Sunday, February 7, 2016

Feb 2nd 2016 Theme: “Ground Hog Day”

“The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it” ~~ Patrick Young.

Welcome to the first meeting in February blog.

           Lynne was our toastmaster of the day.

The GAT(e) team comprised of: Grammarian – Rance [confidant], Ah Counter – Anisha, Timer – Jing.

Robert was the first speaker of the day. He completed Project #3 from the Adv. Manual – Special Occasion Speeches. Title of his talk “Donald Trump Roast” which she completed within 5 mins.

Through his speech, Robert shared with us few humorous ways that Donald Trump gets roasted on media. Here are a few of them for you to enjoy and share with your family –

"According to a new nationwide poll, Donald Trump still leads all other Republican presidential candidates. But come on, if we elect him you know he'll just leave us for a younger country." –Seth Meyers
"A store in Houston is selling Donald Trump piñatas filled with candy. So finally something good is going to come out of Donald Trump." –Conan O'Brien

Donald Trump was honored by Native Americans...
Donald Trump was invited to address a major gathering of the American Indian Nation two weeks ago in upstate New York. He spoke for almost an hour about his plans for increasing every Native American's present standard of living. He referred to how he had supported every Native American issue that came to the news media.

At the conclusion of his speech, the Tribes presented him with a plaque inscribed with his new Indian name, "Walking Eagle". The proud Mr. Trump accepted the plaque and then departed in his motorcade to a fundraiser, waving to the crowds.

A news reporter later asked the group of chiefs how they came to select the new name they had given to Donald. They explained that "Walking Eagle" is the name given to a bird so full of crap it can no longer fly.

Dave was his evaluator. He enjoyed the humorous topic that Robert chose. As a suggestion, he offered Robert to use cards for the one liners and speak a little louder to be audible throughout the room.

Our second speaker was Warren. He completed Project #4 from the CC Manual – How to Say It. Title of his speech “It’s not the size of the butterfly in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the butterfly”. Duration of his talk – 5 to 7 mins.

Warren began his speech with a thorough description of a warm, sunny morning in a park. An elderly man seated on a bench is watching a cocoon wiggling on a tree. The butterfly inside the cocoon is trying to come out. After a long time, the butterfly stops. The old man, thinking the butterfly failed tries to help it by making a small hole on the cocoon. The butterfly pulls itself out but has tiny wings and a withered body. It was never able to fly. Had the man not interfered and allowed the butterfly to come out of the cocoon on its own as nature intended, it would have been a healthy one.

Similarly, nature has its own way of putting obstacles in front of us to make us strong. Else, we could become crippled just like the butterfly. Warren inspires us all to live our life without fear and confront all obstacles that come in front of us with courage and determination.

Warren was voted the best speaker.
Barb was his evaluator. Barb was very inspired byWarren’s speech. His careful accurate descriptive language without the use of any jargon was well appreciated. As a suggestion, she encouraged him to try and avoid using notes.

Barb was voted the best evaluator.

Kathy was our third speaker of the day. She completed Project #8 from the CC Manual – Using Visual Aids. Title of her talk “Quick and Easy Gifts” which she completed within 5 mins.

Kathy showed us how to make budget friendly quick and easy gifts in a jar. She layered the ingredients for chocolate chip cookie one after another in the jar and attached the recipe to the jar. For those friends who do not have a sweet tooth, she suggests layering variety of beans and lentils along with a soup bowl or mug as a gift.

Jean was her evaluator. She appreciated how calm and composed Kathy was during her demonstration. Using side remarks to add humor, Kathy gave a smooth, and confident talk with appropriate visuals. As a suggestion, Jean offered Kathy to add bit more body language.

Jim was our humorist. He gave us a variety of jokes with a message – no matter what ever the context or subject of joke, there is always room for humor. 
Here are 2 of them –
1.  Why was 10 afraid of 7? Because 7 ate (8) 9.
2.  A child was in the cafeteria of a catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples with a note from the nun which said, “Take only one. God is watching.” As the child moved further along table, there was a large pile of cookies. The child wrote, “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”

Members who attended the meeting numbered to 16 along with our newest 1 member Nancy L.

The attendees were: Amritha, Anisha, Barb, Chizuko, Dave, Jean, Jim, Jing Z., Julie, Jung, Kathy, Lynne, Nancy L., Pauline, Rance, Robert and Warren.  
Our active membership total currently is at 31.
Respectfully Submitted,

Amritha Imandi, Secretary

Public Speaking Northwest #9406

1 comment:

  1. It was a fun meeting with great speeches.