Best of Dallas – Meeting Recap 10/17/2017

Our enthusiastic lady toastmaster, Terri Johnson, was back last night conducting a phenomenal meeting for us. The theme she picked was “Little Steps, Big Results!” I have attached the handout Terri printed out for your reference—a list of “small” but invaluable advice from which we can utilize to put corrective action in place. The Habits of Successful People: They Start Small.

Let’s give an applause to Daniel who first time serve as inspirational speaker, delivered very motivational messages as the warmup of our meeting. If you want to reap sustainable glory, you really shouldn’t hold on tight to quick success.

We had one guest coming to visit (Chang Lu).

As always, thank you for all the functionary role holders of the evening. Elysha was first-time Ah-Counter, great job! Danni as Grammarian picked a very practical word of the day: “Perseverance”. Anything worthwhile is going to take time to manifest itself and a lot of perseverance. A special thank you to Steve for being so flexible an kind to fill the role in the last min twice for our meeting.

Nancy, as Table Topics Master prepared several intriguing questions, making us think through the theme from multiple perspectives.

Prepared Speeches

Speech 1, Haley Warzecha, “Seeking Truth”

Haley’s speech was fabulous. She started her speech with a small conversation between her grandma and herself, drawing us to think of the purpose of reading—seeking the truth. From small to big, she then gradually led us to sink into a deeper thought on how hard to find out the real truth stemmed from the blind spots people could have due to short-sightedness and directed us to think: can U.S be really saved from attacks by advancing bioweapons? Apart from the prize we see from the surface, what buries underneath? Can Americans see the hope along the way to pursue bioweapons development?

Speech 2, Alex Griffin, “Antibiotic Crisis”

Alex gave us a great speech talking through the real facts behind antibiotic. The antibiotic resistance crisis has been attributed to the overuse and misuse of drugs prescribed by doctors even though it’s unnecessary, as well as a lack of new antibiotic development by the pharmaceutical industry due to reduced economic incentives and challenging regulatory requirement. Alex’s speech revealed the source of antibiotic crisis and also reminded us to set alarms articulating our concerns as doctors give us prescriptions.


General Evaluator: Lydia Li

Evaluator 1: Bret Johnson

Evaluator 2: Bruce Yin

It’s Bret and Bruce first time to be evaluators, yet they both gave a lot of thorough and detailed feedbacks. Bravo!

Weekly Award Winners

Best Table Topics: Benna Buisi

Best Speech: Alex Griffin

Best Evaluator: Bret Johnson

Toastmaster of the Evening: Daniel Villarreal

Important Announcement of this week

Congratulations to Karrie for officially joining the Best of Dallas Toastmaster!

Chinese Proverb: “it’s better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward

Thank you to all for the participation! Look forward to our meeting next Tuesday!

  • Meeting minutes courtesy of Lydia Li, best club Secretary in TM!

From Terri’s handout:

It’s All Small Stuff

Live beneath your means.
Return everything you borrow.
Stop blaming other people.
Admit it when you make a mistake.
Give clothes not worn in 3 years to charity.
Do something nice and try not to get caught.
Listen more; talk less.
Every day take a 30 minutes walk.
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
Be on time.
Don’t make excuses.
Don’t argue.
Get organized.
Be kind to kind people.
Be kind to unkind people.
Let someone cut ahead of you in line.
Take time to be alone.
Reread your favorite book.
Cultivate good manners.
Be humble.
Realize and accept that life isn’t fair.
Know when to keep your mouth shut.
Go an entire day without criticizing anyone.
Learn from the past.
Plan for the future.
Live in the present.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
It´s all small stuff.
-from a Quaker newsletter