Grub N Gab Oct. 25 Recap

Our theme this week was Halloween, thank you everyone for a great meeting.  Saurabh’s speech persuaded us to save for retirement by taking advantage of 401ks and potential employer matching.  Visit https://www.irs.gov/retirement-plans for helpful tools to help you start saving now for retirement.

In keeping with the theme, Caroline encouraged us to discuss our favorite Halloween plans, what great American would you dress up as, favorite Halloween traditions and how we would react if a Presidential candidate came to our door trick or treating.

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Contest Overview

Tall Tales

  • The subject for the Tall Tales speech must be of a highly exaggerated, improbable nature and have a theme or plot.
  • Humor and props may be used to support or illustrate the speech
  • Twenty-five percent or less of the speech may be devoted to quoting, paraphrasing, or referencing another person’s content.
  • Any quoted, paraphrased, or referenced content must be so identified during the speech presentation.
  • All Tales speeches shall be from three to five minutes.
    • A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than two minutes 30 seconds or more than five minutes 30 seconds

Evaluations

  • At the beginning of this contest, a five- to seven-minute test speech will be presented.
    • The test speech shall be either a contest-type speech, or taken from one of the assignments in the Competent Communication manual.
  • Contestants are permitted to make preparatory notes during the test speech using materials of their choice.
  • At the conclusion of the test speech, all contestants shall leave the room. They then have five minutes to prepare their evaluation using materials of their choice.
  • After five minutes have elapsed, no further preparation shall be allowed and with the exception of the first contestant, who shall be called back as first evaluator, all others shall hand all written material to the contest sergeant at arms.
  • Preparation material shall be handed back to contestants as they are introduced to present their evaluation.
  • Evaluation contest speeches shall be from two to three minutes. A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than one minute 30 seconds or more than three minutes 30 seconds.

Humorous Speech

  • The subject for the Humorous speech shall be selected by the contestant, however, the speaker shall avoid potentially objectionable language, anecdotes, and material.
  • The speech must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners)
  • Twenty-five percent or less of the speech may be devoted to quoting, paraphrasing, or referencing another person’s content.
  • Any quoted, paraphrased, or referenced content must be so identified during the speech presentation.
  • All humorous speeches shall be from five to seven minutes.
    • A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than four minutes 30 seconds or more than seven minutes 30 seconds

International Speech Contest

  • To be eligible to compete in the International Speech Contest, a member must have completed at least six speech projects in the Competent Communication manual prior to the club contest.
  • Speeches shall be from five to seven minutes.
    • A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than four minutes 30 seconds or more than seven minutes 30 seconds.
  • Contestants must prepare their own speeches, and each must be substantially original. (Inspirational speeches usually are well received).
    • Twenty-five percent or less of the speech may be devoted to quoting, paraphrasing, or referencing another person’s content.
    • Any quoted, paraphrased, or referenced content must be so identified during the speech presentation.

Table Topics Contest

  • The Table Topics Contest Chair will select a topic, general in nature
  • All contestants shall receive the same questions
    • Contestants will receive no advance knowledge of the topic until the moment they are introduced by the contest chair.
    • Timing will follow the conventional Toastmasters Table Topics length
  • When the contest begins, all contestants except the first shall leave the room and remain under the supervision of the contest sergeant at arms.
  • At the conclusion of each speech, the next speaker shall be invited into the room.

 

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Timer Sheet

Other than timing participants to keep the meeting on track, do you know why we are timed?  It helps train us to speak within specified time parameters and learn time management.  Have you ever filled the role of Timer and written the time on random parts of the agenda or scribbled it on the ballot sheet?  The Founder’s District has a one-page sheet that you can neatly write the speakers name, the length of the project and how long they spoke.

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Grub N Gab Oct. 18 Recap

As usual, Tuesday’s meeting was fun and educational.  Our Toastmaster, Marianne, selected “local restaurants” as our theme.  We had two great speakers.  Sam presented a speech “Humble and kind.”  Meanwhile, AnnaLisa discussed “Ireland,” a brief speech” where she provided an overview of her vacation and interesting facts about Irish history. Our Table Topics session was led by Julie, who had great questions about Local restaurants.  It was a very fun meeting.

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Grub N Gab Oct. 11 Recap

This week we had an excellent Toastmasters meeting.  The meeting started with an award presentation for Deb who won first place in the Area Humorous Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest.  Congratulations Deb!  Our Toastmaster, Nancy, picked “Cupcakes” as the theme of the meeting and brought in some wonderful black forest cupcakes to share with everyone.  Our two speakers delivered great presentations.  Thomas spoke about “Rules of Public Speaking” and shared some tips that we all can use.  Julie provided a speech from the “Speaking to Inform” manual and provided “Presidential General Election Voting Information,” including options to cast our ballot and how we can register to vote.  Our Table Topics Master, Ernesto had great questions and did a wonderful job of bringing the cupcake theme into his questions and everyone had a lot of fun with it.  Our best speaker was Julie.  Caroline took home the Best Table Topics ribbon and Bidhan won best evaluator.  All in all it was a great meeting.

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Grub N Gab Oct. 4 Recap

This week, we were happy to have three guests at our meeting, our theme was Fall Colors.  Our Toastmaster, Saurabh, kicked off the meeting with an explanation of why the leaves change colors in the Fall. Tien, our first speaker, provided a speech from the Successful Club Series inspiring us to “Evaluate to Motivate.”  One of the tips Tien provided was for speakers to reach out to their evaluators before the meeting.  If there is anything you, as a speaker, want your evaluator to look for, let them know ahead of time.  Meanwhile, Ernesto delivered his second speech to our club. His reworked Ice-Breaker was filled with humor and beautiful pictures of his family and the things they love to do.  One of our guests, Prashant, took home the best Table Topics prize explaining what he doesn’t like about Fall.  With added insight from Tien’s speech, Shirin successfully evaluated Ernesto’s speech motivating him to keep up the good work.

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Grub N Gab Sept. 20 Recap

Julie was the Toastmaster of the Day on September 20. Our theme was pumpkin spice, and Julie mentioned it was everywhere which is why she picked it. She also brought in some great Oreo pumpkin spice cookies, which everyone enjoyed. We had two guests, Kyle and Larry join us at the meeting.

We had two great speeches this week, Christopher shared his Questival adventures, an amazing race equals survivor type of competition race that challenges its participants to do things beyond their comfort zone. We saw Christopher eat a bug, cross the border and come back across the border (whew!), and do handstands just to name a few items. We then had another speech from Heather who did her Icebreaker speech where she not only drew us into her life but had us crying with her during her momentous occasions of her life.  Deb fortunately comes prepared and was able to hand out the tissues. We were truly touched by Heather’s journey in life and learning about her mentor Tricia Toyota, her beauty pageant contest, her intense desire to go to UCLA, where she was fortunate to meet her husband; and getting to know her family and the challenges she faces now with her aging parents.

Since we went over time for the speeches, Deb had a limited time to do Table Topics, but nevertheless provided some great questions for our theme of the meeting. Our guest Kyle was the first to volunteer and talked about why he liked football and Shirin discussed about how she hated the time changing back and forth, wishing it would remain the same.

Our winners this week were: Shirin -Table Topics, Heather – Speech, Jeanie – Evaluation

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