Thursday, September 13, 2012

Public Speaking Northwest Promotes Contestants

“I don't care whether people like me or dislike me. I'm not on earth to win a popularity contest. I'm here to be the best human being I possibly can be.” ~ Tab Hunter

Our toastmaster club uses contests to help our members reach the next level in speaking and leading.  In this way, they become the best they can be. 


Toastmaster Pierce ran the contest with confidence and ease. He began with pithy quotes, introduced contestants, and awarded the winners.

Jean, as chief judge, gave a quick lesson on how to fill out the official contest ballots. 

Ken, as timer, manned the lights. He made sure each contestant kept within the time limits. Otherwise, they'd be disqualified. Fortunately, everyone qualified.

Emery, our first speaker in the Humorous Contest, entitled his speech, “Do the Right Thing.”  He encouraged us to register and then vote with conviction. He disapproved of all the political backbiting. He hoped candidates would come together with civility and discuss the issues.

Emery encouraged us by saying, “Do the right thing, vote in this election.” He ended with, “Mr. Toastmaster, I approve of this message.”
Cary, our second speaker in our Humorous Contest, entitled his talk, “The Adventures of James.”  He shared stories about his special needs cousin.  Cary won our Humorous Contest.

We can’t share his contest speech publicly because he will use this speech to go to the next level, our toastmaster area contest. We wish Cary well and thank him for being willing to represent our club.

Jan headed the refreshment committee and brought in chips, cucumbers snacks, salads, and had members bring their special dishes for the contests. We refilled our plates and settled down for the Table Topics Contest.

Our Table Topics contestants were Lynne, Kate, Kyle, and Prema. (Their pictures are in the order of their names.)
 They had to leave the room until it was their turn to answer the Table Topic Question:

“You’ve just applied for your dream job. What is it and why should you be the one to get it?”

Lynne wanted to be an advocate for elderly.
Kate has her dream job ~ being a mom for her teenage daughters.
Kyle wants to be the pilot for a flying city.
Prema felt that any job she chose would be her dream job.

Lynne won this contest. She won’t be in town for the Area Contest, so Kate, as runner up, will represent our club.

We applauded all our contestants for their courage in participating in the Humorous and Table Topics Contests.

The winners, Cary and Lynne, received their winning certificates.

The contest was adjourned. Members and guests crowded around the food table to eat, chat, and enjoy each other’s company.

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. Cary did a great job! The food and decorations were superb! Thank you to all who contributed their talents and skills to make this a memorable event.

  2. I was so sorry to miss the contest, and have been looking forward to these notes.
    Thanks so much, Jean! Congratulations to all who participated.

  3. Our guests, Philip, Jan's husband and Kelly, Emery's daughter added to our contest with their presence.