Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Public Speaking Northwest Promotes the Words of Bill Gates

Public speaking and leadership training are the goals of toastmasters. That’s why we agree with Bill Gates who said, 

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”

At Public Speaking Northwest we empower each member to be a good leader and speaker. They, in turn, empower others.

Barb, our President, opened the meeting with Jan S., Barbara, Yanhong, Ken, Kate, Juliet, John, Tammy (Our Area Governor) Jean, Kyle, and Casey. 

Our two guests were Tracy and Sam.

Jan, as the toastmaster of the meeting, set the theme: “Life Is Bountiful.” Jan presented a fine agenda and interspersed inspiring comments throughout meeting about the theme.

Our first speaker, Yanhong, entitled her presentation: “Joys in Summer.” Yanhong described wonderful trips in Alaska, Canada, and on the Oregon coast with her family and her parents-in-law from China. Thanks, Yanhong, for reminding us of the beauty surrounding us.

Our second speaker, Ken, gave his talk, “Luck Favors the Prepared.” His formula, “If you have an intention, you need a method to get results. He used the acronym, SMART, meaning your method must be Specific, Measurable,Attainable,Relevant, and Timed. Thanks for this great leadership presentation, Ken.

Jean, as Table Topics Master, gave members quotes from famous toastmasters like the founder of Mrs. Field’s Cookies and the founder of Coors Brewing Company. Juliet, Casey, and Pierce took the challenge.


Pierce also evaluated Yanhong’s speech with specific praise and a few suggestions.

Ana evaluated Ken’s talk and marveled at all we learned from him.  She offered a few pointers too.

Jean evaluated the meeting as a whole. She had very little suggestions for improvement because this dynamic meeting was filled with positive energy.

The Blue Ribbon Winners:
Best Speaker ~ Ken
Best Table Topics ~ Pierce
Best Evaluator ~ Ana

Congratulations to all!

News You Can Use:

1. Our Division E Contest will be on Thursday, October 18th at the Redmond Library. Kate, our Area Contest winner will represent our club for Table Topics. Let’s be there to support her.

 2. Our District 2 Fall Conference will be on Saturday, November 10th at the Lynnwood Convention Center. District conferences are always exciting, fun, and educational.

3. Our guests, Sam and Tracy became members today. Welcome Sam and Tracy!

*****Today's photographer was Mihaela. Thank you Mihaela!  
 Picture of the day ~ Yanhong.

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. Friends, fun, and toastmasters! What more could you want?


  2. I like your format for meeting notes using pictures. It is almost like "being there" but not quite! I missed being with you all on Tuesday. See you next week! Jamie

    1. Thanks Jamie. We missed you and Cindy. Hopefully, we'll see you next Tuesday.

  3. Jean, thanks so much for writing these minutes! I enjoy re-living the meeting through them. And it was a great meeting!

  4. Great pictures, they bring the minutes to life!!

    1. Thanks, Lynne. Mihaela took fine pictures.

  5. Jean , you and Mihaela make a great team with the picture taking and write-up. I missed a wonderful meeting ,however the minutes offered me a rare look at how our club has matured and is continuing to grow. Good team work.

    1. We missed you and your special spark at the meeting, Emery. It was a fantastic meeting.

  6. I marvel at the skill, talents, and ability of the club. Well done Toastmasters.

  7. I marvel at the talk you presented. So SMART!