Archive for January, 2013

December 4 – It’s the Holiday Season And…

Written January 30th, 2013
Categories: Meetings, Public Speaking, Toastmasters International

121106MikeC01_crop2At our meeting “It’s the Holiday Season And…” we inducted three new members, Phil, Emily, and Nicole. Welcome to all of you, and we look forward to helping you meet your public speaking and leadership goals!

Toastmasters speeches are always informative and interesting. Mike described to us how Gibson made the first electric guitar, Les Paul worked at Gibson and made the Gibson Les Paul in 1952, and Leo Fender made the Broadcaster.

Dom talked to use about Do’s and Don’t’s for modern resumes. He told us that it only takes 6 seconds for a recruiter to look at your resume. If you quantify your achievements and customize your resume for each job you apply for so that it matches the job description, the recruiter will get a good impression of you.

Toastmasters also coaches us on how to improve our public speaking in a supportive environment. Franni gave us several ways to handle evaluations: the Tell and Sell method, the Sandwich Approach, and saying “Here’s what you did well and here’s how you can improve.”

We were also happy to have four guests visit us. We hope you return!

Laura Grove, Former Club Secretary

Mike speaking on guitar history. Photo courtesy Ed Plikaytis.

Speaker’s Corner: A Quick Conversation with a West Seattle Toastmaster

Written January 11th, 2013
Categories: Featured Member, Public Speaking, Toastmasters International




Member for 7 months

What do you like best about Toastmasters? My favorite thing about Toastmasters is the people that make it up. I know we’re all there to learn how to be better public speakers, but really I think we also come for the socializing that just naturally happens.

What surprised you about Your Toastmasters club?
The thing that surprised me was the kind of people that attend. Without a doubt, they are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.

Do you have a toastamonial you would like to share?
I won a Table Topics award the first time I went to a meeting. Then shortly after this meeting I had a job interview. I believe the part of the reason I was hired, was the confidence I gained from that award.

What are you reading/listening to/watching that you would recommend?
I’ve been listening to a lot of comedians lately, and a few that I would recommend would be Patrice O’Neal, Bill Burr and Doug Stanhope. They use a lot of adult language though, so if a person was looking for something less offensive I’d recommend Brian Regan who is extremely funny but doesn’t use any curse words. I’ve also been going to some open mic nights and would recommend “Comedy Underground” in Seattle on Mondays at 8pm.

Do you still get nervous when you speak?
I’m much less nervous if I’m prepared. I’ve only given a couple of speeches, but the first one (the “Ice Breaker”) I was much less prepared and it killed me. The second one I actually practiced a few times and it felt more natural. But even if I get to where I’m comfortable speaking in front of a group, I think I’d like to have a topic that puts a lump in my throat because I enjoy overcoming nervousness.

Jeff is pictured above at a club potluck. Photo courtesy Ed Plikaytis.

November 20 – Being Grateful & Showing It!

Written January 3rd, 2013
Categories: Meetings, Public Speaking, Toastmasters International

As we entered into the holiday season, our Toastmaster Judy encouraged us to show our thanks to those we are grateful to. The Word of the Day from Grammarian Karen was “grace” which can be used to describe 1. elegance of beauty or form, 2. favor or goodwill, 3. mercy; clemency; pardon.

Our first speaker Jeff gave his second speech entitled “From Credulity to Skepticism.” Jeff shared how his decisions today, which are based on logic and the sciences, are far from his days of blind faith and lucky rabbit feet. Our second speaker Mark was giving his first speech “Jack-of-All-Trades” from the Humorously Speaking Manual. Mark recollected a teenage memory as one willing to attempt new things without caution, and suggested that life is more interesting as a Jack-of-All-Trades.

Table Topics Master Sherry selected Thanksgiving topics for individuals to extemporaneously address to the audience. Three of our guests volunteered. Guest Emily imagined how her immaculate Uncle Jim would deep-fry a turkey with the Fire Department on standby. And Guest Nicole suggested a turkey recipe for the holidays should incorporate lots of beer with an olive surprise stuffing. Kudos to our guests for participating!

Member Laura gave a “Toastimonial” on giving a 15 minute presentation in a new job. Laura shared that she was able to confidently conduct her presentation, as a result of her time preparing for roles and speeches through Toastmasters.

Thanks to everyone for contributing to another great meeting.                        —Lisa, Club Secretary

President Sherry pictured above, leading Table Topics. Photo courtesy Ed Plikaytis.

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