Saturday, May 28, 2016

May 24, 2016 Theme: Renewal

Human beings, by change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden. ~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Welcome to the 4th meeting in May.

Barb was our toastmaster for today and provided the theme of renewal.

Her GAT(E) Team was Robert as Grammarian, who introduced the word subitize (perceive how many without counting). Jim as the Ah Counter and Pauline as the Timer.

We had two speakers provide talks. The first speaker was Jan, who completed project #2 (Organize Your Speech) within 7 minutes. Her speech was entitled: Positive Healing Through Guided Relaxation.

Jan told about a time in her life when she was diagnosed with a severe case of pneumonia and asthma and was required to remain in bed for 2 days. She made a healing tape containing positive affirmations ("I see myself as healthy and well; there is light entering my lungs for greater health." and played it nearly non-stop. When she saw the doctor again, he was amazed at her most rapid recovery. She shared this relation improvement method by providing a sample Guided Relaxation, which was very effective.

Her evaluator was Anisha. Anisha liked her opening story and its transition to the idea of healing through positive relaxation. Anisha pointed out the extreme effectiveness of telling, showing and demonstrating the same idea. Anisha recommended replacing the summary at the end by either silence or a call to action to us.

Warren was our second speaker. He also spoke from the Competent Communicators manual project #9, (Persuade With Power). His speech was entitled: Make sure They Are Conscious.

In the hiring of managers, Warren posits that it is a better strategy to hire people who are conscious (as against unconscious) as a more important characteristic than competency. In fact, it is easier to develop a competent person than a conscious person, since unconscious people are unaware of why they made mistakes (or were successful) and so do not learn from them. When interviewing potential new hires, probe for what mistakes they made, how they learned from these mistakes and what improvements occurred. People who are conscious and (temporarily) incompetent can learn as they go and adapt rapidly to change. Warren was voted best speaker.

Jean was his evaluator. Jean felt that Warren is a natural teacher and offered a great speech title. His persuasiveness was based on logical considerations rather than emotion. She suggested that the use of the white board and its contents be replaced with individual handouts.  Jean was voted best evaluator.

Julie was our Table Topics Master. She split the audience up into two teams at opposite sides of the room. She gave each person a paper with a secret phrase or action to speak or do. She also required each speaker to weave in the word of the day (Subitize) in their 30 second or less story segment. Then the teams alternated while a story which started about skiing to repeated, unexpected turns. This was great fun and was fully involving of all.

Robert was the humorist for the meeting and told a touching story about a musician who played his heart out at a "funeral" service.

There were two guests: Randy and Jason and altogether 13 members in attendance: Anisha, Barb, Chizuko, Dan, Jan, Jean, Jim, Julie, Kathy, Lynne, Pauline, Robert and Warren.

Respectfully Submitted,
Robert Katz
Amritha Imandi, Secretary

Public Speaking Northwest #9406.

Monday, May 23, 2016

May 17th 2016 Theme – Happy Birthday to Us

“I remembered when the candle shop burned down. Everyone stood around singing Happy Birthday.” ~~ Steven Wright.

Welcome to the third meeting in May.

Jim was the toastmaster of the day. We celebrated our club’s 13th anniversary today – with lots of color, balloons, flowers, food and most importantly with a group of fantabulous people!

Here is the GAT(e) team: Grammarian -  Linda (resilient), Ah-Counter – Jan and Timer –Nancy.

Jean was the only speaker of the day. She completed Project #10 from the CC Manual – Inspire Your Audience. Title of her talk - “The History of Our Toastmaster Club” which she completed within 15 minutes.

Through her talk, Jean gave us a clear picture of the history of our club, how it came into existence and the support and that she received throughout these years. The initial years were very tough. Without a decent venue to conduct meetings, people had to adjust in cramped up rooms without proper facilities. But none of that mattered, what mattered most was the people who made the club. 

Eventually, with time our club was offered better spaces, moving from location to another – which allowed us to grow in strength as well. We formally became a Toastmasters club in 2003. Jean inspired each of us to be resilient in our endeavors by showing us the example of our club’s birth and steady growth. She re-emphasizes again that we are friends helping friends succeed. Indeed, we are!

Robert was her evaluator. Robert appreciated Jean’s narration of the club’s history from her perspective. Her subtle use of humor, tying in the opening and closing with a quote by Dr.Suess and all gestures throughout the talk was well-received. As a suggestion, he offered Jean to share about some of the memorable speeches of members that she remembers.

Anisha, our table topics master had a variety of questions for the audience. We had a fun round of table topics with Pauline, Nancy, Randy, Hadaya and James as participants.

We had 3 guests (Hayley, James C. and Randy B.) and
13 members in attendance.

Member attendees were: Amritha, Anisha, Barb, Hadaya, Jan, Jean, Jim, Julie, Linda, Lynne, Nancy, Pauline, and Robert.

Respectfully Submitted,
Amritha Imandi, Secretary

Public Speaking Northwest #9406.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

May 10th 2016 Theme – Backwards Meeting

 “I always wear my hat backwards. That way, people can see my face.” ~~ Rickey Fowler

Welcome to the second meeting in May.

          Jean was the toastmaster of the day.

The GAT(e) team comprised of: Grammarian – Nancy (scintillating), Ah-Counter – Pratap and Timer – Chizuko.

Today, we had a backwards meeting. The GATE team announced the results first. 

Our evaluators - Robert, Anisha and Pauline evaluated our speakers - Kathy, Hadaya and Amritha respectively even before they listened to their speeches! It was truly funny to hear the creative evaluations and feedback given to our speakers!

Last but not the least came the speaker's turn to present themselves.

Kathy was the first speaker of the day. She completed Project #10 from the CC Manual – Inspire Your Audience which she completed within 10 minutes.

Through her speech, Kathy shared with us few ways through which we can always feel energized, positive and move through life with great enthusiasm. Here are her suggestions –

1.  Believe in Yourselves – When we believe in ourselves, our self-esteem is greatly uplifted and we are already on the way to our goals.
2.  Turn the situation around – In tough situations, taking one step at a time and a can do attitude we can go a long way ahead.
3.  Stretching – Just like stretching muscles improves its tenacity and makes it more flexible, stretching our thoughts allows us to think beyond what we see and eventually makes it easy to attain them.
4.  Learn something esp. related to other people – She points out that social interaction is crucial for a balanced life.
5.  Laugh more – Humor lightens everything in life up, so smile more, laugh more and make funny jokes.
6.  Celebrate life – Celebrating the good moments and successes allows us to flow through life more happily. She suggests to cherish the little happy moments that we all have and keep memories of them.

Amritha was our second speaker. She spoke from The Successful Club Series – Going Beyond Our club. Title of her talk “Are You Ready to Explore?” which she completed within 15 mins.

By sharing her experience of witnessing the Toastmaster Division E contest in Spring 2015, while she was still a new member, Amritha showed the audience what a Toastmasters contest was all about. Contrary to her belief that she had just joined a club to overcome her fear of speaking in public, after that particular experience she realized she had stepped into an ocean of opportunities. And she was all ready to dig in and explore.

She went on to share the hierarchy of TMs that she discovered after actively taking part in activities within and outside the club. With the help of a power point presentation, she showed the audience how the areas, divisions and districts are formed. All the districts together contribute to the Toastmasters International.

She acknowledged the role that the club members have played in encouraging her to explore new possibilities outside our club. The first district 2 conference that she attended was another eye opener. With education sessions, inspiring talks and contests all filled with wisdom, humor and life changing messages – she mentions that district conferences are a wonderful place to connect and learn. She encourages members to step outside the comfort zone of our club, stretch themselves a little bit and explore the world of Toastmasters.

Hadaya was our third speaker. He completed Project# 3 from CC Manual – Get to the Point. Title of his talk “Father and His Role” which he completed within 7 mins.

Through his speech, Hadaya spoke about the different roles a father takes in the life of his child.
1.  A man become a father officially when he has his child. He has to provide for the basic necessities, comforts etc.
2.  Father as a Friend – When a child is in between the ages of 5-10, father become his child’s friend. By teaching good habits and manners, playing with his child; a good father becomes a role model to his growing child.
3.  Father as a Teacher – When his child is in the pre-teen years (10 to 15), the father allows his child to learn by experience. By communicating the crucial lessons of life needed for success, father now becomes his child’s teacher.
4.  Father as a Leader – When his child is in between 15 to 20 years of age, child becomes independent making his/her own decisions. Father at this point is a leader to his child.
5.  Father as a Role Model – By this time, his child has grown into a successful and responsible adult. Father is now a role model for his/her son.

We had 2 guests (Randy B. and Nicole F.) and
13 members in attendance.

Member attendees were: Amritha, Anisha, Chizuko, Hadaya, Jan, Jean, Jim, Julie, Kathy, Lynne, Nancy, Pauline, and Robert.

Respectfully Submitted,
Amritha Imandi, Secretary

Public Speaking Northwest #9406.