Given the ability to speak, it is always wise for a human to improve and master his communication skills. This was exactly what my Toastmasters Club did tonight. We increased the opportunity for members to better improve their communication abilities.
The National University of Singapore Toastmasters Club had a parallel meeting today, implying that two meetings were running at the same time. Close coordination were needed, and the organizers did that without breaking into a sweat.
A key reason for tonight’s arrangement was to provide speaking slots for the overwhelming number of people who want to present their speech projects. The wide selection of speaking level ranged from the basic appetizer speech to the advanced application presentations. An in-depth learning opportunity for the audience indeed.
Tonight I was the Language Evaluator and I’ve noted how the Club’s overall language construction ability has improved. Many speakers had conscientiously crafted their phrases in addition to pronouncing accurately. A worthy effort for the Club, I must say!
As usual, I highlighted to the speakers some of the areas where tonight’s speeches could be improved and quality boosted:
1. If you want to encourage people to attempt something new, avoid spending too much time asking people to consider the dangers of it. Instead, share with us how we can better manage the negative aspects so that the experiences become positive. In this way, you will better achieve your intention to encourage us to take part in whatever is suggested.
2. Create a relation between different sets of numbers. Verbally, audience generally find it harder to visualize numbers. Therefore, it is not just rattling off numbers or figures, but the underlying significance of the numbers. Let us know why the numbers matter and how to make sense of them.
3. Avoid over-memorizing the speech to such an extend where it becomes too mechanical. Some speakers prefer to memorize while some others like to keep it more impromptu. No matter what your preferences are, the outcome of the speech should not appear too mechanized. Another caution to over-memorizing is the risk of forgetting a word or phrases that might render you unable to continue the lines. Find your balance between memorizing and being able to take into account the audience responses.
4. When you want to make your speech more entertaining, remember to grab the attention, build the anticipation and release the exasperation. In this way you can better draw your audience into your theme and your intention will be easier achieved.
These are excited speeches that I’ve heard tonight. And in my opinion, all the speakers deserve double rounds of applause. I’ve noted how they’ve improved over all these months and these shiny examples for the power of communication.
May all your speaking skills Excel Beyond Excellence!