Welcome visitors and members! Listed below our Club Announcements is our latest weekly meeting snapshot to give you a flavor of the challenging, thought-provoking, and FUN times to be had at a Contrarians Toastmasters meeting
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March 12th, 2014
Theme: Speech Contest
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March 5th, 2014
Theme: California Dreaming
What can you expect when you arrive at Contrarians meeting with theme “California Dreaming”?
First, you will get to know the “importance of ceremony” Not the Oscar Ceremony but your death ceremony. This was the topic of our speaker Lauren’s speech tonight. She told us how people from different cultures perform this ceremony and why everyone should plan for this ceremony in advance.
Second, you will learn about people’s experiences of California. During the second segment (Table Topics or impromptu speaking) of our meeting, Carolina asked some challenging and fun questions such as:
• Tell us about a dream that you have achieved in California?
• How your life has changed since you moved to California?
• What is biggest lie that you get from movies about California?
• What is your opinion on California Tax?
• What is the biggest benefit of living in California?
The answers were equally fun and educational. Niem won the best table topics speaker award for his answer to last question. He said hamburgers are the biggest benefits of living in California.
Third, you will learn about how we do instant evaluation of speech and the meeting. During the evaluation segment, Alicia provided great feedback to Lauren on what she liked about her speech and how she can make it better next time.
Sanjay gave a general evaluation of the meeting, while Sean and CJ gave detailed grammarian and ah-counter report on good and bad use of English language as well as use of fillers such as pauses/ahms/ahas etc…
Lauren and Alicia won the best speaker and best speech evaluator awards respectively.
Fourth, you will learn about how to run a club contest even though you just joined the club.
Sean, who is one of our newest members, is taking his Toastmasters experience to a next level by being a Contest Chair for our next week’s International Speech and Table Topics contest.
Between the prepared speaking segment and table topics segment, there was a 10 minutes break and Sean used that time to explain the details of the contest and the volunteers he need to fill various roles. It looks like he got confirmations for most of the roles. Any remaining unconfirmed roles will be filled during the contest.
If you have never attended Contrarian’s meeting, come see us next week. I promise that it will be fun and you will learn something new, may be a lot!!
February 26th, 2014
Bribery was our evening’s controversial topic. Sanjay began the evening’s festivities with his Opening Thought on the subject, raising our consciousness by providing a brief overview of recent infamous bribes committed by some of the West’s largest Corporations – Siemens, Exxon, Johnson & Johnson, etc. Who knew?...
Wayne premiered as our evening’s Toastmaster. I think he did a great job, adroitly negotiating reassignments for speech evaluators; Charlene and Niem, and smoothly introducing his evening helpers: Josh as Timer and Vote Counter; Marlene as Grammarian, Lauren as Leadership Manual Evaluator, Nick as Ah Counter and yours truly, Bob, as General Evaluator.
Marlene chose a most appropriate Word of the Day for this occasion: Sop – something given to pacify or quiet, such as a bribe.
We enjoyed two prepared speeches this evening, one by guest speaker Eric, a member of nearby TIC Talkers, Newport Beach. Our very own Alicia offered the second speech.
Alicia told a very personal story of courage and determination to live her dream to become a singer: A dream she nurtured at first quietly, then more and more openly with support from teachers and a best friend and ‘therapist’ a.k.a. husband. Ultimately her audience provided the proof of her dream’s validity. And we joined the ranks of that audience by virtue of her gifting us with copies of her recent CD of songs that she wrote and produced herself.
Eric told us a spooky (fictional?) tale of a wilderness trip gone wrong. Led into the forest by his friend, Pierre, the two encountered the legendary Big Foot. Only Eric returned and neither hide nor hair of Pierre was ever again seen…
Sanjay led the evening’s table topic segment as Table Topics master. He staged an ingenious format, asking Contrarians to take pro and con debate positions on a brief set of questions such as - should the person offering a bribe be given punishment equal to the one accepting, should an employee accept a raise that might be a bribe and stay on or leave to another employment.
In our Evaluation segment, Charlene, also from TIC Talkers evaluated Alicia’s speech and Niem evaluated Eric. Both provided meaningful critiques.
Awards went to Alicia for Best Prepared Speech, Sean for a humorous Table Topics debate segment and Niem for best Speech Evaluator.
It was a memorable evening, one in an ongoing series that would be more enjoyable should you attend!