It’s been December already. It’s time to look back on this year. Novel corona virus hit all over the world at the beginning of this year. It is likely covid19 is away from over.
Corona virus has changed our life. It has brought difficulties to many people. It is a major adversity but made us realize normal life precious such as meeting someone in person, travelling freely, going for a drink and others. Under such situation, we tried to have hybrid meeting. Members on site and members on line were both able to put together and share the feeling of unity.
■ Today’s word：”Steadily”
“Something that is steady continues at the same speed or level”
At the beginning of the meeting, one of participants announces “today’s word”. Speakers can build up practical vocabulary by trying to use today’s word in their speeches.
A prepared speech is prepared and delivered based on the speech project of the selected Path. The speech should be made within the predefined timeframe.
Today, we have two speakers and they both provided inspiring speech.
■ Prepared Speech
A prepared speech is made based on the speech manual written by toast masters international. Speakers have to make a speech along purposes in the manual such as “logical speech” and “effective way of speech”. The manual gives us specific advices. Achieving the purposes step by step allows you to improve your speaking skill.
[1st Speaker: TM L-san] Speech Title: “My Motivation of Mountain Climbing”
L-san told us about goodness of climbing mountains. It makes us ease our stress and gives us energy to work hard. We were able to imagine her to be top of the mountain with a big smile.
[2nd Speaker: TM K-san] Speech Title: “Trust Me”
K-san inspired us to know importance of believing ourselves.
She was not confident and unhappy. When she was asked to do something at work, she was reluctant to accept their offer. On day her co-worker was happy to help her with her work when she was busy. Since then she was able to trust herself and has become positive and can take on work actively.
■ Table Topics Session
Table Topics is impromptu speech. A facilitator for Table Topics gives a title of speeches and assigns a speaker. The speaker have to organize his/her idea and make a two-minute-speech on the spot. Quick response ability can be improved through the Table Topics speech.
1 Would you please introduce Fuchu Toastmasters Club to college students who are interested in public speech?
2 Your friend is making a speech. He looks very nervous in front of the audiences. Please give him some advice to reduce nervousness
3 You are having a on-line Toastmaster meeting using Zoom. Please tell us about the advantages and disadvantages of on-line meetings.
4. Please tell us what you have done to improve your English speech this year?
5. The year 2020 has been the most unusual and difficult year for everyone but the new year is coming to you very soon!! What do you want to do the most in Year 2021?
■ Evaluation session
In the evaluation session, evaluators previously assigned describe good points and area for an improvement and encourage speakers to make more effective speeches. Evaluators have to listen to the speech carefully and are qualified the ability to analyze good points and area for an improvement quickly. Even if you are not evaluator, evaluator-like- listening is a good training to be a good speaker.
■ Award session
The best speaker of each session, prepared speech, table topics and evaluation, is chosen by all participants voting and is awarded for his/her best speak.