Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Round Table commissioners
Re: Round Table commissioners
Thu, 12 Aug 1999 23:08:10 -0400
I agree with Marcel. Announcements can become the bane of existence for a
Roundtable staff that has come prepared to put on a quality program only to
find that they have guests who believe that droning on for 10 or 20 minutes
each is necessary to pass on information. The information they want to pass
on may be critical and necessary, but the effect on the audience is not
exactly desired. Yawn, snort, snore . . . Most leaders that come to
Roundtable do want to take back information to their units about events, but
more importantly they want to be able to get through the next month with a
great program and a lot of "how to" information that will make their lives a
whole lot simpler. And if the information is important, then why trust that
everyone will take detailed notes - why not give 'em a handout!?
How do you break the cycle of looooooooooonnnnnnnnnnggggggggggg
announcements? How do you "train" your guests to keep real short? How many
RT Commissioners out there have ever visited a District Committee Meeting
and put on a presentation on how to do a presentation? How many have
demonstrated a short spot on a complex subject? What strategies have worked
for you? Anybody ever use a shepherds crook to drag a long-winded speaker
from center stage? Any roundtables use a two-minute bell? Anyone use
numbered cards right in front of a speaker with 5, 4, 3, 2, and STOP printed
on them? Anybody use a "Best Presenter" award for each roundtable with
criteria that includes stopping in X minutes as a requirement - judging by
applause for qualified candidates? Anyone use other techniques that work?
Some of these techniques (above) have some negatives - do you have one that
is full of positives?
Let's hear some great ideas on how to put a cork in windy, but well-meaning
Mike Bowman, Vice President
U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.