Speechcraft session

Two of our members, Kitty Huang and Keesler Welch, will be holding a Speechcraft session in January during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP). The four sessions are open to the community and no affiliation with MIT is required.

Kitty Huang, Copywriter, Screenwriter, journalist and teacher

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required. Limited to 13 participants.

When: (4) Wednesday sessions in January from 6:30pm-8:30pm, beginning January 7, 2015

Attendance: Participants are urged to attend all sessions, although it’s not mandatory.

Where: Building E-51, MIT’s Tang Center, Room 057

Fee: $5 for Toastmasters International Speechcraft Workbook

Speechcraft sessions are short courses in public speaking offered by Toastmasters International for people not wishing to make the full commitment to join a Club.

Class One: Introduction and Speechcraft Meeting

Objectives: Understand the practical use of speech communication and introduce the skills students will learn in Speechcraft. Learn the sessions of a typical speechcraft meeting on Table Topics, Speech Delivery, and Evaluation.

Class Two: The Icebreaker and Introducing a Speaker

Objectives: Begin speaking in front of an audience. Benefit from evaluation to improe speaking skills. Start with self-introduction. Introduce a speaker effectively.

Class Three: Speech Organization and Get to the Point

Objectives: Arrange thoughts into a logical sequence that leads audience to a clearly defined goal. Build a clear outline that includes opening, body and conclusion. Select a speech topic and determine its general and specific purposes. Organize a speech in a manner that best achieves those purposes. Ensure the body, opening and conclusion achieve those purposes.

Class Four: Evaluate the Speaker and Your Body Speaks

Objectives: Learn the listening and speaking techniques for evaluation. Evaluate a speaker. Use gestures and body movement as part of the speech delivery. Explore different ways to use body language. Develop a natural and smooth body movement.

*participants who attend all sessions will receive a certificate.

Sponsor(s): Toastmasters@MIT

Contact: Keesler Welch, E53-307, Keesler@MIT.edu

If you’re interested in volunteering or signing up as a participant, please contact Keesler

at: Keesler@mit.edu

Toastmasters Tuesdays at MIT Club Contests on August 26, 2014

443aede7b9651b9c697adaa3ca51134eDear club members and distinguished guests!

Toastmasters Tuesday at MIT Club is happy to announce the Club competition for club’s members and guests. Participants will compete in two categories:

  • Humorous speech (5-7 minutes),
  • Evaluations of a Test Speech (1-2 minutes)

Where: MIT Tang Center Room E-51-057 (our regular room)

When: Tuesday August 26th 6:30-8:30 (contestants and officers should arrive at 6 p.m.)

Why: For fun!

If you would like to participate in the competitions, please contact Erica DeRoche by August 12, and let her know what contest you would like to do (Humorous or Evaluation). We also still need 2 Ballot Counters and 1 Timer to go ahead with the competition.

Check the Toastmasters’ Speech Contest Rulebook 2014 to learn about speech contests rules and find checklists for contestants and judges. We strongly encourage you to participate in the competition or just join us on August 26 and have fun!

Club Contest results

It was a clean sweep for Mike Preshman as he won both the International Speech contest and the Table Topics contest. In Second Place was Anna Miao. There was no Third Place winner because contest rules prohibit awarding Third Place when there are four or fewer contestants.

Erika DeRoche and Jonathan Tablada did very well in their first contest coming in second and third, respectively, in the Table Topics contest. The Table Topic question was quite challenging: “If you had to expel one of the fifty states in the United States which state would it be and why?”

The winner of the club contests, Mike Preshman, will be moving on to the Area contest to be held on April 10th from 5:30PM – 9:00PM at E51-376 (MIT Tang Center, room 376). Let’s cheer him on at the Area contest!

Open House on March 25th

If you haven’t been to our meetings in a while, March 25th is an opportune time for a visit! A toastmasters meeting will be held during Open House, but it will be more casual and social so that members can re-connect over free food and drink. Please feel free to bring friends and family with you to our Open House on March 25th in E51-151 (Tang Center, room 151).

Free Public Speaking MOOC

Matt McGarrity (University of Washington) is offering a free Intro to Public Speaking MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) through Coursera. The next one starts on March 31, 2014.

About the Course

The overriding goal of this course is to demystify the process of writing, practicing, and performing a clear and engaging speech. In so doing, I hope this course can help each student improve the quality of their speeches and confidence with which they present them.More specifically, upon successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

  • design and deliver basic presentations concisely;
  • design and deliver informative presentations clearly;
  • design and deliver complex arguments persuasively;
  • speak confidently with appropriate rate, projection, movement, and vocal variety;
  • evaluate and critique speeches insightfully.

Course Syllabus

Week 1: Course overview and key terms
Week 2:
Preparing impromptu speeches
Week 3:
Delivering impromptu speeches
Week 4:
Informative speech basics
Week 5:
Preparing informative speeches
Week 6:
Delivering informative speeches
Week 7:
Persuasive speech basics
Week 8:
Preparing persuasive speeches
Week 9:
Delivering persuasive speeches
Week 10:
Course Conclusion