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Meeting Summary 2nd September 2015

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“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” – William James

Participation

At our first meeting after the 4 outdoor meetings of the summer, we had a respectable 11 members and 4 guests.  Membership has held steady over the relaxed summer season, which is a good sign for the continued strength of the club.

Communication

In a slightly shorter meeting of 90 minutes, there were two speeches: Petros gave yet another mesmerising and spell-binding account of a subject that dominates his professional and private life – physics.  This time, the subject was time.  Mirja gave a timely educational session on impromptu speaking, or Table Topics.  The subject was so well chosen because our next meeting kicks off the competition season (Humorous speech & Impromptu speaking competitions).

Table Topics impromptu speaking – our guests Phani, & Tobias and members Martin & Eleonore spoke for 2 minutes on a topic provided by the TT moderator, Bertalan.

Evaluation leads to improvement.  Our speech and meeting evaluators today were Martin, Cezar, and Ben.

Organisation

The meeting was run by Andrei, our TME (Toastmaster of the Evening).  He demo’d mastery as MC – Master of Ceremonies.  As each experience is an opportunity to improve for the next time, he showed us how to deal with issues that arose seamlessly and with panache.

As with all of our activities, we aim to improve.  The following points were observed to help us do so next time round.

The TME owns the meeting, and its success is due to her/him.  As such, make sure to direct the Sergeant at Arms to accomplish all tasks – feedback slips need to be put out, a box to collect feedback prepared, the Toastmasters sign goes on the venue door, and even fill the seating from the back, so the speaker has space for her ‘stage’.

News

Fall Competition Season (Humorous speech & Table topics).  

Club contest: 16 September, Frankfurt Saalbau Gallus
Area (Frankfurt) contest: 27 September
Division (SW Germany) contest: 10 October, Heidelberg

This is a special event, as Heidelberg Toastmasters Club will be celebrating its 55th anniversary.  Sign up here

District 95 European conference, Prague.

Facebook

Please join our club Facebook site.  Bertalan is the administrator, and can give you more information if you wish to contact him by email via Facebook or via our Easy Speak site.

Education

Request a speech via Easy Speak.  Your VP Education, Ben, will respond. Plan 2 to 3 months in advance.

Next meetings

16th September, 7th and 21st October.

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Meeting Summary 4th March 2015

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Participation

This meeting’s 23 participants included 7 guests, some of them new and some familiar, as our guests are inspired to come back for a second or third time.  We also had visitors from other local clubs, enthusiastic to join in and benefit from our dynamic meetings.  

Communication

Jörg ran the meeting, his very first time as Toastmaster.   The Toastmaster of the Evening roll is the major meeting roll, and normally with practice the TME gains the skills to become good.  I can safely say, Jörg was good on this, his very first go.  He ran a smooth, dynamic and professional event both in meeting preparation and execution.

 

Speeches were given by Isabelle, her second speech project (Organise your speech structure); Eleonore, speaking from the advanced Humorously Speaking manual;  Karla, again an advanced speech from the Speeches by Management manual, and Ben, an Icebreaker speech to start over again from the very first Competent Communicator manual.  

 

Our new member Bertalan prepared the impromptu speaking ‘table topics’ and chose creative, stimulating, yet accessible topics for our volunteers, Christoph, Andrey, and Radu.  

      

Finally, we reviewed points of strength and development.  Official speech evaluations were offered by Christian S, Ben, Barbara, and guest Cezar, and Iris gave a general evaluation.

 

Some after-meeting networking took place at the restaurant next door, where 8 members & guests stopped for a drink. The fact that 1/3 of the attendees met afterwards highlights our club’s culture of friendly exchange and support.   

 

Organisation

Some points and observations to help us improve our next meetings:

Time Keeping
Iris’ general evaluation included one very important observation, that we sometimes “sacrifice time for content”.   Speaking for too long.  While the structured parts of the meeting (speeches, evaluations) are timed, other rolls are not, and sometimes we lose track of time.   So ancillary roll holders (including but not exclusively : humorist, word of the day, continuity (TME)) should anticipate and plan their delivery to be succinct and communicative.  This is great feedback, as it can lead to change and individual growth.  
Venue
The Saalbau venue was large, had good acoustics, and was business like, and met the increasing demand of our growing guest numbers. 
Evaluations
Email addresses and evaluation slips were collected and distributed before the meeting began. Super! 

New Members

Two returning guestsm Cezar and Andrey, announced that they are ready to submit their membership forms.  This is another sign that our meetings meet the needs of our members to develop their public speaking skills in a friendly and formative environment.  

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will also take place at the Saalbau Gallus, on 18th march, 19.30-21.30.  This will be our bi-annual Club Speech Contest.  Guests are very welcome to join us at this and future meetings.
See you at our next meeting,

Meeting Summary 18th February 2015

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Participation

23 participants including four new guests and some guests coming back for a second time or visiting from the Toastmasters Rhetorik Club. Two former guests have now become members: Chu-Ping and Bertalan. Welcome! :-)
 

Communication

Karla did a great job as a Toastmaster both in meeting preparation and execution. Most importantly, she dealt with the problem when the flu caught some of our speakers, by finding replacements.  Bertalan, first-time guest last meeting, already gave his ice breaker this meeting.  Asli gave her fourth speech and Christian gave the business input with a talk from an advanced manual on management.  Evaluations were given by Claire, Jochen and Martin.  Jörg prepared the impromptu speaking ‘table topics’ for the first time and surprised us all with questions with different difficulty scores. Many guests took the chance and conquered the stage.  Finally, Moritz gave a thorough general evaluation of the meeting.  Some after-work communication and networking kept going in the nearby Fox and Hound.

Organisation

Some points and observations to help us improve our next meetings:

Venue
The great interest in our club made one thing clear: the current room is starting to become too small: extra chairs had to be borrowed from other rooms. This implies we do need a larger venue for the next meetings.
When new people come in during speeches and no seats are left, they should be signalled to wait quietly inside the door wait till after the speech for finding a seat.
Evaluations
We should continue making the use of evaluation slips and the EvaluateMe APP a regular habit, and maybe put time for this on the agenda
Email addresses and evaluation slips were collected and distributed before the meeting began. Super!
Back-Up Speakers
Ensure the reserve speakers are on stand by.
Make sure that the toastmaster has access to all phone numbers.

New Members

Chu Ping and Bertalan are now members of our club. Welcome :-)  This brings the number of members to 28, an increase of 8 since January 1st.  

Next Meeting

The current venue is not available for our next venue, so an alternative will be arranged and publicised on this website as soon as possible.  
See you at our next meeting,
Christoph,
VP Membership.

Meeting Summary 4th February 2015

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Participation

There is no slowing down of the interest and participation in our meetings, as shown my the presence of 13 members and 8 guests.  A special welcome was extended to our newest members, Geoffrey and Ivan H, by our VP Membership, Christoph.

This meeting was run in informal yet efficient way, providing once more a comfortable environment to practice and improve public speaking skills.

Communication

We enjoyed a full agenda, with 3 speeches.  Geoffrey and Jörg both gave their first, Ice Breaker, speeches, to introduce themselves to the club.  Olaf continued his succesful run of speeches, this time marrying leadership lessons with a business focus.

Oral and Written Evaluations were given by Barbara, and Esprit de Corps Toastmasters club members, Yani and Justin.

Karla managed Table Topics impromptu speaking.  She innovated by selecting 5 speakers in advance, including Bertalan, Carlos, Andre, Ivan, and Barbara.  The subjects were inspiring so as to be interesting and provocative, and broad so as to enable the speakers to develop the topics.

Organisation

Asli presided for the second time as TME.  We always aim to learn and improve.  A number of points for improvement to work on for next time (summarized from our General Evaluation & other feedback) include:

Venue

  • The room is very comfortable, business like and access is easy from the main station.
  • With 21 seats, the room may become too small for our meetings.
  • Is it possible to find a bar or restaurant close by for after-meeting networking?

Sergeant at Arms

  • Name tags help guests recognise members and make them feel at ease.
  • Evaluation slips were placed on the table.  Lets make this a permanent feature of our meetings: S@A can place them in advance on the tables,
  • Electronic evaluation tools: the S@A wrote the speakers’ emails on the flip chart in advance, so evaluation could be given without interrupting the meeting.
Meeting Execution
  • The TME can ask the timer to summarise speaking time after each speaking section.
  • TME: allowing support roll holders to introduce their rolls is an option, which teaches members to express themselves concisely.  Useful for guests too.
  • Table Topics Evaluation – either have a TT evaluator, or have the General Evaluator do it.
  • All rolls on the agenda have a brief description, except Timer and General Evaluator. Should this change?
  • more people should be General Evaluator – it’s not very popular, but we’re here to learn.
  • The Grammarian did an excellent job finding phrases to work on and phrases that were excellent.
  • All evaluations were well balanced.  Good standards are being achieved.

As TME, Asli will finalise attendance, rolls, and close out the meeting in Easy Speak.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The club level competition for the International Speech Contest & Evaluation Contest take place on Wednesday 18th March.  Contact Ben or Claire to be a contestant.

Winners will go on to compete at the following events:

  • Area F4 contest -Saturday 18th April, Haus der Jugend, Deutscherrn Ufer 12, Frankfurt.
  • Division F contest – Saturday 2nd May, Mannheim.
  • District 95 Conference – Friday 21-Sunday 23 May, Boras, Sweden.
  • International Convention, 12-15 August, Las Vegas,

MEMBERSHIP

Two new members were introduced to the club, Geoffrey and Ivan H.  This brings our registered membership to 25, and a growth of 5 since January 1st.

NEXT MEETINGS

18th February (TME roll still vacant.  Sign up please).

After the recent trial of several venues, the committee will make an assessment in time for our next meeting on 18th February.  Watch this space for confirmation of our next venue.

See you in two weeks!  Your club president,

Ben

Meeting Summary 28 January 2015

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Participation

10 members and 11 guests: another packed house.  A special welcome was extended to our newest members, Karla and Petros, by our VP Membership, Christoph.

This meeting shows again that the Business Club Toastmasters is a dynamic, quality educational venue for improving public speaking skills and leadership, with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for new comers and guests.

Communication

We enjoyed a full agenda, with 4 speeches.  Petros gave his first, Ice Breaker, speech, to introduce himself to the club.  Moritz stepped up to fill a vacant roll, to speak on the subject of body language.  Karla gave her first speech at the club, from an advanced speech manual.  Christoph also stepped in at the last minute to prepare and deliver another advanced speech.

Oral and Written Evaluations were given by Olaf, and Toastmaster guests, Iris, Charlotte, and Oleg.

Moritz managed Table Topics impromptu speaking.  There were 4 particpants practiced their impromptu speaking skills: Mirja, Chu Ping, Olaf, and Bala.

Organisation

Ben presided as TME.  We always aim to learn and improve.  A number of points for improvement to work on for next time (summarized from our General Evaluation & other feedback) include:

Venue

  • The room acoustics at the SIL were ‘difficult’ for a meeting of our type.
  • The tables set in a class-room shape would have been better in a U shape.
  • Parking not easy for first time visitors.
  • Otherwise, the venue was friendly, welcoming, bright, and professional.

Sergeant at Arms

  • Name tags would have helped the many guests recognise members (the person who has them was unable to attend at late notice).
  • Evaluation slips: S@A can place them in advance on the tables,
  • Electronic evaluation tools: S@A could write the speakers’ emails up in advance up so as not to interrupt the meeting.
  • Word of the day – S@A or responsible member should attach the words to the wall or board before the meeting, or come with them ready to stick to the wall quickly and easily.
Meeting Execution
  • Evaluators should remember the etiquette of introducing a speaker: shake their hand in order to hand over the stage and then retake their seat.
  • TME: allow support roll holders to introduce their rolls.
  • Table Topics Evaluation – either have a TT evaluator, or have the General Evaluator do it.

As TME, Ben will finalise attendance, rolls, and close out the meeting in Easy Speak.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The club level competition for the International Speech Contest & Evaluation Contest take place on Wednesday 18th March.  Contact Ben or Claire to be a contestant.

Winners will go on to compete at the following events:

  • Area F4 contest -Saturday 18th April, Haus der Jugend, Deutscherrn Ufer 12, Frankfurt.
  • Division F contest – Saturday 2nd May, Mannheim.
  • District 95 Conference – Friday 21-Sunday 23 May, Boras, Sweden.
  • International Convention, 12-15 August, Las Vegas,

MEMBERSHIP

Two new members were introduced to the club, Karla and Petros.  In addition, member forms are being processed for Ivan, Chu Ping, & Iris.

NEXT MEETINGS

4th February (TME : Asli), 18th February (TME roll still vacant.  Sign up please).

The venue for 4th February is the Ecos Office Centre, 6th floor, Mainzer Landstrasse 50, 60325, Frankfurt.

See you next week!  Your club president,

Ben

Record Attendance at our First Meeting of 2015

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Summary of our most recent meeting

Participation

Last night shows that the Business Club means business! The new trial location was smart and central.  Thanks Christoph.
With 13 members and 7 guests, 20 attendees makes this our biggest meeting yet.

Communication

Asli and Olaf gave their speech project 3, “Get to the Point”.  Asli spoke about tolerance in the face of religious and ethnic diversity, whilst Olaf entertained us with insights into how airlines earn money, and how we as consumers can save it.  Moritz stepped in at short notice, and spoke about the benefits of a positive approach to life events in the wake of recent illness.
Evaluations were ably presented by Ben, Christian M, and guest Karla.
Christian S successfully brought drama and mystery to Table Topics impromptu speaking session, in which Jörg, Isabel, and guest Petros spoke for up to two minutes.

Organisation

Ivan presided as TME.  His experience as founding member of the club showed through as he ran the meeting with humour and purpose.
We always aim to learn and improve.  For next time, to improve our meeting, we can consider the following (from our General Evaluator and guest comments).
  • TME should assign one minute after each speech for written feedback.
  • TME could prepare the speakers’ emails in advance for those who use the EvaluateMe App.
  • The fridge in this location is noisy.  TME or S@A should assess and address issues before the meeting.
  • Timer roll should be on the agenda 3 times, after each speaking section, not just the once.
  • CL evaluator can be added to the agenda
  • The next meeting location was noted as incorrect (see below).
  • Run through the agenda verbally at the start of the meeting.
Other remarks and observations
  • Name tags were a great addition.
  • Evaluation sheets were on the tables.  Great!
  • The TT speakers all took their 30 seconds preparation time. Bravo.
  • The meeting was run without clock-watching, which gave an efficient but relaxed feel.
  • The Sergeant @ Arms roll is important when we are using floating venues.  Today our TME did it.  We can share this responsibility with advance planning.
  • Having a Welcome Host is important, especially in a new location and with so many guests.
As TME, Ivan will finalise the presence and close out the meeting in the Easy Speak system.

Upcoming events

No special events

Club news

Membership

3 new members.  Petros and Chu Ping completed the membership form, and Ivan H is waiting for us to process his application.  We look forward to welcoming them as members at the next meeting.
Membership has been steady through the autumn, so this is an important step for the growth and success of our club.  I encourage all members to bring a guest to each meeting, or to talk up TM in their social circles, to make our club successful.

International Speech & Evaluation contests

Our most important task is completed – we have a club contest Event Organiser for March.  Brave, dynamic, active and engaged Asli will take this roll.  Thank you Asli.
  • You too can gain leadership credits by stepping forwards as Contest Chair for either, or both, contests, or as Chief Judge.  Emails by return, please.

Contest dates

  • Wednesday 18th March club contest.
  • Saturday 18th April Area F4 contest, Frankfurt.
  • Saturday 2nd May, Division F (SW Germany) Contest, Mannheim.
  • Fir-Sun 22-24 May, District 95 (north Europe) Conference, Boras, Sweden.

Ready to Participate?

  • Competing is the fastest route to improvement.
  • Make this the year to be brave and take the first step.
  • For the International Speech contest, you need to have completed 6 speeches from the CC manual. Your speech will be a regular 5-7 minutes.
  • The evaluation contest is open to all members. Here, a target speaker gives a speech which is evaluated in succession by each contestant.
    • Please contact Ben or Claire to register for either contest.

Next meetings

28th January: TME Martin, new trial location: Social Impact Lab, Falkstrasse 5, 60487 Frankfurt am Main

4th & 18th February: Venue TBA

Your club president, Ben

New Year, New Venue

 

We are using the new year 2015 to try out some great new venues closer to the business district in Frankfurt.

Guests are always welcome, announced or unannounced, and free of charge. Please always check here for our meeting location before coming or just drop us an email.

Wednesday January 14th 2015, 19h30
Ecos Office Centre Frankfurt, Westend Bankenviertel, Mainzer Landstrasse 50, D-60325, Frankfurt

Wednesday January 28th 2015, 19h30
Social Impact Lab Frankfurt, Falkstrasse 5, D-60487, Frankfurt

X-Mas Dinner Meeting

Please remember that our next meeting is our Business Club TM Xmas dinner meeting, Wednesday 17 December. 19h for 19h30

It will take place at C.A.Sa ViP, 66 Oeder Weg, 60318, Frankfurt.

 

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