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Public Speaking For All

September 14, 2020

Meeting update

by Administrator

Fellow Toastmasters,
Members present at the meeting were Harlon, Laura, Shankar, Antréa, Julieanna, and Tammy. Those members not able to make the meeting were Donna, Pamela, Michael, Justine, Sean, Rey, and Craig.

Shankar kicked off the meeting as presiding officer since Harlon was our Toastmaster of the night. Shankar opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance then he filled all of the meeting rolls that were not yet filled for the night. Shanker then handed the meeting over to Harlon.

Our speakers for the night were Shankar and Antréa . The WAG was Tammy Perez. She gave the word of the night, which was, categorical. Categorical can be used as an adjective or as the adverb, categorically.

The timer for this meeting was Laura Sanchez. She talked a little bit about her role and then shared that the times for speeches were 5 to 7 minutes and the times for the table topics were one to two minutes.

The first speaker was Shankar. Harlon introduced him as a business owner, citizen, and founding member. Shankar started by asking us to imagine that we came to a new country. He shared that he came from a humble background, worked hard, and put in every effort for a better lifestyle for all of his family. He asked, What if something happened to you? What if you lost everything? What if you could purchase a contract to give your family money if you died. His speech focused on life insurance and the benefits of it to protect your loved ones.

Antréa was our next speaker. Antréa is also a founding member, former secretary, and now treasurer. Her speech was a persuasion speech to convince us to attend the live stream that Shankx Web Development was putting on that Saturday for National Suicide Prevention Month. National Suicide Prevention Month centers around depression, anxiety, and alcoholism. People who don't seek care, don't know the signs or the symptoms. The cause is so important. When discussing suicidal ideations, Antréa shared her own story with us.

Harlon pointed out that this is important information and that we should share it on our Facebook and other platforms. Since the Topics Master for the night was vacant, Harlon recommended that we each take a moment, and create a question to ask another club member. Harlon asked Tammy to ask the first question.

Tammy asked Julie what new musical or artistic talent she had developed over the course of the pandemic. Julie mentioned that she likes to play the piano, the guitar, and that she sings. These things bring her joy. (:47)

Julie then asked Laura what made her pick Ollie as a pet. Laura responded that she loves all kinds of animals. They give her solace. Sometimes, she needs to just turn off and calm down. She has always had animals: dogs, cats, cows, horses, chickens, geese, sheep. They bring happiness to her heart. The parrots that she has now are named Ollie and Kiwi. (no time)

Laura asked Antréa, “What do you see when you close your eyes?” Antréa responded, “My Brown eyelids.” Antréa shared with us that she sleeps with her eyes open and that that is problematic. It scares people. She said she probably needs an eye mask. (1:27)

Antréa asked Harlon What plate he would pick if he had to pick a plate for Antréa . Harlon said that he would pick a vegetarian dish, perhaps smoked Portobello mushrooms with cauliflower mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. (no time)

Harlon asked Shankar what his favorite place was and why. Shankar said that San Antonio is his favorite place. It is hard to know why. When he was 16, he was a big fan of the United States and ended up volunteering at a YMCA in Houston. When the host family took him around the state, they traveled to San Antonio. He felt that San Antonio had all the good things in one place. (2:06)

Shankar then asked Tammy what was the worst book she had ever read. She responded that it is the Bolton book due to the author's tremendous ego throughout. (1:09)

Harlon then evaluated Shankar's presentation. He was interested in the topic, particularly since that is his field. It is something near and dear to his heart. Shankar did an outstanding job. He has a good command of the English language. He should work on portraying his narrative better with movements. He could bring motion and emotion to the presentation. Overall, he did an excellent job. (no time)

Julie gave her evaluation of Antréa’s speech. She said that Antréa did a fantastic job. She spoke on a topic she was passionate about. Mental health is important. Very well done. (1:17)

Shankar won the overall usage of the word of the day and there were very few uses of filler words throughout the meeting.

As general evaluator, Julie pointed out that the meeting started on time. It went well and the speeches were excellent. It was a good meeting although we need to set up the roles beforehand.

The best speaker of the night was Antréa. The best Table Topics speech went to Shankar.

Don’t forget to invite your friends, business associates, and family members to our meetings!

We still need meeting roles filled for the next meeting. Let’s fill up the roles for the next few weeks so that we situate the club members in a better position to prepare ourselves. Sign up for roles at this link:

Thanks again for an amazing meeting! Have a great week!

The link to the virtual meeting is here:


Tri-County Chamber of Commerce Toastmasters club Secretary


Meeting update

by Administrator

October 12

Meeting update

by Administrator