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415th Chapter Meeting | Easter Cheers

Delicious home-baked buns, tips about the value of a good night of rest or about how to choose a yogurt and a standing ovation for Nigel, our newest Competent Communicator to date. Such were some of the highlights of our Easter Cheers gathering!

Our energetic Sergeant at Arms Joan opened the meeting by asking members of the public to share about something new that happened in their live. Before passing the baton to Roger, our Toastmaster of the Evening, she shared about how to choose the healthy kind of yogurt, one of the most important item they ought to be containing live cultures and should feature low fat and low sugar content and no preservatives.

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412th Chapter Meeting | Bring your Valentine

Gifts of chocolate, messages of love, love song, muffins, hilarious prepared speeches, table topics of love… Wow, that’s how a group of lovely Toastmasters and guests celebrated their Valentine’s Night. First time Sergeant at Arms Alpha Khu infused the mini-theatre with excitement as everyone shared about their meaning of Valentine.

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410th Chapter Meeting (New Year, New Aspiration)

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Along with a cheerful welcome for the New Year, our endearing members shared a myriad of aspirations: losing some kilos, being a good papa, getting married, going on adventure track, learn singing, etc..
Bravo to first timers – Sergeant at Arms Elizabeth Tang and Toastmaster of the Evening, Nadiya Ryshchuk for their display of poise and confidence through the entire evening.
Similar kudos to Club President May Teo for her perfect grace in delivering her first 2017 opening speech. A speech inviting us to think about the biggest challenge in our life and strive to block off negative obstacles as we start a new year afresh.
Advanced Club President Ho Chiu Lin gave a candid presentation about learning and leadership opportunities outside home club in Going Beyond Our Club from the Successful Club Series.

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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!

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)

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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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