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Meeting 2014-10-07

Sylvain called the meeting to order on time and introduced Fedra as Toastmaster.

Janice took her first role as Timer in her first official day in Message Masters.

Craig chose “extemporaneous” as the Word of The Day and participants were successful in using this word.

Erik, our Table Topics Master, suggested Thanksgiving as the theme for our extemporaneous speech. He distributed question papers to Sylvain, Jill, Rana, Janice and Pranav. The questions were:

  • What’s the most important thing that you are thankful for?
  • What’s your favourite movie?
  • What’s your favourite game on TV?
  • What do you recommend as a substitute for Turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

They were all successful in reaching the goal of speaking impromptu for about two minutes.  Janice, our new member, was Timer and bravely accepted to speak off the cuff.

Since we had still some time left, Fedra, continued impromptu speech with two more questions to finish the meeting on time.

The second part of our meeting was Firoozeh’s speech. She did her project number three from Competent Communication manual. Her title was: a Toastmaster wears many hats. She is determined to speak about Toastmasters clubs in one of the classes in LASI (Local Agencies Serving Immigrants) World Skills, in order to inform and also encourage the new immigrants to visit a Toastmasters club and then join it. She spoke about learning process in Toastmasters clubs, different roles that members can take in meetings and its benefits to new immigrants.

Rana, evaluated Firoozeh’s speech and admired her intention to be the ambassador of Toastmasters clubs. She also was not sure that her speech was informative or persuasive. Rana also suggested she link the benefit to each point to make it more powerful. Others feedback were, speaking about the benefits of Toastmaster to herself (Firoozeh) rather than immigrants to make it more effective.

Jill, our General Evaluator, shared her experience as Test Speaker at an area contest. She said that she spilled her coffee on her shirt, but since she had a dark shirt was relaxed and felt confident to deliver her speech. The dark colour absorbed the stain. She also mentioned that she learned from evaluators that she often smacks her lips and she hadn’t noticed that before. Now to control that, she pauses and then continues speaking. It was a good lesson for all of us. She also praised Fedra for her good use of time and asking impromptu questions.

Our Grammarian, Craig, gave a detailed report on grammar mistakes. He explained the difference between “may” and “might” when referring to “permission” and “likelihood”. It is unfortunate that "may" means both, whereas "might" means probability. He suggested that we consistently use "may" for permission and "might" for likelihood.

• Craig announced that Natasha could not compete in the Area level Humorous contest and asked for volunteers. The area level contest will be next Friday, 2014-10-10 at 18:30 for 19:00 at the Overbrook Community Centre. He will be the Chief Judge.
•  The division level contest will be 2014-10-16 at 17:30 for 18:00 at the Richelieu Community Centre. This time, Craig will be the Contest Chair for one of the contests.
•  Craig also announced that the “Speech Contest Judging” workshop is uploaded on YouTube:

Part 1: Teaching

Part 2: Humorous Speech Contest


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