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第218回通常例会報告(2019/4/13)(英語)

前回の例会以降、寒の戻りもありましたが今日は暖かな陽気となりました。 総合司会(Toastmaster of the Day: TMOD)は高山さんです。 役割紹介の後、English One Minute Speech Session
(1人1分間英語でスピーチ)
今回のテーマは、”What was your major milestone in your life so far? ” (あなたのこれまでの人生における節目はどんなことでしたか?)
初めて見学に来られたゲストを含め、10名以上が手を挙げてスピーチに参加。自分の進路を決めるきっかけになった出来事 や、人から受けた影響など、十人十色のストーリーを聞くことができました。

Kichijoji Toastmasters Club 221st Regular Meeting
: : Saturday, April 13th 14~ 16:00 The venue Musashino Shimin Bunkakaikan (near JR Mitaka Station).

We’ve had both cold days and warm days since our previous meeting at the end of March, but luckily today was a beautiful Spring day! After introduction of several roles of the meeting, Toastmaster of the Day (TMOD ), Toastmaster Takayama, started the English One Minute Speech Session.
This session encourages meeting participants to deliver an English speech under a given theme within one minute.
To what extent and how impressive can you convey your ideas within one minute ?
One minute is for probably ten sentences or so. This is for us to practice presenting an attractive story in one minute. Spring in Japan is the time of turning points in our lives such as for school entrance, graduation, company entrance, intra-company transfer, change of residence, etc. Today’s theme: “What was your major milestone in your life so far?” More than 10 people (including a guest) presented their stories on each of their impressive milestone.

Prepared Speech Session of three speakers followed today.

1. Toastmaster Mandai: “Manager or Leader?” 7 minutes (+30” allowed) speech
Based on his company experience, he asked the audience which of the two categories is more desirable. One of the comments raised from the audience was “Not Manager or Leader, but Manager and Leader” Convincing persuasiveness is essentially important in all speeches.

2. Toastmaster T.Maruyama: “A Master of Presentation” 12 minutes(+30”) In this final speech of the Path, Presentation Mastery (Pathways), Level 5, Toastmaster Maruyama explained the curriculum contents of the Path he chose.

The objective of this final speech is “Reflect on Your Path”, looking back/reflect.
In addition to the introductory explanations of the curriculums content, the speaker’s assessment reflection on this particular path had better be addressed to the audience.

3.Toastmaster Nakagawa: 「30年後の敗北」 (“Defeat 30 Years Later”) 日本語スピーチ
スピーチ規定時間 5-7分 7 minutes (+30” allowed) in Japanese Storytelling technique was used on this speech, starting from his candidacy speech for vice president of the primary school student council. He was defeated by a small younger female student. He did not admit it as a defeat then.
Thirty years later, at an Area Contest of Toastmasters, he experienced a defeat again but this time he realized the two results same and true, Defeat. 「小さな体に大きな希望!」 11才の時に1年下の少女が叫んだ言葉、聴衆の心を捉えた的を得た叫び、これこそがスピ ーチの神髄だった。
What is important in speech is to grasp the audience and to devise what and how to appeal.

Unfortunately two speakers went overtime except Toastmaster Mandai. Considerable practices are required in order to deliver speeches of either seven minutes or twelve minutes within the given time limit.

Another practice included in our regular meetings is Table Topics Session. We practice delivering impromptu speeches of two minutes (+30 extra seconds allowed) long. Table Topics Master announces a topic to speak and an audience is named out of blue to make a speech on the topic. Fast thinking to create an interesting story is aimed and trained. Today’s topic theme, “Lucky or Unlucky”, was announced by Toastmaster Tani. Particular questions were chosen from famous proverbs.

  • “When it rains, it pours” (泣きっ面に蜂) On the swollen face of crying, bees sting further. At a time of misfortune further unlucky thing happens. What example story can we make to match the proverb?

  • “Joy and Sorrow are today and tomorrow” (禍福は糾える縄の如し) What one thought unlucky turns later to be lucky and vice versa. What story may fit?
  • “Good luck and bad luck come by turns” (残り物には福がある) We find unexpectedly good item in the leftovers. Quick thinking to come up with an example story is required.
  • “Good things come to those who wait” (果報は寝て待て)
    Luck is beyond control. We only can wait for good news after doing the very best.

Some good example is sought after.

Evaluation Session:
Members give evaluation speeches, commenting what was good about a particular speech and what improvement may be advisable.

Toastmaster ‘A’ gave her evaluation speech on Toastmaster Mandai’s speech.


Toastmaster Nakayasu gave his evaluation on Toastmaster Maruyama’s speech.

Toastmaster Konishi gave his evaluation on Toastmaster Nakagawa’s speech.



Evaluation comments are opinions of the particular persons. They may be correct and/or may be not so true. It is up to individuals whether to incorporate the advices received.
It should still be helpful to receive comments by others on the spot.
It is our practice to deliver speeches of one minute long, two minutes, three minutes, five minutes, and longer ones. We believe that we would be better speakers in this way, and hopefully within relatively a short period of time.

General Evaluation:
Toastmaster Mizuno summarized today’s meeting including her comments on each evaluator of the three prepared speakers.
Meeting was adjourned until 27th April, 2019.

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会場マップ

メイン会場
武蔵野公会堂
東京都武蔵野市吉祥寺南町1-6-22
※JR吉祥寺駅または京王井の頭線吉祥寺駅(公園口)下車

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サブ会場
武蔵野市民文化会館
東京都武蔵野市中町3-9-11
※JR三鷹駅北口より徒歩13分。

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