Top 10 Skills you will need in a Software-Defined World

By 2020, the World Economic Forum predicts the rise of “advanced robotics and autonomous transport, artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced materials, biotechnology and genomics.” The Singapore government anticipates this shift as well.

Skills such as Critical Thinking, Creativity, Coordinating with Others, Emotional Intelligence or Negotiation will be in higher demand by 2020. The good news is Toastmasters International is well-placed to allow club members to build up and hone these skills.

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Project Evaluation: P1 to P6

Did you know? Project evaluations count towards the completion of your Competent Leader award!

  • Benefits to the evaluator: each evaluation is an opportunity for the role holder to exercise, practise and enhance their listening and critical thinking skills
  • Benefits to the speaker and the audience: the evaluator should strive to educate the audience by explaining why such point was good (use of stories, figures of speech or otherwise)

Dos and Don’ts of Project Evaluation

  1. DO NOT repeat the speech
    DO cite examples that support the project objectives
  2. DO NOT be biassed and judgmental – You are not on stage to criticise the ideas of the speaker
    DO be balanced
  3. DO NOT evaluate “Off the cuff”
    DO be systematic and use some feedback structure like acronyms or the sandwich method

What makes for a good speech?

  • A. Structure | Project 2 and Project 3 emphasize the need for a central theme neatly weaved around a title, a structure and a focal point as sharp as a pen’s pointy edge.
  • B. Words | Project 4 highlights the need to use words wisely so as to create a memorable, relatable and repeatable audience experience.
    Carefully chosen words help the audience:

    1. To remember the theme,
      It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. (anaphora)
    2. To help set the mood and create the atmosphere,
      In a dark dark forest there was a dark dark house, in the dark dark house there was a dark dark fireplace (alliterations)
    3. To increase the emotional depth and connection with the audience
      “he was sad” vs. “he was in a sea of grief” (metaphor)
      Seriously funny joke (oxymoron)
  • C. Delivery | All about body language (%) and voice. Both need to be in sync and reinforce each other and the speaker’s message
    • Project 5 | Body language: look for the quality of speaker’s eye-contact with the public, the way the movements of the hands and the body add or subtract to the message
    • Project 6 | Voice Variety: pitch, power, pace and pause (including unwelcome fillers and appropriate use of silence)

We wish you success in your role as P1 to P6 Project Evaluator!

General Evaluation 101

Did you know? General Evaluation counts towards the completion of your Competent Leader award!

Anyone can be a general evaluator. You may take on the role once you are confident and familiar enough with the overall organisation of a Toastmasters Chapter meeting. That can be anytime. It usually happens after project 6. It can be prior to that.

General evaluation: what to look for?

The general evaluator will evaluate the organisation and running of the chapter meeting as a whole so to provide feedback to the club’s Exco Team and the audience about:

  1. The areas that worked well,
  2. The areas that would work better,
  3. And provide suggestions for improvement

The breadth of the general evaluation will cover both:

  • Pre-meeting: reminders, correspondence, agenda setup, communication of directions, logistics, hospitality…
  • During the meeting: hospitality (again), punctuality of each segment, role bearers, procedure and protocols

General evaluation: how to deliver the feedback?

Timothy Lin suggested to follow the CREATE framework:

  • Content: briefly evaluate the opening address, the speakers (look for elements not yet shared by the language evaluators), the table topics
  • Roles: Sergeant-At-Arms (SAA), Toastmaster of the Day (TMD), Table Topics Master (TTM), Ah Counter, special segments
  • Evaluators: Project Evaluators, Language Evaluator
  • Atmosphere: level of energy, mood, setup, attitude of members
  • Timing: timeliness
  • Extras: protocols and extra recommendation

We wish you a successful General Evaluation!

406th Joint Chapter Meeting (Unity is Strength)

Link to write up as a PDFUnity is Strength

This was our first joint Chapter meeting between Bishan Toastmasters Club and both Toa RJ Toastmaster of the eveningPayoh Central CC Toastmasters Clubs. It was met with tremendous attendance: it was FULL HOUSE! Truly unity is strength!

Our marvellous Toastmaster of The Evening Rajah A Nadar, RJ lead the meeting with a bag full of amusement and entertainment. Many thanks to SAA Derek Lee, Timer Avni Rekhi and Ah Counter Sophia Ngo for making the Joint Chapter meeting successful. Well Done!!!

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Language Evaluation

Language Evaluation plays an important role in helping all club members improve their grammar and vocabulary. The language evaluator role will challenge your listening abilities. This role is twofold: to introduce new words to members and to comment on the use of English during the course of the meeting.

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Develop your skills over time

Such was one of several advices that Mr Liew Mun Leong, current Chairman of Changi liewmunleongAirport Group, distilled throughout the evening  during a recent experience-sharing session at Cairnhill CC on 02 November 2016. A civil engineer by training, he started work maintaining and later developing military camps for Mindef then went on to leading the construction of Changi Airport’s first runway before shifting path again and again.

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