Meeting Minutes – 10.22.2020

Hi Everyone, Turns out our meeting at 6:00 PM last night was at the exact same time as another major speaking event being held in Nashville. Even though we were facing some stiff competition, a significant number of members decided to show up and opt to catch the endless replay of querulous, debate highlights after …

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Meeting Minutes – 10.16.2020

Hi Everyone, Here’s yet another panegyric about our Silicon Speech meeting last night. Luckily, we have a great group that constantly puts in the work to make our meetings productive, constructive and instructive so it’s hard not to heap praise on the previous night’s proceedings. After a joke by new member Alex Bello and a …

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Meeting Minutes – 10.08.2020

Silicon Speech continues to grow and we began our meeting last night by welcoming our newest members Alex Bello, Blake Bolger, Joelle Johnson, Tricia Lee and Rafael Macho. Welcome to Silicon Speech! Rafael Macho kicked things off with some truck humor from the road then, yours truly gave the Thought of the Day which was …

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Meeting Minutes – 10.01.2020

Hi Everyone, After watching the Presidential Debate, it was great to return to Silicon Speech where rules are observed and decorum is encouraged. Our Toastmaster, Len Kung made sure childish behavior was kept to a minimum and she ran the meeting with practiced efficiency. Our first speaker was Karan Bavandi who was positively radiant, basking …

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Meeting Minutes – 09.24.2020

Hi Everyone, It was another great meeting last night at Silicon Speech and another step on the road to becoming the Xanadu of public speaking. It was Blake Bolger’s first time as Toastmaster and she conducted the meeting with the confidence and expertise of a seasoned pro. Speaking of firsts, new member, Rafael Macho delivered …

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Meeting Minutes – 09.17.2020

It was a night of great speeches, dazzling visuals and spot-on extemporaneous speaking. Yours truly was the Toastmaster not only managing the meeting but also personally demonstrating the importance of pre-reading intro copy. Karan Bavandi and Kenzi Rose kicked off the night with jokes and a Thought for the Day, respectively, then Lauren Clayton was …

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Meeting Minutes – 09.10.2020

Silicon Speech was a bi-coastal event last night led by our Toastmaster, Lauren Clayton, in NYC this week, and the rest of us under the red skies of Santa Monica. Everyone approached their meeting roles with typical, indefatigable enthusiasm and the night featured two excellent speakers, Alex Schams and Karan Bavandi. Alex was up first …

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Meeting Minutes – 09.03.2020

It was a big night at Silicon Speech last night. Not only was it Mystery Guest Night but we also celebrated the 5th anniversary of our club. 5 years! My how time flies! Our Mystery Guest Speaker was none other than the recent winner of the 2020 Toastmasters International Speech Contest, Mike Carr. As you …

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Meeting Minutes – 08.27.2020

The perfect Toastmasters meeting is, of course, a chimera but we’re getting closer every week. Last night was something special. Luis Hurtado introduced a platform that members can use to perfect their presenting skills called Silicon Speech Shark Tank. Luis was completing a Pathways Level 4 project and did so by pitching his new web …

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Meeting Minutes – 08.13.2020

Hi Everyone, Last night, our Silicon Speech Toastmasters meeting was smooth, fun and well run thanks to Li Xin, large and in charge in his first stint as Toastmaster. He oversaw a meeting which included a joke by Karan Bavandi about a Trump fan (it’s not what you think) and a great Thought for the …

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