[Review] #627# Exit Comfort Zone 2016/7/26

This meeting review was written by our VPPR Lynn Tang.

#627#ThemeExit the Comfort Zone

The word of the day: instinctive

President Opening and warmup session

What is the relationship between toastmasters and dentist? “People’s Square TMC president Williem opened the meeting with a very interesting question. The fact is the first toastmaster meeting was held by a dentist called Ralph C. Smedley. What a Great take-away from the toastmaster history!

Since it was a joint meeting, IMAGINE acting president Stacie Xia, VPPR of the club, was invited to introduce IMAGINE, which is a young club with endless passion and creativity. IMAGINE is currently the only club in Shanghai, perhaps in the country too, that provides 2 regular meetings a week plus a bi-weekly Sunday Life event.

The two presidents held a warmup activity called small talks, in which the audience mingled to talk with each other on the topic of self-introduction and you are what you wear. It was a fresh practice that was brought by IMAGINE to People Square to level up audience involvement. Amazing, isn’t it?

TME

The Toastmasters of the Evening were two beautiful and elegant ladies, Sherry from People’s Square TMC and Nancy from Imagine. Their introduced the theme and made transitions from one speaker to another smoothly. Thumbs up for their professional hosting!

Table Topic:

Kai, the president of Imagine held a creative and entertaining table topic session. All the questions pushed speakers to step out of their comfort zone.

#1 what is your dream?  Semy Gao

She wants to be happy and take happiness to others

#2 Mirror, Mirror, who is the most beautiful girl in the room? Steven Shen

In Steven’s eyes, Lois is the most beautiful girl. Whenever she stands on the stage, she shines the whole room.

#3  Want to kiss me Lin Zhang

Lin Zhang was asked to persuade Lois to kiss him. He asked Lois straight away:” Do you want to kiss me? Don’t answer right now. Think about it and tell me later.” LOL

#4  Sing a song.      Hard & Jevon

They sang a song –<take me to your heart> ,“Hiding from the rain and snow; Trying to forget but I won’t let go; Looking at a crowded street; Listening to my own heart beat…..” All the people were touched by this song and sang together.

#5  Enough excuses, I’ll do it. What will you do?  Michelle

She started to join Toastmasters Club since her daughter went abroad for studying and she knows learning vocabulary is important to express what she want to say.

#6  Mama, I’ll go to Africa. Vince& Li Cheng

Vince dreamed to volunteer in Africa, but his “ tiger Mama” stopped him from pursuing his dream. Finally, he was persuaded by his Mother to stay at home.

#7  Interview: I want to be a farmer.

Ethan, a handsome guy with the fast-learning ability, wants to be a farmer. He thinks that love can make everything perfect.

#8  You idiot, you’re fired.  Steve & Kai-Marcel Dodel

Steve was given a daunting task to fire a disobedient employee who was late five times last month. When Steve (the manager) and Kai(the employee) played the drama, it seemed like Kai was the boss. J

 Prepared Speech

Demi Guo

    To believe, then to prove, we can achieve our dreams. Edison, Wright brothers failed hundreds times, but they never gave up. They made their dream come true and changed people’s life. If we don’t believe ourselves, who can?

Anne Wang

Anne wrote down 100 dreams and picked one; She listed 100 action plans and picked one. The action plan was to look at strangers’ eyes for a minute. Anne kept looking at the people around. Finally she can see something in you, the emotion/environment/education style/physical pains in one minute. Sounds magical? That’s true. You also can do it! 

DK

DK is the expert in IT, but he used to be afraid of speaking in the public. After joining in People’s Square TMC, he is always trying to do everything that he’s not good at and move forward. Everyone has his own shortcomings, but remember to have the courage to move forward.

Lois Lau

There is something in you. If polished, we can become a diamond. Not only does the super stage of the contest offer us a platform to shine, but also we can meet more members and masters in Toastmasters.

       Let’s join the contest to transform from a rock to a diamond!

Birthday Celebration

  • Yajun held birthday celebration for the members and guests who were born in July. All the people in the room gave them the best wishes.

Evaluation 

This part was hosted by Jevon, a guy with passion and positive energy all the time. He led a very high-level evaluation team with Ethan, Williem, Olivia and Vince, as well as the three helpers Ah-counter Stacie, Timer Karla and Grammarian Steve. Their evaluation were specific and aim-oriented. They encouraged all the speakers to move forward and gave constructive feedbacks. In general evaluation, Jevon praised on mutual learning from the organizing of this joint meeting and thanked all prepared speakers, role takers and officer teams of both clubs for their great efforts, which made this meeting high quality and successful.

Awards

Best table topic speaker—Steven

Best role taker-Kai

Best evaluator- Olivia

Best prepared speaker- Lois

The meeting was adjourned by PSTMC president Williem and Imagine president Kai together. Thank you all for this wonderful and exciting evening!

[Review] #628# Summer Holiday 2016/8/2

The meeting review was written by our beautiful girl Jessie Lee.

This summer is hot while our meetings are cool!
Hours before the meeting, our beautiful SAA had sent pictures of delicious food and fruits which were also beautiful in the wechat group. You see~ People can’t wait to join in yeah.
“Is there anyone who has never made mistakes?”“No.”Most people answered, while there was someone said :“My wife.” Haha~ He must be a good husband. Our president, Williem emphasized that Toastmasters is a safe place to make mistakes. We can’t agree more, people here ‘help each other, achieve excellence!’
Who was that girl in summer? Yes, in summer. The TME girl, Mavis, she just came back from Israil, she was wearing a summer T-shirt with ‘summer’ on it. She invited us to have a taste on “summer holiday.” To plan a summer holiday, we need budget controller, good manner helper and an expert, they were our timer Janet, ah-counter Karla, and grammarian Williem. The grammarian brought us an idiom——“rain-check”.Do you know what does it mean? The baseball game will be cancelled if there is a rain, so it takes a rain-check.
After planning, our TTM Semy brought us to enjoy the summer holiday together. People enjoyed it, I think that’s why she got the best role taker of the meeting. What’s your most unforgettable summer holiday? What’s your favorite sports in summer? If you have a one-month summer holiday with salary, what will you do? What do you like to eat in summer holiday?……Weren’t these questions luring you? Having happy~ holidays with high~ salary…… The answers were more attractive. Rocky shared his relax summer holiday before the college entrance, playing with friends, travelling, and with good news of “high score”. This time, the German guy Markus, also learned “calm heart keeps you cool”——“心静自然凉”. He is serving a company which provides delicious food, he always takes food with him, he looks healthy and he eats healthy. Starry, our coming new member, he is an active guy who likes all kinds of sports. Especially, he shared his favorite sports in summer——rock climbing, though he felt frustrated at the beginning, he didn’t give up. After learning and practicing, he finally got to the top of the wall. His experience also inspired us, Toastmasters, what you need is just learning, practice and some patience. Congratulations to him winning the best table topic speaker.
In the prepared speeches, Pretty girl Jessica took us back to the time of her school, from a naughty girl who could make her teacher angry, lost weight for a boy to a grown-up, she still thought these days happy and cherished them.
Evaluator Lynn compared a good speech with the body of a person, opening, body and conclusion. She confirmed that the speech has complete structure. If the speech could focus on one story and make the conclusion stronger, it would be better.
Jevon told us the stories when he was always running and late for the train, for the plane. That time he blamed traffic jam and others, and took tardiness acceptable. It’s part of his life. After being laughed at in the gathering, he began to think of the problem and he realized the key was his own attitude. He determined to be an organized man. When your attitude change, your action becomes to change. Now he gets things ready the day before, how about you? Let’s say goodbye to tardiness.
Evaluator Ethan liked Jevon’s speech, the message was clear and he had various facial expressions, gestures and movements on the stage. He also gave some tips for the improvement.
Katrina shared us the stories of her childhood. She even called back home to check the existence of her childhood. Her experience in childhood like she liked eating candies and had a big mouth linked to her current state like her vocation.
Evaluator Roye gave a general critical evaluation. She mentioned that speakers need pay attention to the objective and the rehearsal. As in the high level speech, speakers need also present the professionalism.
Daniel delivered his advanced speech——a meaningful story. In the ancient time, there was no electricity. The blind monk used torch to give light for others, so he had never get himself hurt from bumping into others, while the smart guy did not want to share light, he was nearly eaten by animals. See~ Help others thus help yourself at the same time.
Evaluator Steven admitted that Daniel had real confidence and the vocal variety. He suggested that moving for purpose on the stage and using some imitation to amuse the audience.
Handsome GE Yajun, he encouraged a lot of role takers and led the audience to give them big hands. He also mentioned that some suggestions may frustrate you but help you see something you may ignore and provide the chance to improve.
Toastmasters is a safe place to make mistakes and to grow. Thank you for people who made the meeting successful, also like speakers didn’t mentioned above, our Greeter Anny Xing. Let’s help each other, achieve excellence and witness more and more DTMs. Guests, if you also like this place, come and join us then.

[Review] #626# Emotional Management2016/7/19

The theme of the meeting
Emotional Management
Word of the day
Tolerant, intolerant, tolerate, tolerance
SAA
The orange girl SAA, Katrina Guo kicked off the meeting and welcomed all audience, with her warm smile and delicious fruit.
TME and three helpers
TME Steven Shen warmed up by joking about his tiger wife. Dubbed as “talking machine” in the club, Steven used his unique style to introduce speakers and role takers. His excellent performance demonstrated the enthusiastic Toastmasters spirit. His three helpers, cute timer Rebecca Chen, elegant Ah-counter Ashlee Sun, and fresh super star Grammarian Jevon Sun, introduced their roles respectively.
Table Topic session
As TTM of the meeting, former VPM Jessie Lee explained the theme and told us her story about how she managed the emotions. What do you think about the Emotional Management? The emotional girl Roye explained how she was emotional in life and rational in work. Other table topic speakers Nicole, Gabriella, Lynn, Stephie shared their stories and opinions around emotional management. The Best TT award went to Roye, congratulations!
New member induction
In the first exciting new member induction held in this term, fresh VPM Jennifer Lee introduced three new members, Karla, a university student; Hansen, a young man whose zodiac sign is Cancer; and Nicole, an entrepreneur. At the same time, their mentors, Lois, Steven and Logan altogether witnessed the rite and gave their best wishes. Look forward to their brilliant toastmaster journey!
Sharing Session
Our superstar Lois presented a fantastic sharing about how to give effective feedback. She used a special visual aid–a note book with her vivid drawings to illustrate how to give feedback and what makes a feedback effective. An effective feedback can unleash potential and lead to high performance. Fabulous sharing!!
Prepared Speech session
Walking in the heavy rain P2 by Donnica Qing
Donnica Qing vividly described a story about walking in the heavy rain in a recent club outing. She encouraged the audience to do one thing a time, which is an effective method to boost efficiency. Her evaluator Katrina praised her vivid and detailed description of the story.
Speak up for yourself, P5 by Sonia
Some talented people have never become successful due to the lack of self-promotion. Sonia introduced this idea through her travel story, and then encouraged everyone to speak up for themselves. IE Logan praised her straight standing posture on the stage. He suggested that if she could pay more attention to eye contact and open hand gestures, the speech would be better.
I am emotional, P10 by Roye
I am emotional. During her P10 speech, Roye burst into tears a few time during her speech, and her touching love story brought tears to the eyes of the audience. Although the ending of the story is heart-breaking, she has never regretted to be emotional. Live now and be who you are. Thank you, Roye, your outstanding speech and natural style on the stage let us see another side of you, emotional and tender, resilient and brave! Also congratulations to you on finishing your CC journey!
Her IE Chelsi also became emotional when she evaluated Roye’s speech. She didn’t want to follow the manual to give feedback since Roye was a great public speaker of her own style, not typical Toastmasters style. She spoke highly of her talent to get the audience fully engaged into her story, and her uncarved and natural speech style. The only suggestion was to rehearse more to better control the emotions.
Imperfect perfection, A4 by Rocky
In his advanced speech, Toast Monster Rocky, dramatically shared his experience of applying the position of district contest chair in this spring. An excellent speaker delivered an amazing speech and basically he was playing the audience’ feeling, taking us ups and downs like a roller coaster, as his IE our president Williem said. When it came to suggestions, Williem told Rocky:” Rocky, your cry was unconvincing. When men get angry, instead of crying, they turn to furious physical movements such as hitting the table.” Steven commented that would look like KingKong. LOL 

What a wonderful evening with so many emotional speakers and their touching stories! Thank you all for your great efforts making this meeting so successful!!

[Review] #625# Be professional 2016/7/12

This meeting was kicked off by our beautiful elegant lady Paradee. Though it was also her last TM meeting in Shanghai, Paradee did a great job as TME and left us a professional and warm impression. To give her a surprise, we prepared a personalized gift – a notebook with our signatures and wishes to her. We hoped she would enjoy her life in Thailand.

Three Angels

Jessica Feng-first time to be timer
Mavis Fang- Ah Counter
Rebecca Chen- Grammarian, The word of the day “Uplifting”

Table Topic Master Joyce Qiao

As always, Joyce prepared some great questions for this meeting.
•Her first question is “Who do you like to cooperate with in your company?”
Ten years ago, Lin Zhang believed the person with same value, team spirit and always thinks for others could be the right person. But now, after he gained much more experience, he realized that life was not perfect and full of surprise. So now he believes all types of person would be okay, because he has become a better person. The speech was short but have deep thoughts, no wonder Lin won the best table topic speaker.

• Second question: What is the most important factor in your career development?
Our guest Helen thinks challenges are a must for her as a fresh new graduate. She wants to learn from her friends and colleagues to grow as much as possible.

• Third question: How do you define professionalism?
Our new member, also an awesome mother Sherry Xie, shared with us a mistake she did in a training due to lack of preparation. Therefore, in her eyes, being professional means getting well prepared.

• Fourth question:Do you thin we always need to be professional at work?
Our guest Yafeng is a doctor. So she always plays an professional image at work, which helped her a lot to be trusted.

• Fifth question: What do you think of personality and professionalism?
Our club’s sweet heart Ammie Jiang thought in work place, we should learn to get rid of some of our characters to be more professional.

• Sixth Question: When there is a conflict between flexibility and professionalism, what do you do? Guest Stephanie believed we learned to find the balance between them.

• Seventh Question: What’s your plan to be professional?
Donnica will set clear goal so that she would be more professional.

Prepared Speech:

Sherry recently read a book called “The little girl at the window”, she learned how to be a good parent. She shared with us about two stories in the book about the school headmaster and the little kid Toto. She also linked back to her own story about her little baby being put lots of milk powder in her face by her sister. Sherry was scared and angry at sister at first. But later on she found out that sister was just worried that the baby was hungry. Great story telling and aroused some deep thinking.

Katrina shared with us her drinking story with her colleague. She used great body languages and vocal variety to let us know the conversation with her drunk colleague. Through her colleagues’ bad behavior after drinking, she reminded all of us to be more careful with drinking.

Lois Lau briefed us a brilliant idea. On Sep 27, there would be special meeting organized by Lois and Logan. The meeting theme is about your last speech, imagine you will have the last speech in your life, what would that be. Everyone will be able to have the chance to speak, and take different roles. If you are interested, find them.

Steven Shen shared with us a heart-broken story about his best friend. His handsome, rich best friend Terry always takes care of him like his brother. So they are very close. But when Terry was sentenced due to corruption, Steven could not believe it. He went to the court hearing but the guard did not let him in. Through the hole in the wall, he saw his handsome, rich best friend was no longer have that stunning look but crying and regret. Steven wanna tell us your desire of power and money could be out of control,please learn to cherish your family and friends.

Evaluation:

Jessie praised Sherry’s confidence, body language and personal story on the stage, and she suggested Sherry to have a better time management. Jennifer evaluated Katrina’s pause, role play, and she believed it was a great P6 speech. Ethan Jiang liked Lois’ PPT and clear communication, and he suggested her to have more emphasis on giving the audience why. Chelsi gave Steven a new title “Drama King”, she felt complex emotions in Steven’s speech with climax and conflicts. She suggested Steven to use flashback skill to lift his speech.