speaker ~ Jamie
Best Evaluator ~ Prema
Best Table Topics ~ Tie between Ken and Barbara

News You Can Use

1. Our quota for officer training has been achieved and will count toward next year’s Distinguished Club Program (DCP)  

2. We will have our Annual Club Picnic at Jean’s on Saturday.
3. Our Open House and Club Contest will be on September 11th.
4. ***** Barb shared the President’s Distinguished Club Ribbon for excellence which we achieved this past year. It will attach to our new banner for all to see.

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, Washington ~ 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


  1. Our blog is so informative that I think this may keep some people away and they will just tune in to the blog. The speeches were very informative, Ken's
    critic of the meeting was right on the money, however, recommending members successes. Ofcource, Jean you have shown so much growth in our club by presenting an outstanding Blog content. Thank you!

  2. After reading Jean's minutes, I knew I had missed a great meeting. Looking forward to being back in September.

  3. Wonderful report...thank you Jean. Each speaker and leader are continuing to improve and fulfill their aspirations and goals. What a fine group we have!! Keep up the great work folks. Remember: Intentions + methods = Results.

  4. FABULOUS report, Jean! My hat is off to you!

  5. Great report Jean....Makes me want to join! Oh yeah, I did already,,,,ha!