第750回例会レポート / The 750th Regular Meeting Report


Meeting #750 Nov. 20th at Hatoba Kaikan 1F.
This was the 750th meeting, and we were blessed with a beautiful autumn day with a clear blue sky to celebrate.

The venue was decorated so colorful as if it was an early Christmas, and YTMC Founder TM I was wearing a stylish suit, which gave the atmosphere of venue for celebration. Right behind him, there were members in Mario and Luigi costumes operating audio equipment, and TMOD wore birthday-cake-hats and “Happy Birthday” tassels, and members wearing cute animal hats took the stage in turn. It was a very humorous meeting.
会場は一足早いクリスマスのように華やかにデコレーションされていて、YTMC FounderのIimureさんがビシリと格好よくスーツを着ていらして、場のお祝いムードが各段にアップしていました。ちなみにIimureさんのすぐ後ろにはマリオとルイージのコスチュームを着たメンバーがオンライン機材を操作していて、TMODはバースでケーキの帽子と「Happy Birthday」のタスキを身に着け、かわいらしい動物の帽子をかぶったメンバーたちが入れ替わり登壇するという、なんともユーモア溢れるミーティングとなりました。

The meeting theme was “color”. We enjoyed everyone’s speeches with a few words of their own personality, sharing what colors they like, with a little story. One of the member said that “my favorite color changes with age and occasion, for example…” I thought that was very interesting.

The Table Topic was well thought out to coincide with the 750th anniversary, such as “What is your most memorable speech to date?” “What role would you like to play in the next big celebration, the 35th anniversary?” All of the veterans gave skillful and heartwarming answer speeches, and it was a good time to think about this club’s history of the past and the future a little further ahead.

Table Topicは750回目の区切りに合わせてよく練られていて、「これまでで一番心に残るスピーチは?」「次の大きなお祝いイベントとなる35周年記念にはどんなロールを担当したいですか?」など、いずれも大ベテランの方々が巧みで心暖まる回答スピーチを披露し、これまでの歴史と少し先の将来に思いを巡らせるいい時間となりました。

The 750th meeting was brought to a close with the sound of a ship whistling from the harbour during speeches and a taste of the port city of Yokohama.


Of course, after the meeting we had a small celebration (with due consideration for Corona) and had a very enjoyable day.


第749回例会レポート / The 749th Regular Meeting Report


Meeting #749 Nov. 6th at Hatoba Kaikan 1F.
The meeting theme today was A “favorite place?” Since we are YTMC, 2 members replied “Yamashita Park”.
“It was our toastmaster of the day, TM N. He could not join as Onsite since his lovely dog is now hospitalized.”
TM. N. introduced himself as Rain man and that is why we had a fine day for onsite meeting! (He stayed at his house).

Today, we had 3 guests in onsite. Most of guests wants to improve his/her English skill and public speaking skills.
Toastmasters is the best place to enhance those skill with FUN!

Today`s World of the Day was “Forthright” prepread by TM. N.
It has same meaning of “Frank” means directly and without evasin.

Today`s table topic master is TM. N. (Same last name of TMOD!).
She choose today`s theme from most popular events of Japan today “Difficult Marriage!”.
“Based on this theme, she asked various questions that really entertained all members.”

Questions are followings.
1. What who you do if everyone surrounding you are against your marriage?
2. Will you follow with your fiancé to move NYC?
3. If you are the loyal family member and your daughter want to marry which you are not approve. What would you do?
4. If you can invite anyone from celebrity in your dinner, whom you want to invite?
5. If you can receive one talent from the heaven, what kind of talent you want to be gifted?

1. もし周りの人があなたの結婚に反対していたら?
2. あなたの婚約者がNew Yorkにいくといったら?それでも結婚しますか?
3. もしあなたが皇室のメンバーで、あなたの娘が言うことを聞かないで結婚しようとしております。 どうしますか?
4. もし、有名人をだれでもディナーに招待できるなら、誰にしますか?
5. どんな才能も天から与えられるとしたら、どんな能力が欲しいでしょうか?

We had 4 prepared speaker today. There were so diverse speakers from experienced ones to first speaker as Toastmasters. “Also, most of speakers are from foreign counties.”
今日は4人のプリペアードスピーカーが発表しました。 経験豊富なスピーカーから今日がトーストマスターズとして初めてのスピーカーなど多岐にわたっていました。

Speech 1: “Is School uniform essential? ” by TM. T
Japanese core value: Harmony.
TM. Tさんは日本の文化の本質をスピーチし
Speaker 2: “Who am I” by TM. N.
His deep analysis of value by defining questions.
Speaker 3: “Independent” by TM. P
Her own story to be independent with responsibility.
Speaker 4: “My life with English” by TM. K.
To communicate with people, grammar and memorizing vocabulary is not that best way! Speaking skill is the most relevant!

Evaluation Secession.
Toastmaster has systematic approach of enhancing speaking. We evaluate each other to lean for improvement of speech.
Today, we had many experienced evaluators and they gave concrete suggestions to each prepared speakers.
トーストマスターズにはスピーチを向上させるためにとてもよい仕組みあります。 評論セッションで改善点をシェアし次のスピーチ向上をめざします。

TM.N to TM. T: Be aligned with speech them “Leadership style”. More eye contact and make conclusion more strong!.
TM. K. to TM. N: Slow down of pace in order to make it easy for audience to follow and understand.
TM. S. to TM. P:Tone of speaking is too flat. Emphasize more for conveying important message!
TM.O. to TM. K: It is better to add story of how you want to do with good English skill. More guestures!

Finally, Toastmaster of the day announce the Awards.
Best Table Topic spaeker: TM. A
Best Evaluator: TM. S
Best Prepard Speaker: TM. P

During Bouquets & Brickbats, TM. N suggested 3 things which is really relevent for YTMC.
1 Do not put “San” even you call him/her TM. (like TM. 〇〇san)
2 Most of speaker gave speech behind the lectern. Sometimes, it could be impactful if you can make speech in front. 
3 Time judgement is getting loose. Time management is one of the important aspect Toastmasters, so be strict.

1 TM.●●さんの「さん」はいらない。TM自体が敬称。
2 ほとんどのスピーカーがレクターン(発表台)の後ろで発表をしている。たまに前に出てスピーチするとインパクトがでる。
3 時間制限が甘くなっている。タイムマネジメントもトーストマスターズも重要な項目なので厳しくすべし。

Also, we awarded TM. K as 1st place of Rookie’s contest of YTMC!
He will go to Kanagawa Rookie’s contest, so please cheer him up!

Overall, it was very frindley and fun event.
Very well prepared by TM. N as TMOD and it was really engated meeting.
See you next time!
TMODのTM. Nのよい準備のおかげで、皆をうまく巻き込んだものとなりました。


「価値観と共感を大事にするスピーチ作り」研修レポート / The Speech Writing Workshop Report


Speech Writing Workshop
By DTM Azuma, Kiminari
日時: 10月30日(土)14:00-16:00


This year’s workshop was to learn the secrets of contest speeches.
We invited DTM Azuma, a three-time winner of the D76 contest, as our lecturer, and held a workshop entitled “Making Speeches that Embrace Values and Empathy.”
Twenty-five people from all over Japan, including Yokohama TMC members, participated in it.

The training begins with Mr. Azuma’s gentle narrative and progresses to the secrets of the contest speeches.
As a preliminary task, participants created a lifeline chart of themselves and looked back on their past.
From there, we discovered the elements that gain common values and empathy and constructed a speech that attracts the audience with the help of the ABC theory.
Participants were fascinated by the theoretical and easy-to-understand explanations and motivated to make speeches for the next year’s contest.

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude toward Mr.Azuma, the lecturer of the workshop.