Punchline Writing – 2017.11.28 Meeting

Meeting Recap for 2017.11.28 in Formal Version (in Black Font) AND Humorous Version (in Purple, Red, Green Font)

“Gratitude is not a passive response to something we have been given. Gratitude arises from paying attention, from being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us.”

Immediately our dear Toastmaster of the Evening Ong Yin gets us to reflect on our gratitude and focuses attention to our meeting. Then we heard great advice from two speakers.

Pay attention, be awake, get off your bums and be grateful! Toastmaster of the Evening Ong Yin kicked off our meeting with style and force!

Syatrah kicked off our meeting with her speech entitled, ‘The KonMari Method’. Are your homes cluttered? Do you have odd bits and pieces collecting dust and taking up valuable space at home? There’s no time like now to de-clutter that mess. Why?  For satisfaction, for therapy, and to enjoy a clutter-free life! The steps are simple, friends and Toastmasters. We de-clutter by item category from clothing, books, to mementos and everything in between. As we de-clutter by item category, we simply say thank you to bits and pieces that have brought us joy in the past and say good bye when they no longer do.  Follow the simple KonMari Method and you’ll enjoy a revitalizing clutter-free life. Insightful, Syatrah!

Syatrah started off our speeches with her speech entitled, ‘The KonMari Method’. Are your homes cluttered? Do you have odd bits and pieces collecting dust that you pretend you’ll actually use in the future? First thing we can all do to get off our bums is to de-clutter our homes. Have books that you’ve given up on? Decades-old embarrassing clothing? Mementos that only god knows where they came from? Accept you are done with them and just toss them away now. No-nonsense, get-moving advice from Syatrah.

Genevieve shared invaluable insights into how to live our daily lives with meaning and purpose in her workshop. Firstly, do we feel positive or negative in our days? Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react. How do we stay in control of this 90% when we react? Firstly, we set the tone of our days with the right alarm clock. Use the tune of, ‘Simply the best!’ instead of, ‘Don’t cry for me, Argentina’. Then we have gratitude; be proud of who we are and appreciate what we have throughout the day. Lastly, simply smile. Smile to ourselves in the mirror, smile to others we see. As we go about enjoying our days, always use positive and reinforcing language and not belittle ourselves. “The way we choose to see the world creates the world around us.” Eye-opening speech, Genevieve.

Genevieve shared invaluable insights into how to live our daily lives with meaning and purpose in her workshop. Firstly, do we feel positive or negative in our days? Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react.

Although we feel like choking 90% of people around us thanks to 10% of what happens to us, we can stay in control.

Choking people is not the only viable solution. It’s all about the tone we set for ourselves. Imagine having your alarm clock set as, ‘Suicide Note’ versus ‘Simply the Best’. How differently would you feel? As we go about enjoying our days, always use positive and reinforcing language and not belittle ourselves. “The way we choose to see the world creates the world around us.” Tell yourselves, “I am the shiz, I own this world!” instead of, “The world hates me, what’s the point?” Be like Christopher Robin, not Eeyore. Thanks for sharing, Genevieve.

Safarul lead us in an appreciation session with Table Topics. All our speakers delightfully shared what they were grateful for.

Safarul lead us in an appreciation session with Table Topics. All our speakers shared what they were grateful for, except for Safarul. If any of you want to avoid doing Table Topics, do Table Topics Master instead!

Gerald is grateful for his local Laundromat. When crisis hit and his washing machine broke down, his local Laundromat came to his rescue. Clean clothes were on and his attendance to our meeting was a go!

Crisis hit. In his desperate time of need, there was only one savior for Gerald. There was only one that could pull Gerald out of the dumps and get him shining bright again. For rescuing him from the pits of our world, Gerald is ever grateful to his local Laundromat. Clean clothes? Toastmasters is a go. Dirty clothes? We don’t know who you are.

Mr Allen is particularly grateful to his loyal and hardworking maid. With his maid’s dedication to keeping the house in tip top shape, he can just focus his time and energy in being a loving husband and dad.

Mr Allen is grateful for being able to focus his time and energy being a loving husband and dad. He has one strong support foundation keeping his household from falling apart that lets him achieve this. He’s supported when home doesn’t fall apart. He’s supported when food is on the table. He’s supported when laundry is always clean (Gerald with his Laundromat perhaps?). Where would Allen be without his ever hard-working super maid?

Peng has been working on constructing a hospital. Receiving a text message saying, “Structures are vibrating and there’s potential for collapses.” would stress anyone out! Thankfully she has supportive colleagues who have her back and kept her calm until the problems were sorted.

Peng has been working on constructing a hospital and received a text message saying, “Structures are vibrating and there’s potential for collapses.” Distressing! Her colleagues though, were on hand to reassure Peng. “Hey, you can’t do anything right now. Relax, enjoy your time off work, don’t worry about it.” With friends like those, who needs a demolition crew.

One of Pooja’s life choices is to be the first to do things. This means being the first in her family. She was the first in her family to marry outside of the family’s choice, she was the first to choose Brunei over the US. This is where she discovered Toastmasters and a history of firsts naturally ensued!

One of Pooja’s life choices is to be the first to do things. This means being the first in her family. She was the first in her family to marry outside of the family’s choice. You won in the end, Rahul! She was also the first to choose Brunei over the US. Kudos on choosing ambuyat over sloppy joes!

Mei-Ann evaluated Syatrah’s speech on the KonMari Method. For this speech and any speech, bringing relevance to the audience and firmness in each point presented is a crucial element to remember. Well done, Mei-Ann and Syatrah.

Mei-Ann evaluated Syatrah’s speech on the KonMari Method. For this speech and any speech, firmness in each point presented is a crucial element to remember. Believe in your own lies, and so will your audience!

As Table Topics Evaluator, Awfa highlighted the importance of using effective body language. We must always move with purpose and be mindful of our wild hand gestures.

As Table Topics Evaluator, Awfa highlighted the importance of being mindful of our wild hand gestures. Keep them under control and don’t let them go all over the place. We want to speak with poise and control, not be like wild octopus.

Grammarian Ida reminded us of the impact memorable words and grammar can leave in speech. For example, who can forget when one says, “Appreciate clothes that fit you.”

Grammarian Ida reminded us of the impact memorable words and grammar can leave in speech. We’ll remember, “Friends, appreciate the clothes that fit you, cherish what you have, and be ever-grateful.” We’ll just be confused with, “Fit clothes are good, you already have it, it’s all good.”

Ah Counter and Who Said What Rahul never fails to bring up the energy in any role he does. With regards to crutches and how smooth we are in speech, let’s all be mindful of awkward pauses in the middle of words.

Ah Counter and Who Said What Rahul never fails to bring up the energy in any role he does. With regards to crutches and how smooth we are in speech, let’s all be mindful of awkward pauses in the middle of words. Avoid pausing in the middle of words to leave a strong impact. Unless your intention is to stop people from listening, then go ahead with those pauses in the middle of words.

First timer Timer Philip diligently did his job and shared an essential tip in speech time and impact management. We say the important things first! Nicely done, Philip.

First timer Timer Philip diligently did his job and shared an essential tip in speech time and impact management. We say the important things first! We say important things in the middle, and say important things last. Actually just say what’s important.

We have one wonder-filled life. Be grateful for what we have, and enjoy all of what life has to offer to its fullest.

We have one wonder-filled life. As much nonsense as there is that can bring us down, make us feel like choking people, there will always be plenty to be grateful for. Like local Laundromats and super maids.

Cheers,

Hazwan