Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Public Speaking Northwest Supports the Words of John Maxwell

Public Speaking Northwest agrees with John Maxwell, "All leadership is influence." Today we had a fine Ice Breaker talk and an excellent presentation on leadership.
President, Barb

President Barb welcomed Ken, Tracy, Jerry, Kathy, Pierce, Sam, Jan, Kyle, Jamie, and Jean. 

Our word for the day, in honor of Thanksgiving, was 'Bounteous.' Most everyone used it when they spoke.

Timer, Jamie
Jamie, our Timer, kept us moving forward.

Ah Counter, Kyle

Kyle, our Ah Counter, kept good track of our 'filler' words. Members had to pay a nickel apiece for each um, and, ah, or stutter.

Speaker, Sam
Our first speaker, Sam, entitled his talk, "Imagine Everyone in Their Underwear." Sam spoke of overcoming his fear of public speaking and making mistakes. His well-organized speech reflected most of our fears when we first joined toastmasters. Sam is on the road to becoming a gifted speaker with his humor, eye contact, gestures, and use of groups of three.

Evaluator, Jean
Jean evaluated Sam's presentation with praise for the considerable skills he already has and gave some advice for being even more effective.

Speaker, Ken

Our second speaker, Ken, gave us a talk on leadership. He encouraged us to do what we came to toastmaster to do, become speakers and leaders. We learned two lessons on the importance of thinking outside the box. One included a blue circle on a white piece of paper and the other lesson featured a box, 4 dots, and two lines. WOW!

Our members gave Ken a round robin evaluation and shared our goals for joining toastmasters.

Jerry, our fireman, presented a joke in story form. It involved a fire truck, a dog, and 3 small children. His punch line was priceless.

Our Blue Ribbon Winners:

Best Speaker: Sam
Best Evaluator: Jean

Our Photographer for the Day:
Thank you, Tracy!

Our picture of the Day:

Ice Breaker, Sam

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,

Secretary, Jean


  1. Leadership through role-taking is an important goal. Barb did a flawless job as toastmaster of the meeting.

    Jean Tracy, DTM

  2. Finally, after years of wondering, I now know why Firefighters have a Dalmation Dog in the firehouse! Thank you Jerry.

  3. And you, Ken, did a marvelous job of inspiring all of us.

  4. While missing most of the meeting action, I still enjoy the blog and a slice of what happened. Yes, leadership is not a spectators sport--you have to play the game of Toastmasters. Speak and speak often--achieve the goals you have set for yourself and the club.