“Go forth, rise up, whether light or heavy, to do the things you want to achieve and right the things which had been wronged”, was our first time Toastmaster of the evening, TM Faiz Zailani’s thought of the day before he transitioned to the evening’s prepared speeches.
The Grammarian for the evening, TM Rahul Breh, introduced the Word of the Day, “valiant”, which is an adjective for possessing or showing courage or determination.
Our Timer and Tip, TM Heidi Rahman shared a tip that “The most important time of the day is the time to schedule your day. So take fifteen to thirty minutes to plan your day out”.
In her CC1 speech “The Great Pretender”, TM Haryati Abd Gafur described herself as an introvert who would avoid every opportunity given by her supervisors to speak publicly, mostly by pretending to be unwell. She confessed that although she is a teacher by profession, her mind would go blank when engaging in small talk with new acquaintances and hence she finds hiding in the toilet as her only solace. Recognising it was a condition that needed to be remedied, her psychologist recommended joining Toastmasters. But Haryati had a misconception that Toastmasters host speed dating over coffee until she attended one of the meetings. To cap off her speech, she quoted, “Do not wait for confidence, go look for it”. She finally revealed that she joined Toastmasters to find her confidence and voice. Moved by her speech, audience gave her a thunderous applause for her remarkable delivery. Congratulations Haryati for delivering your Ice Breaker Speech.
TM Rahmat Tarsat began her CC2 speech titled “Courage, the Not-So-Cowardly Dog” by reminiscing her childhood days of watching a cartoon series of a dog named “Courage” that fought monsters whom she fondly related to as a coward. Courage the Dog’s fright is portrayed by his heart jumping out, much like the fright from public speaking for the first time. The reason for it is that our brains are wired for fight or flight to survive impending danger. She encourages us to use the adrenaline rush to fight our fears by facing them head on no matter how skittish we are, like Courage the Dog fighting the antagonist. She related to her experience of standing up to a shorter bully after being pushed down, during which she gave a glare that unexpectedly made the bully tuck tail and turned the other way. Rahmat confessed she is only a coward to things that hold less importance than the things that are worth fighting for. She closed her speech with a quote “Fear is inevitable, so accept it openly and use the adrenaline to be courageous”. Thank you for inspiring us with your stories.
“The Power of Fiction” was TM Sharon Ong’s CC3 speech to inspire or persuade us to read more fiction for the following reasons. Firstly, to stimulate imagination through the comprehension of words – words that paint a world of our own inside in our minds and words that paint textures to our five senses of humanly perceptions. Secondly, reading fiction also propels us into the emotional situations and moral dilemmas that we may not have otherwise experienced ourselves. Through fiction, we delve into the character’s shoes that inadvertently teaches us empathy. Lastly, because of the first two points, reading fiction boosts our language skills and vocabulary. Thank you Sharon for encouraging us to pick up reading fiction and congratulations on delivering your CC3 speech.
After the break, Reuben Chin, ACS, ALB took over as B.E.S.T speaker. In his workshop, ‘’Impactful Presentation with Simple Designs”, he emphasised a set of rules to follow. Namely, presentations should not clutter and be of simple design with less graphics. He discourages the use of templates as they do not use complimentary colors like analogous colors and triadic colors. Font sizes should be kept at 50 and above with the correct use of San Serif and Serif fonts. Lastly, negative space is important to pull our focus to an important subject matter.
Overall the session was filled with light moments and laughter. The meeting was upbeat, thanks to TM Rahul Breh as Grammarian, TM Supatra Lee as Ah Counter, TM Heidi Rahman as Timer & Tip and finally Shawn Narcis, DTM as General Evaluator.
During the closing, Immediate Past Area Governor, Ruey Chong Narcis, ACB, ACLB, presented and introduced the President Distinguished awards to the club.
Written & Caption by;
TM Gerald Goh
Chang Seng Yee, CC