Blog for the meeting on Nov.6th 2022.11.06
Autumn, the best season for doing sports and reading books has come. Yesterday I did cycling on the lake Hamana. Fresh wind and salty scent were comfortable for me. Do you enjoy this good season?
■ Today’s word: pleasant
“At the beginning of the meeting, one member announces “today’s word”. Speakers can build up practical vocabulary by trying to use today’s word in their speeches.
Today’s word is “pleasant” defined as happy and comfortable in a dictionary.
We can use this word like we will enjoy pleasant speeches in our club meeting.
■ Prepared speech session
(TM N-san) Title: Moving forward with diversity and inclusion..
N-san told us about importance of diversity and inclusion. She started working in Japan -based company where she was required to act like a woman rather like a business person since she was only female staff in the office. She felt stressed out there. After changing jobs to foreign-based company, her boss and associates listen to her and respect her. She learned importance of diversity and inclusion through that experience.
(TM A-san) Title: The difference between the Japanese name and the impression given by the name.
There are words that are interpreted differently by people. Do you know Musenmai(無洗米) is unwashed rice or washed rice? He told couple of such words. When he went on a trip with a friend of him to the top of a mountain where visitors can see a long horizon line over the sea. The sign board said you can see the roundness of the earth. The friend found the saying right. But he thought it was wrong because skyline looked straight. The impressions given by the name are different for each other.
(TM K-san) Title: Good Relation United State and Japan
He talked about major league baseball big star player, Otani Shohei
He is not only a great baseball player but also has consideration to others. He always respects other team members as well as his own team members.
When a broken peace of bat nearly hit him, he picked up the peace, then give it to the batter and smiled to him. Such his gentlemanly behavior attracted audience in the stadium.
■ 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.
- Do you like autumn and why?
- When do you feel autumn?
- What is your favorite activity in autumn?
■ 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. Congratulations!