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第160回例会(英語例会)

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The 160th Fuchu TMC meeting was held on September 2, 2018.
Crazy hot days had gone and it was a really cool and comfortable day. The weather supported us to enjoy the meeting!

*Word of the day
The purpose of "Word of the day" is to increase our vocabulary. Members should try to use this word as many times as possible in the meeting.
The word is "eye-opening". We found many eye-opening facts from the following speeches!

* 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 speaker MUST speak about the topic in two minutes. It's a good practice to develop quick response skills.
In this session, the Table Topics master gave us these topics as shown in below and its theme was "TV" and "Manga".
1.Which one is your favorite TV animation?
2.Which TV drama or character do you like best?
3. If you are cartoonist, what story do you want to create?

Comment: The first speaker talked about Japanese famous animation movie production, "Ghibli". When she was a child, she was enjoying Totoro and Omohide Poroporo(Only Yesterday).I don't know why but I couldn't stop my tears running when I heard Omohide Poroporo.


* Prepared Speech
Prepared Speech is a speech in accordance with manuals published by Toastmasters International. A speaker shall speak a speech based on the objectives on the manuals.
In the meeting, we had three prepared speakers.
The first speaker talked about his youthful days. He showed us sand in a small jar. What was that? It was sand of Koshien Stadium! Yes, he was one of Japanese High School Baseball Championship players. He talked about funny stories in the high school. For example, the freshmen are slaves but the sophomores are emperors and the third-grade students are the GOD in the baseball club hierarchy. Woo... What a strict society...

The second speaker visited the US war museum with Okinawan high school students as a volunteer. At that time, he re-confirmed why World War II had started. According to him, the root cause is "fear". The US was worried that Japan might invade XXX... and vise versa. This speech told me the importance of communication between countries to keep peace as well as individual communications.

The last speaker told us how to make good questions. It's obvious that "Why did you make such a foolish mistake!?" is a bad question. "How can you improve it?" This is a good question. Good questions give us insights or new findings. When you make good questions, you should try to let him, her think about what they didn't think about. The framework is 5W/1H. I have to make good questions from today!

* Evaluation
In Evaluation session, the evaluators pointed out strong points of the prepared speeches and gave suggestions to the prepared speakers to make the speeches better.
Evaluators are required to have skills to listen to speeches carefully and to summarize the points in limited time. When you try this roll, it is so beneficial for you because you can learn a lot from the roll. Even if you are not assigned as an evaluator, you should imagine if you were an evaluator and what you would say to the prepared speech.
* 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!