Sunday, July 3, 2016

June 28th 2016 Theme – Independence Day

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” ~~ James Madison

Welcome to our fourth and last meeting in June!

Warren was the toastmaster of the day. His GAT(e) team was comprised of the Grammarian - Nancy (Freedom); Ah-Counter - Randy; and Timer - Jung.

Chizuko was the first speaker of the day, speaking from the CC Manual – Inspire Your Audience. The title of her talk was “The Power of Perspective in Shaping Our Thoughts” which she completed within 10 minutes.

She explained how what her daughter is learning in Social Studies about United States history is told from a different perspective in Japan. With her 10th and final speech, Chizuko motivated us to think beyond our national boundaries to encourage a more empathetic world.
For her speech, Chizuko was awarded the best speaker!

Evaluating Chizuko’s speech was Kathy. She praised Chizuko on her ability to connect with the audience, but suggested next time to use less notes. Overall, Kathy expressed gratitude for Chizuko’s sharing and enlightenment.

Robert was the second speaker of the day, performing his second speech from the Advanced Manual - Technical Presentations. Title of his talk was “Entertainment Organization.”

Robert humorously provided a few examples of what the world would look like if everything in our lives was organized, from the solar system to our alphabet soup. He then explained how to use some databases and methods of organization to simplify your media, music, and movies in order to make your life easier. Finally, he concluded with a well-handled Q & A session.
Jessica evaluated Robert’s speech. She acknowledged his use of humor and the quality of the speech content. She suggested next time to use more passion to urge the speech along at a quicker pace, and to magnify the visuals so as to interact less with the PowerPoint and more with the audience. By the end, Jessica was convinced that organization is very important to everyday life!

The third speaker of the day was Jan, speaking from the Competent Communicator manual – Get to The Point. The title of her talk was “Are You with Me Babe?” which she completed within 7 minutes.

Jan combined research and role playing to teach us about the four types of toxic communication between couples: criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling. She even relived a humorous video by Brene Brown. 

Towards the end, Jan encouraged us to identify and understand these principles, and to practice empathy so that our relationships can be cooperative, rather than destructive.

Jean evaluated Jan’s speech. She praised Jan for her commitment to finishing the presentation with poise, despite technical difficulties. She suggested that next time, Jan could ensure the video worked properly beforehand or come up with a backup just in case.

For her evaluation, Jean was awarded Best Evaluator!

In the brief Table Topics section led by Lynne, we celebrated the 4th of July by thinking about our ideal summer day and favorite summer spot! Speakers were Nancy and Dan – both of whom split the Best Table Topics ribbon!

There were 17 Members in attendance, including Barb, Chizuko, Dan, Grace, Hadaya, Jan, Jean, Jessica, Jim, Julie, Jung, Kathy, Lynne, Nancy, Randy, Robert and Warren. We had 3 guests: Steve, Mike and Bo.

Respectfully Submitted by,
Jessica DiPietro, 
for Amritha Imandi, Secretary
Public Speaking Northwest #9406

1 comment:

  1. Jessica, this was your first blog/minutes and you did an awesome and thorough job in capturing the spirit and details of the meeting. I felt like I was there all over again. Beautiful summary!