第724回例会レポート / The 724th Meeting Report

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Our 724th meeting was held at Bankokubashi Conference Center on October 17th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table Topic Master was TM N who conducted TMOD at the previous meeting.
He asked participants their lifetime events.
What was your biggest challenge? the most terrible thing? etc.

These were very simple questions but we had to squeeze out our thoughts in an instant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepared speech session was special since it was in-house contest for Kanagawa Rookie Contest.
All speakers are rookies and performed speech at the special room for webcast.
I was surprised that all 3 speakers were nicely done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TM I won that competition and promoted to Kanagawa area contest.
Congratulations and all the best!

3 experienced evaluators gave valuable feedback to rookies.
I think they learned from them a lot.

There were 25 participants.
– Onsite
15 members
3 guests
– Online
7 members

The good news was a guest decided to join our club! Fantastic!

Our next meeting will be held at Hatoba Kaikan on November 7th.
See you in two weeks!

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第723回例会レポート / The 723rd regular meeting report

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Date & Time: 14:00-16:00, October 3rd, 2020

Venue: Hatoba Kaikan 3F + Zoom

 

Our 723rd meeting was held at Hatoba Kaikan which has a very nice harbor view.

Since the capacity of the meeting room was limited, we could have 12 participants onsite (7 members + 5 guests).

On the flip side, there are 15 members joined via zoom. This is great! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the beginning of the meeting, we had a big induction ceremony for 3 new comers.

We are very glad to welcome them as YTMC members in spite of such a difficult situation caused by Coronavirus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TMOD (Toast Master Of the Day) was TM N, that was his first attempt of the important role of our meeting.

Word of the day was “Phenomenal”, remarkable or exceptional, especially exceptionally good.

I sensed the meeting would be a phenomenal one!

 

TM M took a role of Table Topics Master and that was his first attempt for running the Table Topics session.

The theme he picked was “Book”, he gave us interesting questions such as pros and cons of reading books, preference between paper books or electronic ones, etc.

All 3 new members performed their first impromptu speeches as the “official” YTMC member.

Well done Table Topics Master and new members!

 

Prepared speeches were done by 4 members.

A Sri Lankan member gave us an ice breaker (the first prepared speech) on site, 2 members talked about mentoring and an elder member performed the second speech from online.

The interesting thing was all evaluators made evaluation via online. All evaluations were critical but warm, I believe Prepared speakers will take all feedback given by evaluators.

 

The meeting was successful from the below points of view, Fantastic!

  • Rookies fulfilled the important roles such as TMOD, Grammarian, TT Master and prepared speech.
  • No major trouble in audio and video.
  • 3 members enrolled in our club and 1 re-enrolled.
  • 2 guests enjoyed participating in the meeting.
  • Ended the meeting pretty much on time.

 

The next meeting will be held on October 17th. The venue is Bankokubashi Conference Center, much more participants are able to join the meeting on site.

 

We already received the intention of some guests to participate in the meeting.

Let’s join us to make a great meeting!

 

 

 

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新人トーストマスターKさんの例会レポート③

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新人トーストマスターKさんのレポート3回目です。

 

トーストマスターズではクラブ会員が持ち回りで役割を担当します。 今回、私は”Word of the Day” (今日の言葉)を担当しました。 その日の例会で意識して使ってもらう言葉をお題としてだします!

今回選んだ単語は”build”でした。日本語で「建てる 」、「構築する」などの意味です。建物だけでなく、目に見えないものを確立するときにも使える単語です。 私は、この単語を参加者の方々が何回使ったかを数えて報告する役割でした。

比較的スピーチに取り入れやすいかな?と思ったのですが、Table Topicのお題がトーストマスターズでの経験であったり、準備スピーチにアドリブでこうした単語を入れ込むのがむずかしかったのか、結果としてあまり使ってもらえなかったです。。。聞き逃したかもしれません。。。

単語の使用回数をチェックしながらスピーチの内容を理解してフィードバックの紙を書くのは意外と難しかったです。 次回は皆さんにもっと使ってもらえる言葉を選んでみたいと思います! (了

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新人トーストマスターKさんの例会レポート②

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新人トーストマスターKさんの例会レポートその②です。

Kさんは映画やテレビで字幕翻訳をされている方です。

 

2020/9/5

今回はTable Topics Bootcampということで即興スピーチの集中練習会でした。

どんなお題がでるかはその瞬間までわからないドキドキMaxな企画でした。

 

与えられたお題についてその場で構成を考えて皆さんの前でスピーチするというのは母国語でも相当難易度が高いチャレンジです。 しかもこれを英語でやるということで、事前にできることといえば「よく寝てくる!」ことくらいでした!

字幕制作の作業スピードはプロでも「作業時間1日で仕上げられる映像の長さは10分」という時間軸なのですが、即興スピーチは2分のスピーチをほぼ0秒で準備するという、全く正反対のアウトプットの仕方で、どれだけ慣れない作業なのか想像していただけるかと思います(苦笑)

 

自分が詳しくて何をいうのかパッと思い浮かぶお題ならまだよかったのですが、今回は自分にとってそのまま答えるのが難しい質問でした。。。準備0秒で皆さんの前で話せるわけもなく、「ええーーーっと・・・」と言いまくりな残念なスピーチををしてしましました。。。

すごく凹んでしまいましたが、「そのまま答えるのが難しければ、違う切り口でスピーチしても全然かまわないのですよ!」とアドバイスをいただきました。 なるほど!お題に対して真面目に答えようとしていたのですが、そういう考え方もあるのかと目から鱗がおちた感じがしました。

 

字幕翻訳者の業界は、「翻訳はできるけど英語は話せません」という人も多い中、「最初からうまくできなかったからダメだー!」ではなく、度胸をつける機会になったし、英語で即興スピーチをこれから向上させられる伸びしろを感じられた機会でした!

 

ということで今回はバンジージャンプをするより度胸がついたんじゃないかと思いました! (バンジージャンプをしたとは言ってない つぎ当てられたら少しでも上手くなったねと言われるように頑張りたいです!!!

 

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新人トーストマスターKさんの例会レポート①

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先月弊クラブに入会してくださったKさんの感想をご紹介します。

ゲストや入会をご検討されている方の一助となれば幸いです。

初回は入会後に皆さんが経験するPrepared speech (準備スピーチ)です。

 

2020/8/15

入会して最初のスピーチは”Ice Breaker”、つまり自己紹介のスピーチをしました。

「みんなと早く仲良くなりたい、まずは自分から自己開示しよう!」と思い、人生のターニングポイントとなったことを話しました。

原稿も準備し、事前練習も念入りにしました。 実際に例会が始まったら、「練習した時よりゆっくり話さないと伝わらない気がする!」と感じて、本番ではゆっくりと話しました。 さて結果は。。。?

ゆっくり話したことで4-6分という与えられた時間はあっという間に過ぎ、用意した内容をすべて話すことはできませんでした。。。

しかし、スピーチを聞いてくださった皆さんから、”Nice Smile!”, “I could understand well (よくわかるよ)”とか、”It was very touching(とても心に響いたよ)”とコメントをいただきました。

 

そして、ゆっくり話して時間内に話し終えるための構成についてのアドバイスもいただきました。

トーストマスターズの批評(Evaluation)では、できなかった点ばかりグサグサさされるような痛い怖いフィードバックではなく、むしろ自分では意識していなかった点を長所として発見してもらえました。

 

YTMCの方々のEvaluationは的確であったかいと感じました。 自分だけでなく、他人も成長する喜びやドキドキ感を味わいたい方にはトーストマスターズはすごくオススメです!

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第722回例会レポート / The 722nd regular meeting report

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Date & Time: 14:00-16:00, September 19th, 2020

Venue: Yokohama City Kaiko Kinen Kaikan Conf Room #9 + Zoom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our 722th regular meeting was held at Kaiko Kinen Kaikan.

This place is one of my favorite place since the neo-renaissance style building was built in over 100 years ago. 

It is a great honor to hold the meeting at such a historical place of Yokohama.

 

The meeting was started from some announcement of educational point of view by VPE TM A.

VPE is proactively planning the program in order for everyone to enjoy the show. Good job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secondly, TM S ran table topic session. TM S had to suspend toastmasters activity to chase his path,

so this is the last meeting for him.

TM S gave us questions of the experience of the toastmasters meeting.

All respondents were struggled to squeeze the answer for his questions, but it was enjoyable for all.

Best wishes TM S but hoping he will return to our club in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 members performed prepared speech this time.

Contents of speech were diversified as they told us the experience in running their instrumental concert, small scale project, the leadership style and life plans.

Evaluations are warm but critical in order for speakers to improve public speaking skills. 

 

There were 6 guests (5 onsite and 1 online) attended the meeting.

Their comments at the end of the meeting were very impressive and I am glad to hear everyone is interested in our club and 3 of them expressed desire to join our club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next meeting will be October 3rd at Hatoba Kaikan.

It will be fantastic since a big induction ceremony will be done for 3 prospects at least.

 

See you shortly.

 

 

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第721回例会レポート – Table Topics Boot Camp

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The 721st meeting – Table Topics Boot Camp

Date & Time: 14:00-16:00, September 5th, 2020

Venue: Bankokubashi Conf Center #402 + Zoom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We conducted “Table Topics Boot Camp” as our 721st meeting to hone our impromptu speech skills.

TM A hosted the meeting since has lots of experience as a member of Tokyo Table Topics Toastmasters Club.

At the beginning of session, each of us set goals of the day.
Some focused on building solid structure, paying attention to vocal variety, ensuring humor etc.

 

 

Participants were divided into groups of three to go through casual table topics sessions after having impromptu speech tips from TM A.

Session was done as follows.

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Step 1: A san asks a question. Start timing for 5 minutes.

Step 2: B san speaks for 2 min.

              C san offers feedback until timer says “Time’s up!” (3 min.)

Step 3: B san practices the speech one more time until A san says times up.

Step 4: Rotate

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Then, all participants got together to have the real session.

TM A give a question to a participant, s/he will make an answer to the question
Just after completing the speech, the other person who are assigned by TM A will give a feedback.
Giving feedback just after the speech was very challenging for us since we don’t have much experience on that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The questions by TM A were very unique and interesting, so all participants enjoyed listening to the responses of speakers
and feedback from other speakers.

We all recognized our speeches were better than usual since we had exercises within small groups prior to the real sessions.
Warm up is very important to make a good speech.

I believe we were able to have some sort of confidence of speaking impromptu throughout the boot camp.

On behalf of the club, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to TM A conducted such a brilliant session!
Also, special thanks to those who contributed preparation for the session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next meeting will be regular meeting on September 19th.
I am looking forward to listening to the improved impromptu speeches you guys will make.

TM RK

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第720回例会レポート/720th Regular Meeting Report

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Date and Time: 14:00-16:00, August 15th, 2020

Venue: Yokohama City Kaiko Kinen Kaikan #9 Conf Room + Zoom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The regular meeting on August 15th was held online and onsite simultaneously.

Induction ceremony has been made because a SriLankan friend expressed his intention to be a our member.

His enrollment was successfully granted. Congratulations!

The meeting theme was “Summer drink or food”, we could know drink/food each members would like to have in hot weather. Beer is majority in our club because many of us go to pub after the meeting.

 

TM D.T. conducted table topic session, it was the first attempt for him.

Questions were realated Obon holiday.

it is something conventional theme but his questions were interesting and creative

like about agent service for visiting a grave and online homecoming gathering etc.

 

As for prepared speeches, we could enjoy listening to variety of speeches.

A new member TM K.I. did icebreaker speech,

TM T.N. explained leadership style referring to Chinese political philosopher- Han Fei,

TM R.K. offered the YTMC’s PR strategies and TM H.A.

TM H.A. shared how to deal with the emotions from her real life.  

 

Evaluators gave valuable feedback to each speaker, I am sure they will take those and plug into their next speech.

 

 

26 participants enjoyed the weekend theater (Onsite: 15+1 guest / Online: 8+2guests) even Obon holiday week,

It was fantastic and I recognize engagement to our club is high.

 

The next meeting held on September 5th will be a special. Table Topics Boot Camp!

Your participation will be greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

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第719回例会レポート – Vacation

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The 719th meeting

Date & Time: 14:00, Aug 1st, 2020

Venue: Yokohama City Kaiko Kinen Kaikan #7 Conf Room

 

The 5th hybrid meeting was conducted with 25 participants (13+1 Onsite and 6+5 via Online)

Sudden Zoom software shutdown happened at the very beginning of the meeting, but resumed soon thanks to our IT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our president took Table topic master role, he gave us interesting questions about vacation.

Respondents were struggled with crafting the answers, it was like brain teasers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are 4 prepared speakers, 1 from online and 3 onsite.

We listened to the icebreaker of veteran member, two of them shared us the lifestyle change because of pandemic.

Also, a member explained the research of the history of Germany. 

 

Evaluation session was made by 4 evaluators, they gave valuable feedback to each speakers.

A member took evaluator of evaluator role, everyone reminded the basics of evaluation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was interesting that all best speakers (Table topic, Evaluator and Prepared speaker) are from online.

Great job all awarded members!

 

Also, the good thing for us was a guest showed the intention to join our club, would like to keep this momentum.

 

After the regular meeting, we went pub to make a reflection of the meeting as usual.

 

Our next meeting will be held on Aug 15th at the same venue.

Am looking forward to meeting you all.

 

-R

 

 

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第718回例会レポート – Summer has come!

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Meeting #718

Date&Time: 14:00-16:00, July 18th, 2020

Venue: Bankokubashi Conf Center #405 + Zoom

Theme: “Summer has come!”

 

We conducted 4th hybrid meeting.

There were 21 participants in the meeting (13 members + 1 guest onsite and 5 members + 2 guests via online)

One of experienced members took TMOD job. He used a face shield to prevent coronavirus, it was cool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had four prepared speakers and evaluators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each speaker performed amazing speech with creative approach.

  • Made icebreaker regarding the life after retirement
  • Elaborated how to convince partner to buy piano.
  • Sharing the article of toastmasters magazine
  • Introduced The book reading with daughter

 

Even we faced trouble in audio, our meeting was successful.

The next meeting will be held at Kaiko Kinen Kaikan.

 

See you soon.

-R

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