"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." Abraham Lincoln
Honest Abe knew of which he spoke. Nearly two centuries later, members are motivated to join Toastmasters by their own resolutions to succeed.
"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love." Albert Einstein
Today's meeting, on President Lincoln's birthday, had a love and romance theme in honor of Valentine's Day.
After Jean turned the meeting over to Jamie, the day's Toastmaster, he read The Valentine's Day Ten Commandments to launch his selected theme of love and romance.
I am thy Main Squeeze; thou shalt have no other squeeze before me.
The remaining nine were equally funny and a delightful opening act before Jamie introduced his GATE team:
|Jean has good timing.|
|Elaine: Toughest Ah-counter ever!|
Grammarian . . . . . . . . .Joanne/Word: MELLIFLUOUS
Ah Counter . . . . . . . . . .Elaine
Timer . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jean
Evaluator (General) . . . Ken
GATE Team members use listening skills to keep us on task, alert us to correct grammar usage, help us reduce dependence on fillers (ah & um), track our speech times, and provide complete meeting feedback.
|Ken: 5-star Evaluator General|
|Joanne's word stumped a few.|
|Mihaela with tablet|
Mihaela, as first speaker, gave a timely talk on how technology is changing not only our communications, but the way we walk, as well. She also shared with us a few of the less easily recognized texting acronyms.
Jan evaluated Mihaela's speech with praise for her organized coverage of such a current topic, her use of mobile devices as visual aids, and her request for audience participation in guessing the meanings of those more obscure texting acronyms.
|Kyle with skillet|
Kyle gave today's second speech; his topic, coffee, was a crowd pleaser. Kyle shared with us coffee culture, history, and even enlightened us on the roasting process, complete with sound effects. He also showed his own at-home roasting gear and demonstrated his technique.
Barb evaluated Kyle's coffee talk, with kudos for his confidence in his topic, his visual aids, his ability to imitate roasting sounds, and the way he demystified the roasting process. Indeed, Kyle's comparison of coffee beans to popcorn, along with his white-board illustration, gave us all an upgrade to our coffee knowledge.
For Table Topics, Jamie distributed candy Valentine hearts with messages. Volunteers spoke on whatever their heart inspired in them. Abe, Pierce, and Karen participated. Karen, a guest at her first ever Toastmasters meeting, was especially courageous in taking the plunge. Way to go, Karen!
Another of our guests, Pat, joined us at the end of the meeting; we'll be seeing (and hearing from) Pat a lot in the future. What a guy! Welcome, Pat!
Several of us remained after the traditional one-hour meeting time in order to see and hear the talks of two recent members, Deepanjali and Pashmeena. They are work colleagues making a professional presentation later this week. Jean facilitated a round-robin style, in which we critiqued their practice presentations on designing the user experience. Great job, ladies and cheers for the big day!
|Pashmeena & Deepanjali|
Our Blue Ribbon Winners:
Best Speaker ~ Kyle
Best Evaluator ~ Barb
Best Table Topics ~ Pierce
Photographer of the Day: Joanne
News You Can Use:
Our club inspirational and evaluation contests will be held on February 26.
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, JeanTracy@kidsdiscuss.com, 425.745.0022.