Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Club-Hopping at NXP Philips, Calamba - A Dramatic Talk

Today, I was given a Toastmasters token (pen holder that looks like a lectern) by Area Governor Carina "Bobbie" Galang while club hopping at NXP TMC in Calamba, Laguna. These tokens were handed out in a recent convention I was unable to attend.

I also delivered the Dramatic Talk speech entitled "A Christmas Ride With My Kawasaki Girl". This is one of a few club-hopping sessions I did with NXP (Philips Semiconductors) in Calamba.


A Dramatic Talk-Sample Speech, "A Christmas Ride With My Kawasaki Girl"

This speech was delivered at the NXP Toastmasters Club in their December 12, 2006 Toastmasters Meeting.

A Christmas Ride with My Kawasaki Girl
(A Dramatic Talk, Speech Project #4 in The Entertaining Speaker Manual, Dec.12,2006, NXP Toastmasters Club, Philips Semiconductors, Calamba, Laguna. Evaluated by Bobbie Galang, ATM-S)


INTRODUCTION

Hello! Is there anyone here who ever had a chance to ride an ambulance? Not a parked, stationary ambulance, but a live ambulance with the lights blinking and the sirens blaring (gesture lights and sirens).

(If someone answers, ask if as a patient or passenger) Well, to those who have not had the chance to ride one, let me ask you this. Do you find it infuriating when an ambulance zigzags through traffic and pushes its way like a bully, only for you to find that there is no patient and no passenger inside? It’s just the ambulance driver driving like a bully?

Long ago, I had that feeling. But that was until I personally had the chance to ride an ambulance myself. Good evening everyone.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Meeting at the New Rel Lab Office

Attending today's meeting were: Gerry Ong, Mic Tuason and me. Discussed briefly was a meeting to be scheduled in mid-December which will be the venue for an initial convention of those interested in joining Toastmasters. The media campaign was also briefly discussed. In addition, officers will also be talking personally with engineers as prospective members for the club.

Here's a sample of the flyers and will be the first to be posted on the bulletin board:


Friday, November 24, 2006

Meeting at Alfie's Room

Attending today's On Semiconductor Club meeting were: Alfie Suarez, Dan Benig, Gerry Ong and me. The survey drafted by Dan was sent out yesterday and the results were discussed today.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Meeting at Onsemi ER Room

At the Onsemi ER room, a meeting was held to discuss possible action items regarding the problems plaguing the Toastmasters club. This was brought about by the issue of still un-renewed club dues for October, 2006.

An email was sent by Area Governor Carina "Bobbie" Galang on this. Attending the meeting were Officers Gerry Ong, Mic Tuason, Dan Benig and myself. Also in the meeting was HR Mgr Alfie Suarez. Some of the items discussed was whether and how better can the club serve the needs of employees.

Monday, November 6, 2006

Club-Hopping at KCPI - Make Them Laugh

Taking a photo of the Kimberly-Clark Phils. (KCPI) Toastmasters Club where I was Guest Evaluator. Also delivered the speech entitled "Motel 101", Advanced Speech #3 - Make Them Laugh Speech, from The Entertaining Speaker Manual. With back to the camera is Club President Jess Mariano. The seated ladies facing the camera are Leonor "Norrie" Cristobal and Hanika Dimaano.


Make Them Laugh-Sample Speech, "Motel 101"

This speech was delivered at the Kimberly-Clark Phils. Toastmasters Club in their November 6, 2006 Toastmasters Meeting.

Motel 101
(Make Them Laugh, Advanced Speech Project #3 in The Entertaining Speaker Manual, Nov.6,2006, Kimberly-Clark Phils., San Pedro, Laguna. Evaluated by Leonor Cristobal)


INTRODUCTION

Good Evening Toastmasters!

You guys still remember my recent wonderful speech entitled “That Extra Mile”, right? That speech was my contest piece where I told the story of my first time to ride a plane, go to the U.S. and meet an incredible person by the name of Jim Bradley. Yes?

Now, if you remember, after helping me at the airport, Jim helped me register in a motel just for an overnight stay. So you still remember it up to that point.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Club-Hopping as Evaluator at NXP Toastmasters Club - Calamba

Today, I was invited by Area 77 Governor Khris Albano to be a guest evaluator at the NXP (formerly Philips Calamba) Toastmasters Club meeting. I evaluated 2 speakers: SP#3 - "Show of Hands" by Marifel Espedido and SP#3 - "The Boss" by Delia Aquino.


Saturday, September 16, 2006

Division Level Quartethlon Contest 2006-2007

Competed in the Division Level (Division K) Quartethlon contest held at the Forum Hall of the Casino Filipino in Paranaque.

Here are the contestants (area champions) in today's division contest (left-right): Les Aquino from Area 78, Voltaire "Volts" Victoria from Area 77, DivGov. Rema, Ernesto "Jun" Lomuntad from Area 76 and Leonor "Norrie" Cristobal from Area 75.


Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Demo Meeting for Amkor as Prepared Speaker (No Credit)

I delivered my speech, "That Extra Mile", as a demonstration prepared speech. Brookes Loomis DTM was the Toastmaster of the Day and his wife Dina Loomis DTM evaluated my speech. Gov. Beth Pableo ATM-S was the Table Topics Master.

Shown below: Dina Loomis (with hat), Brookes Loomis (front in blue shirt) as TOD, Area Gov. Beth Pableo (far right) and Dr. Noy Josef (standing) as General Evaluator.


Saturday, September 9, 2006

Area Level Quartethlon Contest 2006-2007

Competed in the Area Level contest (Areas 75, 76, 77 & 78). A Quartethlon is a local Toastmasters contest of 4 events: Prepared Speech, Evaluation, Impromptu Speaking and Singing. Contestants do all 4 events. This was held at the Mini-Theater of the Lopez Bldg, Meralco, Ortigas.

Here is the complete set of contestants in the afternoon session (Area 77 and 78) with the governors:
(Left-right: Les Aquino (ON Semiconductor), Arnaldo "Aldo" Tayao (Meralco South), Marty (Proctor & Gamble Cabuyao), John Paul de Guzman (Diageo), Area78 Governor Bobbie Galang, Roel Macarrubo (Philips Calamba), Division K Governor Rema Manzano, Dang (Exel), Voltaire Victoria (IAME), Area77 Governor Khris Albano, Area75 Governor Lolet Gabay and Area76 Governor Beth Pableo.


Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Club-Hopping at Diageo - Resources for Entertainment

Dr. Noy and I went to the Diageo Toastmasters Club at their office in Diageo at Laguna Technopark. Not many know that Diageo is the maker of known liquors like Gilbey's Gin and Smirnoff Vodka. Toastmaster of the Night was Khris Albano. The theme for tonight's meeting was "United We Stand, Divided We Fall" and everybody was given a chance to give a few words on the theme.

I evaluated Fritz's Speech Project #3 entitled "Filipinos and Music". Fritz's speech was about the seemingly natural and exceptional talent of Filipinos with singing and music in general.

Resources for Entertainment-Sample Speech, "That Extra Mile"

That Extra Mile
(Resources for Entertainment, Advanced Speech Project #2 in The Entertaining Speaker Manual, Sep.6,2006, Diageo Phils., Laguna Technopark, Binan, Laguna. Evaluated by Khris Albano, CTM)


INTRODUCTION

Way back when I was 24 years old, I had a wonderful opportunity – and that was to go work in the United States for 3 months. The US office for the company I worked for needed temporary help to finish a critical system in the US.

Being one of the more senior programmers in the Philippines office, I was selected to assist in the project.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Guest Evaluator at Philips, Calamba

Today, Dr. Noy and I motored all the way to Calamba to attend the Philips Calamba Toastmasters Club Meeting with AreaGov. Khris. Welcoming the guests at the lobby was Rowell Macarrubo. Rowell was formerly from Motorola. He is the club's contestant under Area 77 in the upcoming Area 77-78 Joint Quartethlon on Sept. 9.

For tonight's meeting, I evaluated TM Lingua for his speech "The Missing Day in the Earth". The speech is about an attempt to explain a claimed missing day through some bible verses. Dr. Noy was the General Evaluator. VP for Education Viselle handled some business matters. Viselle is the wife of Vic delos Reyes, one of our employees at On Semiconductor.



Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Onsemi Toastmasters Meetings

These are the only photos I have of regular TM meetings with my first club, the Onsemi Toastmasters Club. And I'm not even in the photos. That's what happens when you're the only one bringing a camera. These meetings were usually held at the Rizal Conference room.

Aug 23, 2006 Regular Meeting

Below left: Club President Gerry Ong using a whiteboard eraser to open the meeting. There was no gavel available. Below right: VP-Education Mic Tuason as Toastmaster of the Day.


Friday, August 18, 2006

Charter Installation of Kimberly-Clark Phils. TMC - Poquito Mas, Alabang

Assumed the role of Evaluator for Prepared Speaker Hanika Dimaano in the Charter Installation meeting of Kimberly-Clark Phils. Toastmasters Club at Poquito Mas Restaurant in Westgate, Alabang. Below (L to R): Dr. Noy Josef and me from ON Semiconductor, and Richard from Metro Drug.


Thursday, August 10, 2006

Club-Hopping at ACT Club - Speaking to Entertain

Area Governor Lolet Gabay invited me to guest evaluate today at the Alabang Community Toastmasters (ACT) Club at the 2nd floor of the Gloria Maris Restaurant in Alabang Town Center. Division Governor Rema Manzano was also there to guest evaluate. Club President Dr. Neil Carranto and VP Peter Almonte were there to welcome the guests.

The theme of the meeting was "Taking the Club Seriously". I took on the Table Topics evaluation for 4 speakers: Neil, Viviene, Peter and Anne. I also evaluated 2 Prepared Speech speakers Viviene Vargas and Dr. Neil Caranto. A speaker very fluent in English, Viviene delivered a remarkable Icebreaker Speech entitled "The Swan". Dr. Neil's speech was entitled "The Ant" and talked about his keen observations on the characteristics of the ant.

Speaking to Entertain-Sample Speech, "That Extra Mile"

That Extra Mile
(Speaking to Entertain, Advanced Speech Project #2 in The Professional Speaker Manual, Aug.10,2006, ACT Club, Gloria Maris Restaurant, Alabang. Evaluated by Lolet Gabay, ATM-S)


INTRODUCTION

Good Evening!

Is there anybody here who has worked abroad even for a brief period of time? (brief interview with respondent) Is there anybody here who works or has worked in a field that is Customer Service-related? (brief interview with respondent)


Well I’d say that all of our jobs have a component called “customer service” Would you agree? Is there anybody here who has an idea what the phrase “Extra Mile” stands for?

Alright, well I’d like to illustrate that phrase with a story.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Club-Hopping at KCPI - The Entertaining Speech

I was invited today by Area Governor Lolet Gabay as Guest Evaluator to the KCPI Toastmasters Club (Kimberly-Clark Phils. Inc.) in San Pedro, Laguna. At the same time, I delivered my Advanced Speech #1 from The Entertaining Speaker Manual, The Entertaining Speech.

The title of my speech is "That Extra Mile". The speech is a story about my unforgettable experience upon arriving in the United States for the first time.

I also evaluated Jon De Padua, a prepared speaker for his Speech Project #2 Organize Your Speech. His speech was entitled "Sari-Sari Store" and it was a call for entrepreneurship among Filipinos. It was an interesting speech that was virtually a subject on Business 101.



The Entertaining Speech-Sample Speech, "That Extra Mile"

That Extra Mile
(The Entertaining Speech, Advanced Speech Project #1 in The Entertaining Speaker Manual, Aug.9,2006, Kimberly-Clark Phils., San Pedro, Laguna. Evaluated by Lolet Gabay ATM-S)


INTRODUCTION

Way back when I was 24 years old, I had a wonderful opportunity – and that was to go work in the United States for 3 months. The US office for the company I worked for needed temporary help to finish a critical system in the US.

Being one of the more experienced programmers in the Philippines office back then, I was selected to help them.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Club-Hopping as Guest Evaluator at UPS ACSC Alabang

Today I attended the UPS ACSC Toastmasters Club meeting as guest evaluator upon the invitation of Division Governor Dona Ado. The meeting was held at the 5th floor of the NOL Towers Bldg in Madrigal Business Park, Alabang.

Club President SB Lim and VP Education Denisse Lim were there to welcome guests. A stickler for time, SB Lim reversed the programme sequence and went ahead to discuss the club's business matters while waiting for the other guest evaluators to arrive. Division Governor Rema Manzano attended the meeting as General Evaluator.

There were 4 prepared speakers and 2 table topic speakers. Since Gov. Lolet and Beth didn't make it, it was up to Rema and myself to do the evaluation tasks.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Club Officers Training for 2006-2007 2nd Batch

The second batch of the Club Officers' Training for Toastmasters was held today at the 2nd floor of the Admin Building of the Bureau of Customs, Airport Road, Pasay City. The first batch had their training the previous day at the Meralco Mini Theater in Ortigas.

In the second batch, the ON Semiconductor Toastmasters Club was represented by 4 members: Dr. Noy Josef, Agnes Cabalu, Ace Udarbe and myself. District officers included the current District President Allan Olmilla, Outgoing District President Elisa Tay.

Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Engineers' Workshop - Inspire Your Audience

Finally, I delivered my CTM "graduation speech" as Competent Toastmaster to cap the meeting in the Engineers Presentation Skills Workshop. The Engineers' Workshop was envisioned to help ON Semiconductor engineers improve in English proficiency as well as develop general presentation skills. Club Toastmasters Dr. Noy, Dan Benig, Gerry Ong, Mic Tuason and Roxy Borromeo as well as the engineers' supervisors helped in the coaching and mentoring of this group.

In attendance in today's meeting were Gerry Ong, Mic Tuason, Dr. Noy Josef, Doris Asis, Leo Lim, Elvis Abellera, Ana Dichoso, Dino Pasturan and other engineers. My speech, entitled "In the Eyes of a Child, A Vision of Hope" was evaluated by Dr. Noy. The speech is #10 in the basic manual - "Inspire Your Audience".

Inspire Your Audience-Sample Speech, "In the Eyes of a Child, A Vision of Hope"

In the Eyes of a Child, A Vision of Hope
(Inspire Your Audience - Speech Project #10 in the Competent Communication Manual, Jul.4,2006, ON Semiconductor, Technical Audience. Evaluated by Dr. Noy Josef, ATM-G)


INTRODUCTION

Just a few weeks ago, school started for the year 2006-2007. Is there anybody here who has kids in school? Yes? RJ, how many kids do you have in school? Anybody else? Doris, how many kids do you have in school.

Well, I have 4 kids in school. I have one in Kindergarten, one in the Fourth Grade and 2 kids in High School. As some of the parents here know, spending for kids education in this country has become increasingly difficult.

And to think, we, who are gainfully employed are the lucky ones. In the opening of classes this year, we heard again, the usual gripes of many public school teachers and parents alike - not enough classrooms, not enough school buildings, not enough teachers.

Not enough of anything to educate the Filipino child.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Jun 27, 2006 Presentation Skills Training - Persuade with Power

My prepared speech today is entitled, "Jewels at the Podium" for the Persuade with Power speech project. The title is a play on words on a currently rating Korea-novela with the title "Jewels in the Palace". This speech is about tips in public speaking, hence it was quite relevant to the audience.

The audience was composed of engineers and management employees who were attending a presentation skills workshop. Many in the audience related well with the topic as shown by the visible interest on their faces.

The evaluator, Doc Noy, found the speech very appropriate to the audience. The outline is very clear. He also noted a beautiful quotation: "Relaxation in speech delivery happens during the actual presentation." It is a manifestation of a series of practice beforehand. Previously learned skills were incorporated in this project.

A praiseworthy comment I received for this speech was "You're a STAR of ON Semiconductor TMC!". It is rather ironic that this month, June, may be the last month that the club would remain "active" in TI's records. Regular meetings have stopped and it's unlikely the club will renew.

So sad and so anticlimactic.

Persuade with Power-Sample Speech, "Jewels at the Podium"

Jewels at the Podium
(Persuade with Power - Speech Project #9 in the Competent Communication Manual, Jun.27,2006, ON Semiconductor. Evaluated by Dr. Noy Josef, ATM-G)


INTRODUCTION

Two weeks ago, a friend of mine, Alex, learned that I was working towards my CTM certification or Competent Toastmaster certification. He also learned that I’ve delivered speeches in other toastmaster clubs with different audiences in different venues.

He was amazed! He said “Wow, you probably don’t get stage fright anymore.” Well, I thought about the question for a while and I answered. “You know, actually, I still do. I don’t think it goes away.

Stage fright only shows that you’d like to do well and care enough to deliver a good speech. The key is to manage stage fright so you control it rather than it controlling you.”

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Demo Meeting for HSBC - Get Comfortable with Visual Aids

Tonight, I was part of the Demo Team that showcased the Toastmasters experience at HSBC. This is the BPO site in Alabang. I actually made a mistake and went to the HSBC bank center instead. It's a good thing that in events like these, I typically leave early to get to the destination with enough time to spare.

The speech I delivered was the Get Comfortable with Visual Aids speech project. For this, I repeated an old speech. I also prepared a nice Powerpoint presentation for my visual aids (multimedia). Evaluating me was Lt.Gov. for Marketing, Gina Mapua.

She particularly liked the visual aids (which I worked hard for, especially the transitions). This speech was a reality check on memorized speeches. Gina obviously noticed it was memorized. I couldn't help it as I practiced and delivered this speech more than I wanted already. She did suggest to use my own words on the subject matter that I knew very well.

Get Comfortable with Visual Aids-Sample Speech, "The Devil's Gardens"

The Devil's Gardens
(Get Comfortable with Visual Aids - Speech Project #8 in the Competent Communication Manual, Jun.1,2006, HSBC Call Center Alabang Demo Meeting. Evaluated by Gina Mapua, DTM)


INTRODUCTION

The Devil’s Gardens. What thoughts does the phrase evoke for you? Could it be the name of a religious ritual? Another Dan Brown moneymaker perhaps? – ala Da Vinci Code? No… no… It’s none of those. (long pause)

What I’m about to tell you is a strange phenomenon that takes place deep in the heart of the jungles of the Amazon Rainforest in Western Peru.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Club-Hopping at KCPI, San Pedro, Laguna - Research Your Topic

It's another club-hopping day for me as I went back to Kimberly-Clark to deliver my Research Your Topic speech project entitled, "Because it is There!". My Toastmasters club on ON Semiconductor hardly meets anymore and I am now just relying on opportunities to club-hop and deliver my speeches.

Khris Albano was today's General Evaluator and also evaluated my speech. He was one of the contestants in the Speech Evaluation Contest where I was Test Speaker and delivered my Get to the Point speech.

Research Your Topic-Sample Speech, "Because it is There!"

Because it is There
(Research Your Topic - Speech Project #7 in the Competent Communication Manual, May.25,2006, Kimberly-Clark Phils., San Pedro, Laguna. Evaluated by Khris Albano, ATM-B)


INTRODUCTION

Oracion, Emata, Garduce: three Filipinos who have made headlines just very recently. Do you know them? If you have been tuning in to the news lately, these three names spell triumph. They’re the first Filipinos to climb the highest peak on earth, Mount Everest.

As any mountaineer can attest, climbing Mount Everest is a supremely dangerous undertaking. The most frequent kind of death is sudden and shocking, a drop from a wall of ice, a fall into a deep crevice, or the biggest killer of all, being buried alive in an avalanche.

Practically one in every ten climbers never return and there have been more than 2000 climbers thus far. The fact that these 3 Filipinos had limited experience in snow and ice climbing made their feats even more admirable.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Club-Hopping at KCPI, San Pedro, Laguna - Vocal Variety

Because I liked my previous speech so much and because it had a positive feedback, I decided to take on the same speech again. I tweaked the previous speech and retitled it as "Learn-to-Swim" for the Vocal Variety speech project and delivered it while club-hopping at the KCPI (Kimberly-Clark Philippines Inc.) Toastmasters Club.

Evaluating me was the General Evaluator, Doc Noy. In the speech, I felt that the discourse between the Rehab doctor and the patient could have been highlighted more to illustrate vocal variety. Doc Noy liked the storytelling approach based on personal experience that resulted in good mastery of the speech.

Vocal Variety-Sample Speech, "Learn-to-Swim"

Learn to Swim
(Vocal Variety - Speech Project #6 in the Competent Communication Manual, May 18,2006, Kimberly-Clark Phils., San Pedro, Laguna. Evaluated by Dr. Noy Josef, ATM-G)


INTRODUCTION

Think summer. When we talk of summer vacation and outings here in the Philippines, many would think of the three S’s… and sex isn’t one of them. It’s “sand, sea and the sun” – the beach!

And how do we cool off?

By swimming or taking a cool dip in the water. It’s definitely fun going swimming, especially if you do know how to swim.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

May 17, 2006 Toastmasters Meeting - Your Body Speaks

As it was on a Wednesday, this speech was delivered in a "bare-bones" meeting at the Clinic. Attending was a nurse and Doc Noy. There was no meeting program prepared for this meeting. For this Your Body Speaks speech project, I used a swimming topic and this speech would be the first having the swimming theme. The speech is entitled "Let's Go Swimming".

Doc Noy the Evaluator liked the easy-to-follow speech. The speech had an attention-getting opening and the body was well-outlined. To satisfy the objectives, I had plenty of gestures. The skills learned previously in past speech projects were incorporated here. As the speech had a pleasant and positive message, my smile helped express it.

Your Body Speaks-Sample Speech, "Let's Go Swimming!"

Let's Go Swimming!
(Your Body Speaks - Speech Project #5 in the Competent Communication Manual, May 17,2006, ON Semiconductor Clinic. Evaluated by Dr. Noy Josef, ATM-G)


INTRODUCTION

Think summer. When we talk of summer vacation and outings here in the Philippines, many would think of the three S’s… and sex isn’t one of them. It’s “sand, sea and the sun” – the beach! And how do we cool off? By swimming or taking a cool dip in the water.

It’s definitely fun going swimming, especially if you do know how to swim. For me, I took up swimming lessons at a very late age – only 6 years ago. But lately, I’ve been learning and relearning. Why this new found enthusiasm for swimming?

Three things: One, I realized swimming can be a lifelong activity. Two, swimming could save your life (knock on wood). And three, it’s fun!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Mar 15, 2006 Toastmasters Meeting - How to Say It

My recent speech topic has become a bit old and tired and so I came up with a new one for the How to Say It speech project. For this speech, I spoke about the Superkalan, a cooking device that my wife and I recently purchased. I felt excited about this device and wanted to discuss its merits in this speech entitled, "Fueling the Cooking".

How to Say It-Sample Speech, "Fueling the Cooking"

Fueling the Cooking
(How to Say It - Speech Project #4 in the Competent Communication Manual, Mar.15,2006, ON Semiconductor. Evaluated by Dan Benig, CTM)


INTRODUCTION

I’d like to ask the audience. Are there mothers here? Anybody else here cooks? Those who consider the kitchen their domain? Well, I don’t cook.

But for those of us who do cook, or for those who are attuned to cooking fuel prices, we complain on how fuel prices have gone up in recent years. I mean, how much does an LPG tank cost nowadays? Anybody know?

In today’s spiraling cost of cooking fuel prices, we just have to become creative and resourceful. What I’ll be sharing with you will most definitely interest you. I will tell you how our household was able to cut cooking fuel expenses by at least 50% last year.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Test Speaker at Joint Speech Evaluation Contest - Get to the Point

This will be my first time to witness a speech contest. I'm not only observing, I'm also participating - not as a contestant though, but as a Test Speaker. Sometimes called a Model Speaker, the Test Speaker is someone who speaks at the Evaluation Contest so the Evaluation contestants could evaluate him.

Since I just delivered my second speech last month, my mentor Doc Noy gave a go-signal to repeat the same speech and get it credited for my third speech project, Get to the Point.

Get to the Point-Sample Speech, "The Devil's Gardens"

The Devil's Gardens
(Get to the Point - Speech Project #3 in the Competent Communication Manual, Feb.18,2006, Bureau of Customs, as Test Speaker.)


INTRODUCTION

The Devil’s Gardens. What thoughts does the phrase evoke for you? Could it be a novel about the occult? How about a movie about a religious ritual? No… no… It’s none of those. (long pause).

What I’m about to tell you is a strange phenomenon that takes place deep in the heart of the jungles of the Amazon Rainforest in Western Peru.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Jan 25, 2006 Toastmasters Meeting - Organize Your Speech

After a delightfully satisfying assessment of my Ice Breaker, I decided to follow-up on my first speech with a second one, the Organize Your Speech project. This second speech project in entitled "The Devil's Gardens". The topic came from an article in the National Geographic.

Unfortunately, the assigned evaluator for me, Roxy Borromeo, was unable to attend. Nonetheless, General Evaluator Elaine Aviola, gave a comprehensive evaluation.

Organize Your Speech-Sample Speech, "The Devil's Gardens"

The Devil's Gardens
(Organize Your Speech - Speech #2 in the Competent Communication Manual, Jan.25,2006, ON Semiconductor. Evaluated by Elaine Aviola, ATM-G)


INTRODUCTION

The Devil’s Gardens. What thoughts does the phrase bring to you? Could it be a novel about the occult? How about a movie about a religious ritual? No… no… It’s none of those.

(long pause) What I’m about to tell you is a strange phenomenon that takes place deep in the heart of the jungles of the Amazon Rainforest in Western Peru.