Seng Yee graduated with a degree in Professional Communication and Media and is currently working as an Event Organizer. She served Brunei Speakers’ Club as Vice President Public Relations for the term 2014/2015 and is the founder of BSC’s blog. Throughout her journey as a Toastmaster, Seng Yee has held many key organizing roles for various Toastmasters events and conferences, including being the Organizing Chair for BSC’s 2014/2015 Installation Dinner and Registration Chair for the recent D87 Semi-Annual Conference in Bali. Seng Yee likes to learn about different cultures and is passionate about couch-surfing.
How did you first hear about Toastmasters?
I first heard about Toastmasters in 2012 when I was in my third year of university. We were trying to get judges for our inter-faculty debate competition and my friend recommended me to get judges from Brunei Speakers’ Club. Her uncle, Clovis, is the founding member of BSC; Shawn and Kae Wen volunteered to be our judges. That’s how I get to know them.
Why did you join Toastmasters?
After I graduated from university, I joined Toastmasters because I like public speaking and Toastmasters provides a platform for all of its members to improve their public speaking skills.
How long have you been in Toastmasters and how have Toastmasters helped you so far in your professional life?
I’ve only been in Toastmasters for one year and seven months. Toastmasters is not only about public speaking, but it also trains us to be a better leader. Toastmasters has helped me to become more confident when talking to people who are older than me and I am really thankful for that.
During your term as BSC’s Vice President Public Relations, you have started many great initiatives for BSC such as setting up BSC blog and forming a Creative Writing Team for BSC’s Meeting Recaps. What challenges did you encounter and how did you overcome them?
The starting is always difficult. I am really thankful to Reuben and Jordan for helping me with the set-up of the blog. Maintaining the blog is even more difficult. We came across challenges like not having enough people in the team, not being able to meet our expected result, or not being able to meet our own deadlines. Regardless, as a leader of the team, I could not be beaten by those challenges. We should work at our best and there will always be a way. I would like to thank my team for understanding and agreeing with our vision and mission, and of course, contributing to our club. Due to the individual commitment of each team member, our team worked well.
What advice would you give to members who plan to join BSC’s Executive Committee next year?
Just do it.
You were the Introducer for Kwong Yue Yang (Second-place Winner in the World Championship of Public Speaking for 2011 and 2014) during the recent D87 Semi-Annual Conference in Bali. Tell us about your experience.
I was really excited when I fetched him from the airport with Shawn. For me, I would prefer to know more about the person I’m going to introduce. I was one of the audience in the World Championship of Public Speaking in 2014. After witnessing Kwong’s speech, I was immediately hooked. After speaking to him, I was even more amazed to find out that he was extremely friendly, humble and considerate. When I asked him how he would like me to introduce him, he replied, “Anyway you like”. It was, of course, very nerve-wrecking for me to introduce him, but I went through the speech with my fellow Toastmasters seniors and Kwong himself just to make sure that I was on the right track.
Who is your inspiration in life and why?
I have many inspirations in life. Angelina Jolie, Allen DeGeneres and Allie Brosh to name a few. They inspired me in every single way. It doesn’t really matter which professions they are from; they are all very true to themselves.
What are your goals in Toastmasters for this term (2015-2016)?
To be more focused on improving my public speaking skills.