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April 30, 2013

Table Topic Questions

Filed under: Toastmasters — mani @ 3:41 pm

1. If you could fly in a hot-air balloon over any city in the world, what city would you choose?

2. If you could be any age again for one week, what age and why?

3. What you want to be 5 years from now?  What is your plan to get there?

4. Some people say a little while lie is sometimes okay.  What do you think?

5. Do you think you have accomplished something in your life? if yes, what do you think of your accomplishment?

6. What would need in order for you to retired tomorrow?  In other words what makes you happy or satisfied in order for you decide to go for retirement?

7. What annually televised sporting event is an absolute must-see for you?

8. Pretend that you are a CEO of company Pepsi Cola?  You will have to give out speech on congratulating employees on their successful quarter and short speech that encourages employees to be more focussed and productive, so that they can beat their competitor.

9. Pretend that you are president of United States and this is your first speech once you are elected.

10. Pretend that you are a project Manager for your team and product.  Two team members don’t like each other for some reason.  One day they had an argument in the office.  One person got very emotional and left the office immediately.  How would you handle the situation and convince both team members.


TIP on Speech Evaluation

Filed under: Toastmasters — mani @ 3:36 pm

TIP of the day is about Speech Evaluation
The main purpose of the speech evaluation is to help the speaker become more confident and a better speaker in various situations.

“Feedback is the Breakfast of Champions”—Ted Dibble

There are so many techniques that can be used to evaluate. One of them is Sandwich Pattern.

You know how the sandwich would look like right?  On the top and bottom you have a bun/bread, in the middle you have
all ingredients, including cheese, tomato, lattice, and meet etc…

Apply the same technique
— Begin and end your evaluation with a note of encouragement or praise.
— three or four clear Commendations
— one or 2 recommendation.
— potential areas for Improvements
— Avoid criticizing or complaining

When you evaluate next time think of the sandwich.

April 19, 2013

Basics of Tennis

Filed under: Toastmasters — mani @ 2:54 am

Basics of Tennis – The Demonstration Talk – Speaking to Inform

A demonstration is the best effective way to explain a process, activity or product.  I have decided to demo on basics of Tennis.  The demo includes basic tips & techniques required to play tennis.

I just want you all to know that I am not a trainer, I am not trained in Tennis, but I do play tennis for fun.  Before I give any demonstration, I take a chance to explain you that tennis is one of best sports anyone can choose to play.

Tennis has historically been called the sport for a lifetime.

  1. People who participate in tennis three hours per week cut their risk of death in half from any cause, according to physician Ralph Paffenbarger of Harvard University School of Public Health. (Paffenbarger studied over 10,000 people over a period of 20 years)
  2. Tennis players scored higher in vigor, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes or non-athletes, according to Dr. Joan Finn and colleagues in a study done at Southern Connecticut State University.

I play tennis in the Weekend.  I do see bunch of Junior, Senior and couples play next to us.

Let us get into Demo.  There are 3 basic techniques are critical in Tennis.  First grip of the racquet, Second Stroke and third your foot work.

Grip: Let us learn the various grips. There are 4 types of grips.

Eastern: It is for the beginner.  It is shaking hand with racquet.  V of your hand sees the top of your racquet.

Back-hand grip: First knuckle of fore finger on top of the racquet.

Continental: It is in between eastern grip and back-hand grip.  It is used by advanced players many times to play volley on both sides.

Western: “Pan handle grip”. Used by many young players to create extra top-spin.

Stroke:  I like to show what is the forehand and backhand stroke.  Take away and follow through action.  On both stroke your back foot is up on the toe through the shot.  Always emphasize the wrist is higher than shoulder.

Foot Work: Tennis footwork plays a key role in the game of tennis.  If your tennis footwork is immaculate, you can become a better tennis player.

Ready position, Split position, long steps, shot steps.

Ready position:  Ready to play position. Keep your racquet in front of you, center of your body.  Have your knees bend and wide.

Split position: When you hit the ball from ready position, you should start with split steps.  Split steps helps you move any direction quickly.  To perform a split steps you bounce slightly from ready position.

Long steps: helps to cover the court.

Shot steps: Shot steps are vital part of your game.


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