3/24/2017

リレーエッセイ I ♥ Toastmasters                 「スピーチコンテストってすごい!」

トーストマスターズクラブでは年に2回春と秋にスピーチコンテストが開催されます。
その際コンテストを主催するホストクラブになることがあります。コンテストによって内容が変わることがありますがホストクラブになるとコンテスト実行委員長、コンテスト委員長、審査委員長、場係、会計係、インタビュアーなどさまざまな役割をクラブ内で担当してコンテストを運営します。

私も先日3月18日の『エリア72国際スピーチコンテスト』で日本語コンテストの審査員長をさせていただきました。真剣にスピーチをする出場者の順位を決定するための重要な役割です。いろいろな方に情報メールを送ったり集計をしたりとても責任があるので(なんで引き受けたんだろう。。)なんて弱気になることも。。でも大丈夫!コンテストを成功させよう。出場者に気持ち良くスピーチをしてもらおう。などなどコンテストにかかわる全員の気持ちが一つになって連帯感が生まれます。終わった後には『上手く行ってよかった。』コンテスト前とコンテスト中のハラハラドキドキがしみじみした安ど感に変わります。そしてコンテストが終わった後でみんなでお疲れさん、乾杯!!のビールの美味しさと言ったら。。もうハマります。それを楽しみにコンテストのお手伝いをしているようなものかもしれません。

コンテスタントで出場した経験はまだないですが出場経験のあるメンバーによるとものすごいプレッシャーと闘い、それが終わった後にはすごい経験値が上がるそうです。

通常の例会とはまた一味違う経験のできるコンテスト、ぜひ経験してみて損はないです。
そして何よりも優れたスピーカーの極上の素晴らしいスピーチを生で聴ける絶好のチャンス♪やっぱりスピーチコンテストはすごい!

(友永 紀代)

3/07/2017

Kochi Toastmasters Club 130th Regular Meeting Minutes

DATE&TIME: 19:00-21:00, Monday, February 27th, 2017,
VENUE: Room 2, Sogo-Kenkyu Building, Kochi University


Atte      Attendees: TM Shinomiya, TM Nagasaki, TM S. Nagano, TM Hayashi, TM Tsuchihashi,              TM Hashimoto, TM Adachi, TM Wong, TM Kunisawa, TM Y. Nagano, TM Miyoshi, TM O’Dowd, TM Cooley, TM Sawada, TM Kamisaka, TM Kumon and TM Tomonaga

Absentees: TM Rai, TM Machida and TM Kitaoka

-Call to Order by President: TM S. Nagano congratulated TM Wong on successfully conpleting the Kochi Ryoma Marathon. In addition, she informed the attendees that during this meeting the in-house speech contest would also be held.

Introduction of Guests:  There were no guests.
 
-Greeting by Toastmaster:  TM Adachi, the TM of the meeting, greeted everyone present at the meeting. She also explained that before having the Speech Contest, there would be a formal speech session to let TM Kamisaka give her 5th speech.


-Word Master: None
-Grammarian and Ah- Counter: None

-General Evaluator: None

-Timers: TM Hayashi and TM O`Dowd  

-Table Topics Master: None

-Speech Evaluator: TM Tomonaga
 

-TM Hayashi and TM O`Dowd explained the timing rules for TM Kamisaka`s speech.

 
-TM Kamisaka gave her 5th speech in the CC Manual: 

In her 5th speech from the CC Manual which focused on body language entitled “Kochi my second home”, she talked about coming to Kochi six years ago to study in university and how the experience allowed her to learn many things. For example, the difficulties encountered while living alone such as dealing with the NHK man and being unable to resist the extremely delicious food from Kochi. She also talked about the best things about coming to Kochi which were noticing an improvement in her English skills as well as meeting and becoming friends with a slew of amazing people from all over the world. Most importantly, Kochi has become her second home and she will miss everyone who made her time there so special.

-Evaluation Session: Evaluator : TM Tomonaga


-In-House English Speech Contest:

-Roles of members:

TM Adachi and TM Kunisawa: Contest Chairs

TM Tsuchihashi: Gave Opening Address

TM Nagasaki: Chief Judge

TM Hashimoto, TM Tomonaga and TM Shinomiya: Judges

TM Y. Nagano and TM Miyoshi: Tally Counters

TM Hayashi and TM O`Dowd: Timers

 
-The rules were explained and then the speech order was determined for the three contestants. Here was the order:

1. TM Sawada “Let`s enjoy Japanese home cooking”, a speech talking about how difficult it is to actually cook authentic Japanese home cooking.

2. TM Wong “What was I thinking”, a speech about climbing a volcano in Chile called Villarica and what the experience taught him.

3. TM Cooley “Half of what you see”, a speech about the spread of fake news and how to combat it.


-Before announcing the winner, TM Nagasaki had the members do an exchange talk session which involved a small brainstorm and presentation session about topics relevant to becoming better Toastmasters.


-The winner of the In-House English Speech Contest was TM Cooley. She received the first place certificate from TM S. Nagano. TM Cooley will represent Kochi Toastmasters Club at the Area Contest in March.

 
-At the end of the meeting, TM Kamisaka, who was attending her final meeting, thanked everyone for making her feel welcome at the club. She hopes that we will come visit her in Hiroshima in the future.
 

Business session:
TM Nagasaki suggested changing the day of the meetings from the 4th Monday to the 4th Sunday of the month for spring meetings. This will be discussed further and a decision will be made soon.

 
Roles for the next meeting:
TM of the Meeting: TM Shinomiya

Table Topics: TM Kunisawa

General Evaluator: S. Nagano

Time: TM Sawada

Ah Counter/Grammarian: TM O`Dowd

Speakers: TM Adachi

                 TM Miyoshi

                 TM Tschuchihashi

Speech Evaluator: TM Wong

 

 
 


 

3/06/2017

Kochi Toastmasters Club 129th Regular Meeting Minutes


DATE&TIME: 19:00-21:00, Monday, January 23rd, 2017,
VENUE: Room 2, Sogo-Kenkyu Building, Kochi University

Attendees : TM Shinomiya, TM Nagasaki, TM S. Nagano, TM Hayashi, TM Tsuchihashi, TM Hashimoto, TM Adachi, TM Wong, TM Kunisawa, TM Y. Nagano, TM Miyoshi and TM O’Dowd, TM Cooley, TM Sawada

Absentees : TM Rai, TM Machida, TM Kumon, TM Tomonaga, TM Kitaoka and TM Kamisaka

Guests : TM Marc Yoshikawa  and Mr. Yamaguchi(3)

 

-Call to Order by President : President Sachi Nagano called the 129th regular meeting to order. She also asked the members if they had a good start to the new year.

-Introduction of Guests :  The two guests were introduced.

-Greeting by Toastmaster:  TM Adachi, the TM of the meeting, greeted everyone present at the meeting.

- Word of the Day: Word Master: TM Y. Nagano : He chose the word 'give-in`.                                                                                                                                       -Introduction of Evaluation Team :
-General Evaluator: TM Wong

-Timer: TM Hayashi     -Vote-Counter: TM Miyoshi

-Ah-Counter: None   -Grammarian: TM Kunisawa

- Table Topics Session  Table Topics Master: TM O`Dowd

During the session, TM O`Dowd challenged the participants to answer her difficult  questions. This required the participants to think on their feet and use humor or draw on personal experience.   The list of speakers was as follows:

Speaker 1: TM Kunisawa, `If rain had a smell, what would you want it to be?`

Speaker 2: TM Wong, `Explain how Australia is better than New Zealand`

Speaker 3: TM Yoshikawa, `If  you were a famous song writer, what would your next big hit be about?`

Speaker 4: TM Miyoshi, `If  you had a statue made of yourself, what would it look like and where would you put it?`

Speaker 5: TM Tsuchihashi, `If you could change the ending of any movie, which would you choose ?`

 

-Timer’s Report & Voting

-Intermission

-Formal Speech Session :

 As each speaker was introduced by the Toastmaster of the meeting, TM Adachi also told the attendees each speaker`s New Year`s Resolution.

 Speaker 1: TM Hashimoto, her New Year`s Resolution is to make as many speeches as possible. She redid her first speech from the `The Entertaining Speech Manual` in order to give a more polished version of this speech. Her speech titled `My Prayer` talked about the different reasons people pray as well as her reasons for doing so. She went on to explain how, while at a temple in Kyoto with her perceived soul mate, she struggled to come up with the perfect prayer to write and instead wrote a prayer motivated by greed that seemed to indicate she was attracted not by the person she was with, but by his money. Overall the lesson she learned from that whole experience is that doing something without a conscious effort will not be rewarded with a positive result.

Speaker 2: TM Y. Nagano, his New Year`s Resolution is to go jogging at least once a week. He gave his 3rd speech in the Competent Communicator Manual. The skill being emphasized was being clear and succinct in order to `Get to the Point.`  In his speech titled`Just Stand by`, he talked about how when he receives a message, there is no wording nor any letters and so he has difficulty understanding the meaning. Using a story about spending time at the house of his wife`s family as an example, he was able to show us how he can perceive the meaning of a message through a series of events he is a part of. At the same time, he hoped that through his story, we can all learn that sometimes it is better to `Stand by` than to react.

Speaker 3: TM Shinomiya, her New Year`s Resolution is to do whatever she wants to enjoy life to its fullest.  She gave her first speech in the `Story Telling Manual`. The skill being emphasized was to tell a folk tale in way that is both entertaining and creates vivid imagery to the person listening to the story. She chose a folk tale about a mischievous little fox named Gon. Gon was always playing tricks on people. Until one day after inadvertently causing the death of Hyoju`s mother, he tries to rectify the situation, by bringing gifts to Hyoju`s house. Unfortunately, Hyoju thinks Gon is trying to trick him once more and shoots and kills Gon.

Speaker 4: TM S. Nagano, her New Year`s Resolution is to swim a 100 km in a year. She gave an Advanced Communicator level speech in which the skill being emphasized was to give a fact finding report. She chose to talk about the secret and often misunderstood world of lottery and gambling. For many people, playing the lottery is not perceived as gambling, but rather as a moment of pleasure that is heightened by the possibility of winning lots of money. Unfortunately, the reality is that when you play the Japanese lottery system, you have less chances of winning than many other lottery systems around the world. This is something that not many people know. TM S. Nagano, not only gave an  in depth analysis of the lottery system by backing up her information with statistics, she also was able to answer with confidence the questions she was asked during the Q and A session.

 

Evaluation Session   General Evaluator
    Evaluator 1: TM  Tsuchihashi

    Evaluator 2: TM  Sawada
    Evaluator 3: TM Cooley
    Evaluator 4: TM Nagasaki

  -Timer’s Report & Vote

 -Reports :
   , Grammarian, Word Master
    General Evaluator’s Comments
    Sharing 
    Address by Toastmaster
-Award Presentation      Presided TM Nagano announced the winners: Best TTSpeaker: TM Wong, Best FS Speaker: TM Y. Nagano and TM S.  Nagano, Best Evaluator: Since two of the four were disqualified, no one was selected.  TM Shinomiya also received an award for her contribution to District 76.
-Business Session : Next meeting we will have the In-House International Speech Contest 
-Adjourn

 

2/28/2017

Agenda: 131st Regular Meeting (2017/3/27)

Dear members,

This is the tentative agenda for the next regular meeting.

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DATE&TIME: 19:00-21:00, Monday, March  27, 2017
VENUE: Room 2, Sogo-Kenkyu Building, Kochi University

*Be sure to bring your leadership manual

19:00  Call to Order by President
           Introduction of the Guests

19:03  Greeting by Toastmaster:    TM Shinomiya
           Word of the Day: Word Master: TM Tomonaga
           Introduction of Evaluation Team
             General Evaluator: TM Nagano. S
                 Timer: TM  Sawada      Vote-Counter: TM Kumon
                 Ah-Counter:  O'dowd   Grammarian: TM Cooley

19:10  【Table Topics Session】  Table Topics Master: TM Kunisawa
19:28    Timer’s Report & Vote

19:30   Intermission

19:40 【Formal Speech Session】
   Speaker 1: TM Miyoshi
     (CC #3, Get to the point, 5-7 min)
     Title:  Let's use our body
   Speaker 2: TM Adachi
      (CC #8,Get comfortable with visual aids , 5-7 min) 
     Title: 
   Speaker 3: TM Tsuchihashi
     (Meeting Roles and Responsibilities, The Successful Club Series 10-15 min)
     Title:   “Narikiri-meijin”
20:15  Timer’s Report & Vote

20:20 【Evaluation Session】   General Evaluator
    Evaluator 1: TM  Wong
    Evaluator 2: TM  Nagano Y.
    Evaluator 3: TM  Hashimoto (Written Evaluation Only) 

20:30  Timer’s Report & Vote

20:30  Reports 
    Ah-Counter, Grammarian, Word Master
    General Evaluator’s Comments
    Sharing
20:40    Address by Toastmaster
20:42   Award Presentation      President: TM Nagano
20:45  Business Session
             1  Club Officers
             2  Role assignment
21:00  Adjourn

2/23/2017

リレーエッセイ I ♥ Toastmasters                         「私の成長の場」

Toastmasters?トースト?パンのクラブなの?」

初めてこのクラブの存在を知ったとき、そんなことを考えました(食いしん坊です)。実際にクラブの見学をしてみると、そこにはパンはなく、英語で面白く、楽しくスピーチをするクラブメンバーの姿を見つけました。

私自身、英会話力は独学で身につけたこともあり、自然な英語表現の仕方や、発音には自信がありませんでした。それでも、メンバーの皆さんは私の行ったスピーチをたくさん褒めてくださったり、アドバイスもたくさんもらえて、英語の勉強に対するモチベーションは、かなり上がったと思います。また、スピーチでは自分の経験や好きなことについて話すことが多いので、そうしたことに改めて向き合うことで、色々な発見があるのも楽しいです。
さらに、Toastmastersでは英語でのスピーチ力の強化だけではなく、リーダーシップスキルを高めることも目的としているので、スピーチを通じて以前よりも人前に出る度胸をつけることができました。スピーチの際はやはりまだ緊張しますが…(^_^;)

様々なバックグラウンドのメンバーのスピーチを聞いたり、即興でスピーチを評価したり、スピーチで笑いをとったり…クラブの例会は勉強になることばかりで、自分自身が成長できる良い場に出会えたことがとても嬉しいなぁと感じています。

英語力に関してはまだまだ…なところが多いですが、これからももっと自己成長できるように頑張りたいです。

(Erina Kamisaka)
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スピーチ作成中…
更新に時間がかかって申し訳ありません。
さて、Officersのエッセイ執筆2巡目に入ります。次は友永さんにお願いします!

  

2/20/2017

Agenda: 130th Regular Meeting & In-House Speech Contest (2017.2.27)

This is the tentative agenda for the next regular meeting & In-house speech contest. Please let me know if changes are necessary.

Contestants, please send your speech titles to the contest chairs.

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DATE&TIME: 19:00-21:00, Monday, February 27, 2017
VENUE: Room 2, Sogo-Kenkyu Building, Kochi University

19:00  Call to Order by President
           Introduction of the Guests

19:05 【Formal Speech Session】
     Speaker 1: TM Kamisaka
      (CC #5, Your Body Speaks , 5-7 min) 

     Title: Kochi, my second home

【Evaluation Session】
     Evaluator 1  TM Tomonaga

19:20  Preparation & Briefing

19:25【In-House Speech Contest】
   Contest Chair:    TM Adachi & Kunisawa
   Chief Judge: TM Nagasaki
   Judges: TM Tomonaga, TM Shinomiya, TM Hashimoto 
   Timers: TM Hayashi,  TM O'dowd
   Vote Counters: TM Y. Nagano, TM Miyoshi

 Contestants: 
       TM Wong
       TM Sawada
       TM Cooley

20:00  Exchange Talk Session     TM Nagasaki

20:20   Award Presentation      President: TM Nagano

20:13   Address by Contest Chair

20:15  Area Contest Preparation Meeting 

20:45  Business Session
             1  Club Officers
             2  Role assignment

21:00  Adjourn

1/27/2017

Kochi Toastmasters Club 127th Regular Meeting Minutes

Date: November 28th 2016
Location: Kochi University Asakura Campus
Attendees: TM Nagasaki, TM Kunisawa, TM Sachi Nagano, TM Tomonaga, TM Hayashi, TM Shinomiya, TM Miyoshi, TM Sawada, TM Yoichi Nagano and TM Cooley
Guests: Ms. Piper O’Dowd(3), Mr. Okazaki(1)
Absentees: TM Kitaoka, TM Tsuchihashi, TM Hashimoto, TM Wong, TM Rai, TM Machida, TM Kamisaka, TM Adachi, and TM Kumon
* 19:00; Call to Order and Opening Remarks by President TM Sachi Nagano:
I`d like to call the 125th Regular Meeting to order. I`d also like to introduce our 2 guests, Piper O’Dowd and Mr. Okazaki as well as our toastmaster for this meeting, TM Sawada.
* Introduction of Guests: Piper and Mr. Okazaki made slight bows.
* 19:03; Greetings By the Toastmaster of the meeting, TM Sawada:
Welcome to the meeting. I hope you will enjoy the meeting by participating. The meeting has three parts: Table Topics, formal speeches and evaluation.
* Word of the Day by TM Sachi Nagano: TM Sachi Nagano introduced the word `mes-merize`. It is a verb meaning to capture the complete attention of someone.
* Introduction of the Evaluation Team by TM Kunisawa:
-Timer: TM Miyoshi
-Vote Counter: TM Shinomiya
-Ah Counter: TM Shinomiya
-Grammarian: TM Piper
* 19:10; Table Topics Session presided by TM S. Nagano: TM S. Nagano encouraged the participants to remember to use “mesmerize” in their speech. The speakers were to find and tell good points of a person or a thing.
TM Y. Nagano found good points of US President elect, Donald Trump, Piper found good points of Ryoma Passport, TM Hayashi found good points of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, TM Sawada found good points of forgetfulness, TM Shinomiya found good points of an aging society, TM Kunisawa found good points of US President candidate, Hilary Clinton, TM Miyoshi found good points of a New Year’s eve, and TM Nagasaki found good points of a small-number-attendees meeting.
19:45; Formal Speech Session presided by TM Sawada:
-TM Cooley did her 9th speech titled “Skin Deep”, Persuade with Power, in the Com-petent Communicator Manual. The speech objectives were;
* To sell your audience on a thing, an idea, a concept, or an opportunity
* At the end of your speech, ask for a sign from your audience that they are sold.
This speech was about how people with tattoos, especially from foreign countries, often get them for reasons that are highly personal and not related to being a crim-inal. You don’t have to like tattoos, and I don’t feel it is necessary to change laws regarding them, but please give people themselves through actions, not appearance.
-TM Tomonaga gave a speech titled “It is good to be bilingual” from the Advanced Manual on Technical Briefing #6 .
Being bilingual seems to be a good thing. Bilingual people can interact with foreign people seamlessly in other country. In addition, a recent study showed that being bilingual is good for our health, especially for brain heath, Let’s keep learning for-eign language and maintaining our mental health.
20:00; Evaluation Session presided by TM Kunisawa:
-Evaluator for TM Cooley: TM Nagasaki
-Evaluator for TM Tomonaga: TM Y. Nagano
* 20:10, Evaluation Team Reports:
-Ah Counter` Report: TM Shinomiya
-Grammarian`s Report: Piper
-Word Master`s Report: TM S. Nagano
-General Evaluator`s Report: TM Kunisawa
* 20:20; Sharing and Awards (Given by TM S. Nagano):
-TM Y. Nagano won the “Best Table Topics Award”.
* 20:30; Business Session presided by TM Nagasaki:
The following roles were decided for the next meeting:
-Toastmaster of the meeting: TM Nagasaki
-Word Master: TM Piper
-General Evaluator: TM Tomonaga
-Timer: TM Hashimoto
-Table Topics Master: TM Y. Nagano
-Vote Counter: TM Shinomiya
-Ah Counter: TM Miyoshi
-Grammarian: TM Wong
-Formal Speech: TM Tsuchihashi, TM Kitaoka, TM Kunisawa, and TM Piper O’Dowd
-Speech Evaluators: TM S. Nagano, TM Hayashi, and TM Cooley, and TM Adachi
* 20:50; Additional Table Topics Session: Find good points of the person next seat.
* 21:00; Meeting Adjourned