Toastmaster Essay

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This was my first experience at a Toastmaster Club meeting. I attended the Savannah Club at Memorial Health. At first I felt a little out of place because it wasn’t something I would normally go to. But just in the matter of minutes they made me feel welcome and like one of their own. In the beginning I had to stand up and introduce myself and tell why I was there and what I wanted to gain from this experience. I had a few people there ask me, when you heard of toastmasters what did you think it was about. My response was well at a wedding your best man gives his embarrassing speech, so with that being said I think toastmasters is about giving speeches and working on your speech giving ...view middle of the document...

We had three people to go up there and do these Table Topics. To me this was the most exciting and the funniest part of the whole night.
The next topics we went to was the Ice Breakers. The Ice Break is the speech that a beginning toastmaster member gives. It is a short speech to break them out of their shell and help them start to get use to speaking in front of people and to get them comfortable in front of a crowd. To me it takes a lot to get me in front of a lot of people that I don’t know and give a speech, but this is where the ice breaker would come in to help me get comfortable and perform in front of an audience. An ice breaker is a short speech about the member’s life. Since it’s about the person’s life it makes the person a lot more at ease and the speaker isn’t as nervous. We didn’t not have any members perform any ice breakers at the meeting that I went to but it would have been interesting to see how someone’s first time looks like because you know how they felt. But I have notice that some people are meant to be speakers and leaders. They speak with so much passion and confidence that the audience gives them 100% of their attention.
Next was 3-5 minute speeches that some of the members prepared for the group. There were four of these speeches. There was a person that had three pieces of paper and each was different colors. One color was green, one was yellow, and one was red. The green meant that you have pasted the 3 minute mark. The yellow meant that you pasted the 4 minute mark and the red meant you past the 5 minute mark and you had 30 seconds to wrap it up. There was also people that were looking for certain things such as one guy was looking for grabbers and kickers, a lady was looking for how comfortable you looked or was in front of the audience and there was another guy that was counting how many times you used the words: umm, you know, uh, okay. We had three member that had speeches prepared. One was about why it’s important to not to sugar coat your responses on someone’s ice breaker but at the same time not completely blunt. This one stuck out to me the most because an ice breaker is your first speech in front of a group. So if they were too...

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