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第180回例会(英語例会)

190707.jpgThe 180th regular meeting of FTMC was held on July 7th. It has been rainy and cloudy days. The rainy season hasn't gone yet. On July 7th, we celebrate the star festival, Tanabata day. It is one of Japanese traditional annual event. I wished my speech would improve a lot with this club's members. What did you wish this year?

■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 "fabulous". Fabulous has meaning of amazing, wonderful, excellent and so on. I heard fabulous speeches and evaluations in this meeting.

■ 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.
Speech title for first speaker "Do you want to work as freelancer?"
Speech title for second speaker "Think, think, think"
Speech title for third speaker "Difficult skill in written communication"

First speaker spoke about working as a freelancer. The speaker compared company's worker with freelance worker. In Japan almost of all workers belong to a company. Sometimes they struggle with human relationship in the office, but freelancers don't, because they don't belong a specific company. It was very interesting to listen to the speaker's experiences and opinions.
Second speaker started the speech, "Do you know 'singularity'?" Now these days, AI is improving so fast so well. Soon or later, if the AI would be better than human intelligence, what shall we do? AI can learn a lot, but they can't think. Human can think a lot. The speaker recommended think. Not only one time, think many times. Think one thing more deeply, more thoughtful again and again. That is the way that we human can do against AI.
Third speaker's theme is written communications. Sending a E-mail or texts, leaving a comment on SNS and write a blog is common when we use the internet. These communications don't have expressions and tone voice. That's because sometime we misunderstand the messages. The speaker suggests how to make it better. That is a useful tip.

■ Table Topics
Table Topics is a style of instant and impromptu speeches. The Table Topics master gives the audience a topic and assigns 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, Table Topics master gave us these topics as shown in below.
Today's topics are related summer. It is timely topic.
Topic #1 Tell us about your favorite event in summer?
Topic #2 Tell us about your favorite festival.
Topic #3 Tell us about your summer memory in your child hood.

The first speaker for Topic#1 enjoys fire-works festival with family.
The second speaker is going to Karaoke festival with club members. That is one of the speaker's favorite.
The third speaker told memory of baseball club. How hard to play and practice baseball under the sun in summer. Senior members were so strict.
The rainy season hasn't gone yet, but I expect it will so hot summer like last year. Let's enjoy the summer!

■ Evaluation
Last time, we had a workshop for Evaluation in meeting. We learned how to make good evaluations and be a nice evaluator. 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. To encourage speakers is also important.
In this section three evaluators gave good advices to prepared speeches.

■ 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!