Best of Dallas – Meeting Recap 10/24/2017

This week’s Tuesday night feast was conducted by Mr. Zak Karamally. “Ants in the Kitchen” was the theme he picked for the evening. Zak shared a lot of fun facts about ants, not limited to the ways (chemical and natural) of keeping them out for good. Do you know that part of Asia, Africa and South America., ants are used as surgical sutures to close wounds? Do you know that when describing the amount of ants current in existence, it is estimated that there are around 1 million ants for every 1 human in the world? Ants are truly fascinating creatures!

Let’s give an applause to Haley, as the inspirational speaker kicked off the meeting with a fantastic opening speech. “You Were Born To Be A Rainstorm”- Erin Hanson. I strongly recommend everyone to read this piece of the poem that Haley used in her inspiration. You will be totally enlightened.

We had one guest, Richard, coming to visit. Thanks Karrie for inviting him.

As always, thank you for all the functionary role holders of the evening. Bret was Timer/Vote, Counter, Karrie was Ah-Counter, Danny as Grammarian picked a very theme-related word of the day: Pestilence. Fabulous job all of you!

Mike, as Table Topics Master, hosted a very effective table topics session by giving a set of short to point questions, which allows our members to think and practice in a multitude of ways.

Prepared Speeches
Speech 1, Anthony Williams, “Lead”
Mr. Williams gave us an impactful and powerful speech talking about the mentality of lead. As Anthony said, everyone has their social issues/life chaos, instead of letting those go unchecked, we need to step in the middle putting the corrective action in place: Take the lead by ourselves! Chances are what stops us from soldiering through is the fear inside us not money/time or any other form of obstacles. It’s our life, it’s definitely worth striving for. Don’t succumb to finding excuses stepping out like an outsider.

Speech 2, Lydia Li, “Default Assumption” ( I will be a narrator to talk about my speech with thicker skin..Mike, please delete this sentence when you post my recap, thanks.)
Lydia’s speech was centered around compacting our bias bred in the bone. Why we have the need to judge other people? Because our default assumption is jeopardizing our mind. People are likely to jump to a conclusion based on what they assume is right, which will not only deviate you from favorable behavior but also derail your relationship with other people. Lydia used her personal experience (Chinese name v.s. English name) and research (a top cause of workplace discord) to explore everyone not to overusing default assumptions.

Speech 3, Kirdric Hill, “Agile Retrospective”
Another great speech given by Kirdric talking about Agile Retrospective ideas. He shared a collection of exercise we can utilize to advance our performance through a slump, especially when we work in a team and fail to deliver the valuable result. The following are the 5 main steps Kirdric introduced:

– Setting the stage: form a comfortable environment to help people focus on the work.Ø Gathering the data: collect as much information as possible to create a shared picture.
– Generating insights: find out the causes that could lead to success.
– Deciding what to do: work on a resolution as a team with motivation.
– Closing out: appreciate the team contribution, learn from lessons.

Evaluation (Thumbs up to all of you😊)
General Evaluator: Steve Malecek
Evaluator 1: Nancy Hart
Evaluator 2: Bill Bodwell
Evaluator 3: Benna Buisi

Weekly Award Winners
Best Table Topics: Haley Warzecha
Best Speech: Anthony Williams
Best Evaluator: Nancy Hart
Toastmaster of the Evening: Lydia Li

Important Announcement of this week
BOD TM Renewal Dues is 10/31/17 (

Theodore Roosevelt: “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming”. (Anthony used in his speech)

These excellent meeting minutes were provided as always by the great Lydia Li! :-)