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April 3 - First Toastmasters of the Spring!

posted Mar 31, 2010, 9:40 PM by Anderson Toastmasters

Hello fellow Anderson Toastmasters,


Now that we've had a little break, it's time to get rolling again with our fledgling Anderson Toastmasters group! I'm your VP of Education, and it's my job to help people progress through the Toastmasters learning program. A big part of that is sending out these weekly emails encouraging your participation in giving speeches and filling meeting roles.


Our first Spring Quarter meeting will be next Saturday, April 3, from 5:45-6:45pm, and we need you to step up and fill those roles! Here's where you can sign up:


And here are brief descriptions of the roles, in case you've had way too much fun during the break and can't remember last week:


1) Toastmaster - hosts the overall meeting

2) Inspiration/Joke Master - sets the tone for the meeting with a short story and/or joke(s)

3) Speaker - gives a speech, progressing to become a Competent Communicator

4) Evaluator - evaluates one of the main speeches

5) Table Topics Master - facilitates the table topics portion of the meeting

6) General Evaluator - evaluates the overall meeting

7) Ah Counter/Grammarian - counts filler words and provides grammatical insights

8) Timer - times speeches and table topics

9) Vote Counter - manages voting for best table topic speaker


More information is provided in the attached document, "A Toastmaster Wears Many Hats," that Wei had sent out earlier.


Although we don't yet have our manuals, also attached is the first chapter on IceBreaker speeches, which will let us get a head start on our journeys to becoming Competent Communicators. This is the first speech of the 10 that are required in the Competent Communication manual.


I highly encourage you to do your first speech early in the quarter, since once we are in the thick of school, it will be harder to take time out of our busy schedules to prepare a speech. Since we have a healthy number of members and want to give everyone an opportunity to progress through the program at a reasonable pace, our meetings will be set up to allow 3 speeches per meeting. The IceBreaker speech should be a no-brainer - just take your essays for UCLA Anderson and turn them into a compelling story about you. Easy enough, right?


For those of you, like me, who are deathly afraid of speaking, here are some helpful links to articles on the Toastmasters website about that first speech:


Have a good first week, and please sign up for speaking roles, especially for next Saturday! Feel free to email me if you have any questions!


Claire Cannon

VP of Education

Anderson Toastmasters

FEMBA 2011