The Script for My first Toastmaster of the Evening Experience

Thank you Toastmaster John for that wonderful introduction.

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Friends, fellow Toastmasters, I can’t tell you how excited I am to be the Toastmaster tonight. But before we go on, let us seek first the blessing of the Almighty and renew our allegiance to our country. So, I’d like to invite everyone to stand for invocation and national anthem to be led by Competent Communicator Jo Angelyn Yap

[Invocation & National Anthem proceeds….]

Thank you, Toastmaster Joanne Yap.

Yes, I feel so glad that I made it up to the last screening. Now, I have started my teaching career in a public school. But that doesn’t mean I am going to stop learning. Learning never ends especially here in Toastmasters. That explains why I’m here and probably why you are here.

It’s school time again! You’re probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. Like us here in Toastmasters, you can’t help it, but feel so nervous when you give your first speech. Luckily, these “new” worries only stick around for a little while. After you get used to it, it’s great to say Hello to your new leaders, coaches, mentors and friends. Make the first move and you’ll be glad you did and so will your new friend and fellow toastmaster members.

Let’s find out more about going back to school as our theme tonight.

We are very glad to have a number of guests in the house tonight. To do the honor of acknowledging our guests, let us all welcome Toastmaster Abegail Revilla.

[Acknowledgment of Guests proceeds…]

Thank you so much. We are very honored to have you with us.

Most teachers kick off the school year by introducing themselves and talking about all the stuff you’ll be doing that year. Some teachers give students a chance to tell something about themselves to the rest of the class. Now, here in Toastmasters we’ll give every member an opportunity to tell something about themselves or some interesting topics. And tonight, we have three competent communication projects, a Better Speaker Series Presentation, and of course the table topics.

But before we go to that, let me just recognize the presence of our supervisors and principals who will closely watch our proceedings.

Our General Evaluator is Advanced Communicator Gold, Advanced Leader Bronze Veronica Paclibar.

Our Ah Counter is Competent Communicator Ruby Campus.

Our Timer is Toastmaster Rodel Revilla.

Finally, our Grammarian, who’ll give us a word to learn for tonight. Friends, let us welcome, Toastmaster Iven Yap.

[Word of the Night proceeds….]

Thank you Toastmaster Iven for the Word of the Night. Let’s give him a big round of applause.

Tonight, we are privileged again to host a speech champion. Not only that. He’s a past international president. He was the Toastmasters International President in the year 2006-2007. He is the present District 75 International Speech Champion and he will represent the Philippines in the World Championship of Public Speaking in Cincinnati, Ohio this coming August.

To deliver his winning piece, “Are You Crazy?”, friends, please welcome DTM Johnny Uy.

[Speech proceeds…]

Thank you very much Toastmaster Johnny.

Friends, does any one of you have a comment about Johnny’s speech?

[Entertain at least 3 comments…]

Once again, thank you very much Distinguished Toastmaster Johnny Uy and we wish you the best of luck in the World Championship.

We have done the warm up. It’s now time for the lesson proper.

We begin with the Competent Communication projects. These are basic speech projects under the Competent Communication manual. There are 10 projects and completion of all 10 shall earn the member the Competent Communicator award.

Tonight, we have 3.

Our first speaker will deliver her 2nd CC Project, “Organize Your Speech”

The objectives are:

  • Select an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easy follow and understand your speech.
  • Make your message clear, with supporting material directly contributing to that message.
  • Use appropriate transitions when moving from one idea to another.
  • Create a strong opening and conclusion

The time alloted for the speech is 5-7 minutes.

The speech will be evaluated by Advanced Communicator Bronze Walter Lasula of the Sinulog Toastmasters Club.

Our first speaker was born on April Fools’ Day but is far from being one. She is a Chemical Engineer by profession, though presently, she is the Operations Manager of Qualfon Phils. Inc. In her Ice Breaker speech, she said that she’s the “Arian Dragon”. If you missed it, you might be interested to ask her why.

The title of her speech is: “Beauty & The Beast”.

Fellow Toastmasters, let us welcome our first speaker Toastmaster Faye Karen Mutia.

[Speech proceeds…]

That was a lovely speech! Thank you so much.

Our second speaker will deliver her third competent communication project, “Get To The Point”.

The objectives of the project are:

  • Select a speech topic and determine its general and specific purposes.
  • Organize the speech in a manner that best achieves those purposes.
  • Ensure the beginning, body, and conclusion reinforce the purposes

The time alloted is five to seven minutes.

The speech will be evaluated by the president of the Sinulog Toastmasters Club, Competent Communicator, Competent Leader Antony Chua.

Our speaker is an English teacher at the Sacred Heart School – Hijas de Jesus. She is the incoming Secretary of the Cebu South Toastmasters Club. Best of all her qualifications? She just got married!

The title of her speech is: “Yes, I Do…” Prepare!

Ladies and gentlemen, let us put our hands together for Toastmaster Rhea Roditha Adan.

[Speech proceeds]

Thank you for that wonderful speech Toastmaster Rhea.

Our third speaker tonight will also deliver his third competent communication project, “Get To The Point”.

Again, the objectives of the project are:

  • Select a speech topic and determine its general and specific purposes.
  • Organize the speech in a manner that best achieves those purposes.
  • Ensure the beginning, body, and conclusion reinforce the purposes

The time alloted is five to seven minutes.

The speech will be evaluated by our incoming Club President, Competent Communicator Cecil Yap.

Our third speaker is a BPO Consultant and an entrepreneur. He works at Aegis People Support and mind you, he has been awarded, “Employee of the Year.”

The title of his speech is: “BPO Work As A Long Term Career Option.”

Friends, please welcome our speaker, Toastmaster John Alindogan.

[Speech proceeds…]

Thank you so much, John for that informative speech.

Every speaker concerned with his or her performance experiences some nervousness before a presentation. Right Faye, Rhea and John?

But the successful speaker knows how to control this nervousness and use it to enhance the speech.

In today’s presentation, “Controlling Your Fear”, we will learn to overcome our anxiety and use it properly.

The presentation is part of Toastmasters International’s “The Better Speaker Series.” The Better Speaker Series is a set of programs offering additional information on basic speaking skills.

Today’s presentation will be given by a lady entrepreneur who joined Toastmasters in 2008, has finished 2 rounds of the projects in the Competent Communication manual, has finished 2 rounds of the projects in the Competent Leadership manual, and just recently achieved her Advanced Communicator Bronze award. She is the Immediate Past President of the Cebu South Toastmasters Club, and in the name of service, will assume the VP-Membership role in the coming Toastmasters year.

Please join me in welcoming “Charlotte Turtor, ACB, CL” who will help us in our efforts to reduce speech anxiety and put it to good use in her presentation, “Controlling Your Fear.”

[Presentation proceeds…]

We are done with our lessons from the prepared speeches. If we are at school, we called it “RECESS”. Here in the Cebu South Toastmasters, our relaxation time is the Table Topics.

Most of the talking we do every day – simple conversation – is impromptu speaking. Yet for some members, TABLE TOPICS is the most challenging part of a Toastmasters meeting.

Table Topics continues a long-standing Toastmasters tradition – every member speaks at a meeting. But it’s about more than just carrying on an anxiety-ridden tradition. Table Topics is about developing your ability to organize your thoughts quickly and respond to an impromptu question or topic.

To explain more about the mechanics of tonight’s Table Topics, we have a Table Topics Master.

He is the Area 23 Governor for Toastmasters Year 2012-2013

Friends, let us all welcome, our Table Topics Master, Michael Maestrado, ACG, ALB

[Table Topics proceeds…]

Thank you very much Toastmaster Mike and thanks to our participants for your cooperation. I know it made your heart skip a beat, but don’t worry, that’s part of learning.

We’ve heard the speeches and the presentation, we’ve had a relaxation, it’s now time for evaluation.

When teachers do the talking on the first day, they often go over classroom rules so you’ll know what’s allowed and what’s not. Pay close attention so you’ll know if you need to raise your hand to ask a question and what the rules are about visiting the restroom.

Tonight, our supervisors and principal were our evaluators. We will hear from them if we followed the class rules properly.

So let us all welcome, our General Evaluator, Advanced Communicator Gold, Advanced Leader Bronze, Veronica Paclibar.

[Evaluations proceed…]

Thank you very much, Toastmaster Nic-nic and team.

Friends, the meeting has been very educational and fun. Always remember you are never too old to learn.

A 102 year-old Chinese woman from Jinan, Shandong province commented that she’s proud to go to school and that she will study hard to contribute to the motherland.

Like her, we won’t stop learning.

Mahatma Gandhi said: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Thank you very much for your undying desire to learn with us here in Toastmasters. Have a good night, everyone.

I now turn the proceedings over to the Presiding Officer for the business portion.


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