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 from Tristan de Montebello. Tristan’s rules for being a successful speaker are as follows:

  • Speak more often
  • Raise the pressure
  • Ask for more feedback
  • Be more uncomfortable

Alex Schams was our Toastmaster and he did a masterful job keeping things moving and on time. You could feel the alacrity in the Zoom room as he introduced our first speaker, new member Tricia Lee. Even though she just joined the group, she set a great example by doing her Ice Breaker days after filling out her Membership Application. She also showed us how an Ice Breaker should be done by telling us her story and the life lessons she’s learned along the way. It turns out that true knowledge, many times, is learned outside of the classroom and also why it may not be a good idea for a novice skier to challenge the icy slopes of the East Coast in the middle of freshman year.

Speaking of challenges, Li Xin was up next with his speech recounting his dual with the mystery truck of Woodland Hills. Li took us through the challenges of neighborhood, conflict resolution. He left us with this piece of advice; when all else fails, try talking to your neighbors face to face. The truck has disappeared but now there is this Airbnb across the street. Is that legal? What should be done? The adventure continues.

Karan Bavandi and new member Blake Bolger followed with insightful and constructive evaluations of the speeches then Sam Nazarian took the reins as Table Topics Master.

Sam began by giving us a tip about how to organize our thoughts when we’re hit by the spotlight and asked to speak extemporaneously. It’s called the PREP method and it goes like this. When answering a Table Topics question follow this format:

P = Make a Point.

R = Give a Reason

E = Give an Example

P = Repeat the Point

Sam then slipped into his role as chief inquisitor and his questions brought forth some interesting revelations and, as usual, we learned a few things.

Kenzi Rose’s favorite season is Spring and before she was through we were ready to frolic in a nearby meadow when things turn green again.

Armando Yee had our mouths watering with his description of his favorite Mexican seasoning, Tapatio. And, if you can’t find Tapatio there’s always Chamoy. He swears Chamoy tastes great on everything including fruit. I think I’ll stick to tacos but feel free to throw it on your peaches if you’re looking for a way to spice up your weekend.

Karan Bavandi took the age-old interview question about his greatest career challenge. He’s had a few but explained that it’s always challenging. When you are an entrepreneur, it’s a way of life.

Guest Evan John told us about his dream job which turned out to be a professional wakeboarder. I wasn’t aware that was an actual job but it turns out that you can make living and the working conditions, according to Evan are amazing.

Several people took a shot at the question, “What’s the first thing you would do as the newly elected POTUS. And, we got some great answers:

Rafael Macho – Usher in more parties! We assume political parties. The more the merrier!

Genevieve Kelly – Build a great team. In other words, “I alone can’t fix it”.

Luis Hurtado – The answer to good government is AI. Luis would run things by not running things. In other words, “Only the computer can fix it”.

Karan Bavandi – Power to the People!

Now, here’s the list for next week:
  • Toastmaster – Li Xin
  • Table Topics Master – Genevieve Kelly
  • Speaker #1 – Blake Bolger (Ice Breaker)
  • Speaker #2 – Armando Yee
  • Chief Evaluator – Sam Nazarian
  • Evaluator #1 – Alex Schams
  • Evaluator #2 – Len Kung
  • Timer – Luis Hurtado
  • Grammarian – Steve Evans
  • Ah Counter – Karan Bavandi
  • Thought for the Day – Tricia Lee
  • Joke Master – Alex Bello
Steve Evans
Secretary / VP Education