Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Phoenix Toastmasters meeting on 31 Oct 2011

Phoenix Toastmasters Club (#989051) conducted a show case meeting on 31 October 2011 @ See Hoy Chan Uptown Convention Centre.

Day / Time: The club meetings on 2nd and LAST Monday of the month at 6:30 - 9:00PM.
Venue: Level 12, Tower A, Uptown 5, 5 Jalan SS 21/39, Damansara Uptown, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Contact Details:
President: Anna Chin, CC CL. Email:
Vice President Education: Wong Shi Wen, TM. Email:

Invocation session

Table Topics Session

Speech Title: Fly
Competent Communicator #4: How To Say It Speech
Speech Evaluation:

Speech Title: The Sound
Competent Communicator #4: How To Say It
Speech Evaluation:

Speech Title: Is This Real ?
Competent Communicator #5: Your Body Speaks 
Speech Evaluation:

Speech Title: Work-Life Balance, Myth or Reality?
Advanced Communicator, Specialty Speeches #1: Speak Off The Cuff Speech
Speech Evaluation:

20111031 Phoenix Toastmasters: TME's Closing

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

TheProVoices Survey

Update, 5 December 2011: Survey is closed. THANK YOU FOR YOUR VALUABLE FEEDBACK. We shall endeavor to improve.

Today is the 27 November and 'TheProVoices' site has been up mid-August 2011. We wish to conduct a simple survey to take stock on the usefulness of this site and how we can improve further. This survey will take only 2 - 5 minutes of your time to complete.

This survey will be open for a week till 4th December 2011 (Sunday). Thank you in advanced for your valuable, sincere and honest feedback.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Farewell for Mr. Danny

The Special Occasions Speeches advanced manual is one of the most enjoyable manuals in my opinion. It encourages you to recall and remember the pleasant pleasures and passions of individuals and/or events in our lives.

In the following speech, you will see how one of my fellow Toastmaster from Phoenix Toastmasters club attempts project #2: Speaking in Praise speech. The speaker had arrange for a club member to assume the role of 'Mr. Danny' (seated on the right side of the speaker) who is to imagine that he is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

20110711 Phoenix Toastmasters: Farewell for Mr. Danny

(video posted with permission of the speaker)

Observations / Suggestions for Improvement

  • The approach of having a member of the audience to play to role of the recipient of the praises (Mr Danny) was good. This allowed the audience to imagine & share their attention between the speaker and the recipient (Mr. Danny) - to observe if the words of praises invokes any response or reaction between prior and latter. This can indicate if the praises were well prepared and received.
  • The above approach can be a double-edge sword as well, because if the recipient is among the audience and sufficient amount of eye-contact is not directed towards the recipient, it may appear that the speaker may be speaking about a person who is not among the living.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Division G Humorous Speech Contest

Toastmasters District 51 Division G (Term 2011/12) Humorous Speech Contest

Date: 8 October 2011(Saturday)
Venue: Wisma Help, Jalan Dungun, Kuala Lumpur

Contestant #1: The 'Ah' Culture

Contestant #2: One Size Fit All

Contestant #3: Love and Imperfections

Contestant #4: Tips To A Long Lasting Marriage

Contestant #5: Armchair Adventure

Contestant #6: Before and After

Contestant #7: America

Enjoy !

Monday, November 7, 2011

Division C Humorous Speech Contest (Term 2011/12)

Toastmasters District 51 Division C (Term 2011/12) Humorous Speech Contest

Date: 1 October 2011(Saturday)
Venue: Auditorium, UTTC (UMW Toyota Toastmasters Club), Section 15 Shah Alam

Contestant #1: If The Shoe Fits

Contestant #2: Insomnia

Contestant #3: Parenting Like They Used To

Contestant #4: A Rose By Any Other Name

Contestant #5: The Art of Communication

Contestant #6: A Very Special Date

Contestant #7: I Am A COWARD !

Enjoy !

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Two Coffins At A Funeral

During an advanced Toastmasters meeting in the month of October, I had the pleasure to witness a friend attempt on the ‘Storytelling’ advanced manual project #3: ‘The Moral of the Story’. She is an established speaker, consultant and trainer in her field. She has been and still is a great supporter of the Toastmasters movement within her club, the division, and the district.

In her attempt of this project she had woven humour into it and her approach to this project was most interesting. In the Notes to the Evaluator, ‘The speaker had two options for this project: Create and tell an original story with a lesson or take a lesson from another story and create a new story to go with it. The story was to be entertaining and have a surprise twist to the ending …’.

The speaker did a combination of the two; as in she used an original story AND created one of her own. That sparked a bit of a discussion during the evaluation session but nonetheless the outcome was both surprising and entertaining.

20111018 Two Coffins At A Funeral

(video posted with permission of the speaker)

Enjoy !

Friday, November 4, 2011

Love and Imperfections

"Love and Imperfections" is the speech title of Toastmasters District 51 Division G Humorous Speech Contest Champion, Vincent Liew who hails from Help University Toastmasters Club.

Division G Humorous Speech Champion: "Love and Imperfections" by Vincent Liew

(video posted with permission of the speaker)

This young Toastmaster has great command of vocal variety, facial expressions, and body gestures. His humorous speech drawn from his personal experience and day-to-day events allowed us to follow, relate, and enjoy every moment of his speech.

Event: Division G Humorous Speech Contest
Date: 8 October 2011
Venue: Wisma Help, Jalan Dungun

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Tips for Humorous Speech from Past District Champion

24th September 2011 @ Taylor's University Lakeside campus, I had the opportunity to witness and partake in the Division B (Term 2011/12) Humorous Speech Contest. The contest presented a truly impressive lineup of speakers, who were hilarious, dynamic and motivating.

After the conclusion of the humorous speech contest, there was a special event featuring Stephen Fernando, a four-time Humorous Speech Champion of Toastmasters District 51. In 2004, Stephen Fernando, was placed second in the international, Inter-district Toastmasters Speech Contest that was held in Reno, USA. Stephen shares the secrets to using humour and how it can be incorporated into our speeches and contest.

Special Feature: "Tips from Past District Champion" by Stephen Fernando

(video posted with permission of the speaker)

Featured Speech: "Innocent Miscommunication" by Stephen Fernando

Reference Speech: "I am a COWARD !!!" by Stephen Fernando

(video posted with permission of the speaker)

Enjoy !!

Update #1, 31 October 2011: 'Reference Speech' added and changed published date of 2011-09-27 to 2011-10-31.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time Travel

Today we have our fellow club member and speaker (refer to 'Thumb Driving') from Phoenix Toastmasters Club again sharing his 3rd Competent Communicator speech project, Organize Your Speech.

In this particular speech you'll get to witness the speaker's creative mind as he share about what he will do if he had a time machine. The speaker continues to use his gift of humor to tickle the funny bones of the audience, as well as continuously keep us engaged by relating the speech to the audience and asking questions.

20110613 Phoenix Toastmasters: Time Travel

(video posted with the Speaker's permission)

Observations / Suggestions for Improvement

  • The natural / comfortable position of this speaker's hands are 'clamps' position and the pacing of the speaker can be a bit distracting. It is recommended for speakers to keep their hands to the sides so that it can be easily deployed for purposeful gestures. 
  • In any case, these skills / requirements will only be needed and be the focus of the Competent Communicator project #5: Your Body Speaks.

This speaker has great potential and just wait till you see his forth project. :-)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Stuttering King

I personally believe that the Interpretive Reading advanced manual is the most challenging manual. I had the pleasure to witness a project from this manual during a recent Toastmasters meeting on 18 October 2011. The speaker is from Speaker's Dream Toastmasters club and he was presenting project #4, 'The Play'.

20111018 The Stuttering King

(video posted with the Speaker's permission)

The following is the script of the play that was provided by the speaker;

The King’s Speech

(at the Westminister Abbey, rehearsals for the King’s Coronation)
(King George enters the cathedral, with Archbishop greeting the King in front of the throne)

BERTIE : Archbishop.
ARCHBISHOP : Welcome, your majesty. What a glorious transformation, sir. I hope you forgive us if we continue our preparations. Now er well, allow me to guide you through the ceremony.

(They begin to walk together, Lionel a few paces behind)
ARCHBISHOP : We begin of course at the west door, into the naïve.
LIONEL : I see your pronouncements are to be broadcast, Archbishop.
ARCHBISHOP : Ah yes wireless, it is indeed a Pandora’s box. But I’m afraid I also have to
permit the news reel cameras, the product of which I shall personally edit.
LIONEL : Without momentary hesitations.
BERTIE : This is Doctor Lionel Logue of Harley Street. He’s… my speech therapist.
LIONEL : Grace.
ARCHBISHOP : Specialist?! Had I known that your Majesty is seeking assistance; I would
have made my own recommendations.
BERTIE : Dr Loge would be attending the coronation.
ARCHBISHOP : Well of course I would have to speak to the Dean, but it would be
extremely difficult.
BERTIE : I should like to… Doctor to be seated in the… King’s box.
ARCHBISHOP : But members of your family will be seated there, sir.
BERTIE : That is why it is suitable.
LIONEL : And now if you don’t mind, your Grace, we would need the premises.
ARCHBISHOP : My dear Fellow, this is Westminister Abbey. The church must prepare his
LIONEL : My preparations are equally as important.
ARCHBISHOP : (pause)
LIONEL : With complete privacy, if, if you don’t mind.
BERTIE : Those are my wishes, Your Grace.
ARCHBISHOP : I will… empty the Abbey at your Majesty’s disposal this evening. Your

(Scene Two)

(Logan enters the empty Westminister Abbey, meeting King George alone.)
LIONEL : I can’t believe I’m walking on Chaucer and Handel and Dickens. Everything alright? Let’s get cracking.
(Bertie, seated on a ceremonial chair, does not rise.)

BERTIE : I’m not here to rehearse, Doctor Logue.
Pause-(CONT’D) True, you never called yourself ‘Doctor’. I did that to you. No diploma, no training, no qualifications. Just a great deal of nerve.
LIONEL : Ah, the star chamber inquisition, is it?
BERTIE : You asked for trust and total equality.
LIONEL : Bertie, I heard you at Wembley, I was there. I heard you. My son Laurie said “Do you think you could help that poor man?” I replied “If I had the chance”.
BERTIE : What, as a failed actor?!
LIONEL : It’s true, I’m not a doctor, and yes I acted a bit, recited in pubs and taught elocution in schools. When the Great War came, our boys were pouring back from the front, shell-shocked and unable to speak and somebody said, “Lionel, you’re very good at all this speech stuff. Do you think you could possibly help these poor buggers”. I did muscle therapy, exercise, relaxation, but I knew I had to go deeper. Those poor young blokes had cried out in fear, and no-one was listening to them. My job was to give them faith in their voice and let them know that a friend was listening. That must ring a few bells with you, Bertie.
BERTIE : You give a very noble account of yourself.
LIONEL : Make inquiries. It’s all true.
BERTIE : Inquiries have been made! You have no idea who I have breathing down my neck. I vouched for you and you have no credentials.
LIONEL : But lots of success! I can’t show you a certificate – there was no training then. All I know I know by experience, and that war was some experience. My plaque says, “L. Logue, Speech Defects. No Dr., no letters after y name.
(with mock seriousness)
Lock me in the Tower.
BERTIE : I would if I could!
LIONEL : On what charge?
BERTIE : Fraud! With war looming, you’ve saddle this nation with a voiceless King. Destroyed the happiness of my family… all for the sake of ensnaring a star patient you knew you couldn’t possibly assist!
(His desperation spills out. He pulls himself out the chair, striding past Lionel.)
BERTIE : It’ll be like mad King George the Third, there’ll be Mad King George the Stammerer, who let his people down so badly in their hour of need!
(Lionel sits down on the chair of Edward the Confessor)
BERTIE : What’re you doing? Get up! You can’t sit there!
LIONEL : Why not? It’s a chair.
BERTIE : No, it’s not, that is Saint Edward’s Chair –
LIONEL : People have carved their initials into it!
BERTIE : That chair is the seat on which every King and Queen-
LIONEL : It’s held in place by a large rock!
BERTIE : That is the Stone of Scone, you are trivializing everything –
LIONEL : I don’t care. I don’t care how many Royal arses have sat in this chair –
BERTIE : Listen to me…!
LIONEL : Listen to you?! By what right?
BERTIE : Divine right, if you must! I’m your King! ! !
LIONEL : Nooo you’re not! Told me so yourself. Said you didn’t want it. So why should I waste my time listening to you?
BERTIE : Because I have a right to be heard!
LIONEL : Heard as what ? !
BERTIE : A man! I HAVE A VOICE ! ! !
LIONEL : (quietly) Yes you do. You have such perseverance, Bertie, you’re the bravest man I know. And you’ll make a bloody good king.
(Bertie stares at him.)
(A familiar voice is heard from the shadows.)
VOICE : What on earth’s going on, Sir?
BERTIE : It’s all right, Archbishop.
ARCHBISHOP: Mr Logue, you should know that I have found a replacement English specialist with impeccable credentials. Hence, your services will no longer be required.
BERTIE : I’m sorry?
ARCHBISHOP : Your Majesty’s function is to consult and be advised. You didn’t consult, but you’ve just been advised.
BERTIE : Now I advise you: in this personal matter I will make my own decision.
ARCHBISHOP: My concern is for the head upon which I must place the crown.
BERTIE : I appreciate that Archbishop, but it’s my head!
ARCHBISHOP: Your humble servant.
(Bishop turns on his heel and is gone, leaving Bertie shaken, with both anger and fear.)
LIONEL : Thank you Bertie. Shall we rehearse?
(Bertie sits in the ceremonial chair once more.)
LIONEL : As soon as you and Elizabeth enter the West door, you’ll be greeted with the hymn “I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me.” You won’t actually be that glad, because they sing it for a great long time. Then your friend the Archbishop will pounce up and say, “Sir, is Your Majesty willing to take The Oath?” You say . . .
BERTIE : “I am willing”.
LIONEL : Course you are! I’ll see what it sounds like from the cheap seats so even your old nanny can hear. “Will you govern your peoples of Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand according to their lands and customs?”
BERTIE : I solemnly promise so do so.
LIONEL : LOUDER! I can’t hear you up the back.
LIONEL : Very good! “Will you to your power cause Law and Justice, in Mercy, to be executed in all your judgments?”
BERTIE : “I will.” “I WILL!”
LIONEL : Then a long bit about upholding the faith, rubbish, rubbish, rubbish. To which you finally say . . .
BERTIE : “These things which I have herebefore promised, I will perform and keep. So help me God.”
LIONEL : That’s all you have to say. Four short responses, kiss the book and sign the oath. There you are: You’re King! Easy.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Ah Culture

Speech Title: The 'Ah' Culture
Contestant from Toastmasters District 51, Division G Humorous Speech Contest.
Date: 8 October 2011

(video posted with the Speaker's permission)

A Humorous Speech from Division G Humorous Speech Contest. I really enjoy this piece as the speaker was able to command the stage and kept the audience entertained throughout the speech.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Thumb Driving

(video posted with the Speaker's permission)

This is a humorous piece where the speaker shares about the different ways he drives. The humor is enhanced by the descriptive manner and body gestures that the speaker has employed. While it is a humorous speech, the speaker has an important message to share in the end.

The speaker is a relatively new member of Phoenix Toastmasters Club and he is on his journey to completing his Competent Communicator (CC) manual. At this point of him joining the club-level Humorous Speech Contest, he has just completed three of his CC speeches. Personally, I believe this Toastmasters member shows great potential and with humor as part of his arsenal, he can be a great communicator.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Titles We Bare

(video posted with the Speaker's permission)

When we were born, we were bare, naked and without possessions. Then we were given our first gift, a Title, our names.

Point #1: Among family and friends

Positions in the family can be term as titles. As the first born and a son, I was the ‘Pride of the Family’, … till my two brothers came along.

Who among you are the eldest siblings? {Raise your hands}

How many of you receive this instruction from your parents before?

“You are the eldest in the family, so you need to set a good example to your brothers and sisters!”

I heard that a lot of times from my parents, but every time I heard that, I’ll be wondering; “Who’s my example?”

Sometimes my parents would exclaim exasperated in “Aiyah … Don’t know where he learn to do that !?!??” I in my head I’ll be shouting “Aiyah … from you loh” … obviously I won’t be saying out loud unless I want to receive a ‘five finger wave’ (slapping action) … so parents, be careful of what you say and do in front of your kids.

The Titles We Bare in family positions can come great responsibilities and sometimes great pain.

Point #2: In our Working Lives

I started working more than 10 years ago. That’s when I was expose to Organizational Titles; Junior Executives, Senior Executives, Managers, President and so forth.

Fame, Money and Power, are some of the driving forces for us to gain titles, do you agree?

The greater, higher, and more glamorous sounding titles, the great the perceived remunerations.

Not only the remunerations but the kind of treatment we receive. For example

When I do something without being told,
I am trying to be smart,
When my manager does the same,
he takes the initiative,

When I am sick, on Medical Leave,
I am always sick.
When my manager is a day off sick,
He must be very ill.

When my manager applies for leave,
it's because he's overworked
When I apply for leave,
I must be going for an interview.

Point #3: In Toastmasters

Let’s bring this topic closer to home. In September 2005, I stepped into my first Toastmasters Club, D’Utama Toastmasters Club.

As I sat through the meeting the acronym & titles started flying around, CTM, ACB, GE, and DTM – to name a few. Needless to say that I’d joined the club later found out that those were the titles we earn as we go through the communication and leadership education program.

CTM – Competent Toastmasters,

It was in 2006 I heard that Toastmasters International was going to change the for the Communication track award titles, ‘Toastmasters’ was going to be changed to ‘Communicator’ to be more specific to which track the award is for.

When I heard this and found out what the new abbreviation was, I was filled with fear … WHY? Because the new title will begins with ‘CC’ …

What’s wrong with ‘CC’ you ask?” Well it sounds like ‘sis-sy’ … and the meaning of the title does not do justice because ‘sis-sy’ means ‘timid or cowardly person’ … unlike ‘Competent Toastmasters’ …

Which one sounds better ‘Johnson Yike CTM’ or ‘Johnson Yike, CC’?

I rest my case and decided to work very hard to complete my 10 basic speeches and gain my Competent Toastmasters award.

Throughout my journey, I meet many confidence, compose and charismatic Toastmasters. They were humble and shared their experience, knowledge and wisdom freely. Unfortunately there were some who were just in it for the glory, and demands respect. They confused the corporate world with the ‘sharing and caring’ environment.

Some when they gained their Advanced Communicator Bronze, ACB … they perceived it as ‘Alright Can Boast’ … “what title are you ah? Oh, CC only ah … I ACB wor (I better)” It’s when they come face-to-face with a DTM then they keep quiet. Then they will scramble to rush through the program to get their DTM to feed their ego again.

The Titles We Bare in results may affect the Treatment we receive.


Personally for me, do agree that titles plays an important role … it helps is to gauge our progress in whatever we do. However, those titles are given by people and it could also be easily taken away. What is important is true meaning behind the title and how it helps you to reflect in your heart.

At the end of it all, all of us will receive the same title. R.I.P. .

Steven Covey teaches us to ‘Begin with the End in Mind’.

Generally it means ‘Rest In Peace’ but sometime even when one is gone, there is no peace because of the legacy that was left behind. So ladies and gentlemen, let us not be so caught up with titles and continue to do what is good for the betterment of all. Be a good son/daughter, be a good employee/manager, be a GREAT Toastmaster.

The Titles We Bare affects our legacy.

So that when we go, we will be according this unofficial title, ‘Remembered In Praise’.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Exclusive Invitation to Malaysia Scrum User Gathering - 24 Oct 2011‏

Promotion received via Email regarding "Malaysia Scrum User Group":

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VENUE : PKNS Seminar & Conference Centre, PJ

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Art of Effective Evaluation

The Art of Effective Evaluation cover
On 5th October 2011, under the invitation of the Toastmasters District 51, Division B Area B5 Governor, a workshop entitled "The Art of Effective Evaluation" was conducted for the clubs in Area B5 which includes
The Art of Effective Evaluation guide cover
"The Art of Effective Evaluation" is a valuable tool from Toastmasters International which can be purchased by the members. Part of the Success/Communication Series. This workshop will give club members the knowledge, motivation and skills they need to become more effective evaluators.


It was truly an enjoyable, engaging and interesting experience.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sambal without Anchovies

With reference to the Toastmasters 'Specialty Speeches' advanced manual, I believe that some of the speech projects within poses as teasers or a launching pad to other advanced manuals. For example;

During a trip to Taiping, Perak, a dear friend of mine did a reading of a short story entitled "Sambal without Anchovies" from a collection of short stories which was written by a local author, Chua Kok Yee. The presentation was to achieve the objectives from the Toastmasters advanced manual, Specialty Speeches project #4: Read Out Loud.

The reading entitled "Sambal without Anchovies" was as follows;

(video posted with the Speaker's permission)

I must confessed that I am not one that reads a lot, and I am the kind who will rather wait for the movie version to reading the actual book. However as I was the speech evaluator for the above, I was provided the Text beforehand, and I found the story extremely touching, heart-moving, and motivating. I wanted to attempt the same story myself, and see what my interpretation of the text was.

As I have attempted the 'Specialty Speeches' advanced manual before (with the reading of John F. Kennedy's speech entitled "We are going to the Moon"), I decided to attempt this story for a different speech project of similar nature, Interpretive Reading project #1: Read A Story. During the course of my preparation, I read through the full text and it took me 20 minutes at a comfortable rate. Since this project only allows me 8 - 10 minutes, tasteful editing was required.

The reading entitled "Love Letters" was as follows;

(video posted with the Speaker's permission)

I even had made arrangements for my friend to be my speech evaluation in-turn (the evaluation session is included in the video above).

Via my observation of my friend's reading and from my own, I deduced the following of the speech projects' details;

The Similarities;

  • Narration and interpretation of the author's message
  • Emphasis on Vocal Variety and emotional appeal 
  • The need to identify and lead to a climax

    The Differences are;

    ElementsSpecialty Speeches (Project #4) Interpretive Reading (Project #1)
    Duration13 - 15 minutes 8 - 10 minutes
    Use of Body Gesturesminimal
    (not to overdo it till it is an act)
    minimal to 'not required'
    (eye contact still required)
    Area of FocusThe author's style The author's message and emotions of message

    Suggestions when attempting either of these manuals and projects:

    • Selecting the appropriate text is important as while tasteful editing is allowed, too much of it still will result in different meaning and interpretation of the original text. 
    • Make sure the story selected has a climax to begin with.
    • Make arrangement with the Toastmaster of the Day/Evening (TME) to provide the introduction and your own summarize interpretation of the story. This may provide the audience a gist of the story and what the speaker is trying to convey.

    Overall it was a truly valuable learning experience and when the opportunity arrives, I will attempt these speech projects again.

      Thursday, September 29, 2011

      MITPM 2011 Pre-Conference

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      Friday, September 16, 2011

      PM Week & the 7th Annual MITPM Conference‏

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      We provide you with the opportunity to get in-depth with our speakers who will share their experiences with you in resolving issues and challenges; the DO’s and DON’Ts. You will gain the insights on how the experts address critical success areas from managing project risks, cost, and human resources to meet key stakeholders’ expectations.

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      Thursday, September 8, 2011

      Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) Emission and Your Health

      Straight Talk Series: All about Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) Emission and its Impact to Your Health

      Has anyone ever asked you if EMF from telco towers can cause cancer? Or if prolonged use of mobile phone is safe? How safe is it for a child to use the mobile phone? Is there a difference of emission between normal phones and smartphones? Should I even keep a mobile device in the pocket of your tight pants?

      Many of us have been asked these questions at one time or another, but do not have the right answers or real facts to answer confidently.

      Let’s hear what the experts have to say
      Stein Erik Paulsen is the technical specialist and advisor on EMF issues and leads educational programmes on this subject for Telenor Group.

      All about EMF Emission and its Impact to Your Health (Part 1/5)

      All about EMF Emission and its Impact to Your Health (Part 2/5)

      All about EMF Emission and its Impact to Your Health (Part 3/5)

      All about EMF Emission and its Impact to Your Health (Part 4/5)

      All about EMF Emission and its Impact to Your Health (Part 5/5)

      About The Speaker
      Stein Erik Paulsen
      Manager, Radio Technology for Telenor Group

      Stein Erik Paulsen received his Master degree in telecommunication in 1987 and is a radio technology manager in Telenor Group’s headquarter in Oslo, Norway.

      Stein Erik has a long experience in communicating about mobile network technologies and has had many courses and conference talks about this topic over the years. He also benefits from this experience in his role as a technical expert and advisor on EMF issues, supporting Telenor Group and individual operators in their work for reducing public fear of radio wave exposure from base station antennas and mobile phones.

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      Wednesday, August 17, 2011

      ACM: Persuasive Speaking

      Cover of the "Persuasive Speaking" advanced manual
      Projects cover selling a product, making “cold calls,” preparing a winning proposal, convincing an audience to at least consider your side of a controversial issue or subject and persuading listeners to help bring a vision and mission to reality.

      Project #1: The Effective Salesperson
      Executive Summary:
      Successful salesperson focus on the buyer, possess good listening skills, create value for the buyer, radiate credibility, and maintain a good attitude. By understanding the thought processes people employ when making a purchase, you can structure your words and actions to match this process. Ask questions to discover the buyer's problem or need, then show how your product or service solves that problem or need.

      • Learn a technique for selling an inexpensive product in a retail store.
      • Recognize a buyer’s thought processes in making a purchase.
      • Elicit information from a prospective buyer through questions.
      • Match the buyer’s situation with the most appropriate product.
      • TIME : 8 to 12 minutes
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this presentation is for the speaker to enact a role play with another member. The speaker plays the role of a salesperson in a store, and the other member acts the part of a prospective buyer. The product being sold is determined by the speaker. The speaker is to first give a brief introduction explaining the persuasive process used in sales to help the audience better understand the presentation’s objectives and to evaluate the presentation. The speaker is to introduce the role play and the partner, then conduct the role play. Finally, the speaker is to lead a brief discussion with the partner and the audience about the role play. It is suggested you read the entire project before the presentation.

      Project #2: Conquering the "Cold Call"
      Executive Summary:
      Selling expensive products can be challenging because prospective buyers are more hesitant and the process may take weeks or months. By positioning yourself as a resource for your buyers, striving to make buyers' job easier and their product better, you'll be more likely to make a sale. The buyers will consider you to be on their team and will be more loyal to you and your product.

      • Learn a technique for "cold call" selling of expensive products or services.
      • Recognize the risks buyers assume in purchasing.
      • Use questions to help the buyer discover problems with his or her current situation.
      • Successfully handle buyer’s objections and concerns
      • TIME : 10 to 14 minutes
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this presentation is for the speaker to enact a role play with another member. The speaker plays the role of salesperson selling an expensive product or service making a "cold call" on a prospective buyer. The product/ service being sold is determined by the speaker. The speaker is to give a brief speech about the persuasive process used in "cold call" sales to help the audience better understand the presentation’s objectives and to evaluate the presentation. The speaker is to introduce the role play and the partner, then conduct the role play. Finally, the speaker is to lead a brief discussion with the partner and the audience about the role play.

      Project #3: The Winning Proposal
      Executive Summary:
      If you want approval for your plans, you must present your ideas in a manner that positively influences the audience. Make sure your proposal answers the following questions: What is my objective? Who is my audience? What does my audience want or need? What do you want the audience to do? What is the plan? What would the results be? Conclude by asking the audience to approve it.

      • Prepare a proposal advocating an idea or course of action.
      • Organize the proposal using the six-step method provided.
      • TIME : 5 to 7 minutes
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The speaker is asked to prepare and present a proposal advocating an idea or course of action which he or she would like the audience to approve. It is suggested you read the entire project before the presentation.

      Project #4: Addressing The Opposition
      Executive Summary:
      Occasionally speakers must address listeners on a controversial issue or subject, one on which your viewpoint differs. A speech of this type requires sensitivity and tact. Acknowledge your listeners' viewpoint, then present your own and its benefits. Find points of agreement. Illustrate your points with stories and anecdotes, project credibility and use humor. When answering questions, remain calm and answer in a positive manner, concluding with a positive statement.

      • Prepare a talk on a controversial subject that persuades an audience to accept or at least consider your viewpoint.
      • Construct the speech to appeal to the audience’s logic and emotions.
      • TIME : 7-9 minutes for the speech, and 2-3 minutes for the question-and-answer period.
      Note to the Evaluator:
      In this presentation, the speaker is to persuade an audience to accept or at least consider his or her viewpoint on a controversial subject. The talk should appeal to the audience both logically and emotionally. The speaker is then to field questions from the audience.

      Project #5: The Persuasive Leader
      Executive Summary:
      Leaders are persuasive. They use speech to organize people and urge them to higher levels of achievement than they could reach independently. You can demonstrate leadership by communicating your vision and mission to others and convince them to take action. Be enthusiastic, and tell lively and dramatic stories that relate to the points you are making.

      • Communicate your vision and mission to an audience.
      • Convince your audience to work toward achieving your vision and mission.
      • TIME : 6 to 8 minutes
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this presentation is for the speaker to communicate a vision and mission and convince the audience to help achieve them. It is suggested you read the project before hearing the presentation.

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      Item 226I

      ACM: Public Relations

      Cover of the "Public Relations" advanced manual
      Everyone benefits from the ability to present a good public image. Projects cover preparing a speech that will generate a favorable attitude toward you and your product, company or service, presenting a positive image of yourself and your company or organization on a radio talk show, persuading an audience to accept your viewpoint, addressing a hostile audience and communicating with the public during a crisis situation.

      Project #1: The Goodwill Speech
      Executive Summary:
      A type of public relations strategy, the goodwill speech builds the public's favorable feeling towards you in a subtle, indirect way. Instead of making a verbal appeal or 'sales pitch', you use the speech to perform a service that is related to your business or cause. By providing the audience members with helpful information that they can use in their daily lives, you generate positive feelings toward you and your product and increase their willingness to eventually buy your product.

      • Prepare a talk that will build goodwill for your organization by supplying useful information of interest to the audience.
      • Favorably influence the audience by skillful and friendly delivery of your talk.
      • TIME: 5 - 7 minutes
      Notes to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this talk is to present a five- to seven-minute speech of goodwill on behalf of Toastmasters International. The speaker should present useful information on the subject of public speaking, with the references to Toastmasters limited to the introduction, conclusion or casual comments during the speech.

      Project #2: The Radio Talk Show
      Executive Summary:
      Radio talk shows are an excellent way to tell thousands of people about your organization or business at virtually no cost to you or your organization. As a guest on a talk show, you have the opportunity to talk openly and favorably about your organization or business to build goodwill. Because radio is a vocal medium, your physical appearance, facial expressions and eye contact doesn't matter. Instead, you must rely on your voice to convey enthusiasm, passion, sincerity and friendliness.

      • Present a positive image of you and your company or organization on a simulated radio talk show
      • Prepare a talk designed to build goodwill toward an organization by presenting factual information
      • Understand the dynamics of a successful radio talk show
      • Prepare for the questions that may be asked of you during the radio interview
      • TIME: 3 to 5 minutes for the presentation, plus 2 to 3 minutes for questions and answers.
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this presentation is to build goodwill toward an organization by giving the audience factual information about its operation and its effect on the community. The talk should be supported by research and present a positive image of the speaker and his or her organization on a simulated radio talk show. The speaker has been asked to appear as a guest on the talk show, with another club member serving as the talk show host. In addition to presenting the three- to five-minute talk, the speaker is to spend two to three minutes at the end of the presentation answering several questions asked by the host. Both the presentation and the answers to the questions should present a positive image of the organization to the audience. Please read the entire project before you hear the presentation. Remember, you are evaluating only the "guest", not the "host".

      Project #3: The Persuasive Approach
      Executive Summary:
      People today are mistrustful, hesitant to believe anyone they don't know personally. A public relations speaker knows how to persuade audience members to adopt a proposal, accept an idea or take a certain action. Appeal to their self-interest and emotion, showing how your idea is in their best interest and how they will benefit from your proposal or position. WHen you support your ideas with relevant data and convey sincerity and conviction, your audience will trust and believe you.

      • Direct a persuasive appeal to the audience's self-interest using a combination of fact and emotion in a speech delivered in such a manner that it appears extemporaneous
      • Persuade the audience to adopt your viewpoint by the use of standard persuasive techniques
      • Use at least one visual aid to enhance the audience's understanding
      • TIME: 5 to 7 minutes
      Notes to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this talk is to persuade the audience to adopt a point of view advocated by the speaker in a speech of five to seven minutes. The talk is to be convincing on both the logical and emotional levels and delivered in an extemporaneous manner. The focus of the talk should be on the personal interest of the audience. The speaker must use at least one visual aid.

      Project #4: Speaking Under Fire
      Executive Summary:
      Openly hostile audience are challenging to any public relation speaker. Your goal is to dispel the hostility and convince them that your side has some merit, not necessarily to change their mind. Find areas of agreement and focus on them. Look at the issue from audience members' point of view, then show them that your side has merits, too. Ally with emotional symbols, tactfully refute opposing arguments and appeal to the audience's self-interests. Your voice and eye contact convey sincerity, so use them to your advantage.

      • Prepare a talk to persuade a hostile audience to at least consider your position on a controversial issue
      • Demonstrate sincerity when presenting your viewpoint
      • TIME: 3 to 5 minutes for the presentation, and 2 to 3 minutes for questions and answers.
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this talk is to present a three- to five- minute speech to an audience assumed to be hostile to the speaker's position on a controversial issue. The speaker should attempt to lessen the opposition and persuade the audience to at least accept that the position has some merit. Following the speech, the speaker is to conduct a two- to three-minute question-and-answer period.

      Project #5: The Crisis Management Speech
      Executive Summary:
      How you communicate with the public during a crisis affects your organization's reputation and possibly its very survival. In times of trouble you want to favorably impress the media and covey concern to those who are directly affected as well as to the general public. You can successfully handle any crisis when you know the message you want to tell the media and the public, are truthful, admit mistakes, refrain from speculation and continue to provide relevant information as it becomes available.

      • Learn strategies for communicating to the media about a company crisis
      • Prepare a speech for the media about a company crisis that builds and maintains a positive image for the company
      • Answer questions from the media in a manner that reflects positively on the company
      • TIME: 4 to 6 minutes for the presentation, and 3 to 5 minutes for the question-and-answer period.
      Notes to the Evaluator:
      The speaker is to assume he or she is a spokesperson for a company or organization that is experiencing a crisis. The speaker may choose the situation, perhaps taking an incident from the news or creating an imaginary situation. The speaker is to present a four- to six-minute "crisis management" speech to the media about the situation, striving to build and maintain a positive image for the company. Following the speech, the speaker will conduct a three- to five-minute question-and-answer period. Fellow club members will assume the roles of media reporters, asking the speaker questions about the crisis and the company or organization's handling of it. The speaker is to continue to build and maintain a positive image of the company while answering the questions.

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      Item 226C

      ACM: Speaking To Inform

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      Informational speeches are one of the most common types, so most likely you will be asked to present one sometime. This manual contains information about organizing an informational speech, tailoring your speech to the audience, conducting a demonstration, presenting a report and delivering a speech about an abstract subject.

      Project #1: The Speech To Inform
      Executive Summary:
      Informative speeches can be educational, entertaining and enjoyable for your audience, if you plan them carefully. Make the information relevant to your listeners, relate it to what they already know, and involve them in some manner. Keep the information organized and present it in an interesting manner. Remember to repeat the points you want listeners to remember and use visual aids to aid in retention.

      • Select new and useful information for presentation to the audience
      • Organize the information for easy understandability and retention
      • Present the information in a way that will help motivate the audience to learn
      • TIME : 5 to 7 minutes
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this talk is for the speaker to present an informative speech of five to seven minutes. The information should be presented in an interesting manner with clear organization. The speaker should support the facts or points with statistics, quotes, or experts' opinions.

      Project #2: Resources For Informing
      Executive Summary:
      Knowledge of your audience often determines whether your speech will be successful. Strive to find out as much as possible about your listeners, including their ages, occupations, economic status, education, political orientation and hobbies. Then demonstrate your knowledge of the subject, making sure you have the right support material. Use visual aids appropriately.

      • Analyze your audience regarding your chosen subject
      • Focus your presentation at the audience’s level of knowledge
      • Build a supporting case for each major point using information gathered through research
      • Effectively use at least one visual aid to enhance the audience’s understanding
      • TIME : 5 to 7 minutes
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this talk is for the speaker to inform the audience on a subject of interest in five to seven minutes. The talk should be directed to the interests of the audience, with each major point strongly supported by research. The speaker is required to use at least one visual aid to enhance the audience’s understanding.

      Project #3: The Demonstration Talk
      Executive Summary:
      A demonstration is the most effective way to explain a process, activity or product. Demonstration can be done through body movement (showing a dance step or skiing technique), showing a physical object, or displaying a model. Carefully rehearse the demonstration and be sure the audience can see it. Anticipate any problems that may occur and plan how to handle each other.

      • Prepare a demonstration speech to clearly explain a process, product, or activity
      • Conduct the demonstration as part of a speech delivered without notes
      • TIME: 5 to 7 minutes
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this talk is for the speaker to present a demonstration talk of five to seven minutes on a process, product, or activity. The speaker may use body language, an actual object, or a model for the demonstration. The speech, delivered without notes, should keep the audience interested, and each segment in the demonstration should be explained clearly and specifically.

      Project #4: A Fact Finding Report
      Executive Summary:
      Fact-finding reports are used to present information your audience needs to make a good decision. Keep the report focused, explain the sources of your information, and present facts clearly and quickly. Close with recommendations for action. Often these reports are followed by question-and-answer session, so anticipate possible questions and prepare your answers beforehand.

      • Prepare a report on a situation, even, or problem of interest to the audience
      • Deliver sufficient factual information in your report so the audience can make valid conclusions or a sound decision
      • Answer questions from the audience
      • TIME: 5 to 7 minutes for the speech, and 2 to 3 minutes for the question-and answer period
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this talk is for the speaker to deliver a fact-finding report of five to seven minutes on a situation, event, or problem. The information should be comprehensive and well-organized, as well as presented in an interesting manner. The talk should include an overview of the report, an explanation of how the data was gathered, and a thorough presentation of the relevant facts. The speaker is then to field questions from the audience.

      Project #5: The Abstract Concept
      Executive Summary:
      Explaining a theory, principle, philosophy or social issue can be challenging. Make sure the audience knows the general concept and how your speech relates to it. Show how you topic relates to listeners' everyday lives. Use plenty of examples, anecdotes, illustrations and visual aids to help listeners understand and visualize your points, and avoid technical jargon.

      • Research and analyze an abstract concept, theory, historical force, or social / political issue
      • Present the ideas in a clear, interesting manner
      • TIME: 6 to 8 minutes
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this talk is for the speaker to present a six to eight minutes analysis of a concept, idea, theory, historical force, or social / political issue. The talk should be clear and interesting to the audience. The speaker’s purpose is to clearly explain the meaning of the subject to the audience and use definitions, examples, anecdotes, illustrations, quotes from experts, and visual aids to explain concepts.

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      Item 226B

      ACM: Special Occasion Speeches

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      Special events present special speaking opportunities. This manual provides instruction in giving toasts, speaking in praise/giving a eulogy, "roasting" someone and presenting and accepting awards.

      Project #1: Mastering The Toast
      Executive Summary:
      Weddings, anniversaries and other celebrations often call for a toast. A toast bestows best wishes as well as hopes for health, happiness, good fortune and other positive thoughts. A good toast has an opening, body and conclusion and fits the occasion in both mood and language. When giving a toast, take care not to embarrass anyone and be sensitive to audience and to the occasion.

      • Recognize the characteristics of a toast.
      • Present a toast honoring an occasion or a person.
      • TIME : 2 to 3 minutes
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this project is for the speaker to present a two- to three- minutes toast in honor of a person or special occasion. The toast is to be original, and the audience is to serve as the “guests” at the toast. The toast must clearly state the occasion or person being honored and be personalized through stories, anecdotes or quotes relating to the subject. It is suggested you read the entire project before the presentation. In addition to your oral evaluation, please give written responses to the questions below.

      Project #2: Speaking In Praise
      Executive Summary:
      At some time you will be called upon to speak in praise of someone - perhaps at a retirement banquet, anniversary celebration or the funeral of a friend or family member. The most successful speeches of praise are inspirational, pointing out the meaning of another person's life and relating that meaning to our own lives. Talk about the individual and his or her accomplishments, including the qualities that made the person worthy of praise and the lessons we may learn from the person.

      • Prepare a speech praising or honoring someone, either living or dead.
      • Address five areas concerning the individual and his/her accomplishments.
      • Include anecdotes illustrating points within the speech.
      • TIME : 5 to 7 minutes
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this project is for the speaker to present a 5 to 7 minutes speech praising a friend, relative or co-worker. The occasion – e.g., funeral, retirement banquet, anniversary or farewell party – has been selected by the speaker. The speech is to be inspirational, pointing out the qualities of the individual and the meaning of the individual’s life, as well as relating that meaning to our own lives. In addition to your oral evaluation, please give written responses to the questions below.

      Project #3: The Roast
      Executive Summary:
      A roast is another way to honor or recognize a person. Unlike the speech of praise in Project 2, a roast relies on wit, humor and satire to convey its message. The guest of honor must be agreeable and capable of handling the jokes. Carefully select jokes and anecdotes that relate to the guest of honor, making sure that your material will not hurt the guest of honor's feelings. Rehearse your stories and jokes and make sure your punch lines can be heard.

      • Poke fun at a particular individual in a good-natured way.
      • Adapt and personalize humorous material from other sources.
      • Deliver jokes and humorous stories effectively.
      • TIME : 3 to 5 minutes
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this project is for the speaker to present a three- to five- minutes “roast”. The occasion – retirement banquet, anniversary or farewell party, etc. – has been selected by the speaker. The roast is to include jokes and anecdotes adapted from other sources to apply to the honored guest. In addition to your oral evaluation, please give written responses to the questions below.

      Project #4: Presenting An Award
      Executive Summary:
      How an award is presented conveys to the audience and the recipient how important the award and the accomplishments it recognizes are. Be sure to explain the purpose of the award, why the organization presents it, and what the recipient did to deserve it. Point out the recipient's dedications, sacrifices and contributions, and give examples. Keep your remarks brief. The star of the event should be the award recipient, not the presenter.

      • Present an award with dignity and grace.
      • Acknowledge the contributions of the recipient.
      • TIME : 3 to 4 minutes
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this project is for the speaker to present an award with dignity, grace and sincerity. The presentation speech should be three to four minutes in length. The speaker will explain the purpose of the award and why the recipient deserves it. In addition to your oral evaluation, please give written responses to the questions below.

      Project #5: Accepting An Award
      Executive Summary:
      Accepting an award graciously requires thought and preparation. Your acceptance speech should display gratitude to the organization giving the award, acknowledging the organization's work and its importance, and sincerity. Be modest and dignified. Keep your acceptance speech brief. As you accept the award, stand slightly sideways toward the audience, reach for and take it with the hand nearest the presenter, then hold it in full view of the audience.

      • Accept an award with dignity, grace and sincerity.
      • Acknowledge the presenting organization.
      • TIME : 5 to 7 minutes
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this project is for the speaker to accept an award with dignity, grace and sincerity. The acceptance speech is to be five to seven minutes in length and given without notes. The speaker is to acknowledge those who helped him or her and recognize the importance and work of the presenting organization. In addition to your oral evaluation, please give written responses to the questions below.

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      ACM: Specialty Speeches

      Cover of the "Specialty Speeches" advanced manual
      Speakers are often called upon to give different kinds of talks. This manual contains information about giving the most common ones, and it covers impromptu talks, preparing inspirational speeches, selling a product, reading out loud and introducing a speaker.

      Project #1: Speak Off The Cuff
      Executive Summary:
      Every day you most likely are asked to give your opinion, offer advice or contribute an idea or piece of information. Such impromptu talks are opportunities to build your confidence and improve your speaking skills. You can prepare for impromptu speaking situations by reading, listening and keeping abreast of current events and by knowing the different wars in which you can organize your thoughts.

      • Develop an awareness of situations in which you might be called upon to deliver an impromptu speech.
      • Understand how to prepare for impromptu speaking.
      • Develop skill as a speaker in the impromptu situation by using one or more patterns to approach a topic under discussion; for example, comparing a past, present, future situation or before and after.
      • TIME : 5 to 7 minutes
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this talk was for the speaker to present an impromptu speech of five to seven minutes on a topic about which he or she is knowledgeable. The speaker is to provide you with five possible topics. You are to select one at random and tell him or her what that topic is. The speech should inform the audience through clear, knowledgeable expression. In addition to your oral evaluation, please write answers to the questions below.

      Project #2: Uplift The Spirit
      Executive Summary:
      An inspirational speech acknowledges listeners' present beliefs, values and sentiments, explains the need for change, then encourages and motivates listeners to make these changes. An inspirational speaker's success relies heavily on delivery, language, vocal variety and phrasing. The inspirational speaker adapts to the mood and formality of the occasion and conveys confidence, sincerity, conviction and enthusiasm.

      • Identify and understand the basic differences and similarities between inspirational speeches and other kinds of speeches.
      • Learn how to evaluate audience feeling and establish emotional rapport.
      • Develop a speech style and delivery that effectively expresses inspirational content by moving the audience to adopt your views.
      • TIME : 8 to 10minutes
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this project was for the speaker to present an eight to ten minutes speech designed to rephrase the emotional consensus of the audience in terms of their beliefs, values and sentiments and in a language and style appropriate to the occasion. In addition to your oral evaluation, please give written answers to the questions below.

      Project #3: Sell a Product
      Executive Summary:
      A sales presentation is a type of persuasive speech. Its purpose is to generate listeners' interest in the service or product you are selling and motivate them to buy it. You should create a 'Unique Selling Proposition' that explains how your service or product will benefit them and how it is better than the competition's service or product. Be sure to incorporate words that have proven to be effective in the sales process. Plan for listeners' potential objections and be able to refute them.

      • Understand the relationship of sales technique to persuasion.
      • Skillfully use the four steps in a sales presentation: attention, interest, desire, action.
      • Identify and promote a unique selling proposition in a sales presentation.
      • Be able to handle objections and close a prospective buyer.
      • TIME : 10 to 12 minutes
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The speaker has been assigned to present a sales speech of from 10 to 12 minutes. The talk should be convincing on logical, informational and emotional levels and should be delivered in an extemporaneous manner. The focus of the talk should be the selling of a product or of a service. You may want to review the text of this project to be familiar with its objectives. In addition to your oral evaluation, please provide written the answers to the following questions:

      Project #4: Read Out Loud
      Executive Summary:
      An interpretive reader communicates the ideas and emotions of someone else. You read from a work of literature, using your voice, and body to convey the ideas, emotions, attitudes, and intentions of the author. Creating the illusion of spontaneity is key to effective interpretive reading and requires close attention to pacing, animation, rhythm, tone and inflection. If the literature you select requires cutting to fit time requirements, begin the reading at a point of crisis and move directly toward the climax.

      • Arrive at an understanding of the elements that comprise oral interpretation and how it differs from preparing and giving a speech.
      • Learn the preparation or planning techniques of effective interpretation.
      • Learn the principles of presentation and develop skill in interpretive reading with regard to voice and body as instruments of communication.
      • TIME : 12 to 15 minutes
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The purpose of this project was for the speaker to present an interpretive reading of 12 to 15 minutes from a literary work. Making effective use of voice, rhythm and body movement, the speaker should create an auditory and visual experience for the audience. In addition to your oral evaluation, please write answers to the questions below.

      Project #5: Introducing The Speaker
      Executive Summary:
      A proper introduction prepares the audience for the speaker, helping them to focus their attention on him or her and sometimes even preparing listeners for a change in mood. The introduction should highlight the speaker, explaining who the speaker is and why he or she is qualified to speak on that topic. A good introduction requires just as much preparation as a prepared speech and should be drafted well beforehand.

      • Focus on the special occasion talk from the standpoint of the introducer (function chairman, toastmaster, master of ceremonies).
      • Become knowledgeable and skilled in the functions associated with the master of ceremonies
      • Handle the introduction of other speakers at a club meeting
      • TIME :The duration of a club meeting. (To be arranged with the Vice President Education)
      Note to the Evaluator:
      The speaker has been assigned to act as host, introducing the speakers at a club meeting in a way that would help them do their best and encourage the audience to listen with attention and anticipation. In addition to your oral evaluation, please write answers to the questions below.

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