Sunday, February 3, 2013

Toastmaster of the Day Script - CCC Meeting #45

Sunday, February 03, 2013


Toastmaster of the Day Script
This is the script for the Toastmaster of the Day (TMOD) role that I did in Chennai Communicators Club during their 45th meeting.
DATE: 3rd Feb 2013 Word of the Day: dexterous
Theme: For the people, by the people, of the people
1.                  Accept control from President and thank him/her for the introduction. 
2.                  Introduce theme of the day and word of the day. Encourage the speakers to use them during the meeting. Ask the audience to applaud when the Theme of the day and word of the day is used by the speakers.
Who said we cannot celebrate an event from the past… like a wine that gets tastier with time, today’s delayed Republic day special meeting is going to leave a taste that is going to linger forever. So, why do we celebrate - Republic Day? Yes… It is the day on which the constitution of India came into existence.

The constitution was framed for the people, by the people and of the people. And that is the theme of the meeting.

It took nearly 2 years for the architects of our constitution to prepare the world’s longest constitution with 400+ articles.

If it takes 2 years to prepare a constitution, how long does it take a toastmaster to prepare a speech… for some toastmasters… it is several months… for some it is a couple of weeks, for some dexterous toastmasters is a few days... Well, today’s word of the day is “Dexterous” meaning Skillful. A sample usage is “CCCians are dexterous speakers”.

Whenever someone uses the word of the day or theme of the day, I request the audience to clap and boost the speaker’s confidence.

3.                  Explain the flow of meeting and the 3 segments (Prepared speeches, Table Topics and Evaluation) for guests.
Every toastmasters meeting is split into 3 segments:
·                    The first segment is called “Prepared Speeches”, where members come prepared with a speech based on objectives given in the speech manual. This requires lots of research and preparation…. For some of us, writing a speech is as hard as writing  an entire constitution….

·                    The second segment is called “Impromptu Speeches”. You’ll be given a topic and will be asked to talk about it for 2 minutes. Though this segment may sound easy like passing a quick amendment to the constitution, it really tests your impromptu thinking and speaking skills.

·                    The third segment is called “Evaluations”. In this segment, the evaluators … point out the strengths and the scope for improvement of our speakers. Evaluators play the role of guards in the constitution… they help us to differentiate the right from the wrong and offer suggestions to improve.

The guards are headed by a Chief Guard. The Chief Guard for today’s meeting is

4.                  Introduce the General Evaluator (based on the meeting theme) and ask the General Evaluator to introduce his/her team:

Introduction:

  •  He works as a Project Manager, in a non-profit organization called Eureka Child Foundation, Aid India
  • Playing various sports, reading books, studying bottom-of-the-pyramid zones, window shopping on flipkart, and day dreaming.
  • What is your contribution to the country? He threw away his high paying IT job to serve our country, by associating himself with a non-profit organization
Please join me in welcoming the General Evaluator for today    TM Murali Krishnan

5.                  Regain control from General Evaluator. 
6.                  Inform the audience that you are starting the prepared speeches segment.
7.                  Prepared Speeches

Speaker #1
Radha
Project Details
Manual:  CC
Project #:  #2
Project Title:  Organize your speech
Speech Title:  A complete day
Introduction of the speaker (based on the meeting theme)
1.                   She works as a Sr. Systems Engineer in Infosys
2.                   Her hobbies include sketching, listening to music, playing  video games, and recently, toastmastering
3.                   Contribution to the Country: Helping and anchoring educational sessions to improve the quality of education for the rural students
Before I call ____________ Radha _________to the stage, may I request the evaluator of the speech TM Srihari. to read the project objectives?

Remark (based on the speech): You took all of us to the hollywood movie “2012”!

Speaker #2
Kavitha
Project Details
Manual:  CC
Project #:  #4
Project Title:  How to say it?
Speech Title:  Enjoy Planning !
Introduction of the speaker (based on the meeting theme)
1.                   She works as a coach for McKinsey consultants
2.                   Reading articles related to communication and self development. Loves to watch kid's music and dance reality shows in TV
3.                   Contribution to the Country: She teaches the values of being a good human being , to her children

Before I call TM Kavitha to the stage, may I request the evaluator of the speech TM Pradeep Varman  to read the project objectives?

Remark (based on the speech): “If you don’t plan to succeed, you plan to fail… the story that you shared with us re-emphasizes that”

Speaker #3
Aravinth
Project Details
Manual: CC
Project #: 6
Project Title:  Vocal Variety
Speech Title: Conversation with Freedom Fighter
Introduction of the speaker (based on the meeting theme)
1.                   Works as a Systems Engineer in TCS
2.                   Reading books and playing football
3.                   Contribution to the Country: Member of Youth Red Cross (YRC) and a active member of Green Peace Revolution

Before I call ____________ Aravinth _________to the stage, may I request the evaluator of the speech TM Akshaya Mahalingam to read the project objectives?

Remark (based on the speech): Thank God … Gandhi wasn’t alive.

Speaker #4
TM Divya Iyer
Project Details
Manual: ACB (Story Telling)
Project #:  3
Project Title:  Moral of the Story
Speech Title:  ATM
Introduction of the speaker (based on the meeting theme)
1.                   Assistant Systems Engineer, at TCS
2.                   She is passionate about Reading, writing, travelling and public speaking
3.                   Contribution to the Country: “being born an Indian”. (Gandhi: My life is my message)

Before I call TM Divya Iyer to the stage, may I request the evaluator of the speech TM Dharma to read the project objectives?

Remark (based on the speech): When I see a long queue near ATM machines.. I used to complain about India’s population and non-functioning ATM machines… now, I know there is a Divya in the front of the queue.

8.                  Ask the timer if any of the speakers are disqualified due to time. Ask the audience to vote for the Best Prepared Speaker.

9.                  Introduce the Table Topics Master (based on the theme of the meeting):
Introduction:

  • He is a R&D engineer working for HCL Technologies in the field of medical devices
  • His interests include reading books, dancing, traveling, and photography
  • Contribution to the Country: is “He authored a paper which got published in a International conference. This paper showcases India’s technological advancements to other nations”
Please join me in welcoming the Table Topics Master for today TM Rajesh K

10.              Signal the Table Topics Master to end the session when the time limit is reached / exceeded.
11.              Regain control from Table Topics Master.
12.              Ask the timer if any of the speakers are disqualified due to time.  Announce eligibility. Ask the audience to vote for the Best Table Topics Speaker
13.              Invite the General Evaluator to conduct the evaluations segment
14.              Regain control from General Evaluator.
15.              Final remarks (try to end with a BANG). Not exceeding 1 minute.
Did you have a fantastic meeting today?! I thoroughly enjoyed this meeting. I want to end the meeting with a short poem…

“You’ve come here not by fate…
But because…
You want to be great…

You might’ve come here late
But I’m sure
You would’ve had something to take

In public speaking,
If you are blocked by a gate
Join us soon because
In CCC’s constitution
Creativity and Communication Culminate”

Over to the Presiding Officer...

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Saro Velrajan is a member of Toastmasters International since 2006. He is passionate about blogging, public speaking, and mentoring. Through his blog, he shares his communication and leadership experience with fellow Toastmasters.

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