Greetings, Toastmasters and friends.
“There will always be someone who is better.”
Appreciating that, our Toastmaster of the Evening, Allen, advocated us to not compare ourselves with others, but with the person we were yesterday. Thank you Allen, for the prudent thought of the day.
Our first time Timer, Peng, quoted Lao Tzu – “Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.” Thank you, Peng, for the Tip of the day!
We had a speech marathon that night and it had enticed an unprecedented number of guests and members from other Toastmasters clubs in Brunei. It was definitely our privilege to witness all the speeches, especially the three Competent Communication Project no.1 or Ice Breaker speeches and also the last speech for Advanced Communication Project.
The first speaker was Kai Wei, with his speech entitled, ‘Kai Wei 101’. In his speech, he told us how his boss summoned him to Brunei Speakers’ Club and he had no idea what he got himself into. However, he was glad that he came because of the values of our club. His birthday is on the 7th of January and he was a proud Capricorn as it connotes being wise, disciplined and resourceful. Well done, Kai Wei, and we look forward to your future speeches!
Growing up by the KB beach, Vui Ting has always loved spending time with nature. She used to be socially awkward and preferred to be quiet most of the time. But through university and work experiences, she had learned to be more comfortable around people. She too, was euphoric that her boss invited her to this club as she enjoyed the supportive and positive environment here. Congratulations Vui Ting for your ‘stepping out of your comfort zone’ speech, and we look forward to your next speech.
Saiful, colleague of Vui Ting and Kai Wei, also attempted his first speech entitled ‘Mistake=Opportunity’. With decades of work experience, he shared with us that he had grown by making mistakes. He was also very thankful to his wife, as she supported him when he was at the bottom of his life. He also expressed gratitude to his current boss as they both share the same values. Congratulations Saiful, for your ice-breaking speech and we look forward to your future speeches.
Rahul attempted his Competent Communication Project no. 3 entitled ‘Ship of Theseus’. Rahul spoke of the paradox notably discussed by the philosopher Plutarch, who raised the question whether a ship restored by replacing each and every one of its wooden parts still remained the same ship. Rahul had definitely kept everything pondering about his speech. He also shared two stories of his classmates from his childhood; one who had his mother’s eye and another that suffered from Thalassemia, a type of blood disease. With that, he encouraged everyone to donate their organs and blood to help those in need. Well done, Rahul, for such a deep and inspirational speech!
Amran attempted his Competent Communication Project no.6 entitled ‘advice’. Everyone has their opinions. Being the youngest in the family, everyone in his family had always liked to give him advices until he got tired of listening to them. Despite of that, there is only one advice he will always listen to. His father always used to tell him, “You don’t have a spectacle. You don’t have a watch.” Only recently did he realise his father meant for him to ponder about his future as time waits for no man. He admitted that he was very playful before and he never studied. However, it is never too late and he hopes to be a better person every day. Thank you Amran, you have definitely touched every one of us.
With his wide range of creative vocal varieties, Shawn enlightened everyone with his final Advanced Communication Project entitled ‘How Maui Brought Fire to the World’. Maui, being an inquisitive child, always wondered where fire came from. One day, in the middle of the night, while everyone was sleeping, Maui went from village to village and extinguished all the fires until not a single fire burned in the world. Did his actions create an uproar in his village? Congratulations Shawn, it was a fantabulous speech!
The next weekend, Toastmasters will be heading to the District 87 Annual Conference in Kuching. We will have an opportunity to witness the World Champion of Public Speaking 2015 deliver his winning speech. It will definitely be a once in a life time experience.
Our acting president ended her closing remark with a quote,
“If you are not growing, you are dying.”
Thus entreating us to continue developing ourselves and live life to the fullest.
Writer’s Remark: ‘Kaizen’ means continuous improvement.
Chang Seng Yee, CC
TM Rano Iskandar