Meeting Recap – 4th August 2020
Upon arrival at Seameo Voctec, the first greeter we met at the front entrance during our Brunei Speakers’ Club (BSC) meeting on the 4th August 2020, was this lovely cat. It’s one of many feline friends we have around the venue, and if you come early, you just might get a chance to have a photo opp with them.
Our meeting started on the dot at 7:30pm, with the introduction from our Sergeant-at-arms (SAA), Wilson Kong, Visionary Communicator Level 1.
Wilson took us on a journey of why Toastmaster was started, its mission as well as the pathways available to fellow members to choose from to advance our public speaking skills.
Upon conclusion of the formality, our SAA then asked our guests to introduce themselves to the club. And we had one returning guest for the night, Niven.
Floor was passed to the Toastmaster of the Evening (TME), Sharon Lim, Presentation Mastery Level 2, where she started the meeting by introducing her role players for the night.
Prior to the meeting, Sharon sent out questions to all the role players asking them: “What are the change you would like to see the most in the world post covid-19?”, it’s a very thoughtful question which required a bit of thinking which Sharon shared with the audiences the thoughts from the role players.
First role player that was introduced was the Table Topics Master (TTM), Wilson Kong who took to the floor and explained the essence of a table topic speaker as being a short 2 minutes impromptu speech which will test the thinking and organization skills of the speaker.
With a table topic master, we will always have a Table Topics Evaluator (TTE) to evaluate the different table topic speakers giving them the points of commendation as well as points of recommendations, and this role was helmed by Hazwan Kamarulzaman, Advanced Communicator Bronze, Advanced Leader Bronze.
Up next, we had our Grammarian, Toastmaster Lawrence Pow, who shared with us his role to monitoring the good usages and misuses of the English language, as well as sharing with us the word of the day, which was ‘Eloquent’.
Eloquent means using language to express ideas or opinions clearly and well, so that they have a strong effect on others. Some examples are: “Rano is such a witty and eloquent speaker that everyone enjoys his speeches.” and “Her wit and eloquence made it a job to be around her.”
The fourth role player of the night to make an introduction was our Ah-Counter and Who-Said-What, by Toastmaster Aditia Salalu. Adi explained his role as taking note of crutch and filler words that inhibit the effectiveness of the speaker, words and sounds such as erm, arh, ehh, so, you know, etc. He also shared his other task which was to pay attention to interesting stuff that was shared during the meeting and quizzing the audience in the Who-Said-What segment.
Fifth role player to make an introduction was our Timer and Tip, Toastmaster Khairuddin Metussin. Khai explained to us the different timing allocated to the different speakers and evaluators and also explained to us the use of the lighting device to help keep us on track.
The last role player for the night was the General Evaluator (GE), by Ted Jee, Presentation Mastery Level 4, and Ted explained his role as evaluating all the role players, as well as the overall settings of the meeting for the night.
Before moving on to the second part of the meeting, TME Sharon shared with us the thought of the day, which was: “Be the change you wanna see in the world” by Mahatma Gandhi.
The second part of the meeting started off with the table topic sessions, and the first speaker that was invited to the stages was Justin, and his topic was “If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”
The second table speaker was Megat, and his topic was “All things are difficult before they are easy.”
Third table topic speaker was our returning guest, Niven, whose topic was “A wise man changes his mind, a fool never will.”
The last table topic speaker was Nazri, who’s topic was “Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream.”
The next segment was the prepared speeches and we had two prepared speeches for the night.
First to present his prepared speech was Syahnur Nizam, Persuasive Influence Level 4. Syahnur did his ice-breaker speech for his newly chosen pathway, which was the Strategic Relationship L1P1 project, The Icebreaker speech.
Syahnur’s speech title was “Young Syahnur Embarrassing Fact”.
Prior to that, we had his evaluator, Toastmaster Lim Chee Rong, introduced the speech objective and what he will be looking for in Syahnur’s speech for his evaluation.
The second speech for the night was from Distinguished Toastmaster, Allen Ang, who did his Dynamic Leadership L2P3, Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring speech.
Allen’s speech title was “My Speech Contest Mentor”.
And we also had his speech evaluator, Heidi Rahman, Competent Communicator, to present the speech objective and what she will be looking for in Allen’s speech.
With the conclusion of the table topics and prepared speeches, we break for 10 minutes.
The third part of the meeting started with the General Evaluator, Ted Jee, taking over to lead the evaluation session.
First evaluator for the night was the table topics evaluation from Hazwan.
With the conclusion of the table topics evaluation, the Table Topics Master, Wilson, presented the best table topic speaker for the night, and the award went to…….
……… drumroll ………..
Next up to take the floor was the speech evaluation from Chee Rong, for Syahnur’s speech.
And as per tradition, after the evaluation, Chee Rong presented Syahnur with the Ice-Breaker Speech Ribbon, and Syahnur received a standing ovation from the audience members. This is a tradition in BSC to give encouragement to new speakers.
The next speech evaluator was from Heidi, evaluating Allen’s prepared speech.
Up next was the Grammarian report from Lawrence, who presented an excellent report and won the Best Evaluator ribbon.
Kudos to Lawrence.
Next reporting came from Ah-Counter, Adi, who also presented a fun-filled who said what as well, that got everyone engaged.
The last report was from our Timer of the day, Khai, who gave a detailed reporting of the timing for each of the speakers and role-players.
With the conclusion of the evaluation session, the floor was then passed back to our president, Rano Iskandar, Advanced Communicator Gold, Advanced Leader Bronze, for the conduct of other business matters and his closing remarks, before we officially closed off the meeting.
It was overall another educational and fun-filled night for everyone with active participation from everyone.
Writer: Ted Jee
Photographer: Nazri Saman
Videographer: Wilson Kong