Archive for March, 2011

Evaluation Contest

March 2, 2011

On Thursday, February 10th, our club held its first contest of 2011.  The Evaluation Contest is designed to highlight one of the best features of Toastmasters:  members can enhance their skills in listening carefully, thinking analytically, and expressing ideas appropriately—and in this way, members learn to give and receive feedback on speeches. 

This year we capitalized on the fine connection between Toast of CIBC and our sister club, Plaza Speakers. Plaza provided two external judges. We also heard the talented Alice Lai-Ma deliver a speech on “GO Commuter Etiquette”—a funny yet pointed commentary on an urban dilemma.  It was critiqued by five contestants, who had 2-3 minutes to deliver an oral assessment of Alice ‘s speech and make recommendations for improvement.  Almost every evaluator ranked a snippet of song that Alice included as a “plus” for the speech and almost every evaluator had an opinion on the “snakes and ladders” sketch that Alice showed in explaining the etiquette of queuing. Not only was it a “bang-up” speech, but the audience had fun comparing five different styles of evaluation and some creative recommendations.

We congratulate the winners of the 2011 Evaluation Contest:

First Place – Hondy Hung

Second Place – Ron Tsang

Third Place – Shar Noaman

Hondy and Ron will be going on to represent our club at the Area level.

We congratulate all contestants — everyone “stretched” a little in competing at the Club contest level.

We encourage you to visit our sister club.  Plaza Speakers operates out of Scotiabank at King & Bay, Mezzanine Floor.  They meet every Tuesday at noon — that makes it easy for our members to visit their club once in a while to observe how they run meetings… or, who knows, maybe to return the favour of a target speech!