Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Public Speaking Northwest Uses Stories and Humor in Presentation Skills!

Stories and humor delight audiences everywhere. Today our speakers caught our attention with stories and filled the room with laughter.

President Barb welcomed Lynne, Ana, Barbara, Cindy, Ken, Tracy, Juliet, Jamie, Sam, Kate, Kyle, Pierce, Jean, and guest, Kathy.


Pierce, our toastmaster and leader of the meeting, introduced our timer, Kate, who skillfully timed the speeches, evaluations,and  the table topics.

Barbara received her Ice Breaker Award for having given her very first speech. Congratulations, Barbara! You broke the ice and shared wonderful things about yourself.

Lynne, our first speaker, entitled her talk, A Tragic Story. Recently, a boat crash on Puget Sound ended with one man losing his life. Lynne’s presentation taught us good boating rules for avoiding accidents.

Jean evaluated Lynne’s speech with praise for her excellent props, her important information, and call to action.

Barb, our second speaker, entitled her talk, The Flowers in My Life. We learned that the flowers were her in-laws. Barb developed her speech with humor, stories, and drama.


Ken evaluated Barb’s talk for her funny stories, use of space, and wonderful metaphors.

Cindy went to Craig’s List to dream up her Table Topics. She asked each member what awful thing they like to sell on Craig’s list. They had to make it sound inviting.

Jamie chose his very bad dog who fails to come when called.

 Sam chose to get rid of his foos ball table for a dining room table.
 Tracy chose to sell her sassy, messy pony for a penny.

Barb held a ceremony in which Ken. as VP of Education, passed the gavel and responsibilities to our new VP of Education, Jamie.

Barb presented Jean, our club’s founder, with our first banner. This past year we changed our name and have our new banner.

Kathy, our guest, is now a treasured member. Welcome to our club, Kathy!

Our Blue Ribbon Winners!

Best Speaker: Lynne
Best Evaluator: Jean
Best Table Topics: Tracy

Congratulations to all!

Our photographer was Barbara. Thanks for doing such a great job!

Our Photo of the Day!

News You Can Use!
1. Although Kate didn’t come in first in the Division Contest, she took the risk and did a fine job. Thank you for representing our club, Kate. For us you are a champion.

2. Our Halloween Open House will be on October 30th from 12:00 to 1:00 at our Seattle Times Building. Visitors are welcome! Feel free to wear a costume. Tasty treats will be provided.

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

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. This club is so much fun. The members make it so.

    Jean Tracy, MSS

  2. Ken has done such a marvelous job of VPE, and I look forward to working with Jamie.

  3. It was a great meeting!!

  4. It is so good to have so many new people with us!

  5. You guys like you are having a great time. the pictures really make the blog. I miss being there for the fun. Great job Kate--keep up the good work.