Friday, July 30, 2010

The results are in!

On 29th July 2010, we had our Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest, that’s two contests in one amazing power-packed night!

Humorous Speech Contest
A total of 6 contestants participated in this contest. They are, in their respective speaking order :

Jack Leong
Yap Bell Xun
Johnson Yike
Hoo Sze Ling
Calvin Lim
Steven Lai

Results :

Champion : Hoo Sze Ling

1st runner-up : Calvin Lim

2nd runner-up : Johnson Yike

Evaluation Contest
The participants in this contest were, in their respective speaking order:

Hoo Sze Ling
Calvin Lim
Johnson Yike
Jatson Ho
Tan Kooi Ching
Jessy Chahal

Results :

Champion : Calvin Lim

1st runner-up : Hoo Sze Ling

2nd runner-up : Jessy Chahal


Hoo Sze Ling and Calvin Lim will go on to represent D’Utama Toastmasters Club in the Area B4 Humorous Speech Contest and Evaluation Speech Contest respectively on 21st August 2010.

Congratulations, Sze Ling and Calvin!

Friday, July 16, 2010

What's Happening Next at D'Utama Toastmasters Club?

Guests are most welcome to come watch the contest! No need to register! Just show up, grace us with your presence and have an EXHILARATING evening!


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

District 51 Toastmasters 18th Semi-Annual Convention

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

15 July 2010 - "Laughter is Free but Effective"

Update #6( by Johnson), 14 July 8:35PM: Speech titles provided. Table Topic evaluator changed.
Update #5 (by Johnson), 13 July 11:01PM: ALL ROLES FILLED. Meeting Programme available.
Update #4 (by Johnson), 13 July 9:25PM: Speaker #2's project # and title updated. ASA1 filled.
Update #3 (by Johnson), 13 July 7:10PM: Humour Master filled, GE swapped with Evaluator #3
Update #2 (by Johnson), 12 July 7:00PM: Evaluator #3 swapped with Evaluator #4.

Update #1 (by Johnson), 12 July 11:59AM: Table Topic Evaluator, Ah Counter, and Evaluator #2 have been filled. 

THEME: Laughter is Free but Effective
TME                   : Johnson YIKE, DTM
ASA1                  : Jonathan MOH, TM
ASA2                  : Steven LAI, CC
Teh Tarik             : Carrie TAN, TM
Table Topic Master    : GAN Teong Hock, ACS, CL
Table Topic Evaluator : GAN Poh Lin, ACB ALB
Humour Master         : Norlina, CTM
General Evaluator     : Calvin LIM, ACS
Language Evaluator    : HOO Sze Ling, CC
Ah Counter            : Berry ENG, TM
Time Keeper           : Kristine HOW, TM

Speaker 1: Nicolas YIP,TM CC#2 (Title: Barcamp)    Evaluator 1: YAP Bell Xun
Speaker 2: Eric LIM, TM CC#2 (Title: Fear of Poverty)    Evaluator 2: SOH Fong Wai, DTM
Speaker 3: Levin G., TM CC#3 (Title: Why are dogs men's best friend)    Evaluator 3: QUAH Mei Lee, CC
Speaker 4: Ginger KOH, TM CC#9 (Title: Open up your mind, excite your senses)    Evaluator 4: Nancy LIEW, ACS, ALB

Meeting Programme: Download HERE

Monday, July 12, 2010

Roles at a Club Meeting

1. Toastmasters of the Evening
As Toastmaster of the Evening you face the task of introducing the other members of the program. If the Toastmaster does not perform his duties well, an entire meeting can end in failure. Therefore this task is not usually assigned to a member until he or she is quite familiar with the club and its procedures. The primary duty of the Toastmaster is to act as a genial host and conduct the entire program. Program participants should be introduced in such a manner as to prepare the audience to listen with excitement and attention. It is the Toastmaster who creates an atmosphere of interest, expectation and receptivity.

Before The Meeting
Call all role players beginning about a week before the meeting to remind them of their duties. Discuss these duties if necessary. Ask the General Evaluator to call the other members of the Evaluation Team (Speech Evaluators, TableTopics Evaluator, Time Keeper, Ah Counter, Language Evaluator).

Work with the Vice President Education to arrange substitute speakers if any assigned speaker cannot make it. Do this before the meeting.

Interview all speakers in advance to find out their speech title, manual project number, purpose to be achieved, time allowed, and something interesting about themselves, which you can use when introducing them.

Prepare introductions for each speaker. Refer to "How to introduce a Speaker" in the C & L manual.

Schedule the program so it does not run overtime. The meeting should start punctually at 7.30 pm and end punctually 10.00 pm. The business session follows after that.

Prepare remarks, which can be used to bridge the gaps between program segments. You may never use them but you should be prepared to avoid possibly awkward periods of silence.

At the Meeting
  • Arrive early in order to finish any last-minute details.
  • Check with the speakers for any last-minute changes.
  • Sit near the head of the table and have your speakers do likewise for quick and easy access to the rostrum.

During the Meeting
  • Thank the President and accept the gavel when you are presented as a Toastmaster.
  • Introduce the evening. Briefly explain Toastmasters, its purpose and history.
  • Call on the Table Topics Master to conduct the Table Topics session. At the end of the session, ask the audience to fill in their voting slips for the Best Table Topics Speaker.
  • Invite the Table Topics Evaluator to give his evaluation of the Speakers.
  • Call on the Humour Master to conduct the Humour session
  • Call for a 15-minute refreshment break at 8.30 pm.
  • Announce each speech title and speaker. Identify which C & L project the speaker is presenting and briefly describe the purpose of that project. Alternatively you may ask the General Evaluator to read the objectives of the speech, and the note to the Speech Evaluator.
  • Introduce each speaker in turn.
  • After all the speakers have spoken, call on members to fill in their voting slips for the Best Assignment Speaker. Speakers presenting assignments from the Advanced C&L manual should not be eligible for the Best Assignment Speaker award. If there are two or less speakers presenting their assignments from the basic C&L manual, there should be no vote for the Best Assignment Speaker.
  • Introduce the General Evaluator. He/She will then introduce the other members of the Evaluation Team.
  • After the General Evaluator finishes his/her session, return to the lectern, announce the Best Table Topics Speaker, the Best Assignment Speaker and the Best Speech Evaluator, then ask the Club president or any dignitary present to award the prizes.
  • Return control of the meeting to the President.

2. Table Topics Master
The purpose of the Table Topics Session is to have members and guests "think on their feet" by speaking for 2 minutes on one topic, without preparation. Each speaker may be given an individual subject or a number of speakers (preferably not more than 2) may speak on one subject.

The Table Topics Master leads this session of the club meeting, usually for 30 minutes before the refreshment break. Handled rightly, this can be the liveliest and most enjoyable part of the evening. Refer to "How to lead as Topicmaster" in the C & L manual.
This session should attempt to involve all those unscheduled to participate in other parts of the program.

Before the meeting
  • Check with the Toastmaster to find out if a theme meeting is scheduled. If so, prepare topics to carry out that theme. Otherwise, choose a wide selection of topics. Review "The Toastmaster" and other publications for ideas.
  • Find out who the prepared speakers, evaluators, General Evaluator and Toastmaster are so you can call on the other members first. Only if time permits at the end of the Topics session, should you call on program participants (speakers last).
  • When choosing your specific questions, select ones that will inspire the speakers to expound on them, or give their opinions. Don't make the questions too long or complicated - phrase them in such a way that the speaker will know clearly what you want them to talk about.
  • Keep your comments short. Your job is to give others a chance to speak, not to give a series of mini-talks yourself.

At the meeting
  • When introduced, briefly state the purpose of the Table Topics session and set the stage for the session.
  • Keep the program rolling; be certain everyone understands the maximum time they have for their response and how the timing lights/device works (if the Timekeeper hasn't already done so).
  • State the topic or question briefly - then call on a speaker.
  • Watch your total time! Check the printed agenda for the total time allotted to Topics and adjust the number of questions to end your segment on time (i.e. 8.20 pm). Even if your portion started late, try to end on time to avoid the total meeting running overtime.
  • At the conclusion of the Table Topics session, ask members to vote for the Best Table Topics Speaker and to pass their votes to the Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms.

3. Table Topics Evaluator
When introduced, briefly describe your role, which is to evaluate the table topic speakers. Do not evaluate the Table Topic Master or the topics, nor summarise the content of the impromptu speech.

Give brief evaluations on the speaking abilities shown by the speakers; since you are given 4 minutes, you may not be able to evaluate all speakers. This evaluation should focus on club members rather than guests.

4. General Evaluator
The General Evaluator evaluates anything and everything that takes place throughout the meeting. The responsibility is large, but so are the rewards. The General Evaluator is responsible to the Toastmaster who will introduce you. At the conclusion of the evaluation segment of the meeting, you will return control to him or her. You are responsible for the Evaluation team. The usual procedure is to have one evaluator for each major speaker, but this is not necessary. You are free to set up any procedure you wish, but each evaluation should be brief, yet complete. Methods for conducting the evaluation sessions are limitless. Review the Effective Speech Evaluation manual for ideas.

Before the meeting
Check with the Toastmaster of the Evening to find out how the program will be conducted and if there are any planned deviations from the usual meeting format. Remember; always be ready when the meeting starts.

Call on all the evaluators to brief them on their job and to inform them whom they're evaluating and what evaluation format you will be using. Suggest each evaluator call his or her speaker to talk over any special evaluation requirements suggested in the manual for the speech.

During the briefing, emphasize that evaluation is a positive, helping act. As conscientious Toastmasters, their goals must be to help fellow Toastmasters to develop their skills. Emphasize that in the act of evaluating, the self-esteem of the speaker should be enhanced or at least preserved.

Call on remaining members of the Evaluation Team (Timekeeper, Language Evaluator, Ah Counter, Table Topics Evaluator, as appropriate) to remind them of their assignments.

Prepare a brief but thorough talk on the purpose, techniques and benefits of evaluation for the benefit of the guests. Emphasize that as evaluators, you are not critics. Criticism is negative; evaluation is a positive experience designed to help people overcome weak habits and add power to good ones.

At the meeting
  • Ensure the individual evaluators have the speaker's manual, and understand the project objectives and how to evaluate it.
  • Greet all evaluators who are present. If an evaluator is not present, consult with the Vice-President Education and arrange for a substitute.
  • Verify each speaker's time and notify the Time Keeper.
  • Sit near the back of the room to allow yourself full view of the meeting and its participants.

During the meeting
Take notes on everything that happens (or doesn't but should). For example: Is the club's property (trophies, banner, educational material etc) properly displayed? If not, why? Were there unnecessary distractions that could have been avoided? Create a checklist from which you can follow the meeting. Did the meeting and each segment of it begin and end on time?

Cover each participant on the program - from the opening comments to the last report by the Timer. Look for good and unacceptable examples of preparation, organization, delivery, enthusiasm, observation and general performance of duties. Remember, you are not to re-evaluate the speakers, though you may wish to add something that the Evaluator may have missed.

Prior to the Table Topics, you may be asked to stand and brief the audience on your team's means and methods of evaluation. Precisely describe what way, and how your team will handle the function.

Identify the Table Topics Evaluator, Language Evaluator, Ah Counter and Time Keeper. Have these Evaluation team members briefly state the purpose of their jobs.

When introduced to conduct the evaluation phase of the meeting, go to the lectern and introduce each evaluator. After each evaluation, thank the evaluator for his or her efforts.

Wrap up by giving your general evaluation of the meeting, using the notes you took as suggested above. You may wish to comment on the quality of evaluations. Were they positive and helpful? Did they point the way to improvement?

5. Time Keeper
One of the skills practiced in Toastmasters is that of expressing a thought within a specific time limit. The Time Keeper is the member responsible for keeping track of time.

Before the meeting
  • Obtain a copy of the timing sheet.
  • Confirm the time required for each part of the meeting.
  • Write out your explanation of the timing rules in the clearest possible language and rehearse it.

At the meeting
  • Get timing equipment from the Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms (ASA). Be sure you understand how to operate the stopwatch and signal device.
  • Sit where the signal can easily be seen by all (back left of the meeting room).
  • During the meeting
  • When introduced, explain the timing rules and demonstrate the signal device.
  • Throughout the meeting, signal each program participant.
  • Record each participant's name and time taken.
  • When called to report by the General Evaluator, stand by your chair, announce the speaker's name and time used.

After the meeting
  • Return the stopwatch and timing signal device to the Sergeant-at-Arms.

6. Language Evaluator
Language evaluation in Toastmasters is viewed by some as a necessary evil. It can be a boring run-of-the-mill presentation or an incisive spicy analysis.
The Language Evaluator is the language conscience of the meeting. He has 4 minutes for his report. His role is to point out good and bad use of language, especially word usage, grammar and pronunciation. This evaluation should focus on club members rather than guests.

At the meeting
Listen carefully and take notes on
  1. Misuse of words
  2. Incorrect pronunciation
  3. Clich├ęs (overused phrases/words)
  4. Poor sentence construction
  5. Excellent use of language

Organise your language evaluation. Try new, imaginative approaches. If there is enough to say on one area of language, you could well focus on that area and develop in into a speech on pronunciation, word usage, or anything else.

Give illustrations. A few comments well developed and illustrated are better than many general comments that nobody remembers.

Consult a dictionary and a simple grammar book as final authority in doubtful cases of pronunciation or usage.

7. Ah Counter
The purpose of the Ah Counter is to note words and sounds used as "pause fillers" by anyone who speaks during the meeting. Words may be inappropriate interjections such as "and, well, but, so, you know". Sounds or vocalised pauses may be "ah, um, er".

During the meeting
  • Listen to members (not guests) for such inappropriate words or sounds.
  • Write down how many each member uses during the meeting.
  • When called on by the General Evaluator, stand by your chair and give your report.

8. Humour Master
Meetings at times can become dull and over serious. The Humour Master is asked to share one or two jokes.

Before the meeting
  • Prepare more jokes than you intend to use. Sometimes a speech or comment before your joke may indicate which joke you should tell.
  • Practice each joke as you would a speech, and try to tell it without notes.
  • Avoid "blue" jokes or jokes aimed at race, religion or politics. Someone is bound to be offended.

At the meeting
  • Check with the Toastmaster of the Evening when you are to tell your jokes. He may decide to play it by ear, and call on you when the mood is appropriate.

9. Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms
The 2 Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms are jointly responsible for the physical arrangements at a Toastmasters meeting. Without him/her there would be chaos.

Before the meeting
  • Check with the club's Sergeant-at-Arms how you are to get all the necessary equipment in good time for you to fulfil your responsibilities.
  • Check with the Sergeant-at-Arms if the regular meeting fee (door fee) per head is to be collected.

At the meeting
  • Arrive by 7.00 pm.
  • Place the lectern at the head of the room. Place the gavel and speech prizes on the lectern and hang the club banner around the rostrum.
  • Place the tape recorder near the lectern. Rewind the Negara-ku tape so that it is ready to be played. Put someone in charge of starting the tape at the right time.
  • Place the plaques of the role players, papers, pencils and voting slips on the meeting tables.
  • Arrange members' badges, pamphlets, guests' and members' books at the reception table outside the meeting room.
  • ASA1 greet guests and members as they come. Get them to sign the attendance books and pay the meeting fee (door fee). Some members may have prepaid their meeting dues. They are listed on a separate sheet.
  • At 7.28 pm, ASA2 take the rostrum, ask everyone to be seated and announce that the meeting will commence in 2 minutes time.

During the meeting (ASA2)
  • At 7.30 pm sharp, welcome everyone to the club, introduce yourself and your role, and invite everyone to rise for the national anthem.
  • Have the national anthem played. After that ask everyone to be seated.
  • Invite guests to stand up and introduce themselves by telling everyone:
    a. their name
    b. their host
    c. their occupation
    d. any other information they want to share.
  • Lead the applause after each guest introduction.
  • After all the introductions, thank the guests and hand control of the meeting to the Club President.
  • Lead the applause and hand the gavel to the President.
  • After the Table Topics and Prepared Speeches sessions, collect the voting slips, and tabulate them.
  • Present the results to the Toastmaster of the Evening.

After the meeting (ASA1)
  • Hand over the evening's collection to the Treasurer.
  • Collect all club property and store in the appropriate place.

10. Assignment Speaker
A major portion of each meeting is centred on three or more speakers. Their speeches are prepared, based on manual project objectives, and should last from five to seven minutes for the basic C&L manual and eight or more minutes depending on the assignment, for the advanced C&L manuals. Preparation is essential to success when you are the speaker.

Before the meeting
  • Check the meeting schedule to find out when you are scheduled to speak. In order to derive the most benefits from the program, plan to speak from your manual.
  • Before your meeting ask the General Evaluator who will be your evaluator. Speak to your evaluator and share with him which manual speech you'll be giving. Discuss with the evaluator speech goals and personal concern. Emphasize where you feel your speech ability needs strengthening. Remember to bring your manual to the meeting.

At the meeting
  • Arrive early. Check the microphone, lighting, etc. before everyone arrives. Protect yourself from all of the problems that can ruin your talk.
  • Sit near the head of the table for quick and easy access to the lectern.
  • Carefully plan your approach to the lectern and speech opening.
  • Be sure that you give your manual to your evaluator before the meeting starts.
  • If you do not write your own speech introduction, make certain that the Toastmaster of the Evening is prepared to do so.

During the meeting
  • Give your full attention to the speakers at the lectern. Try to avoid studying your speech notes while someone else is talking.
  • When introduced, smoothly leave your chair and move to the lectern as planned.
  • As you begin your speech, always acknowledge the Toastmaster and the audience (Mr./Madam Toastmaster, fellow Toastmasters, and guests).
  • Plan your speech closing as carefully as your opening. It is the finishing touch that will bring on the applause. Never thank your audience, but return control of the meeting to the Toastmaster of the Evening. Always wait for him or her at the lectern then return to your seat.
  • During the evaluation of your speech, listen intently for helpful hints that will assist in building better future talks. Pay attention to the advice of other members on improvement.

After the meeting
  • Get your manual from your evaluator. At this time discuss any questions you may have concerning your evaluation to clarify any misinterpretations.
  • Have the Vice-President Education initial the Record of Assignment in the back of your manual.

11. Speech Evaluator
After every speech, an evaluation is made. After you have presented a few speeches you will be asked to serve as an evaluator and will evaluate one of the prepared speakers for the meeting. In addition to your oral evaluation, you will also give the speaker a written evaluation from the manual. The evaluation presented by you can make the difference between a worthwhile and a wasted meeting for your speaker. The purpose of the evaluation is to help the speaker become less self-conscious. This requires that you become fully aware of the speaker's skill level, habits and mannerisms as well as his or her progress to date. If there is a technique the speaker uses or some gesture made that receives a good response from the audience, tell the speaker so he will be encouraged to use it again.

Before the meeting
  • Review carefully the Effective Speech Evaluation manual, which you will receive in your new member packet from World Headquarters.
  • Communicate with the speaker to find out the manual project he will be presenting. Find out the goals of the speech and what the speaker hopes to achieve. Find out exactly which skills or techniques the speaker hopes to strengthen through the exercise.
  • Evaluation requires exacting preparation if it is to be of value to the speaker. Study the objectives of the project as well as the evaluation guide in the manual. By actively listening and gently offering useful advice, you motivate members to work hard and improve. When you show the way to improvement, you have opened the door to strengthening their ability.

At the meeting
  • Look for the speaker and get his or her manual.
  • Meet briefly with the General Evaluator to confirm the evaluation session format. Then confer with the speaker one last time to see if he or she has any specific things for you to watch for during the talk.

During the meeting
Record your impressions of the speech in the manual along with your answers to the evaluation questions. Be as objective as possible. Remember that good evaluations may give new life to discouraged members and poor evaluations may dishearten members who tried their best. Remember always leave the speaker with specific methods for improving his or her speaking.

When introduced, stand and give your oral evaluation report. Begin and end your evaluation with a note of encouragement or praise. Though you may have written lengthy responses to manual evaluation questions, don't read the questions or your responses. Your oral evaluation time is limited to 3 minutes. Don't try to cover too much in your talk - possibly one point on organization, one on delivery, and one on attainment of purpose with a statement about the greatest asset and a suggestion for future improvement.

Praise a successful speech and specifically tell why it was successful. Don't allow the speaker to remain unaware of a valuable asset such as a smile, a sense of humour, and a good voice. Don't allow the speaker to remain ignorant of a serious fault or mannerism; if it is personal, write it but don't mention it aloud. Give the speaker the deserved praise and thoughtful suggestions in the manner you would like to receive them when you are the speaker.

After the meeting
  • Return the manual to the speaker. Add a word of encouragement to the speaker, something that wasn't mentioned in the oral evaluation.

12. The Tarik for the Soul Speaker
The speaker spices up the meeting on a subject to invoke the thoughts of the audiences within the 2 minute time-frame.

The speaker can bring up any self-improvement or self-realizations subjects.

(All the above explanation can be found in the Club Handbook that are provided to all new members of D'Utama Toastmasters Club)

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Dear members and all guests who wish to come on board our next meeting ...


There are 15 manuals in the Advanced Communication Series, all containing 5 speech projects each. These may be used toward the Advanced Communicator Bronze, Advanced Communicator Silver and Advanced Communicator Gold awards.

Television presentations require special preparation and attention to details. Learn how to pesent an editorial, appear as a guest on an interview program, be the host of an interview program, conduct a press conference and use television to train.

3 +/ 50 seconds
• Effectively present an opinion or viewpoint in a short time
• To simulate giving a presentation as part of a television broadcast

10 +/ 30 seconds
• Understand the dynamics of a television interview or talk show
• Prepare for questions that may be asked during a television interview program
• Present a positive image on the television camera

10 +/- 30 seconds
• Understand the dynamics of and conduct a successful television interview
• Prepare questions to ask during the interview program
• Present a positive, confident image on the television camera

4-6 +/30 seconds
• Understand the nature of a television press conference
• Prepare for an adversary confrontation on a controversial or sensitive issue
• Use appropriate methods and strategies to present your organization’s viewpoint

5-7+/-30 seconds
• Learn how to develop and present an effective training program on television
• Receive personal feedback through the videotaping of your presentations

Entertaining speakers are always in demand. Projects address preparing and delivering an entertaining speech, finding good stories and anecdotes to include in speeches, using humor, incorporating drama into presentations and presenting an after-dinner speech.

5-7 minutes
• Entertain audience through use of humor or drama from personal experience

8-10 minutes
• Draw humorous or dramatic material from sources other you’re your own experience
• Adapt the material to suit your personality and the audience

8-10 minutes
• Prepare and deliver a humorous speech drawn from your own experience

10-12 minutes
• Develop an entertaining talk about an experience or give a dramatic reading
• Include vivid imagery, characters and dialogue

13-15 minutes
• Prepare an entertaining after-dinner talk on a specific theme
• Deliver the talk extemporaneously, using the skills developed previously

Every speaker benefits from using humor. Learn how to begin a speech with a humorous story to get listeners’ attention, end a speech with a humorous story, use humorous stories and anecdotes throughout the body of your speech to emphasize points, incorporate jokes into presentations and prepare and present an entirely humorous speech.

5-7 minutes
• Prepare a speech that opens with a humorous story
• Personalize the story
• Deliver the story smoothly and effectively

5-7 minutes
• Prepare a serious speech that opens and closes with humorous stories
• Prepare a closing story that reemphasizes the speech’s main point
• Deliver the stories smoothly and effectively

5-7 minutes
• Prepare a speech that opens and closes with humorous stories
• Include jokes in the speech body to illustrate points or maintain audience interest
• Deliver the jokes and stories smoothly and effectively

5-7 minutes
• Prepare a speech that opens with a self-deprecating joke
• String together two or three related jokes in the speech body
• Close the speech with a humorous story

5-7 minutes
• Use exaggeration to tell a humorous story
• Entertain the audience
• Effectively use body language and voice to enhance the story

Everyday life presents many challenging communication situations. Topics covered in this manual include conversing with ease, negotiating, handling criticism, coaching someone to improve performance and expressing dissatisfaction effectively.

10-14 minutes
• Identify techniques to use in conversing with strangers
• Recognize different levels of conversation & initiate conversation with a stranger

10-14 minutes
• Employ win / win negotiating strategies to achieve your goals

10-14 minutes
• Respond non-defensively to verbal criticism
• Employ a five-step method to identify the problem, diffuse the attach and arrive at a solution

10-14 minutes
• Determine reasons for someone’s sub-standard performance
• Coach the person to improved performance

10-14 minutes
• Learn the mental and physical benefits of being assertive
• Employ the four-step method for addressing a problem and asking for help
• Overcome resistance to your requests

Reading words written by someone else require a special set of skills. Projects include reading stories, poetry, monodramas, plays and famous speeches.

8-10 minutes
• Learn and understand the effective interpretation of elements of a narrative
• Learn and apply vocal techniques that will aid in the effectiveness of the reading

6-8 minutes
• Recognize how poets use imagery, rhythm, meter, cadence and rhyme to convey the meanings and emotions of their poetry

5-7 minutes
• Understand the concept and nature of the monodrama
• Assume the identity of a character and portray the physical/emotional aspects

12-15 minutes
• Adapt a play for interpretive reading
• Portray several characters in one reading using voice changes and movement

10-12 minutes
• Understand the structure of a effective speech
• Interpret and present a famous speech

Successful people know how to influence and persuade others to accept their ideas, products or services. Projects cover selling a product, making “cold calls”, preparing a winning proposal, convincing an audience to at least consider your side of a controversial issue or subject and persuading listeners to help bring a vision and mission to reality.

8-10 minutes
• Learn to translate product features into people benefits
• Utilize the five-step structural sequence for building a sales presentation
• Prepare and deliver a sales presentation that focuses on audience needs

10-12 minutes
• Prepare and deliver a sales presentation incorporating closing techniques
• Effectively handle audience questions and/or objections

6-8 minutes
Role-play 8-10 minutes; final discussion 2-5 minutes
• Present an interesting, interactive sales training speech and conduct a role-play to enable the audience to practice sales techniques

15-20 minutes
• Plan and conduct a kickoff meeting for a Toastmasters membership campaign

15-20 minutes
• Develop a sales presentation for three or more speakers, including you
• Coordinate the planning, preparation and delivery of a team sales presentation

Professional speakers can give a variety of presentations to a variety of audiences. This manual offers guidance in preparing and presenting a keynote address, an entertaining speech, a sales training speech, a seminar and a motivational speech. Includes information about marketing yourself as a professional speaker.

15-20 minutes
• Learn how too evaluate audience feeling and establish emotional rapport
• Learn the professional techniques for a successful keynote presentation

15-20 minutes
• Entertain the audience through the use of humor drawn form personal experience and from other material that you have personalized

15-20 minutes
• Tell a sales audience how to sell a product by using a planned presentation
• Inspire salespeople to want to succeed in selling

20-40 minutes
• Plan and present a seminar with specific learning objectives
• Use seminar techniques to promote group participation and personal growth

15-20 minutes
• Apply a four-step motivational method to persuade and inspire
• Deliver a speech to persuade an audience to emotionally commit to an action

Group discussions are common, and this manual provides instruction in facillitating the most common types of discussions. Learn about moderating a panel discussion, facilitating a brainstorming meeting, leading a problem-solving discussion, handling challenging people during discussions and helping a problem-solving group achieve a consensus.

20-30 minutes
• Present an introductory talk or lecture describing a theory, model or information to be discussed by the group following the presentation
• Use a buzz-session technique to facilitate group participation to a solution

20-30 minutes
• Using a problem-solving pattern, lead the participants in a brainstorming session
• Screen the possible solutions and lead the group in deciding what action to take

30-40 minutes
• Select a problem for a three-member panel discussion
• Acting as moderator, monitor the panel discussion

(Role Playing) 20-30 minutes
• Create a plot and characters relevant to the discussion problem and select a cast from among the group members

30-40 minutes
• Guide the workshop participants in an investigative discussion of the problem
• Follow a problem-solving pattern to arrive at a solution

Everyone benefits from the ability to present a good public image. Projects cover preparing a speech that will generate a favorable attitude toward you and your product, company or service, presenting a positive image of yourself and your company or organization on a radio talk show, persuading an audience to accept your viewpoint, addressing a hostile audience and communicating with the public during a crisis situation.

5-7 minutes
• Prepare a talk that will build goodwill for your organization by supplying useful information of interest to the audience
• Favorably influence the audience by skillful and friendly delivery of your talk

3-5 minutes + 2-3 min for Q&A
• Present A positive image of you and your company or organization on a simulated radio talk show
• Prepare a talk designed to build goodwill toward an organization by presenting factual information
• Understand the dynamics of a successful radio talk show
• Prepare for the questions that may be asked of you during the radio interview

5 -7 minutes
• Direct a persuasive appeal to the audience’s self-interests using a combination of fact and emotion delivered in such a manner that it appears extemporaneous
• Use at least one visual aid to enhance the audience’s understanding

3-5 minutes + 2-3 min for Q&A
• Persuade a hostile audience to consider your position on a controversial issue

8 minutes
• Write a speech script on behalf of a social cause
• Using the script, present and record the speech to a television or radio audience

Informational speeches are one of the most common types, so most likely you rill be asked to present one sometime. This manual contains information about organizing an informational speech, tailoring your speech ti the audience, conducting a demonstration, presenting a report and delivering a speech about an elaborate subject.

5-7 minutes
• Select, organize and present new and useful information in a way that will motivate the audience to learn

8-10 minutes
• Focus your presentation at the audience’s level of knowledge
• Build a supporting case for each major point through research

10-12 minutes
• Prepare a demonstration speech to clearly explain a process, product or activity
• Conduct the demonstration as part of a speech delivered without notes

10-12 minutes
• Prepare a report on a situation, event or problem of interest to the audience
• Deliver sufficient factual information in your report so the audience can base valid conclusions or a sound decision on it

10-12 minutes
• Research and organize the thought of expects on a abstract concept, theory, historical force, social or political issue
• Present the ideas in a clear and interesting manner

Special events present special speaking opportunities. This manual provides instruction in giving toasts, speaking in praise/giving an eulogy, “roasting” someone and presenting and accepting awards.

2-3 minutes
• To recognize characteristics of a toast and present a toast

5-7 minutes
• To prepare a speech praising someone; to address five areas concerning the individual and to include anecdotes to illustrate points

3-5 minutes
• To poke fun at a particular individual; to adapt and personalize humorous material; and to deliver jokes and humorous stories effectively

3-4 minutes
• To present an award with dignity and acknowledge contributions of the recipient

5-7 minutes
• To accept an award with dignity and acknowledge the presenting organization

Speakers are often called upon to give different kinds of talks, this manual contains information about giving the most common ones, and it covers impromptu talks, preparing inspirational speeches, selling a product, reading out loud and introducing a speaker.

5-7 minutes
• Understand how to prepare for impromptu speaking
• Develop skill in the impromptu situation by using one or more patterns

8-10 minutes
• Identify and understand the basic difference and similarities between inspirational speeches and other kinds of speeches
• Develop a speech style and delivery that effectively expresses inspirational content by moving the audience to adopt your views

10-12 minutes
• Skillfully use four steps in a sales presentation: attention, interest, desire and action
• Identify and promote a unique selling proposition in a sales presentation

12-15 minutes
• Learn the principles of presentation and development skill in interpretive reading with regard to voice and body as instruments of communication

Time: Throughout the duration of the club meeting
• Become more knowledgeable and skilled as a master of ceremonies
• Handle the introduction of other speakers at a club meeting

Managers encounter a variety of speaking situations in the work environment, this manual offers instruction in giving briefings, preparing and presenting technical speeches, motivating a team, giving a status report and speaking to a hostile group.

8-10 minutes plus Q&A
• Apply the key steps in the preparation and organization of material for a briefing
• Give a briefing to meet a specific objective and to gain audience under-standing
• Effectively handle a question and answer session following the briefing

8-10 minutes
• Convert a technical paper or other technical information into a technical speech
• Organize a technical speech according to the inverted-pyramid approach
• Give the speech by effectively reading out loud

10-12 minutes
• Apply a four-step motivational method designed to persuade and inspire
• Deliver the speech to gain audience agreement with your management proposal

10-12 minutes
• Organize and prepare a status report relative to goals involving the overall condition of a plan or program, or the performance of a department or company
• Construct and present the report according to a four-step program

5 minutes plus 10 minutes for Q&A
• Prepare for an adversary confrontation on a controversial management issue
• Prepare and use appropriate methods, strategy and techniques to communicate with an adversary group as the representative on your company or corporation

A good story enhances your speech and makes it memorable. This manual offers instruction in telling folk talks, personal stories, stories with morals, emotional stories and stories about historical events or people.

7-9 minutes
• Tell a folk tale that is entertaining and enjoyable for a specific age group
• Use vivid imagery and voice to enhance the tale

6-8 minutes
• Learn the elements of a good story
• Create and tell an original story based on a personal experience

4-6 minutes
• Create and tell a new, entertaining story that offers a lesson or moral

6-8 minutes
• Understand and use techniques to arouse emotions while telling a story

7-9 minutes
• Understand the purpose of stories about historical events or people and use the storytelling skills developed in the preceding projects to tell a story

Presenting technical information in a way that doesn’t bored the audience is challenging. Learn how to prepare technical briefings, design and present a proposal, talk about a technical subject to a nontechnical audience, present a technical paper and enhance a technical talk with the internet.

8-10 minutes
• Using a systematic approach, organize technical material into a brief presentation
• Tailor the presentation to the audience’s needs, interests and knowledge levels

8-10 minutes
• Prepare a technical presentation advocating a product, idea or course of action
• Give the speech logically and convincingly, using an inverted-pyramid approach
• Effectively handle a question and answer period

10-12 minutes
• Build and deliver an interesting talk based on an understanding of the principles of communication complex information to non-technical listeners

10-12 minutes
• Deliver an interesting speech based on a technical paper or article
• Effectively use a flipchart, overhead projector or slides to illustrate your message

20-30 minutes
• Orchestrate the planning, preparation and delivery of a team presentation