Our role-players for the evening were:
- TM Suneeta Pathak - Toastmaster of the Evening (TME)
- TM Safarul Hassan - Table Topics Master (TTM)
- Aziman Nasir, ACB, ALB - Table Topics Evaluator (TTE)
- TM Sophiana Chua - Grammarian
- TM Awfa Nawawi - Ah Counter & 'Who Said What'
- Gerald Goh, CC, ALB - Timer & Tip
- Hayati Kamis, CC, CL - General Evaluator
Rahmat on Motivating People, A Timeless Skill
Yatii from Otters TMC as GE
Lai Ling Ling on Pathways
Our prepared speaker of the night was Lai Ling Ling, CC. She embarked on her Pathways journey with her speech meaningfully titled, “Pathway”. The speech began with the different sorts of activities Ling Ling engaged in during secondary school. Her activities included swimming, debating, singing and writing. Upon diagnosis with lupus, Ling Ling’s body became sickly, her academic pursuits halted, and dreams died. Ling Ling saw her life as a sequence of wasted drawings, wasted musical scores, and wasted writings; and life was wretched. Coming out of a dark period, she arose with the realisation that her best time of her life was on stage. She found peace and solace as a speaker. She found public speaking and Brunei Speakers’ Club again. She found her pathway. What’s yours?
Rahmat Tarsat, CC, CL, completed her ACB2 project on 'Motivating [Mainly Teenage] People'. In her project, she gave us a walk-through on what motivation is, what motivators are, how we can understand other's motivators, and how to create a motivating environment.
Rano Iskandar, ACB, ALB, was the first Table Topics Speaker of the evening. He was asked about a happy moment and what he learnt from it. Rano has had many good moments, up to the point that there are no longer any 'wow' moments, and instead, he is emerging as a person who has a string of great moments.
Hilman Omar, CC, from UBD Toastmasters Club, was the second speaker. Our TTM asked for the best advice Hilman has given. In addition, Safarul asked for the impact that particular advice has on Hilman's life. Ultimately, Hilman summarised that we need to get over things.
Safarul then wanted to know how Mina, our guest, would spend her ideal day. Mina stated her ideal day would depend on her mood, because she could swing from doing absolutely nothing to being unable to sit still.
Philip and Safarul
First-time to BSC, Philip Mooi and Safarul already shared a 'man-to-man' moment. Safarul asked for Philip's opinion on, "Love may be blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener." Philip commented that marriage is a gamble; it could have started off well, but then end in separation. Philip shared his belief that marriage can be made better by working at it; that it is important for spouses to talk to each other to find out what each other wants; and that when each other's needs are met, marriage is worth it.
Another guest, Saiful, was invited to talk about a movie which moved him, so he discussed 'Patch Adams', a comedy-drama film starring late Robin Williams.
TM Lim Mei Ann was asked to go back in time to advice her 13-years-old self. "Everything will be okay as long as you're prepared practically and emotionally." Skills and knowledge for bread and butter, coupled with emotional management for balancing the effects of good and bad days.
Writer: TM Lim Mei Ann
Photographer: TM Hjh Haryati Hj Abd Gafur
Proofreader: TM Lim Mei Ann