The Ice Breaker
Last time, we have seen the Ice breaker of Monica! Thanks Monica and Congratulation for your path opening!
This event was really emotional because today we know more about the speaker!
In your ICE BREAKER you will introduce yourself to your fellow club members and give them some information about your background, interests and ambitions.
The sound of self-confidence
Only for you, here it is my Ice breaker , held on May 10, 2012
Good morning Toastmasters and dear guests.
Let me introduce my little story about Australia trip and why it is so important and representative of myself. I received my business assignment before Easter 2010, just two weeks to do my luggage, to prepare passport and thinking…
What was my main preoccupation? The english..or better If I say Australian of course. You have already seen Mister Crocodile dundee. Don’t you? Crocodile Dundee is a 1988 Australian adventure and comedy film. Actors Paul Hogan and as Mick Dundee. Directed and produced by John Cornell ; Written by Paul Hogan; Music by Peter Best;Distributed by Paramount Pictures ; Budget $15,800,000;Box office $239,606,210
…so which is the most famous expression? G’day MATE. It means Good morning dear friend. Thanks .. thanks a lot Paul Hogan, without you I couldn’t understand G’day MATE.
First day in my new activity. I went to my office and Andrew that was a colleague that gave me a handshake and He said: “aingoin” ( ARE YOU GOING?)
And I replied: “Well my name is katia..from Italy. Well I did a egg my face. After few day I understood than after “aingoing” I was supposed to say “I’m fine thanks and you”. During the first month I felt like a dog.. i didn’t know the words but I recognized the sounds …as a pet..”ah ah ah.. fine thanks”.
And I remember how was difficult to pronounce AREA, without that my friend could have understood HAIR. Again how many times I have repeated kangaroo ….it was never the correct pronunciation.. Any way, after several months the sound “aingoin” became my confort zone.
From when I have came back to Italy, I can say that I’m more self- confident thanks to my Australian experience, also because if I have survived to the Country, I think that I can be quiet in Italy. For this reason that period was so important.. I tried the sound of self-confidence. And now Here I am, in Toastmasters. It’s my intention to improve english and improve the pubblic speaking. From this moment I play by ear.
How to Survive Your Ice Breaker
Come in from the cold
You’ve attended a few Toastmasters meetings and you’ve seen others give their speeches. Perhaps you’ve noticed that some speakers are smooth, polished and experienced, while others struggle at a beginner’s level. Now it’s time for you to stand up and give your Ice Breaker speech. Just thinking about it gives you nightmares. Rest assured, you’re not alone!
No matter what skills you possess as a speaker, you’re probably going to find it a little stressful to speak for the first time in front of all these relative strangers. And because you know you’ll be evaluated as a part of the experience, it can be a frightening few moments of your life. What can you do to conquer your fear and sail through your first speech with fun and focus? Here are some quick tips:
- Write out your speech in advance. At least, write down some notes so you can check your organization and make sure all important facts are included.
- Don’t try to memorize the entire speech. Though you’ll only speak for less than six minutes, once you stand in front of the crowd, it may seem much longer. Trying to remember everything while under that kind of stress is asking too much of any first timer.
- Use notes, but avoid too many note cards. Cards can slip from your fingers or fall out of order at the wrong moment. They’re not easy to handle when you’re nervous. One long sheet with large print, or one large card with brightly-colored bullet points to jog your memory, will serve you better.
- Remember that all your listeners have stood where you stand now. They can all relate to any nervousness you may be experiencing. Try to think of your audience as your new friends. See their smiles and pause once in a while during your speech to make eye contact with them.
- Remember that this speech is merely a way for you to introduce yourself. Pick three or four important things you’d like your fellow Toastmasters to learn about you and make those your speech. If you speak on something that you’re passionate about, you won’t run out of words. So, talk about an exciting adventure from your past, your hopes, your dreams and maybe your favorite hobby. What defines you? Talk about it.
Your evaluator is required to find some advice to offer, so try to take it in the spirit in which it’s being offered. Everyone in a Toastmasters meeting is there to help everyone else. So, each person gives and gets advice from time to time. It’s your choice whether or not to follow any advice you’re given, but if the evaluator is a much more experienced speaker, you should probably at least consider it. See the “Additional Resources” section, below, for more tips on reducing nervousness and perfecting a speech.
Don’t forget to take a breath when you stand up at the lectern. Say hello to everyone…and begin!