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Toastmaster meeting

You can observe our meeting and decide whether to join.  At each meeting we schedule speeches by our members. Each speech gets evaluated by another member.  We also do Table Topics where everyone gets an opportunity to practice and improve their speaking skills.

Members in attendance: Rolando, Raisa, Robert, Anna

Guests: Dominic Bryan, Vincent Aceto, Bob Bowes, Christina Ament

Raisa as the Toastmaster of the Evening opened the meeting @ 7:07 pm. She went over the agenda to fill in the vacant meeting roles. She asked all guests and members to introduce themselves. Raisa also introduced a special guest Christina Ament, the member of F.R.O.G. Toastmasters club, who will be competing in Evaluation Contest at the district level on May 3rd.  She asked members and guests to provide a feedback on Christina’s evaluation.

Robert served as a Timer.

Speakers: Raisa, Robert, Bob, Anna

Evaluators: Christina, Raisa, Bob, Robert, Rolando

Speaker #1: Raisa

Title: “The Magic Hat” project #10 from the CC Manual. 

Raisa presented a speech about her journey in Toastmasters where she had to wear different hats for each role she took in a Toastmasters meeting. She used a hat as a prop that had different labels attached to it. Each label represented the role she took at the meeting.

Evaluator #1: Christina

Christina presented an excellent evaluation where she summarized Raisa’s speech and suggested 2 areas for improvements. 

Special Evaluations of Christina’s speech

Bob evaluated Christina’s evaluation and provided additional suggestions on how to make her evaluation to stand out from others during the contest.

Robert, Rolando and Vincent have also contributed to that discussion and provided their opinion on Christina’s evaluation and suggested additional tips what she can incorporate into it. 

Speaker #2: Robert

Title: “Opening a Gallery”   

Robert shared with us a story about the gallery that he opened in Red Hook area of Brooklyn. He passionately spoke about the artists whose work is displayed there. We learned about his partnership with a very well-known Mental Institution and its artist patients. He told us that his gallery is promoting paintings of some of those artists and he is working with them to reinforce their confidence through speaking about the art.

Evaluator: Bob and Raisa

Bob provided some suggestions to improve that speech; he also noticed that Robert was quiet while presenting his speech. 

Raisa highlighted that the speech was within the allotted time limit (Robert didn't go overtime). She noticed that Robert wasn't as vocal as he could be in his other speeches. She felt that he wanted to share more information in his speech. She suggested having a better transition between beginning of the speech and when he was talking about the artists, and their goal for the future projects.

Speaker #3: Bob

Title: “How to be Funny”

Bob delivered a very polished speech that was spontaneously presented at that meeting. We learned that in order to be funny, a person needs to find a few “deficiencies” in himself and make fun (in a good way) about it.  

Evaluator: Christina provided another great evaluation summarizing Bob’s speech and highlighting his strong areas. She made a suggestion on unnecessary hand gestures and suggested to incorporate more examples of how to be funny.

Speaker #4: Anna

Title: “Why I can’t make a speech”, project #4 from CC manual.

Anna shared with us that she was (and still is) a very shy person. As a result, it was difficult for her to speak in public until one day (the birthday party) when she noticed that she was talking without stopping and wasn't feeling shy anymore.

Evaluator: Robert provided a very supportive evaluation for Anna. Understanding what was causing Anna not to give speeches at our club before, he encouraged her to speak more and even made a joke that he is afraid that soon we will not be able to stop Anna from talking.

Raisa summarized the meeting and Rolando announced that our next meeting will be next week, on May 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

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