Your Book: September 27, 2016

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.

Toastmaster Moments:

  • 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.)

Table Topics:

  • 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.

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