Selecting Your Topic


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Selecting Your Topic

  1. 1. CC Project Completion Record Sung-Jin, Kim VP Public Relations SU Toast Toastmasters Club
  2. 2. • Project #4 (how to say it), “Time for a Coffee?” 04/15/2009• Project #3 (get to the point),“A Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank”04/22/2009• Project #2 (organize your speech), “Swine Flu” 04/29/2009• Project #1 (the Ice Breaker), “Interesting Aspects of My Life” 05/06/2009• Project #5 (your body speaks), “A Journey for a Life Time” 10/05/2009• Project #6 (vocal variety), “The Black Cat” 10/26/2009• Project #9 (persuade with power), “Textes: Is this something we should avoid?” 11/09/2009• Project #7 (research your topic), “Targeting Memory” 12/07/2009• Project #10 (inspire your audience), “Be Bio-Inspired!” 04/07/2010• Project #8 (get comfortable with visual aids), “Get in the Cloud!” 08/04/2010
  3. 3. “Time for a Coffee?”• Objectives (5 to 7 min) – Select the right words and sentence structure to communicate your ideas clearly, accurately and vividly. – Use rhetorical devices to enhance and emphasize ideas. – Eliminate jargon and unnecessary words – Use correct grammar.
  4. 4. How to say it• Main point – Caffeine enhances your performance.• Structure – Conventional belief vs. two (+) and one (-) • How little is caffeine needed to get (+) effects? • How little is caffeine needed to get a (-) effect?• Conclusion – Care to drink a cup of coffee before a workout or race?• Source – The Post-Standard, Tue. April 7, 2009
  5. 5. “A Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank”• Objectives (5 to 7 min) – 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. – Project sincerity and conviction and control any nervousness you may feel. – Strive not to use notes.
  6. 6. Get to the point• Main point – The holocaust is not just statistics, but an event that happens to real people.• Structure – Introductory remark with Anne’s Diary quote – Why is that a particular reading of Anne Frank’s Diary conveys the lessons about holocaust? – Historical facts about holocaust & Snapshot in the Frank family’s hiding – The implication of the Anne Frank’s Diary• Conclusion – Stories of holocaust literature reveal basic truths about human nature, and provide adolescent readers with credible models of heroism and dignity. – “I hope Anne’s Diary will have an effect on the rest of your life so that insofar as it is possible in your own circumstances, you will work for unity and peace.”• Source – My watching the Diary of Anne Frank presented by Syracuse Stage – The Post-Standard, April 2, 2009 – Internet websites
  7. 7. “Swine Flu”• Objectives (5 to 7 min) – Select an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily 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 from another. – Create a strong opening and conclusion.
  8. 8. Organize your speech• Main point – We should know about Swine Flu.• Structure – What is Swine Flu? Is this new? – How do we become infected? – How serious is the swine flu infection? – Can it be treated? – Its symptoms in humans? – What can we do to protect ourselves? – Can we get sick from eating pork and pork products?• Conclusion – Keep it cool while being mindful of current flu’s development and maintain healthful habits.• Source – National Public Radio station –
  9. 9. “Interesting Aspects of My Life”• Objectives (4 to 6 min) – To begin speaking before an audience. – To discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention.
  10. 10. The Ice Breaker• Main point – “Everything that’s coming into my life I am attracting into my life.”• Structure – I am attracting this tennis racket to me! – I am attracting this bible to me!• Conclusion – “No matter whom I thought I was, now I know the truth of who I really am.”• Source – The book, “Law of Attraction”
  11. 11. “A Journey for a Life Time”• Objectives (5 to 7 min) – Use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions and eye contact to express your message and achieve your speech’s purpose. – Make your body language smooth and natural.
  12. 12. Your body speaks• Main point – Sound body, sound mind, and socializing efforts molded my life.• Structure – My physical and emotional journey • Journey before college • Journey while I’m in college• Conclusion – Through my journey, I became NEW me.• Source – Personal story
  13. 13. “The Black Cat”• Objectives (5 to 7 min) – Use voice volume, pitch, rate and quality to reflect and add meaning and interest to your message. – Use pauses to enhance your message. – Use vocal variety smoothly and naturally.
  14. 14. Vocal Variety• Main point – You should hear about my ghost story.• Structure – Introductory quote from Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “The Raven” – Transition by linking Poe’s raven to mine, Black Cat – Incorporation of my personal story during military service – Introduction of ONOMATOPOEIA – Transition to main theme of the meeting, Halloween Day• Conclusion – Transition from my Black Cat into Poe’s raven – Concluding quote from Poe’s poem• Source – Website, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe – Personal story
  15. 15. “Textes: Is this something we should avoid?” • Objectives (5 to 7 min) – Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action. – Appeal to the audience’s interests. – Use logic and emotion to support your position. – Avoid using notes.
  16. 16. Persuade with power• Main points – Textes fosters children’s literacy. – Textes has been already incorporated into earlier generations’ word plays. – Textes is a fun and creative activity.• Structure – Definition of TEXTES – Textes doesn’t deter children’s ability to read and write; it improves their literacy. • Two supporting statements – The idea of textes is not perhaps new; its imaginative potential has been almost neglected. • Two supporting statements• Conclusion – My stance: In favor of use of textes – Reinforcing my viewpoint • Just the way the slang varies in time after time, textes will also be evolved and be utilized into our daily life more vividly.• Source – David Crystal, “2b or not 2b,” The Guardian, July 5, 2008
  17. 17. “Targeting Memory”• Objectives (5 to 7 min) – Collect information about your topic from numerous sources. – Carefully support your points and opinions with specific facts, examples and illustrations gathered through research.
  18. 18. Research your topic• Main point – We might want to get to know of underlying memory theories.• Structure – Introductory remark in perspective of science of enhancing memory – Can certain memories be intentionally targeted and changed, maybe even eradicated? – Two examples of the science of forgetting• Conclusion – Implication of science of forgetting• Source – Emily Singer, “Manipulating Memory,” Technology Review, May- June, 2009 – Claudia Kalb, “To Pluck a Rooted Sorrow,” Newsweek, April 27, 2009
  19. 19. “Be Bio-Inspired!”• Objectives (8 to 10 min) – To inspire the audience by appealing to noble motives and challenging the audience to achieve a higher level of beliefs or achievement. – Appeal to the audience’s needs and emotions, using stories, anecdotes and quotes to add drama. – Avoid using notes.
  20. 20. Inspire your audience• Main point – We should care about geckos’ toe pad mechanisms.• Structure – Definition of biomimicry – Coarse-to-fine structure of geckos’ toe pad – Attaching-and-detaching mechanisms of single hair on toe pad – Geckos’ tail movement while freefalling – Real-world application, StickyBot• Conclusion – We should learn from geckos and make more efforts to harness the scientific significance of it. – Preserve geckos’ habitat.• Source – Kellar Autumn, “How Gecko Toes Stick,” American Scientist, March- April, 2006
  21. 21. “Get in the Cloud!”• Objectives (5 to 7 min) – Select visual aids that are appropriate for your message and the audience. – Use visual aids correctly with ease and confidence.
  22. 22. Get comfortable with visual aids• Main point – In the form of open club, we can together rebuild clubs’ dwindling or burgeoning membership with club coaches as quickly and flexibly as we can.• Structure – “The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything or nothing!” – Challenges among IT managers and Toastmasters – Solutions to those challenges • Cloud computing vs. Club Coaches • NIST definition vs. my definition – One solution to be transformed into another – P.R.I. mantra – Conclusion • “We are changing our corner of the world, because we are more likely evolutionists, rather than revolutionists!”• Source – Various resources