14 May 2016
I thought I would improve my performance as a Toastmaster of the Day this time round but I felt that it was a letdown.
Bearing in mind the lesson I learned from being a Toastmaster of the Day in March – my second time as one – I did my preparation this time but having worked late the past week did not afford me the luxury to be better prepared. Also, the fact that I finished work only at 11.30pm on Friday, I was not as alert as I wish I were. Therefore, I relied a lot on my script and not doing enough ad lib, tapping contents from the speeches of other speakers.
Or perhaps I don’t have sufficient practice, I wonder.
What I should have done:
- After welcoming the Toastmasters and guests, draw their attention to the amendments to the programme – which I did but quite late in the day.
- Talked about the importance of making eye contact, before gathering Toastmasters to the side of the room to play the game.
- After introducing the Table Topics Master, I should be the one explaining what this segment is about and the time allotted.
- During the Evaluation segment, I should have mentioned the time alloted for each evaluator.
Here’s my script but it wasn’t complete.
Good afternoon, the president, Fellow Toastmasters and guests, I’m Peck Gek, your Toastmaster of the Day.
Welcome to the 【★ 】 chapter meeting of Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club.
Shall we stand up and recite the club’s mission to remind ourselves the benefits of being a member of this club.
Please be seated, thank you.
Making eye contact is important when delivering a speech but sometimes we are too shy to look at people in the eye but making eye contact establishes an immediate bond with an audience.
We are going to play a game to practise making eye contact. The game is called Wink Murder.
Every one of you will draw a card but please don’t show it to others. The person who draws an Ace is the murderer and kills by winking at your victims,
You must not avoid making eye contact with one another because the objective is to identify the murderer while trying not to be killed.
But you get instantly killed giving an incorrect guess.
When you are winked at, you’re killed and you can “die” in any way, quietly or make it known.
It has been sometime since we last heard from Jun, who has been missing in action. He’s going to address us today.
Before we proceed with the prepared speeches, I’d like to first introduce two appointment holders for today’s meeting, they are Manish as the Timer and Lynn as the Ah-counter.
Timer will flash at the 【★ 】 minute flash the green card, 【★ 】 minute the yellow card, the 【★ 】 minute the red card followed by a buzz at 【★ 】 minutes.
The Ah-counter keeps track of the pause-fillers a Toastmaster uses in his or her speech, eg umm, so,etc.
We will have the timer and ah counter deliver their reports later.
We have got [★Number ] Toastmasters delivering prepared speeches today.
Edwin clinched the Best Speaker title for his project 4 and today he’s going to share with us for Project 5, interesting insights into corporate finance, stakeholders and creating value.
Title of his speech is “Corporate Finance – ‘Creative’ numbers”.
Evaluator for Edwin’s speech is Taichi, Competent Communicator.
Taichi, please read out the objectives of Project 5 and the time allotted.
Thank you, Taichi.
Subject on finance is a favourite topic of one of our Toastmasters, Steven. Now Edwin is probably giving Steven a run for his money [pun intended].
Lynn is doing her project 10 and she’ll be a competent communicator upon completion. Title of her speech is The 99 Club. Garry, Competent Toastmaster, Competent Leader, is evaluating Lynn’s speech this afternoon and let’s hear from Garry on the project’s objectives and time allotted.
Thank you, Garry.
Do you want to find out how to join this club? Find out from Lynn. There you go, Lynn.
So, that’s The 99 Club. Would you want to join?
Manish talked about his gym-going experience and how he went from flab to fab for the last project. Today, he is doing his project 7: Research Your Topic, and his speech is about…hmm… I think this is really going to benefit me…. the title of his speech is From Stupid to Smart.
Manish’s speech will be evaluated by Ajoy, and Ajoy, please tell us about the project’s objectives and time allotted. Thank you, Ajoy.
From Stupid to Smart, Manish.
Thank you for the enlightening speech, Manish.
Garry’s embarking on Project 1 from The Entertaining Speaker advanced manual and the speech is coincidentally titled “Little Foot: Small Steps to Big Changes”
Synopsis: Last Thursday I was invited to speak as Guest of Honour to a group of junior college students. The occasion was the Installation of their new Interact Club board. I spoke to the incoming board’s theme (referred to below) with some ideas of my own
The theme for the incoming board is:
“From the movie ‘The Land Before Time’, it talks about a group of dinosaurs led by Little Foot. The film explores issues of prejudice faced by the different species, just like the people with special needs in our community. Our aim is to create a homogeneous community, where people accept one another for their differences.
As one CCA, no matter what differences, we will have to work together. We cannot get through things on our own all the time and may need to involve the help of others. Being able to work with others enable us to overcome obstacles and challenges that we may face throughout our Interact journey. Similarly to Little foot and together with our united club, our aim is to make great impacts in our community through the small actions that we make.”
Garry’s speech will be evaluated by Cathy, Competent Communicator, Please tell us about the project’s objectives and time allotted. Thank you.
★★an excellent way to help members develop their ability to organize their thoughts quickly and respond to an impromptu question or topic. Today’s topics are: ★★
Timer [★Name ] will flash at the 【★ 】 minute flash the green card, 【★ 】 minute the yellow card, the 【★ 】 minute the red card followed by a buzz at 【★ 】 minutes.