Tuesday, the 7th July marked the first BSC meeting of the term 2015-2016. The meeting witnessed members and guests packed to capacity. Two of our guests were Toastmasters from clubs outside Brunei – TM Jhing from Philippines and TM Krids from Hong Kong. We also had members from the UBD Toastmasters club, Otters club and Brunei advanced speakers’ club who were enthusiastic about the first meeting which had our new executive committee members take on the role of office bearers.
TM Jordan Yau, our fervent Toastmaster of the evening, cordially invited everyone present and took us through the meeting. His thought of the day was ‘Don’t be afraid to ask for help.’ We have to be prepared for new hurdles in life and seeking help is a practical solution to overcome any hurdles.
Our Grammarian for the night was TM Gerald Goh, who introduced the word of the day ‘Inculcate’; a verb, the meaning of which is to instill an attitude or habit by persistent instruction.
Our first speaker, in the prepared speeches segment, was TM Aziman Nasir who attempted his CC2 project with the speech ‘From Window Shopping to Showrooming’. In his introduction, Aziman shared with us that he has bought a hundred and fifty items online since he started online-shopping five years ago. He discussed the merits of online-shopping over visiting other brick-and-mortar shops. According to him, shopping online offers convenience and saves time. He highlighted three advantages – Firstly, the variety of products the online global market offers. Secondly, the affordable price ranges of commodities. By excluding the middle costs of retail stores, online-shopping usually offer greater deals. Thirdly, customised product orders offer uniqueness, which makes distinctive ownership possible. With these pointers, Aziman urged us to explore the limitless world of online-shopping. Congratulations Aziman on successfully completing the CC2 project.
Our second speaker was TM Rahul Breh, who did his CC5 speech project titled ‘Let’s Face It’. Rahul’s message through his speech was – discipline is necessary for complete freedom. To support his point, he narrated an incident from his childhood when he was being a difficult and reluctant child going shoe-shopping with his mother. She had to physically drag him to the store. He earned a slap from his mother when he mocked his friend in a wheelchair, saying it’s so convenient for him to move around in a chair. The punishment taught him understand and to have respect for other people’s situations and to never talk casually about them. Through the pain, the message was driven home in his young mind and has stayed afresh till date. He also used a metaphore of how a mother giraffe kicks its newborn again and again until the baby is able to stand on its feet. This is how important lessons of life are learnt. Hence, discipline, comes as a prerequisite to enjoying freedom. Congratulations Rahul on successful completion of CC5 project and half-way through the competent communication series.
Our third speaker, Lai Ling Ling, CC, attempted a speech project from the advanced manual ‘A Dramatic Talk’. Her speech entitled ‘Smiling and Crying’ conveyed her thoughts on the two basic human emotions of joy and sadness through a heart-warming personal story from her childhood. At the age of eleven, Ling Ling had went through corrective surgery and had a metal rod attached to her spine. With sharp intravenous needles to her skin and metal cracked to her bones, she decided to hold back her painful tears and simply smiled instead. She had to be strong like the titanium on her spine for her parents, who were deeply hurt. However, a family reunion coerced her to question her beliefs. Listening to her obnoxious, bossy and opinionated aunt’s judgmental remarks on her family made Ling Ling angry and frustrated. Though she persisted and smiled, she was surprised to see her mom sobbing her eyes. It suddenly occurred to her that crying is simply an expression and not a sign weakness as she had believed. It was OK to be human. In this emotional speech Ling Ling shared her message – laugh whenever you want to laugh and cry whenever you want to cry! Congratulations Lai Ling Ling on successful completion of the ACB6 project.
In the second half of the meeting session, the TME hosted an educational workshop – Brunei Educational Speakers for Toastmasters (BEST). Introduced by our Club President, Chris Woo, CC, the club meetings this term will host BEST sessions on the first Tuesday of every month. The inaugural BEST speaker, Geneviève Lai, DTM, delivered an interesting session on ‘Speech Evaluation’. Leading us through the nitty-gritty of the process of evaluation, she stressed the importance of motivating a speaker through mindful evaluation thereby helping him/her achieve success. The evaluator, hence, needs to adequately prepare for the role and understand the needs of the speaker. Geneviève also shared valuable pointers on how to conduct effective evaluations. Crafting a well-organized ‘mini speech’ is absolutely essential for delivering an impressive evaluation. Thank you Geneviève for the highly insightful session.
In his closing remarks, our President, Chris woo, CC, gave a brief and delightful presentation on the tasks of role players in the meeting. Proper execution of roles by the office bearers is absolutely essential for a meeting’s success. The guidelines are outlined in the newly written Role Players Guide, to serve as a quick and easy reference for all members of the Brunei Speakers’ Club. The meeting ended on a high note and we look forward to our future club meetings.
TM Pooja Shivanand
TM Saifulizam Zamhor