第83回例会レポート

83rd Southern Beach regular meeting was held at Chigasaki shimin bunka kaikan.

The meeting started with greetings from our new club president, TM CT.
She introduced “Hamaorisai (浜降祭)”, Chigasaki’s famous summer festival on July 21st.
Over 30 mikoshi (portable shrine) dive into the sea on Southern Beach at the break of dawn.

we found the president was little bit nervous even though the president
for her first greetings in English

Today’s toastmaster of the morning is “Iron toastmaster in the world”, TM Keith.
He started topic of the weather. Rainy season are not good for outdoor activity but we can focus on toastmasters’ activity!
And he will visit Okinawa as area 65 governor from tomorrow. Iron toastmaster is very busy for the toastmasters’ activity.

Word of the day by TM NH, She selected the word “ambition”.

Role introduction
Timer: TM KM
Grammarian & Ah counter: TM MN
Vote counter: TM YM
Meeting reporter: TM KT

Each role takers made well prepared role explanation.

Prepared speech#1 CC#1 Ice breaker by TM KI
Speech title is “Not a stranger”.
He introduced himself to us according to Toastmasters’ speech manual CC#1.
He is Japanese but he raised abroad in his childhood. He moved Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Philippines, and Japan.
We could understand why his English is so fluent, and also really understood the meaning of the speech title “Not a stranger”.
You are not a stranger, you are club member of Southern Beach TMC!

Prepared speech#2 CC#8 Get comfortable with Visual aids by TM DN
Speech title is “Practical Communication”.
He suddenly divided three groups into members and gave us origami for each of us.
And he ordered us to close our eyes and continued talking.
Fold the origami in half, fold it in half again, and tear off the right below corner with our eyes closed.
Open the origami and show it each other, then we could see different types of origami.
What can we learn from this practice?
We get quite different result even if the order is same. Communication is so difficult and important.
Finally he requested to give impressions about the result from three groups.
All members were involved in his practical speech and were able to feel difficulty of communication.

Quote of the day by TM AM. He selected the quote “Where there is a will, there is a way.”.
If someone wants or wills something strongly enough, a way can be found to make it happen.
20 years ago, his English didn’t get through to the staff of McDonald’s in the U.S.
Through this experience, he studied English harder than before.
And he do remember this quote over and over again.

Evaluation session was lead by TM RI. She explained the evaluation system in toastmasters briefly.
We have no teacher, but we are all teacher. We give feedback each other, then we can learn and grow up.

TM CT for Prepared speech#1
She picked up strong points of his speech.
– Easy to follow his speech because of chronological order
– Speech title is impressive
And she cheered him up to explain the room for improvement.
– Tried to inform a lot, then spoke fast.
– If focus on a few interesting points, volume is smaller. Then you can speak slowly.
Her advice might be very useful and practical as usual.

TM EY for Prepared speech#2
He challenged his first time evaluation.
First he mentioned that he was surprised at TM DN’s speech by using origami performance.
His speech followed the speech objectives, and visual aid “origami” was effectively to understand difficulty of communication.
And he pointed out the room for improvement.
He wanted to know how to improve the problem of communication.
That’s a good point! I really agreed with him.
He was a little nervous but finished wonderful evaluation at last!

Followed by TM EY’s first evaluation, TM RI started general evaluation.
In fact, TM RI also challenged her first general evaluation.
She looked back the meeting and she was praised for the president greetings, TMOM, role takers and evaluators.
She was sticking to the basic general evaluation way, then it was very natural. So we didn’t believe this was the first time for her!

English session ended. After taking break time, Japanese session continued.

–ENG session by courtesy of TM Tsu

 ・タイトル「愛唱歌~好きな歌はまるで友達」
  MKさん
  「あなたの一番好きな歌は何ですか?」から冒頭
 入り、たいへん聴き手の興味を引く冒頭から、私は釘づけになりました。
 「好きな曲には人柄が出ると思いませんか?」
 「人生のその時その時で印象に残った言葉やフレーズはありませんでしたか?」
 というたいへん魅力的な始まり方でした。
 MKさんは心に残る曲が3曲あるそうです。
 1曲目は小さい頃、2曲名は昨年、3曲目は最近だそうです。
 そして実際にそのフレーズを歌って頂き、最後まで、たいへん面白く
 聴き手に考えさせるスピーチで、終わった後も楽しい余韻と温かい雰囲気が
 残るたいへんいいスピーチだと思いました。
 一服の清涼剤のようなスピーチでした。
 声の調子も明るく、ストリー性があり、とても楽しかったです。
 ICE Breakは大成功でした。
・タイトル「最近思うこと」
 ONさん
 「最近人間関係でストレスを抱えていまして・・」という大変 正直なONさんの誠実な人柄が出ているスピーチだったと思います。
 ONさんが人間関係でダークの部分をもろに受け、色々悩まれ、そこから気づいた 点や新たな発見など、たいへん印象深い、聴き手も一緒に考えていこうするスピーチの構成力は圧巻で、私は最後までONさんのスピーチには注意力が途切れることがありませんでした。
 たいへん聴き手も考えさせられるスピーチでした。
テーブルトピックマスターはTCさんです。
「あなたの小学校の時の過ごし方?」
 Oさん「荒川の土手で昆虫を使って、色々遊んだエピソードをたいへん楽しく
話してもらいました」
「印象に残っている祭りは?」
 Mさん「ロックフェスティバルの一体感を熱く語ってもらいました」
「ご当地お土産で美味しかったもの?」
 Mさん「出身地の神戸の春を告げる「イカナゴの釘煮」について話してもらいました
「500万円あげるから1週間、夏休みで楽しんでおいでと言われたら?」
 Kさん「好きな車を買って、残りの1週間で車を改造するという「もったない」使い方を披露頂きました。
・論評
 Kさん「明るくてユーモアのある人柄が存分に出たスピーチでした。
    良かった点(3点)
    ①序論(聴衆の興味を引くスピーチ冒頭)、本論(3曲の好きなスピーチ)結論(よろしくお願いします)がしっかりしていた事
    ②準備がよくできてい事(歌詞の提示など)
    ③表現力の上手さ
 Aさん「人によって、感じ方や解釈の違いについて」コメントを頂きました。
 総合論評のIさんはたいへん落ち着いた冷静な論評で聴衆の心を掴んでいました。
–日本語セッション レポーター TM Miyamo
      
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