Speaker Games was the flagship event of Thunderbird Toastmasters Leadership Communications Club which was held on Thursday – April 10th at the Pavilion from 1PM – 2.30 PM. This was the first kind of an event where Thunderbird clubs competed against one another. There were 5 clubs competing for this years Speaker Games trophy.
The event was conducted in 3 stages. First stage was a quick round with one representative from the participating clubs (5 clubs in total). A game called “Zip Zap Zop,” was played. It is basically a speed game. All 5 people (1 representative from each team) stand in a circle. The first person says Zip, and point to a random next person, and that person has to say Zap and he would point to the next person, and that person says Zop and point to the next, and that person has to say Zip, and so forth. The person who stuttered or mistakenly said the wrong word got eliminated. Teams were matched by placing 1st place winner for Zip Zap Zop with 2nd place winner, 3rd 4th 5th place winners were matched with each other.
After that, the Second stage involves the teams to answer a certain topic, and each member will have to showcase one of the 3 speaking skills (body language, humor, and intonation). The judges assessed each member with scores ranging from 1 – 10. Competition was between 1st and 2nd place teams in one group and between 3rd, 4th, and 5th place teams in another group. There would be one winner from each group. The questions that the teams had to answer included: – “How can your club help make the Thunderbird mission sustainable,” and “What are the virtues of your opposing club?”
During the 3rd stage, the winner from each group competed for 1st place prize. It was a fun-filled event and there were many spectators who applauded for their favorite teams to win. The judges were Professor. Elizabeth Macdonald, Tony Kmetty from CMC and Tiffany Law, last year President of Toastmasters Club.
Finally the Frisbee Club represented by Laura, Nikhil and Ted won the First Place, they were followed very closely by Rugby Club in the Second Place and the Third Place was won by AIESEC Club.
When we contacted the Creative Director of Toastmasters Club, he said that “We held several leadership meetings, and in consensus, agreed that this will be a great way for us to showcase ourselves, what we do, and who we are, and present it as our flagship event.” He also mentioned that the whole purpose of this flagship event was not only to promote the Toastmasters club and the essence of Toastmasters club (promoting public speaking), but also to bring the clubs together. Indeed, the Toastmasters club achieved this objective very well.!!!!