第759回例会レポート / The 759th Regular Meeting Report


On April 2, a pleasant spring breeze blew in Yokohama Harbor, and the 759th meeting of the Yokohama Toastmasters Club was held. The venue was the club’s home venue, Hashiba Kaikan.
There were 8 participants at the venue and 14 participants online, for a total of 22 people.

The theme of the meeting was “Grandma’s Knowledge.
At the beginning of the meeting, the day’s moderator (TMOD), A-san, started the meeting in a friendly atmosphere by sharing episodes related to Grandmas’ Wisdoms collected from each role taker.
The word of the day was “Auspicious” tastefully chosen by newcomer T-san. The new word was put into the members’ heads.

Newcomer P-san was also in charge of the impromptu speech session, and she prepared a variety of life wisdom questions related to the theme of the meeting. What advice would you give to young people? What was the most impactful event in your life? What’s the best thing about being a parent?” What words would you send to your child on his or her coming-of-age day? What did you learn from your parents? Who encouraged you to leave your hometown? Such as. Simple questions, but they elicited a wide range of experiences and thoughts from the respondents. Really, they were all great questions. Awesome!

In the prepared speeches section, four speakers presented their speeches.
The first was A-san, who is a brand manager at a manufacturing company. It was a unique speech that imitated branding training for new employees, and it was impressive that T-san, who was suddenly assigned by A-san to play the role of a new employee, was surprised when he answered the question.

The second was N-san, a yachtsman who delivered a public speech honoring a star he admired. The star he admires is also a famous yachtsman. The name “Young General” should ring a bell, right? I felt his extraordinary fan spirit.

Third was K-san, an engineer who talked about his hero, Edison, who became an engineer because of his admiration for Edison. He said he became an engineer because of his admiration for Edison, but that admiration led to his company sending him to the U.S., where he was able to realize various ideas he had at work and achieve success. Who is your hero/heroine!”

The fourth speaker, I-san, an active teacher, talked about education, saying that “thinking is more important than crammed knowledge,” and his talk based on his own experiences and real feelings was very convincing. It was an opportunity for us to rethink the importance of “the ability to think” in a world that will become more and more complex in the future. I listened while nodding my head.

Thank you all for your wonderful speeches.

In the evaluation session, veteran members gave thoughtful advice to each speaker: I-san gave advice on how to save time by using slides; K-san gave advice on how to attract interest with an episode that only the speaker knows; M-san gave advice on how to refrain from introducing oneself in a negative light. T-san advised the use of body language in speech assignments.

The best prepared speaker was K-san, the best table topic speaker was guest I-san, and the best reviewer was T-san.

It was another productive meeting.


ミーティングのテーマは「おばあちゃんの知恵袋(Grandma’s Knowledge)」。