Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Public Speaking Northwest Honors the Words of Eleanor Roosevelt

Public Speaking Northwest knows members join Toastmasters because of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt  said "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."  

Members hope to grow in their skills and confidence while on their road to becoming speakers and leaders. They have dreams and Toastmaster members lead the way.

Our President, Barb, opened the meeting with Lynne, Jerry, Barbara, Kathy, Yanhong, Ken, Abe, Kyle, Jamie, Jan, John, Jean, and guest Barbara, in attendance. 

Abe, our newest member, gave the invocation: "Pain introduces us to who we are." ~ John McDonald.


Lynne, our toastmaster, featured Daylight Saving Time as her theme. She shared many interesting factoids from history on how it came to be. Lynne ran the meeting flawlessly.

Jan S. kept the speakers, evaluators, and table topics on time. Here she is explaining how the timing lights work.

Barbara, our grammarian, chose "Extort" as our word for the day. Many members cleverly used it when they had occasion to talk.

Kyle, our first speaker, chose the title, "Disc Golf, Intro to Flight." He demonstrated different throwing techniques and some characteristics, including the putter, mid-range, and distance driver. He diagrammed some of the flight patterns too. It was fascinating.

Barb, his evaluator, praised his gestures, eye contact, props, and call to action. 

John, our second speaker, entitled his talk, "Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur." This was his Ice Breaker, his first speech. John took us on a history tour starting at age 8. Through the years John has been an entrepreneur at heart. He learned what to do to make money at an early age. Presently, he is a consultant and helps new businesses thrive.

Jamie, John's evaluator, found lots to like. John used good eye-contact, gestures, told anecdotes, had a fine opening, body, and conclusion. 

Ken, as Table Topics Master, gave some whacky questions about pilgrims, turkeys, and food. Joanne, Jerry, and Abe gave funny, fascinating, answers. 



Jean, as general evaluator, praised her evaluators for using the "Sandwich Cookie Method." They praised the speakers, then gave some suggestions for improvement, and ended with more praise. 

The Blue Ribbon Winners Are:

Best Speaker: Kyle
Best Evaluator: Tie between Barb and Jamie
Best Table Topics: Abe

 *****Today's photographer was Kathy. Thank you Kathy!
 Photo of the day!

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: Jean Tracy,, 425.745.0022.

 Respectfully submitted,

       Jean Tracy, DTM




  1. Correction: Yanhong as the grammarian, gave the word of the day, "Extort."

    Barbara was our ah counter.

    Both did a fine job.

    Jean Tracy, DTM

  2. It was a fun meeting, both speeches were great!!

  3. Hey, uh anybody seen Tom? You know TOM Turkey, the big boy used to eat right over there. He was here yesterday. Can't find him anywhere. I told him to stop eating...they always take the fatest turkeys first! By the way, I found a hole in the south fence. I plan to make a waddle of it tonight...ya wanna join me?