Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Public Speaking Northwest Promotes Visual Aids!

Public Speaking Northwest believes the words of C.S. Lewis, “What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.

Today, our speaker, Mihaela, chose, as her visual aids, lovely pictures to show us where she stands and who she is. Keep reading to find out more.

Barb, our president, welcomed Ken, Mihaela, Jan, Jamie, Pierce, Cindy, Barb, Cary, Casey, Emery, Yanhong, Jean, and guests Barbara, and Kathy, a visitor from another toastmaster club.

Jamie, our first-time toastmaster of the day, chose the Olympic Games, as our theme. Jamie did a fine job as toastmaster. 

Our word for the day and the coming week is ‘gratitude.’ Our goal is to build this word into our everyday vocabulary when we speak.

Mihaela, today’s speaker, used the pictures on her computer to show us what she meant. Her title, What’s My Name, introduced us to the meaning of her name. Although the communist government in Romania banned religion, it did not ban her parents from naming her and her sister after the 2 greatest archangels, Michael and Gabriel. 

Mihaela means "Who is like God." In one of her pictures Mihaela (Archangel Michael) is dressed like a soldier to protect us from bad spirits. Mihaela shared how her name is pronounced in different languages and countries. Her computer pictures depicted religious scenes of the great archangels in famous paintings from the Greek Orthodox Church.  

 Mihaela invited us to learn about our own names to learn their meaning, honor, joy, value, and even humor. This was Mihaela's second talk. Thank you for such a great presentation, Mihaela.

Emery evaluated Mihaela’s presentation by admiring her stage presence, graphics, speech construction, and execution.

Jean presented Table Topics with a weird twist on the Olympics theme. Instead of it taking place in London, these sports events featured Animal Olympics in Jean's backyard.

Pierce pretended he was the baby crow who participated in the Animal Swim Event. But the crow missed the swimming pool landed in Jean’s hot tub. He couldn’t get out of the101 degree water. Pierce gave voice to the crow’s wildest thoughts and feelings.

Yanhong pretended she was the mother of the baby crow who along with its dad coached and squawked so loudly from the treetops that even the neighbors questioned what was happening at Jean’s house. The poor mother crow was actually squawking, “My poor baby!” The club members joined in making loud squawks of their own.

Casey told about the mischievous squirrels at his friend’s house. Casey is taking care of his Kyle’s pets. It happens that Kyle loves squirrels. Casey doesn’t appreciate when they crash through screens and can hardly wait for Kyle to return.

Cindy pretended she was the beautiful hummingbird who flew in through Jean’s kitchen window. This bird’s Olympic event was to “Find the Exit.” Although it frantically tapped on every window, Cindy assured us that she eventually escaped through an open door.

News We Can Use:

1. Our guest, Barbara joined today! Welcome Barbara!

2. Emery will be Area Governor for Area 33. Congratulations, Emery!  Area 33 will profit from your guidance and expertise!

3. There will be an officer’s meeting next week at 11:00 AM, August 7th.

4. Ken requests the help of someone who prints well to fill out our names on our new Achievement Charts.

5. Ken reminded us that he prints our roster for each Tuesday on Monday night. That means we need to go to our website and fill in the roles we prefer before Monday evening.

The Blue Ribbon Winners

Best Speaker – Mihaela
Best Evaluator – Emery
Best Table Topics – Casey

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, 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. Jean's Table Topic of "Back Yard Olympics" was hilarious. We all practiced our best baby crow call...and some of us flapped our wings pretending to dry them out after the hot tub 100 meter butterfly!

  2. The backyard Olympics was truly inspired! I wish I could see that used in a Table Topics contest sometime!

  3. It's election year. Please vote on whose dog is most unusual, Kyle's or Cary's.