Fuchu Toastmasters Club the 208th meeting was held on 6th September.
A most unusual summer is coming to close soon and we are now approaching autumn. Our online meeting has become “new normal” but I hope we will see in person soon!
■ Today’s word：”diligent / diligently”
In this session, we learn a new word to increase or enhance our vocabulary and expressions for our speech. Today’s word was “diligent / diligently” (someone who is diligent works hard and is careful and thorough).
I am sure all of you are hardworking, diligent people, and I respect you for that!
■ Prepared Speech Session
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.
[1st Speaker: TM Y.K.] Speech Title: “Try not to work hard” (icebreaker speech)
TM Y. K. successfully achieved her goal of losing weight. She told that she had lost 10 kilos in a half year (congratulations!). The tip of this successful achievement was not just try to work hard, but try to see your behaviors and modify your habits as needed in your everyday life. Then you will lose weight and never get weight rebound. This speech was not only about losing weight but she also gave us some insights on how our habits influence our life.
[2nd Speaker: TM K.T.] Speech Title: “Decrease anxiety”
TM K.T discussed the mentorship of Toastmasters Club in his speech. The story was about his challenges in Fuchu Toastmasters club such as the very first icebreaker speech and becoming the President of the club. He was anxious about many things – how can I make speech? Can I really take over the role of the club President? He could reduce those anxiety through the communication with his mentor. He mentioned that mentorship mentality will work not only for a new member but also for all members in the club. I totally agree!
■ Table Topics Session
Table Topics Session is a place where a speaker makes an impromptu speech. The Table Topic Master gives topics for a speech and assigns a speaker. The speaker must organize his/her idea and make a two-minute-speech on the spot. The skill of prompt response can be improved through the Table Topics speech.
The following topics were given today:
1 Tell us about the most impressive event this summer?
2 Tell us about one achievement you made this summer?
3 What was the best food you had this summer?
4 Which news surprised you the most this summer?
■ Evaluation session
In the evaluation session, evaluators provide comments on good points of the speech and areas for improvement, and encourage speakers to make more effective speeches. Evaluators must listen to the speech carefully, evaluate the speech in a short time and deliver the evaluation verbally. 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 the best speech award is provided for his/her speech.