Monday, March 01, 2021

 

Table Topics Questions

 All questions should be run though grammarly.com to check correct English. I was at a contest where the questions was: 'Everybody should love dog. Do you agree?' 

Those who spoke good English were at a disadvantage because they hesitated over the ambiguity.

 Was it about dogs as a species, dogs versus cats; or owning an individual pet? Some repeated the ungrammatical question.

 Other repeated it, corrected, as, 'Everybody should love dogs,' or, 'Everybody should love a dog'.

Some questions are even more challenging.

Sex

I was once asked, Should old people enjoy tantric sex? I had no idea what it was.

I was also asked, what's the best sex you've ever had.

The best answer I heard to a contest speech was to the question:

Advise boys at a school to use male contraceptives without using the names of any sex organ or the  word contraceptive.

The winner takled about have a brand new car you were proud of and keeping it covered with a protective plastic sheet, like an umbrella protects you from rain.

Kit Barritt
 . Yes. Once I gave a Topic " I cannot change the direction of wind but can always adjust my Sails to reach destination. "

And he spoke about Sales and Marketing.

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Who said it first?

 Who said it first?

Nothing original under the sun.


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I'd like to teach the world to cook Eggsellent Eggs

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About the Author

Angela Lansbury teacher of English (advanced and English as a Second Language or English as a Foreign Language, French and other languages, aspiring polyglot.

Angela Lansbury, travel writer and photographer, author and speaker. Member of many toastmasters  speaker training clubs and speaking contest judge.

Angela Lansbury, the author of 20 books including Wedding Speeches & Toasts, and Quick Quotations, has lived in the USA, Spain and Singapore. 
She  has several blogs and writes daily on at least two of the following:

travelwithangelalansbury.blogspot.com

dressofthedayangela.blogspot.com

translateforfun.blogspot.com


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Are Your Words Positive, Neutral or Negative?

Words can see positive, neutral or negative.

The only way to be sure of establishing goodwill is to start with a positive statement. Such as, looking forward to seeing you.

But when we are in a hurry we sometimes don't have time. That's when you can reply with one word, such as noted, or great, or a smiley face.

 When I joined a new club a senior committee member sent me a one-liner, "Why do you want to join our club?"

 I was stunned. I thought he meant, 'What's your ulterior motive? I'm the bigwig in this club. Why are you joining to rival me!'

 But weeks later, I read the instruction from Toastmasters International for retaining members was, ask what the member hopes to achieve, so you can help them along, satisfy their needs and retain them as a member.

About the Author

Author

Angela Lansbury teacher of English (advanced and English as a Second Language or English as a Foreign Language, French and other languages, aspiring polyglot.

Angela Lansbury, travel writer and photographer, author and speaker. Member of many toastmasters  speaker training clubs and speaking contest judge.

Angela Lansbury, the author of 20 books including Wedding Speeches & Toasts, and Quick Quotations, has lived in the USA, Spain and Singapore. 
She  has several blogs and writes daily on at least two of the following:

travelwithangelalansbury.blogspot.com

dressofthedayangela.blogspot.com

translateforfun.blogspot.com

To buy silk fans

http://silkfans.com/

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

 

A speech on Equity - and equality

 I was asked to give a speech on equity. What is equity? Is it the same as equality? No.

I wrote on Facebook:

On a personal level, leaving your money to both your children equally is equality. Equal shares.

Equity is more like positive discrimination, to make everybody equal at the end.

A diagram sent to me on Facebook shows it clearly.

Three children of different heights stand behind a fence trying to watch a baseball game. Give them all equal help, a box to stand on. The one tall enough to see over the fence gets an unnecesary box. The one in the middle is lifted up and can see. The smallest one still cannot see.

The next picture shows the smallest being given two boxes so he can see over the fence.

As an illustration of vocbulary this illustration works well.

What could go wrong? Of course, this assumes that somebody else has enough boxes for all. That the other two don't care. Nor try to steal boxes to sell. That the short boy won't sell the box and still not see the game.

Let's take a couple of real life examples. A family will.

My Great Grandfather's Will

My great grandfather left more money to the boys than to the girls. This caused uproar. The sisters did not speak to their brothers for the rest of their lives.

My Paternal Grandmother's Will

Equity would be giving to the poorest to bring their finances nearer their wealthier sibling. However, the wealthier one could argue that they would make better use of the money. The poorer person might have no financial sense. He might gamble the money away. He could overspend and lose the lot, like the football pools lottery winner featured in the TV play Spend, Spend, Spend. He could lose it, . be murdered for it.

Beggars

Some people say don't give money to beggars, which goes to gang leaders. Offer food. If the beggar won't eat, they are not hungry.

The poor person might be unworldly and vulnerable; they might and give the money away to others with sob stories.

At first sight the reaction of the richer borther getting less from the parnet's will looks to some like self-centred greed.

My Maternal Grandmother's Will

You could leave the money to the richer one to distribute to the poorer one when the poorer one has need, not to be cheated and give away to their begging friends. take another scenario.

The Maid's Sons

A friend's Filipina maid worked on her day off, Sundays, to earn extra money. She had been sending her son to college to earn a skill and paying for his accommodation.

Then her other son demanded that she send him an equal sum. So he could sit around doing nothing.

She worked seven days a week to support her layabout son who did nothing for seven days. Because he demanded equality. Maybe if she had given the son at college a loan, the layabout son likewise, that would have solved the problem.

Communism

So the situation is not always as simple as it seems. Communism seemed a great idea at the start. What went wrong?

One incentives. Why work when you don't earn any more money.

Secondly, if the administrative area is too big. all the rewards go the capital and the regions and distant sities get nothing.

Recently, a Scottish island demanded millions so they could have a grand school in the middle of nowhere. My husbands said, They should relocate to the city. Earn money. Spend their holiday on the remote island."

Sometimes the answer is not to grab a piece of cake from one person to give to another, nor to gi ve everybody the same size of cake. The answer could be to give everyone enough, to rward those who go beyond the minimum, fewer people, or more cakes.

The important thing is to decide on your goal, and to have everybody working towards the same goal. As Jeeremy Bentham said, the greatest happiness of the greatest number. What any parent, grandparent, or ruler, or citizen, would want for their country.

Author

About the Author

Angela Lansbury teacher of English (advanced and English as a Second Language or English as a Foreign Language, French and other languages, aspiring polyglot.

Angela Lansbury, travel writer and photographer, author and speaker. Member of many toastmasters  speaker training clubs and speaking contest judge.

Angela Lansbury, the author of 20 books including Wedding Speeches & Toasts, and Quick Quotations, has lived in the USA, Spain and Singapore. 
She  has several blogs and writes daily on at least two of the following:

travelwithangelalansbury.blogspot.com

dressofthedayangela.blogspot.com

translateforfun.blogspot.com


 Please share links to your favourite posts.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

 

Evaluations - should you say you their name and then or he/she?

 I have seen evaluators literally look at the speaker in an in person meeting and lean towards them or walk towards them. If the evaluator uses 'you' it sounds as if everybody else is eavesdropping on a private conversation. As an audience member I would go off and make a cup of tea. 

Include the rest of the room. Furthermore, another bonus to using third person: if you tell the speaker that he or she did well, that's just flattery from a friend. If you tell the entire room the speaker did well, the speaker will feel much prouder at being praised in front of everybody.

If you need to remember the name or pronunciation of somebody you are interviewing, write it on the back of a fan.

Author

About the Author

Angela Lansbury teacher of English (advanced and English as a Second Language or English as a Foreign Language, French and other languages, aspiring polyglot.

Angela Lansbury, travel writer and photographer, author and speaker. Member of many toastmasters  speaker training clubs and speaking contest judge.

Angela Lansbury, the author of 20 books including Wedding Speeches & Toasts, and Quick Quotations, has lived in the USA, Spain and Singapore. 
She  has several blogs and writes daily on at least two of the following:

travelwithangelalansbury.blogspot.com

dressofthedayangela.blogspot.com

translateforfun.blogspot.com

To buy silk fans

http://silkfans.com/

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

 

Note to myself on writing a speech on language

 I have draft speeches on language but my mentor says it sounds like a lecture or a series of one liners. How do I turn it into speech with a message, a beginning, middle and end? I would be happy to have advice on the speech construction, or the text o… 

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     Great question! I agree it takes more than a list to make an interesting speech. You must ask yourself what the purpose of your speech is. What do I want to communicate to others that will bring us closer together? Or do I want to persuade people to think or act differently? Or do I simply want to entertain? I would urge you to choose one goal in a speech; otherwise, there is a tendency to do none of them well.
    I am an intellect, so I prefer to persuade or at least stimulate thought. Here are some ideas: You might explore--using different examples throughout--how language evolves through error, evolution, and intent. You could take a stand about devolution of language founded in the decline in the quality of education. Or you could differentiate the finer points exemplified here in this thread and all of the people's responses--mispronunciations/misspellings vs. malapropisms vs. preferred usage vs. academic points of contention. Or you could focus on the human element around this subject--I've seen people here express rage, disdain, apathy, humor, tolerance, elitism, philanthropy... Or you might include opinions on how important it is to master language in a professional context--how misspellings and malapropisms affect how one's work, competency, intelligence, and upbringing are judged. Or you could focus on the cultural aspects of language--either within the US or other country or internationally--there are dialects, differing social classes, and regional influences on language. You could dive into the underground world of "unofficial" language--urban dictionary website comes to mind as arguably the cutting edge of language evolution.
    Hope this helps!

About the Author

Angela Lansbury is teacher of English. (Advanced English and English as a Second Language or English as a Foreign Language, French and other languages, an aspiring polyglot.)

Angela Lansbury, travel writer and photographer, author and speaker. Member of many toastmasters  speaker training clubs, and speaking contest judge.

Angela Lansbury, the author of 20 books including Wedding Speeches & Toasts, and Quick Quotations, has lived in the USA, Spain and Singapore. 
She  has several blogs and writes daily on at least two of the following:
 Please share links to your favourite posts.



Saturday, November 07, 2020

 

Fraud Awareness | Have you got some money? | Pam Ayres


Friday, November 06, 2020

 

Logging Onto Online Clubs, and Planning your background, sight, sound and login on advance

Zoom is the leader but not the only host. Because it is the most popular, it is worth your while doing a regular practise. If you are doing nothing else. set up a one to one meeting with a colleague or family member in the next room. 

Checking Lighting

Practise on both your laptop and mobile, or both your laptop and big computer screen. See which shows your face to best advantage. 

Check your background.  Clear clutter. You might wish to remove bottles of alcohol, including empty ones, even ones used as table lamps, in a Moslem country, especially if touting for business and networking. You don't want them looking at another speaker's table topic and yours, thinking both are equally good, then voting for the other person, without even realising why they felt more at ease. you might feel the same about your statue of Madonna, or your hanukiah.

Alternatively, if the theme is a Moslem festival, Christmas or Easter, Diwali, Hanukah, you might want to festoon your room with symbols and add a backdrop, taking unless it is the theme (Unless you want to make a point and festoon your room with overt or subtle religious, political and national symbols.) 

Lots of business used 

Checking Sound

Check sound quality. I am often asked to stand up to deliver a speech. Or I hear other speakers being told to challenge themselves, stand up.

If you are relying on your laptop microphone or a headpiece microphone this limits your movement away from the screen. Alternatives are to invest in a separate camera, free standing microphone. As we are faced with more and more work and leisure time online, the cost of these accessories becomes less of a luxury, more of a necessity, less of a flash in the pan, more of a regular requirement, less of a dream, more of a need.

Particular clubs have specific people assigned to let you in, so it is worthwhile contacting them in advance so they are familiar with your name. otherwise, they will wait for a brak in proceedings and ask, 'Does anybody know ... (name)?'

The club secretary might say, "Yes, he's from such and such a club/organization, and he phone me last week. Let him in."

At a meeting of Braddell Heights Advanced, the President said, "Nobody knows this person. I am not letting them in. It is too great a risk. We don't want our meeting disrupted. If they really want to come along, they can contact a member, who will call a committee member, we can verify who they ae and why they want to join, and join the next meeting. I'm blocking them so they don't keep distracting me."

At Singapore online the two hosts are usually Willi, founder of the club, and Alicia, VPE, and they may pass one of the hosting functions to the Toastmasters of the day. While the president is giving the opening address they are too busy to let you in.

So, plan in advance.

The other thing to watch is the timing. Whatever the time is in the country of the meeting, I have found that that time is embedded in my brain, either from previous meeting I have attended whilst in that country, or because I get repeated reminders giving that time. I have attended up to 21 meetings a week (yes three a day0 and I nearly always remember to check the time, in both the host country, and where I am currently. I also write down the ID and password.

About the author

Angela Lansbury is vice president public relations (for short, VP PR) of Braddell Heights Advanced club. To contact any club, go to toastmasters international find a club. Note that it had ORG in the link.


Monday, August 31, 2020

 

Learn An English Accent From: The Ladykillers (1955) ORIGINAL TRAILER [HD 1080p]





Do you want to acquire a traditional British accent. Listen to this trailer for The Ladykillers, then watch the whole film. Repeat what they say using the same intonation. You could also try watching it with subtitles if they are available.

 

Speech On Blogging

As a toastmaster member of five clubs in the UK, Singapore, and a permanently and exclisviely online club, I have finsihed one of the 11 courses, Presentation Masters, and am near completing Engaging Humor. The toastmasters International Pathways has electives (in the UK I would say options) at levels 3, 4, and 5 including a project on blogging. You have to compete eight posts within a month, then deliver a three minute speech on one aspect of your expreience. 

Three minutes is no time! You have just time to make three points, with an introduction and ending, which could be a summary and/or call to action.

(I was l later told by the evaluator I should have started with an explanation of what is a blog. I asked at the start how many people had a blog, how many wanted to start a blog, and nobody raised their hands of the only four I could see of many. So here goes.)

You can send out blog posts less often than daily. Just as you could have a diary and only update it at the end of the month.

A blog is a web log. Like a daily diary or ship's log. An account written on line.

A blog is like a book or website. A post is like a page or daily entry.

A Personal Blog
The simplest blog, one you might like to start, is just a diary which only you can read. Start here if you are shy or want to try out.

Next up is sharing with one other person. This could be a Toastmasters mentor, a committee, such as a whatsapp group. How does it differ from emails?

No introdctions. But you might like a welcome page.
You can link each blog post to the next.

Novel Writing On A Blog
You can have a purposeful and professional small circulation blog. For example, you could sign up to write a novel in a month which happens every novermber. You write a minimum number of words each day, with a buddy, another person who is also writing a novel. At the end of the month you have a compelted novel. I have tried writing my family hisotyr as a novel. the only trouble is you end up with the final chapter is first and everything in the wrong order.
Blogs assume you want to read today's post first, not the first post every written.

Some professional blogs fail because the writer tries to write a personal blog and expects to become world famous. Unless you are already world famous this is unlikely. Only your mother cares about your child and your dog.

On the other hand, if you can cure a common problem, hundreds, thousands, might find you in a search.

Marketing a blog has four elements.
1 Do you have something worth saying, selling, buying or getting free.
2 Can people find your blog?
a) you can try search engine optimisation, which my son does for a living. Find out which subjects are most popular. and which word seraches. Then you have to make yourself as good as or better than rivals or alternatives.
3 a) You can boost your post your current post by mentioning it on all the media
Facebook
Linkedin
b) Make people come back by mentioning your future posts.
c) Boost previous posts by referrring back to them
Save time by repeating last year's post.
Plan ahead.
Schedule posts. Write seven posts on Sunday and schedule them to go out through the week, so if you are busy or travelling the post still come out.




 

Great Quotations

Maya Angelou's comment is rather long. But the ending with umbrella is memorable.

Without defeats, how do you really know who the hell you are? If you never had to stand up to something - to get up, to be knocked down, and to get up again - life can walk over you wearing football cleats. But each time you do get up, you're bigger, taller, finer, more beautiful, more kind, more understanding, more loving. Each time you get up, you're more inclusive. More people can stand under your umbrella. - Maya Angelou


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