Sunday, March 27, 2016

March 22nd 2016 Theme – Champion

Reminding all our readers about the upcoming speak-a-thon
       April 9th, Saturday 
          10 am -12 noon

         At our regular club meeting place
              North Creek Office Center
             19119 North Creek Parkway,
             Suite 105, Bothell, WA.


Email if you would like to play as a speaker or an evaluator for the speak-a-thon. 

Now onto our meeting minutes…

“A true champion is one who sweats from exhaustion when no one is watching.” ~~ Bas Rutten

Welcome to the fourth meeting in March.

                Jean was the toastmaster of the day.

The GAT(e) team: Grammarian – Jing (exceptional), Ah-Counter – Amritha and Timer – Diana.

Warren was the first speaker of the day. He completed Project #6 from the CC Manual – Vocal Variety. The title of his talk - “It’s Right Under Your Nose” which he completed within 7 minutes.

Through his speech, Warren shared with us a graphical representation of Stress vs Performance. Based on statistics, the two are directly proportional until an individual reaches his optimum performance level. Beyond that level, any increase in stress decreases the performance often resulting in fear, pain or even insomnia. 

He shared with us a technique that he has successfully used and still uses to deal with stressful situations. It is a form of relaxation breathing or mindful meditation. During his early high school years, the book Psycho -Cybernetics (by Maxwell Maltz) taught him to use the power of mind through visualization. Warren walked us through a simple breathing exercise and encouraged us to do it every day for 15-20 mins for at least 21 days to see positive results.

Warren was voted the best speaker.

Jim was his evaluator. He greatly appreciated the topic that Warren chose filled with great content and graphic representation. Jim pointed out Warren’s suggestion of visualizing speech is wonderful to reduce fear. As a suggestion, Jim offered Warren to record his speech and listen to enhance the vocal variety and expressiveness of his speech delivery.

Robert was the second speaker of the day. He completed
Project #2 from the Advanced manual - Special Occasion Speeches. The title of his talk “Presenting the First Annual Best Toastmaster Role Model Award” which he completed within 5 mins.

After mentioning the leadership roles that Robert’s nominee fulfilled, Robert presented this award to Mrs. Barbara Katz. Equipped with prior experience in sales and customer service, Barb joined Toastmasters. Her accomplishments include - as the Past President of our club, she helped our club grow significantly. As the past area governor, she embraced and helped the clubs in our area in very unique ways. As the current division governor,  she makes sure our division is functioning smoothly as a whole. We greatly appreciate you for all your efforts Barb J

Linda was his evaluator. Linda gave kudos to Robert’s speech which was clear, sincere and well organized. He gave the audience a snapshot of Barb’s different positions in Toastmasters. As a suggestion, Linda offered Robert to add more vocal variety and present the trophy with both hands.

Our third speaker was Grace. She completed Speech #4 from the CC Manual – How to Say it. The title of her talk “Love is a Process of Study” which she completed within 7 mins.

Grace took us back in time to June 1st, 2011 - the day she became a mother when her little boy Eric was born. For the first few days, everything was messy. Her little son would wake up frequently at night times and cry. Not knowing how exactly to deal with the situation, Grace found it hard to adjust. With no means to communicate, it took her over 3 days to understand her little one’s routine. She loved her son for all the little moments of happiness that he brought into her life.

Having stayed home with her boy for more than 18 months since his birth, Grace now started to get restless. She craved for a normal life with her friends and it was time for Eric to go to day-care. She enacted the emotions that were involved the first day of daycare. At the end of that day, while she went to pick her son up – she loved him more than ever, for he gave her the freedom that she desired. Today, Eric is 5 years old. By reading, learning and spending time with Eric, Grace expresses her limitless love for her son.

Lynne was her evaluator. With wonderful body gestures and humor, Grace gave a beautiful account of how it felt to be a new mother. Having met the objectives of her speech with personal stories, Grace had a wonderful message for the audience. As a suggestion, Lynne offered Grace to possibly keep notes in her hand to refer to when needed.

Lynne was voted the best evaluator.

Dan was our table topics master. He chose the question “What is your favorite spring activity?” for the audience.

Amritha’s favorite activity in spring is biking with her children. After a long winter in Seattle, her children get restless as they see the sun and always want to head out. So she loves to get her bike and ride along with her children.

Lynne’s favorite spring activity is boating. As a matter of fact, last weekend they already went on their first cruise of this season.

Wesley’s favorite spring time activity is gardening. About 4 years back, inspired by his neighbor, he learnt the basics of gardening. Since then, each year he welcomes spring along with his sister by planting fresh plants and blooms.

Wesley was voted the best table topics speaker.

We had 15 members and 4 guests (Ahmed H., Madhuri M., Risa N, and Wesley T).

Member attendees were: Amritha, Barb, Dan, Diana, Grace, Jean, Jim, Jing, Julie, Jung, Linda, Lynne, Robert, Sarah and Warren.

Respectfully Submitted,
Amritha Imandi, Secretary

Public Speaking Northwest #9406.

1 comment:

  1. I wish everyone could experience the friendship, growth, and joy in being a toastmaster. Amritha, you captured the spirit of our club, the diversity in its members, and the variety of talks we give. The learning is fun and the members are receptive.