Christmas stories and STAR mission workshop!

We met on 22nd December to celebrate the Christmas spirit of giving and sharing whilst Timothy Lin, DTM shared about his method to Sail Through The New Year by setting STAR missions (Specific, Time based * with a start date and end date *, Action-oriented * executable by steps *, supported by Resources like a model or a mentor) anchored into a personal vision map  and a core set of personal values. Once a mission is in progress or accomplished, do not forget to evaluate or re-plan as required!

407th Chapter Meeting (A Night of Surprises)

Polaroid photos; Funky poses; Gifts on chairs! Awesome Speeches and Evaluations; 20164071Interesting Table Topics…Why not?!

It was indeed A Night of Surprises for all members and guests!!

Jessyln Neo was a wonderful SAA, who engaged the audience with an enticing ice breaker Members and guests were pleasantly rewarded with little “Gifts” on the chairs…

Overall it was a fantastic meeting with Du Qi Hong as the Toastmaster of the Evening!

Chiu Lin gave an impactful opening speech about “Value of members” and highlighted that 20164073the members are the “backbone” to the club’s progress! She 20164072invited all to step up and learn together.

Aplomb’[ self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation]

All our speakers and evaluators maintained a cool aplomb that night.

We had 5 great speakers for the prepared speeches segment:

  1. Venkat did his Advanced Project 2 from Story 20164074Telling manual on the topic – ‘Never Give Up’. His message was very clear, lots of his personal experiences added a nice touch to reinforce the message.
  2. Next, Nigel shared another key message – “Be yourself”, as part of Project 9 from the CC manual.  Take a pause; lead life by being yourself. Does it resonate with you?
  3. Nadiya did her project 6 titled the “Main Battle”. The story of the little boy and his grandfather on World War 2 incidents was heartening. Indeed, she won the “Battle” of displaying the Vocal Variety in her speech.
  4. Guobin did his project 4 on “Running” with good use of rhetorical devices. He reminded us to practice running and “observe each step we take and every breath we make”.
  5. Last but not least, Ruby spoke on “Why do I practice Yoga” for her Project 3 and she  got to the point very well. We can never forget the nice Yoga pose that she demonstrated!

Next were the evaluations. Credits to all the superb evaluators – our guest evaluators Woulfe Patrick & Mark Liang, members Christophe, Edwin and RJ. All of them were great in the evaluations of the prepared speeches. Some of the takeaways were good reminders for all members such as making use of the stage fully, body language etc.

Then, came the exciting Table Topics (TM) session with our friendly table topics master Christophe. The speakers were supposed to pick a photo or an object from his “surprise” bag and speak on it. It included some interesting objects such as – apples and, onions. Christophe also rewarded each brave participant with a healthy fruity snack!

20164075Finally, with drum roll, there were the announcements of the “Champions of the night”
Best Speaker: Nigel Foo; Best Evaluator: RJ, Best Table Topics Speaker: Manoj

Next Meeting:  13 Dec 2016 (Tuesday) 7pm to 10pm
Highlights: Joint Meeting with Bishan TMC

Hope you have enjoyed reading this recap! Cheers! See you on 13th December J

Prepared by Gayathri (Secretary)

Project Evaluation: P7 to P10

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)

What makes for a good project evaluation?

As the project evaluator, you should strive to help the speaker through your project evaluation

  1. by listening carefully to the speaker during the speech delivery
  2. by exercising critical thinking – The speaker did this. What if the speaker had done that?
  3. by providing valuable feedback – Avoid run of the mill clichés
  4. by providing tactful feedback – so it stands a better chance of being accepted by the speaker

Project 7: ask yourself…

  • Was the choice of topic appropriate?
    • Too narrative? No opportunity to substantiate?
  • Catch all the supporting material
    • Statistics, testimonials, examples, facts, visual aids
  • Too few variety?
  • Clear and organised? Confusing?

Project 8: ask yourself…

  • Criterion: minimum of 2 visuals aids.
  • Was the choice of topic conducive to using visual aids?
  • Was each visual aid purposefully used during the relevant part(s) of the speech?
  • Was each visual aid visible and purposefully shown?
  • Main show: Speaker. Not the visual aids.
  • Death by PowerPoint? Verbose slides?

Project 8 tips

  • When video is used: its length should be less than one minute (15% or less of speech duration)
  • Use of whiteboard or flip chart: drawing a mind map, highlighting points (the speaker should not show their back to the audience when writing)
  • When slides are projected on a screen: the speaker should not show their back to the audience when presenting slides, nor obstructing the view of the slides

Project 9: ask yourself…

  • What was the speaker attempting to persuade me to do?
  • Was the speaker sincere & convinced?
  • Was the speaker credible?
  • Did the speaker both use logic & emotions?
  • Did the speaker create a need or a problem?
  • Was I persuaded?
  • Did the audience seem persuaded?

Project 9 tips

  • Should include a call to action
  • This call to action should be modulated depending on the audience.

Picture yourself urging either an audience of smokers or an audience of non-smokers audience about the dangers of tobacco consumption.In the former case, the call to action will be direct to the audience. In the latter, the call to action should be urging non-smokers to interact with their smoking relatives, friends or acquaintances.

  • The key difference between a project 9 topic and a project 10 topic: P9 topic will tackle behavior and skills whereas P10 topic should address values and belief, identity and be strong in emotional content.

Project 9 topic could be: use less water. Project 10 topic could be: protect planet Earth

Project 10: ask yourself…

  • What was the speaker attempting to inspire the audience to do?
  • Did the speaker use most of what (s)he learnt in the previous projects?
  • Did the speaker connect with me?
  • Was I more than persuaded?
  • Did I feel uplifted and motivated?
  • Was the audience uplifted and motivated?

Project 10 tips

When you evaluate a project 10 speaker, you cover the span of 9 projects in 1. The speaker should strive to bring people along a dramatised journey that will start from a low point (the lowest the better) and end up on a high note.

Dos and Don’ts of Project Evaluation

  1. DO NOT repeat the speech
    DO cite examples that support the project objectives
  2. DO NOT demonise the content and ideas expressed in the speech. Instead focus on the structure and delivery of the speech
    DO be balanced
  3. DO NOT evaluate “Off the cuff”
    DO be systematic and use some feedback structure like acronyms or the sandwich method

We wish you success in your role as P7 to P10 Project Evaluator!