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 at elderoche@gmail.com 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

MIT Summer HSSP 2013 & Toastmasters Speechcraft Demo Meeting Recording

========Officer Team (2013-2014)===========

Club President: Frederick Jao, CC & CL
Vice-president of Membership: Daniel Miller, CC & CL
Vice-President of Education: Curtis Colly, CC & ALB
Secretary: Inese
Treasurer: Lida
Sergeant at Arms: Roger G. Swenson Jr., ACB & ALB

===========Demo Meeting Roles===========

Toastmaster: Frederick Jao , CC & CL
Speaker-1: Jack Jeung, ACB & CL
Speaker-2: Marina Shkayeva
Speaker-3: Ping-Tung (Stanley) Hung, ACS
Table Topics Master: Guy Klages
Evaluator-1: William Lam, CC
Evaluator-2: Guy Klages
Evaluator-3: Brian Melket
Grammarian: Brian Melket
Timer: Tommy

Hacking Cars

Years of collecting tubes of the world’s best presenters has made me hyper-sensitive to people who ramble on slowly but. This wonderful woman from DARPA (the United States Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) does seem to be going too fast. Even if she weren’t tripping over her own words, I wonder if she wouldn’t be more effective if she slowed down a bit.

One thing’s for sure – if I ever get a car, I’m going to pay a premium to make sure it is ALTAP (As Low Tech As Possible).