1st March 2016 – Progress is the way forward

Jordan Yau, CL opening the meeting as acting SAA

Jordan Yau, CL opening the meeting as acting SAA

The first Toastmasters’ meeting in March 2016 was opened by Jordan Yau, CL, designated Sergeant At Arms. He took the opportunity to introduce the meeting to several guests, namely students from Maktab Sains PSBS and members of the Gavel Club.

TM Gerald Goh as Toastmaster of the Evening

TM Gerald Goh as Toastmaster of the Evening

TM Gerald Goh, hosted the meeting in his capacity as Toastmaster of the Evening and began the proceedings by introducing TM Syatrah Roslan who will act as the meeting’s grammarian.

TM Syatrah Roslan as first time Grammarian

TM Syatrah Roslan as first time Grammarian

Our first timer grammarian,  elaborated on the Word of the Day  ‘bonhomie’, which means cheerful friendliness or geniality.

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TM Dalton Lim as our Timer & Tip

Timer and Tip for the night, TM Dalton Lim shared his tip, ‘It is impossible to get things done within a short period of time. But by prioritizing, the impossible can be made possible’.

TM Awfa Mawawi deliver her first prepared speech

TM Awfa Nawawi deliver her first prepared speech

First up on the night was TM Awfa Nawawi with her icebreaking CC1 speech “Embracing Change”. The speech explored her life experiences of having to move abroad at a young age, her subsequent character development and the quirks that she faced growing up. She has learnt that no matter how much we fall, we should embrace the constant changes to evolve and shape our unforeseen future for the better.

TM Awfa Mawawi receiving her Ice BReaker Speech

TM Awfa Nawawi receiving her Ice BReaker Speech

TM Macalister Mak sharing his Rock climbing story

TM Macalister Mak sharing his Rock climbing story

The next speaker, TM Macalister Mak’s CC5 speech emphasized the importance of teamwork in rock climbing. This team consists of a Climber, a Relayer, an Assistance Relayer and an Anchor. He explained about how the activity’s success is dependent on every member of the team coordinating well with each other. He encouraged fellow audience to take up rock climbing and promised that it will improve everyone’s teamwork, communication and leadership.

TM Macalister Mak receiving his Halfway to Competent Communicator ribbon

TM Macalister Mak receiving his Halfway to Competent Communicator ribbon

Allen Ang, ACS, ALB delivering a dramatic talk

Allen Ang, ACS, ALB delivering a dramatic talk

The meeting was held in rapt attention as Allen Ang, ACS, ALB recounted the experience of his wife’s pregnancy with speech titled, ‘Dramatic Talk: 7th June’. He was attempting his Advanced Communicator Gold Project: A Dramatic Talk under the Entertaining Speaker Manual. TM Allen made good use of hyperbole and intonation to inject drama and suspense which met the project’s objectives, showing his advanced speaking skill. He strongly conveyed the moral of his journey that we should never take life for granted.

TM Delwin Keasberry delivering his B.E.S.T workshop on Progress

TM Delwin Keasberry delivering his B.E.S.T workshop on Progress

TM Delwin Keasberry (our B.E.S.T. Speaker for the night) shared his best practices on public speaking based on his extensive experience of speaking and moderating at various events especially attending conferences. His engaging style captured everyone’s attention by revolving his speech with 3 questions:-

Q1. Describe a strong public speaker.

He shared his step-by-step tips:

  1. Start with what you have
  2. Stick with what you have
  3. Step outside your comfort zone.

He believes that to be a strong public speaker, you simply have to believe in your message. ‘As long as you have a compelling story, magic happens’.

Q2. What have you learnt from your journey so far (as a speaker)?

He shared his T.I.P principle:

T (TIME) – Be aware of your time

I (INTERACT) – Interact with your audience (be brisk and have fun with them)

P(PREPARE) – ‘I don’t get ready, I STAY READY’.

Q3. What do organizers look for?

  1. Google yourself
  2. Think where you fit
  3. Do they know you?
TM Delwin Keasberry accepting a token of appreciation

TM Delwin Keasberry accepting a token of appreciation

TM Delwin Keasberry advised to know what organizers want, we are encouraged to be more engaging in attending events and exposing in social media to see where we fit and get recognized.

Our evaluators for the evening

Our evaluators for the evening

TM Maudena Abdul Gafur receiving her Best Evaluator Ribbon

TM Maudena Abdul Gafur receiving her Best Evaluator Ribbon

The night ended with the announcement of the Best Evaluator of the Night. And the winner was our First time Ah Counter, TM Maudena Hamid. Congratulations!

Members and young guest from Maktab Sains

Members and young guest from Maktab Sains

It was a lively night supported by energetic guests and members. Other role players who need to be recognized for their dedication as evaluators were TM Supatra Lee as the General Evaluator; Shawn Narcis, DTM as CC1 Evaluator; TM Amran Jamaluddin as CC5 Evaluator and; Chris Woo, CC as ACG Evaluator.

Guests providing general comments

Guests providing general comments

Our Vice President Membership, TM Supatra Lee posing with Smedley Award Ribbon

Our Vice President Membership, TM Supatra Lee posing with Smedley Award Ribbon

Written by;

TM Ada Rani Lim

Photography;

Aziman Nasir