Monday, September 7, 2015

Sept 1st 2015: Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” ~~ Dr. Laurence J. Peter

Welcome to the first meeting in September blog.

Our toastmaster today was Barb.

                         Naser was the Contest Chair.

We had 2 timers – Jessica D and Jung. Jean and Lynne were the Sergeant-at-arms. Pauline and Dan collected and counted ballots.

There were no Grammarian, Ah-Counter and Evaluator roles.

Amritha was our first speech contestant today. The title of her speech was “The Poky Little Fellow”. Through her speech, Amritha shared with us how Oscar – their German shepherd puppy became an integral part of her family. The day they brought him home, little did she know about the challenges and excitement that were about to follow.

Oscar’s arrival fine-tuned her mothering skills. With two toddlers, she now had to learn to potty train a puppy. Eventually she became a pro at it. At 4 months of age, his curiosity almost cost him his life, after a year long therapy, thankfully Oscar recovered well.

Today, Oscar is 5 and ½ years old. He has become her personal life coach. Fearless, confident and bold – he strives to win over her all the time. She told us how she takes the patience test every day while on walks with Oscar which enormously improves her ability to handle stress. Living with Oscar, she has learnt to become a better disciplined person.

If anyone is looking for a life coach or is looking for ways to add variety to their life, Oscar can help you and bring the best out of you.

Our second speech contestant was Dan Dan. The topic of
her speech was “Share”. She shared with us 3 stories from her life with important messages. As a child, Dan Dan grew up in China with extended family around. Sharing everything among cousins was an integral part of their culture. After an incident of not able to get what she wanted (a ripe tomato), she soon learnt her lesson, “An opportunity that comes should be taken without second thought.”

Her second story- while in school, she once encouraged her classmates to boycott the school vaccination program. Eventually they all get caught. Being the leader, she was the first to be punished. Her second message “Do not share your punishments with others.”

In her third story, she told us growing up she ran away from her mother after doing some mischief. Eventually, when she got home, she would find herself in more trouble. She says “Never run away from your trouble as they bring you more trouble.”

Our third speech contestant was Kathy. The topic of her speech was “Office Coworkers.” She described and enacted in much detail few of the unique office coworkers many of us might deal with on a day to day basis.

In her special set of people belong those who find ways to skip work, while away office time and eventually develop an annoying personality whom everyone wants to ignore. There are some others who insist on parking their car in a particular spot and do not tolerate anyone else taking that luxury away from them. Some would be extra clean and tidy making sure not even a pen is misplaced. Then there are the oversharing people who talk about everything in their life. As she concludes her speech, she makes it a point that it is these variety of people that make our world round.

The Table Topics Contestants were Linda, Robert, Jim and Devi. All of them were asked to speak about one important change that happened in their life and what they learnt from it.
Linda shared with us that as a college graduate, she learnt to make better connections and ask for help. She has decided to go out of her way and share her interests with people. She has set a goal for herself to interview her role models – to talk, learn, reach out to them and write down their stories.

Robert spoke about the experience of sharing his home with his daughter-in-law and her 2 teenage kids. In order to welcome them, he had to make space in his home. This meant moving things. The challenge was to keep his things still visible so that he could see and use them. This incident though chaotic was a good learning experience for him.

Jim spoke about how the decision to move away from a
catholic seminary after spending 10 years led him to be a psychologist. Having made many friends, the decision was difficult since it was a choice between friendship and the fact that being a priest was not his calling. While making choices, Jim encourages us to pause, reflect and then make a choice.

Devi shared with us her experience of how she overcame her fear of speaking to boys. Devi was educated in a girls only school, and belonged to an orthodox household. As a result, she never spoke to boys. While in college, she was fearful of boys as she was advised by her mother not to talk to boys. Gradually she overcame her fear only to be advised by her professor by final year to talk less with boys.

Winner of the Humorous Speech contest is Amritha.
Winner of the Table Topics Contest is Jim.
Both of Amritha and Jim will represent our club in the area level contest scheduled to be held on Sept 24.

We had 22 members and 4 guests attend our meeting today.
Our members who attended included: Amritha, Andrew, Barb, Dan, Dan Dan, Dave, Devi, Diana, Grace, Jean, Jessica D., Jessica K., Jim, Julie, Jung, Kathy, Linda, Liz, Lynne, Naser, Pauline, Robert.
Our Guests were: Thenseena, Jann K., Jennifer O'N., WooYun C.

Respectfully Submitted,

Amritha Imandi, Secretary
Public Speaking Northwest #9406



  1. A super summary, Amritha. How did you keep your thoughts straight for this blog since you were also one of the contestants? Congratulations on winning the humorous speech contest. You are a winner in so many ways.

    1. Jean, my advantage was that I was the first speaker. While Dan Dan was half way through her speech, i realized i had to take notes - which i did. Also, Robert always takes the attendance and pictures, so all i have to really focus on is taking notes. So glad for Robert's support.