Last Meeting & Annual Banquet

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Happy 8th week! This will be our LAST general meeting of the quarter! Also a reminder that our annual banquet is on May 30th, 2015 from 6-9pm. Check out our Facebook Event and RVSP through the Punchbowl Invitation or through the link http://www.punchbowl.com/parties/8bf3605fb2582b624e17!

 

The topic for this week’s meeting is Imagery through Imagination. Creativity is one of the greatest qualities any of us can be blessed with, yet many never allow their true creativity to be expressed. The seeds of creativity live in everyone, but it takes lots of practice to make one know how to utilize it. In this week’s activity, you will get a chance to practice delivering a creative speech. Each person will receive two words: one adjective and one noun. You will come up with a speech describing why the noun card is that adjective card. For example, if you receives Mt Rushmore as the noun card and majestic as the adjective card, he/she has to explain why Mt. Rushmore is majestic. This activity is to encourage general members to come up with persuasive yet perhaps hilarious explanation using your creativity and imagination.

 

Topic: Imagery through Imagination

Location: Ackerman 3516

Date: Monday, May 18, 2015

Time: 5:00-5:50 PM

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Week 7: Individual Debate

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Happy Mother’s Day! The topic for week 7 meeting is individual debate. Most of us have learned to read and write. But how many of us have learned to speak? Not talk but really speak. Debate is one of the most important speaking skills that is applicable for any chosen path of life. With its emphasis on critical thinking, effective communication, and teamwork, debate skills serve us well in school, in the workplace and in life. So come to our meeting to practice your debating skills together with us!

For this meeting, members will compete in pairs of two and the winner will advance into the next round. We will have four rounds with different debate topics. Debaters are required to defend and elaborate on their points and refute their opponents’ argument. Detailed rule will be explained during the meeting.

Topic: Individual Debate
Location: Ackerman 3516
Date: Monday, May 11, 2015
Time: 5:00-5:50 PM

We look forward to seeing you there!

Week 6: Mock Impromptu Speech Contest

107983590This week’s meeting is on Monday, May 4, from 5:00-5:50 PM at Ackerman 3516. The topic this week is Mock Impromptu Speech Contest and there is an attractive prize for the winner! An impromptu speech will often unnerve even the best public speakers. One of the most daunting experiences a person can face is the request to deliver a speech without notice. When caught off guard, many people can suffer extreme anxiety about speaking off the cuff. However, that is why great speakers stand out – they are always prepared.

In this week’s activity, you will improve your persuasive speech skills by delivering speech under tight timeline. Come join us for an intra-club mock speech contest!

 

Topic: Mock Impromptu Speech Contest

Location: Ackerman 3516

Date: Monday, May 4, 2015

Time: 5:00-5:50 PM

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Week 5: Engaging the Audience With Powerful Storytelling

visual-marketingThis week’s meeting is on Monday, April 27, from 5:00-5:50 PM at Ackerman 3516. The topic this week is Engaging the Audience: Powerful Storytelling. Interesting speeches are often supported by personal stories or links. Some people have led dramatic lives, surviving near-death experiences, but most of us haven’t. That doesn’t mean you don’t have interesting and even motivating stories to tell. Stories are best when you have directly experienced or witnessed them. Even a short conversation can be a great story. A well-told story deepens both the connection to your audience and the understanding of your material. In business, that’s a pathway to success.

In this week’s activity, you will learn to create a speech centered around an interesting personal story. Come join us for a 50-minute training and practice!

 

Topic: Engaging the Audience: Powerful Storytelling

Location: Ackerman 3516

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015

Time: 5:00-5:50 PM

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Week 4: Elevate Your Speech With Hand Gestures

MLKI hope you all enjoyed the 5th Annual Bruin Speech Contest last Wednesday! This week’s meeting is on Monday, April 20, from 5:00-5:50 PM at Ackerman 3516. The topic this week is to Elevate Your Speech With Hand Gestures. Hand gestures are an important tool in public speaking as they can accentuate important points and make your speech powerful and natural. However, do you know what are effective hand gestures? Do you know that weak or awkward hand gestures and body language can distract your audience? It is extremely important to have deliberate, strong hand gestures to convey confidence while speaking.

 

In this week’s activity, you will get an opportunity to practice and start forming the habit of utilizing effective hand gestures in speeches. Come join us for a 50-minute training and practice!

 

Topic: Elevate Your Speech With Hand Gestures

Location: Ackerman 3516

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015

Time: 5:00-5:50 PM

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Week 3: Self-Marketing For Your Dream Job

Great to see so many great presentations during the last meeting! Keep it up! Our next meeting is this Monday, April 13, still from 5:00-5:50 PM at Ackerman 3516. The topic this week is Self-Marketing For Your Dream Job. A compelling self-introduction is often considered very important for networking and interviews. Your self introduction should succinctly describe your interests, goals, and skills that fit into your desired position at a company.

In this week’s session, each person will present a self introduction during a mock interview for your dream job. This introduction should convince the interviewers why you are appropriate for the position as you explain your qualifications. These qualifications may include but are not limited to personal qualities, past achievements, and past/current positions at companies or clubs. Come learn how to make a speech that grabs the interviewer’s attention!

Topic: Self-Marketing For Your Dream Job
Location: Ackerman 3516
Date: Monday, April 13, 2015
Time: 5:00-5:50 PM

We look forward to seeing you there!

Welcome Back Returning Members!

 

apps-imageWelcome back! We hope that you enjoyed your Spring Break! Our first meeting is this Monday, April 6, from 5:00-5:50 PM at Ackerman 3516. The topic this week is Apps: Lens of User Experience. As usual, we will split into groups and each group will be assigned an app of their choice and analyze ways to improve it. Then you will give a speech about it. The speech will need to include an introduction about the app’s functions, its unique features, and its shortcomings and how to improve them.

 

Presentation skills are of vital importance in classes, workplaces, and interpersonal interactions. It is not easy to present a widely known product in a creative way. In this meeting, you will have an opportunity to practice and receive feedbacks from others. So come join us for a fun 50-minute public speaking exercise!

 

Topic: Apps: Lens of User Experience

Location: Ackerman 3516

Date: Monday, April 6, 2015

Time: 5:00-5:50 PM

 

 

5th Annual Bruin Speech Contest

Do you want to put your public speaking skills to the test? Join IDEAL Leader’s 5th Annual Bruin Speech Contest! We encourage all skill levels to apply.

The contest will be held in the first two weeks of Spring Quarter and this year’s prompt will be focusing on education and technology. Winners will receive prizes worth up to $175.

Apply by paying the entrance fee and filling out the application at goo.gL/qsz9sk

For more information, please check out: Bruin Speech Contest Introduction.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email to idealleaders@gmail.com.

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Week 8 Meeting: Networking

networking_1The topic of week 8’s meeting is Networking. It is a common misconception that networking is only for business people. In reality, networking occurs everywhere, both in formal or informal situations. It is about connecting with people of common interests. Networking may bring you job opportunities, friendships, and other collaborative connections. However, it is not easy to pick up quickly on the one you network with. In this week’s meeting, we will talk about the general elevator speech tips in different networking situations. Come to our meeting to practice together with us!

 

Topic: Networking

Location: Ackerman 3508

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015

Time: 6:00-7:00 PM

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Week 6: Link and Listen

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The topic of week 6’s meeting is Link and Listen. a critical thinking and public speaking activity that requires 2 participants per group. The prompt comes in two parts and requires the second speaker to utilize content of the first speaker’s speech to construct his/her own speech. This activity emphasizes strict attention to detail in both speech building and listening process. It will be a great opportunity to practice your impromptu and listening skills. Come to our meeting and practice together with us!

 

Topic: Link and Listen

Location: Ackerman 3508

Date: Monday, February 9, 2015

Time: 6:00-7:00 PM

 

We look forward to seeing you there!