The meeting for the night started on time at 7.30pm with SAA introductions followed by guest introductions. There were eight guests in total for the night:
SAA: TM David Lim
TME: Lai Ling Ling, CC
GRM: Rano Iskandar, ACB, ALB
AHC: TM Syahnur Nizam
TMR: TM Supatra Lee
GE: Aziman Nasir, ACB, ALB
Word of the day
Undertake a risky journey or course of action.
Example: She ventured out into the heavy rain.
TM Supatra Lee’s tip of the day was to spend a few seconds and get used to the stage and get comfortable.
Thought of The Day
After the role player introduction TME Lai Ling Ling, proceeded to her thought of the day,“Someday, you will look back and know exactly why it happen”
TME Lai Ling Ling, CC, explained how no matter how hard we try there will always be good days and bad days. Even though she sometimes wishes very hard how some the bad things that happened to her never happened at all, there’s always someone out there who has it worse, and hopefully someday we will see meaning in all that happened in the past, no matter good or bad.
Prepared Speeches Session
There was a total of 3 prepared speeches last night.
The first speech of the night was a Level 1 project 1 speech by Nina Kifrawi, CC, ALB. Evaluating her speech was Syatrah Roslan, SR3.
“My 10 years challenge: Redefining my purpose”
At one point of our lives, we question our purpose in life. In Nina’s case, she questioned her purpose as a Toastmaster. After 8 years of Toastmasters, she quit in 2017 feeling lost without a purpose to serve. In her speech, Nina told her story on how she got back on track. She shared 3 self-reflecting questions on how to get on track i.e. what does she want to do as a career, why was she doing this and how was she going to achieve it. She still believes in Toastmasters on carrying out her purpose. She concluded that we should not be afraid to renew our purpose whenever we feel lost.
The second speech of the night was by Gerald Goh, CC, ALB. Evaluating his speech was Reuben Chin, ACG, ALB.
“The Dragon Boat”
In his speech Gerald shared his past experiences serving as the Vice President of Public Relations of BSC 4 years ago. When he first started, he found that his predecessor had left the post empty, hollow and directionless. Gerald pondered over how he was to make things work. What if he needed a break? Who was going to take over if he was sick? With the help of a mentor Gerald came to the conclusion that he had to form a team. He then proceeded to form his A Team of writers, photographers and proofreaders. His A team consisted of Rano Iskandar and Macalister Mak. With his team in place then came the question how was he going to lead them? How was he going to motivate and keep them engaged? What was his leadership style? As a past club leader, Gerald learned through the experience to be an inclusive leader who taps into the talent and motivation of the team. As a participative leader, he learned to encourage their creativity and as an appreciative leader he learned to keep the team’s motivation and morale high by praising openly. With the help of his A team Gerald managed to successfully recruit 8 new members at the end of his term.
The third speech was by TM Kelvin Lai. Evaluating his speech was Allen Ang, DTM.
“Death Note: Writing my Obituary”
In his speech Kelvin shared his experiences on his quest of self-discovery. As someone who lives day by day, Kelvin was given a rare opportunity during a recent school holiday to ponder over what he wanted from life. During that time Kelvin read through countless autobiographies and obituaries. Despite his best efforts he had no answer, until he realized that as someone who likes to ruminate in the past, perhaps, he should learn to let go of the past by writing his obituary. Kelvin explained how by learning to imagine ourselves in our old age it changes our perspective and initiates us begin to think about what we want our legacy to be when we’re old. Kelvin shared that for his legacy he wanted to be healthy at 90 years old and have enough money. To conclude, Kelvin invites us to begin to think about what matters to us. What is the legacy that we want to leave behind?
“Engaging, Entertaining and Effective Workshops!” by Nabil Abdul Kadir, CC, ALB.
What is the difference between a workshop and a presentation? All workshops involve presentations, but not all presentations involve workshops. Workshops are more hands on, interactive.
Philosophies for workshops
- “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand”- Confucius
- “It is not about you”- Reuben Chin.
Workshop is about diverting the attention from the presenter to the audience in an active way.
3 Strategies we can use for effective workshops is to:
- Divert to audience: if you don’t know the answer, ask another audience.
- Point system. There has to be incentive for them to participate. And maybe a punishment system if they don’t. Another word is gamification.
- Online polling services: example- Kahoot, Mentimeter, Padlet, PollAnywhere.
Lled by General Evaluator Aziman Nasir, ACB, ALB.
The Best Evaluator Ribbon was won by Allen Ang, DTM.
Sharing experiences session
TM Sophiana Chua was invited to the stage to share her recent experience in finishing 1st place in the Division Speech Contest held in Miri on the 24th March 2019.
Sophiana shared the fact that her speech was not completed in a day but it went through countless versions. Each time refining it with the help of her mentors and coaches, she will continue to refine it up until the International Speech Contest in Medan on the 14th of April 2019.
Sophiana reminded us all that success does not come within a day, but it comes with a lot of hard work, hence if you want to be successful be prepared to work hard, be open to feedback and help from mentors and coaches.
In closing, Sophiana humbly thanked everyone for their help and support, for it is thanks to them she is now standing where she is today, and leading up to the contest she will continue to work hard and try her best to make everyone proud!
Marking the end of Sophiana’s sharing session, members and guests then proceeded to give her a standing ovation before transitioning the floor on to the President of BSC Aziman Nasir, ACB, ALB for his president’s closing remarks, which thus ended another productive night at BSC!
- The TME for UBD Toastmasters club will be HIlman Omar, CC. Speeches will be done by Nabil Abdul Kadir, CC, ALB and Pranika Lama, ACS, ALB.
- TME for next week will be TM David Lim contact him for those interested in picking up a role. There will be a speech next week byTM Syahnur Nizam who will be attempting his Icebreaker Speech!
Written by David Lim