Pointing out subtle life observations amuses a lot of people. Many stand up comedians perform an entire show just pointing out every day life observations injecting healthy doses of humor in between.
As a Toastmaster, this can be a great content to include in your speeches as well as role introductions. You can see your audience smiling as they nod their head in agreement to your spoken words. It sparks an instant engagement and connection between the speaker and the audience.
Below is a introduction for your role as a grammarian that is framed using life observations. Give it a read.
Here is a small observation. There are two skills that we have been taught right since day 1 of our school life that we continue to use every day – arithmetic and language. Most of us don’t use the chemistry of carbon compounds or the geography of the world in our everyday lives. But arithmetic and language are must haves. Naturally it’s very important that we be good at them.
If you mess up your arithmetic, people around you are motivated to rectify you. Try paying your fruit vendor less and look at the speed with which he points out the error. Not so with language. You may say “apples, oranges eccetera” and nobody would say “dude its etcetera” since it doesn’t hurt them and they fear appearing rude.
That’s were a grammarian comes to your rescue.
As a Grammarian, my role is to note all the good usage of English, phrases, idioms and the not so good usage and pronunciations as well.
I am also supposed to give you the word of the day and the word of the day is Penchant.
It’s a noun and it means a strong or habitual liking for something.
All Toastmasters have a penchant for noticing filler words in other people’s speeches.
Banks don’t finance my penchant for the finer things in life.
I hope you will use this word to the fullest in your speeches today and in days to come.
Over to you the General Evaluator.
Do you have some more life observations that can be used to creatively introduce any role in Toastasters? Let us know.
For more information on how to play the role of the Grammarian, read this article.