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第158回例会(英語例会)

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It's burning hot almost every day. On that day, a cicada came into the train of Yamanote Line on my way to the office. The cicada took a rest on the floor of the train. I concerned about being treaded on by passengers, so that I caught it with my hand and released it out of the train. Cicadas looked like living and enjoying at any cost in the midsummer. We could enjoyed speeches that made us filled with intelligent curiosity.

■Table Topics
Table Topics is a style of instant and impromptu speeches. The Table Topics master gives the audience a topic and assign a member as a speaker. The speakers MUST speak about the topic about two minutes. It's a good practice to develop quick response skill.
In this session, the Table Topics master gave three topics as shown in below. TT master was a graduate student and having precious experiences in this summer. She gave us topics about summer.
1. What is your plan in this summer?
2. What season do you like best, and why?
3. How can we survive this hot summer in Japan?

Comment: Speakers appointed by Table Topic master offered unique answers.
I survive this summer to drink soda water that wet my whistle.

■ Prepared Speech
Prepared Speech is a speech according to manuals published by Toastmasters International. A speaker should make a speech based on the objectives on the manuals.
In the meeting, we had three prepared speakers.
1. Cancer cells and iPS cells
2. An eccentric coworker
3. Eating delicious food
The first speaker talked about difficult contents in understandable way. First, iPS cells technology allows normal cells to change into stem cells by planting only four genes, one of these genes is the gene causing cancer. The second, characteristics of stem cells that originally guard human beings, which make it difficult to cure cancer. All his talks really stimulated our curiosity.
The second speaker told us a wired coworker using violent words and dressing in rich color. He acts in his own way. Such his character sometimes causes troubles in his work place, but as he has aspect of shyness, coworkers do not neccessarily dislike him.
The last speaker talked about food. Her grandmother bought her a picture book titled "Guri and Gura" when she was a child. In the book sponge cake made by big eggs looked delicious. That memory made her love cooking confectioneries. What's more, eating sweets with her family together lease dairy stresses for her.

■ Evaluation
In Evaluation session, the evaluators pointed out strong points of the prepared speeches and gave suggestions to them to make their speeches more effective. This role is so beneficial to sharpen the skills to listen to speeches carefully and to summarize the points in limited time.
Evaluators gave heart-warming comment to the speakers, which encouraged them to make better speech at the next time.

■Other roles
The following roles are assigned to attendants in the meeting, which allowed us to acquire skills for leadership
 ・Toastmasters of the day (Moderator)
 ・Today's word
 ・Timer
 ・Vote Counter
 ・Grammarian
 ・Ah-Counter

■ Award Presentation
All attendees selected the best speakers for each session by voting and the MC gave the awards to the best speakers. Congratulations to all!