September 27, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 20 total in attendance including 4 guests
Meeting Theme: Your Book
Sergeant At Arms Rahul I. called the meeting to order, led the pledge and the club mission statement, and introduced the Presiding Officer, President Michael M. After greeting the 4 guests, Michael then introduced Deb M. as the evening’s Toastmaster.
- Visiting past president and newlywed Melanie C. (formerly Melanie R.)
- Melanie’s “Arizona Mom,” first-time visitor Lucia
- Student from CGCC Public Speaking class, first-time visitor Kianna
- And a friend of Emi’s brother-in-law, looking-for-a-new-club occasional Toastmaster Keola T.
- Audrey D. shared that she was video recorded at work!
- Michael M. “Complaint Free World – Revisited”
Competent Communication Manual, Project #2: Organize Your Speech
Two years ago, Michael gave a speech about the book, “A Complaint Free World,” by Will Bowen. At the time, he had taken the 21-day complaint free challenge and was able to achieve the 21-day goal. He learned some lessons through that experience: it’s not easy (he experienced some backsliding, complaining about his “grandpa eyebrows” and losing a speech contest to Liz S.), some don’t care about his problems, and there are other things that can be done (in other words, tackle the problem and make progress). Michael challenged us to go complaint-free with him in October. Wear a wrist band and switch wrists every time you complain and try to avoid having to change wrists for 21 days straight. (Evaluated by Paul F.)
- Rahul I. “The Call from Nissan”
Interpersonal Communication Advanced Manual, Project #3: Diffusing Verbal Criticism
Before engaging in a role play with Deb M. about a real-world situation with an upset client, Rahul educated us on the five steps to diffusing verbal criticism with a customer: Listen more than talk, acknowledge the situation, ask careful, well-thought out questions, paraphrase what they say, and agree to established truths. (Evaluated by Emi B.)
- Liz S. “The Most Common Mental Illness”
Competent Communication Manual, Project #8: Get Comfortable With Visual Aids
No, it is not depression, nor is it PTSD… it is anxiety. Liz may have felt anxiety due to the technical difficulties she suffered, not being able to get the computer hooked up to the projector, but she compensated nicely by showing us her laptop screen. As widespread as anxiety is, most people exhibit vague symptoms, like digestive problems, and consequently are often treated simply for the symptoms than the underlying cause of anxiety. Liz provided a few tips on coping with anxiety: the paradoxical method (giving yourself permission to feel anxious for just 30 minutes), make a plan (if that happens, then…), and, simplest of all, exercise. (Evaluated by Mike H.)
- If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title be?
Emi B. said her autobiography would be titled, “My Transformation,” and would highlight the journey from agoraphobia to independence enabled by Toastmasters.
- What was the last book you read?
Melanie C. said the last book she read was “Contagious: Why Things Catch On,” that talked about why some You Tube videos go viral, because they go through all the “STEPPS.” Melanie would like to turn what she learned from this book into applications for her marketing job.
- Audrey said the last book she read was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” and asked what that said about her?
Mike B. replied that it was pretty obvious… Audrey is most definitely born to run.
- What is your favorite book that became a movie? Which was better?
Steve F. said it was most definitely George Orwell’s “1984.” He said the book, which he still likes today, was superior to the movie, which had left out too much information.
- Toastmaster – Deb M.
- Topicmaster – Audrey D.
- General Evaluator – Pablo R.
- Wordmaster – Mike B.
Word of the Day: braggadocio (noun) – the annoying or exaggerated talk of someone who is trying to sound very proud or brave
- Grammarian – Mike H.
- Ah Counter – Sheryl R.
- Timer – Casey B.
- Word of Wisdom – Renee R.
- Jokemaster – Renee R.
- Most Effective Evaluator: Michael H.
- Best Table Topics Speaker: Melanie C.
- Speech of the Day: Michael M.
- Spark Plug Award: Renee R.
President Michael M. closed out the meeting.
Business & Reports:
- Maverick’s 6th Annual Spooky Tales Speech & Costume Contest will take place at the Gilbert Historical Museum on November 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm. There will be potluck dinner, speech & costume contests. Bring friends and family!
- Everyone who Liz expected to renew has submitted their dues, except for newlywed Mike H. Congratulations, Mike H!
- The Tonto Division Contest is this Saturday, 9:30 am, at Tempe Christian Church. Come cheer on Liz as she represents Maverick and Area T6 in the table topics contest!
- Renee will take meeting minutes in Emi’s absence next week.
September 20, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 19 total in attendance including 3 guests
Meeting Theme: Fall
Substitute Sergeant At Arms Deb M. called the meeting to order and introduced the Presiding Officer, President Michael M. who led us through the pledge, club mission statement, and Toastmasters moments before introducing Liz S. as the evening’s Toastmaster.
- First time visitor Danica (long “a”)
- First time visitor Praveen
- Returning visitor and soon-to-be member Ali
- Pablo R. facilitated an event and was asked to give multiple last-minute presentations on topics with which he was previously unfamiliar. He credited Toastmasters with the confidence to rise to the occasion.
- Michael M. said he felt like a “proud papa” at the Area Contest on Monday, during which Mike B. placed third in the humorous speech contest and Liz S. won the table topics contest.
- Mike B. is thankful for the Toastmasters skills that enable him to frequently become the last minute facilitator at his networking meetings.
- Liz S. informed us that the program where she works is being closed down and she is being reassigned to a position particularly due to the communication and leadership skills she’s learned through Toastmasters.
- Renee R. used her listening skills then told her pastor she’d heard him use a filler. He took it well.
- Mike K. “How Much Does an Elephant Weigh?” (a pick-up line to break the ice!)
Competent Communication Manual, Project #1: the Ice Breaker
We got to know Mike, getting glimpses of his upbringing as the child of Lebanese refugees who lived close to relatives and whose grandparents taught him morals and values. He founded his high school’s first robotics team and also enjoyed skateboarding and video recording their antics. A conversation with his chemistry teacher led him to majoring in micro-technology, which enabled him to get a job working at Intel here in Arizona. We’re so glad to have broken the ice with Mike K.! (Evaluated by Sheryl R.)
- Pablo R. “The Soundtrack of My Life”
Competent Communication Manual, Project #6: Vocal Variety
If you missed this meeting, you missed a great performance by Pablo! Pablo took us through the journey of his life in song, starting with Sesame Street’s “Rubber Ducky,” on to some Neil Diamond, Michael Jackson, Guns N Roses, and Garth Brooks in college where country music saw him through his first heart break. In his young adult years, Ryan Adams and Alt Country saw him through his first marriage, divorce, and healing time. We got to know many of the songs that saw Pablo through the milestones of his life. (Evaluated by Casey B.)
- Renee R. “Traveling to Four States in Seven Days”
Speaking to Inform, Project #1: The Speech to Inform
Renee reminisced about her trip from Arizona to Nebraska to visit her great-granddaughter Cora Hope, then their trip to Minnesota and on to Massachusetts. She hit traffic driving on to New Hampshire where she enjoyed meeting up with family at a wonderful Greek wedding where she danced and enjoyed a bonfire with s’mores. To top it off, she was privileged to witness Cora’s baptism and continued fellowship with family. (Evaluated by Mike B.)
- Friday was Harvest Moon that brings out the crazies. What odd or crazy event do you associate with the Harvest Moon?
Paul T. told us that as a volunteer with the DPS, he can affirm that full moon nights do draw out the crazies. But, he said, Arizona crazies are nothing compared to New Jersey crazies! As temps cool, he hopes the crazies will opt to stay in.
- Have you ever been caught by surprise due to a fall temperature change?
Winona P. confessed that no, she hadn’t, but she did say she was a victim of the full moon the evening prior. She got boxed in by a van parked too close and had challenges pulling out of her space.
- Tell us about your favorite fall festival.
New member Steve F. said that Halloween was his favorite. He said he used to be the “grumpy old guy taking two kids around the block,” but since he discovered a house that had treats for kids and a baseball game for the adults, it’s not so bad.
- Guest Praveen also answered Steve’s question, agreeing that Halloween was a fun time to take his six year old out, but he’s pretty sure the dental industry is behind the tradition.
- Toastmaster – Liz S.
- Topicmaster – Deb M.
- General Evaluator – Audrey D.
- Wordmaster – Emi B.
Word of the Day: Temperate (adjective): having temperatures that are not too hot or too cold; emotionally calm and controlled; avoiding behavior that goes beyond what is normal, healthy, or acceptable
- Grammarian – Michael M.
- Ah Counter – Michael H.
- Timer – Paul F.
- Word of Wisdom – Paul T.
- Jokemaster – Winona P.
- Most Effective Evaluator: Casey B.
- Best Table Topics Speaker: Winona P.
- Speech of the Day: Pablo R.
- Spark Plug Award: Steve F.
President Michael M. closed out the meeting.
Business & Reports:
- Liz moved to accept Steve F. into membership and there were so many seconds the secretary couldn’t decide who was first. However, Paul T. was sitting close to her and that was who she heard above all others, so Paul T. is officially credited with seconding the motion, which passed. Welcome to the club, Steve!
- Executive committee follows the club meeting.
- Treasurer Liz S. said this renewals season was the easiest on record. Of those expected to renew, we’re just missing Mike H. who had the nerve to get married during renewals time. Congratulations, Mike!!!
- Mike K. was inducted as a member, led by VPM Winona P. and with Casey B. as a stand-in mentor.
September 13, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 16 total in attendance including 1 returning guest
Meeting Theme: Apple for the Teacher
Sergeant At Arms Rahul I. called the meeting to order and introduced the Presiding Officer, President Michael M. who led us through the pledge, club mission statement, and Toastmasters moments before reintroducing Rahul I. as the evening’s Toastmaster.
Before we get started…
- Past member Paul T. submitted his application for membership and dues payment. Liz S. moved to vote Paul T. back into membership and though there were multiple enthusiastic seconds, Rahul I. jumped in there first. The vote to approve his membership was unanimous.
- Newly re-admitted member Paul T. shared that he recently chaperoned a bus trip with a group of ROTC cadets and he was able to maintain order during the trip.
- Audrey D. was called upon to present an impromptu speech at church and she felt very good about her three minute presentation that was free of fillers.
- Rob played with a group at the Diamond Backs game and thanked Toastmasters for teaching him the discipline of timing since in music, “timing is everything.”
- Paul F. “Water Competency – Making Water Your Friend”
Competent Communication Manual, Project #5: Your Body Speaks
Paul said his relationship with water started out positively; he enjoyed swimming and more. But water can also be deadly. For example, as a child at a camp pool, he took in water and had to struggle to get out. At the age of 16 Paul took a water safety course and became a lifeguard, then went on to become a water safety instructor. Paul went on to challenge us to become more competent around water by striving to meet the American Red Cross‘s five water competencies: entering the water, getting to the surface, orienting to an exit, swimming for 25 yards, and exiting the water.
- Michael H. “2977 Flags”
Competent Communication Manual, Project #9: Persuade With Power
Michael’s speech inspired us all to visit the City of Tempe’s Healing Field. He described a visit to the field during 9/11 remembrances to see the 2,977 flags in honor of each of the lives lost on 9/11 and how each flag was labeled with the name of one of those lives. It was, Michael said, a great departure from the first world issues prevalent in the news today.
- Emi B. “NAET Preliminary Autism Study”
Speaking to Inform, Project #4: A Fact-Finding Report
Emi shared some staggering facts from the 2004 NAET Autism Study that had 88% of the test subjects moved from special education to regular education classes and had their diagnosis of autism removed by their family doctor or neurologist. She encouraged everyone to pass the word on to friends or family who had autistic children to look into participating in the current large-scale global study and provided contact information for her employer who is a participating practitioner.
- If you were to honor a person who taught you a special lesson, who would that be and why?
Deb replied that it would be her business law instructor, someone to whom she did actually send a card of thanks and acknowledgement.
- Did you ever receive a gift in response to helping someone?
Mike B. said that yes, he had received a little statue from a participant in one of his classes.
- Tell about a time or situation when you felt an apple was deserved?
Mike K. happily awarded Table Topic Master Sheryl R. an apple right then for putting up with being clicked repeatedly during her spiel.
- Toastmaster – Rahul I.
- Topicmaster – Sheryl R.
- General Evaluator – Casey B.
- Wordmaster – Michael M.
Word of the Day: Acumen (noun): the ability to think clearly and make good decisions
- Grammarian – Liz S.
- Ah Counter – Audrey D.
- Timer – Paul T.
- Word of Wisdom – Renee R.
- Jokemaster – Mike B.
- Most Effective Evaluator: Rob M.
- Best Table Topics Speaker: Mike B.
- Speech of the Day: Paul F.
- Spark Plug Award: Paul T.
President Michael M. closed out the meeting.
Business & Reports:
- Welcome back, Renee! You were missed!
- Mike B. will have his camera and background set up for PR headshots next week.
- Liz reminded everyone that dues are due. $63 by check payable to Maverick Toastmasters, cash, or credit card.
- Emi could still use help with the Area T6 contest on Monday. Click here to sign up.
- Sheryl also has openings for roles at the Area T1 contest on Saturday afternoon. Contact Sheryl to volunteer.
- Michael H. broke our hearts by announcing he will not be renewing his dues with Maverick.
- Officers meeting is next week; submit officer reports by Sunday.
August 30, 2016 Maverick Club Meeting at Sun Valley High School – 11 total in attendance
Meeting Theme: Money
Vice President Membership Winona P. led us through the pledge, club mission statement, and Toastmasters moments before introducing Toastmaster Rob M.
- Paul helped direct those at a memorial service this week.
- Rob utilized listening skills refined at Toastmasters during a conversation with his wife.
- Sheryl attended a club contest today and though they were unprepared, she convinced a few of them to participate and the club had a successful contest.
- Pablo was approached to start a new club at his place of work.
- Liz negotiated insurance coverage for one of her program’s new participants and through that developed a solution to a recurring problem.
- Deb M. “Social Motivation”
Competent Communication Manual, Project #3: Get to the Point
Deb was inspired by the book “The Influencer.” She described a process she went through with a troupe of girls and their parents as they worked together to build a parade float, dividing the backdrop into 3 seconds so each girl had a section to decorate; and what to do with the single trophy they had won, opting to have all names engraved on it and displaying it at the school where they met.
- Casey B. “What an Adventure!”
Entertaining Speaker Advanced Manual, Project #1: The Entertaining Speech
A friend convinced Casey and a few others to go on a hike to Devil’s Chasm that turned out to be a series of problematic circumstances: an hour of travel on a dirt road with no signs of life, climbing up a rock face and nearly slipping off, nearly being crushed by a falling boulder, and finally giving up on reaching the Native American ruins.
- Mike B. “Some of My Best Friends” or “A Few of My Close Friends,” depending on who you ask
Practice run of humorous contest speech.
Mike retold his contest speech, featuring antics from a handful of his animal friends at the Phoenix zoo.
- Which is it better to donate: time or money, and why?
Audrey challenged us to go ahead and give money when we were able to, but encouraged us further to make donating time a priority.
- What is something you’ve done right that you’re proud of?
Pablo talked about giving back to the community because he believes “that children are our future; teach them well and….” He is particularly proud of his work with Guitars Not Guns and Junior Achievement.
- What is something you would change about the student loan process?
In not so few words, Emi basically said she wouldn’t change anything. She believes in being responsible and paying back loans, working hard for your own education rather than expecting someone else to pay it for you or simply forgive your debt.
- The secretary missed Rob’s question but his answer was that to give sacrificially benefits everyone.
- Toastmaster – Rob M.
- Topicmaster – Michael H.
- General Evaluator – Sheryl R.
- Wordmaster – Pablo R.
Word of the Day: Fiduciary (adjective): of, relating to, or involving a confidence or trust; (noun) a trustee
- Grammarian – Winona P.
- Ah Counter – Liz Sh.
- Timer – Emi B.
- Word of Wisdom – Audrey D.
- Jokemaster – Liz S.
- Most Effective Evaluator: Winona P.
Best Table Topics Speaker: Pablo R.
Speech of the Day: Casey B.
Spark Plug Award: Mike B.
Vice President Education Karen R. closed out the meeting.
Business & Reports:
- Immediate Past President Liz presented the President’s Distinguished Club ribbon to the club.
- Then Treasurer Liz announced the kickoff of dues renewals.
- Emi and Sheryl presented their Home Club of the Area Director ribbons to the club.
- Next week (the day after Labor Day) will be speech-a-thon day.
- Karen called for a motion to pay $75 to the Gilbert Historical Museum for the venue fee for the Spooky Tales Contest on November 1st (that is $25 an hour for 3 hours). Liz so moved and Pablo seconded. The motion passed.