Meeting Minutes – 07.30.2020

Last night’s Silicon Speech meeting was conducted with great style and panache. Armando Yee was the ringmaster and he introduced our first of two speakers, Li Xin with his Ice Breaker. Li did a great job delivering a speech that had a great message, “Anything worth having is worth working hard for” and his story was the perfect illustration. And, I don’t think we’ll never forget how to pronounce his name. Great job, Li!

Lauren Clayton was our second speaker delivering a more polished, poised and perfected version of her Impostor speech. She was completing the second portion of the Pathways Feedback and Evaluation project and she really showed us how it’s done. I think we will all remember the acronyms including FEAR = False, Evidence, Appearing, Real. Well done, Lauren!

One of the most valuable parts of the Toastmasters program is the thoughtful, positive and constructive evaluation every speaker receives after their speech. Last night it was Karan Bavandi and Alex Schams doing and excellent job providing the feedback for our speakers.

Evaluations were followed by a very creative Table Topics session hosted by Shar McBee. Once again, we got very philosophical with Joelle Johnson, Len Kung, Genevieve Kelly and Sam Nazarian answering questions ranging from (paraphrasing here) “What are you optimistic about?” to “What’s the one seed that can be the start of your metaphorical 10,000 forests”. I’m still thinking about that one.

A special shout out to all of our guests last night; Genevieve Kelly, Elizabeth Kelly, Rajiv Jadhav, Angelin, Bahar, Ryan, James and Kenzi! Thank you for joining us and stay tuned for information on our upcoming membership drive! We hope to see you, again, soon.

Now, here’s the list for next week:
  • Toastmaster – Karan Bavandi
  • Table Topics Master – Armando Yee
  • Speaker #1 – Alex Schams
  • Speaker #2 – Len Kung
  • Chief Evaluator – Sam Nazarian
  • Evaluator #1 – Shar McBee
  • Evaluator #2 – Li Xin
  • Timer – Bahar
  • Grammarian – Luis Hurtado
  • Ah Counter – Kenzi
  • Thought for the Day – Genevieve Kelly
  • Joke Master – Joelle Johnson
Steve Evans
Secretary / VP Education