Our Toastmaster of the Evening, TM Kelvin Lai began our last meeting of the year with an exuberant tone by encouraging more applause. For the Thought of the Day, he advised us to reflect, box all our moments and mix it up into experiences to contribute to our wisdom. Lastly, he also told us to give ourselves a pat on our back for doing so well this year.
As the Word of the Day, the evening’s Grammarian, TM Theressa Chong from UBD TMC chose a verb: ruminate, which means to think carefully and deeply about something. Personification of inanimate objects was Theressa’s grammar focus.
As a tip, our Timer & Tip; Ong Yin, CL suggested that Table Topics Speakers can wrap up their speeches when the green light is lit; and she advised prepared speakers to time their introduction, content and conclusion when they rehearse.
TM Maudena Hamid enlightened us with 5 stages of grief in her CC2 speech entitled SARAH. Upon her return from a perfect family holiday in Hong Kong, she was in Shock after realizing her phone was missing. Because of her heavy reliance on her phone, she was Angry with herself for losing it. She experienced the feeling of Rejection without it as most of her communication and entertainment needs are met by her phone. Eventually she felt Acceptance that her phone was now with a better owner. Finally, during the Healing stage, Maudena made a trip to DST hoping to purchase her replacement SIM card and a new phone. She also confessed that she will always choose an Apple phone over Android phones. From this, Maudena learned something new from the unfortunate experience and have used SARAH in her working setting as Human Resource Officer.
As a way to rally active vocal participation in class, TM Rahmat Tarsat shared the use of “Smart Praising” in CC3 speech. She first began breaking silence among the students by using a visual slide of a broccoli and posed it as a trick question. From then on, praises were given for every right answer. But what Rahmat didn’t expect was that it made students self consciously smart while making other students hesitant in fear of being ridiculed for being less intelligent. So instead, she commends students who make effort to actively participate in class. According to research, intelligence is not fixed and grows with effort. From this, Rahmat learned that words have to been chosen wisely when one is praising.
After the break, Pranika Lama, CC, ALB took the floor as Table Topics Masters with the theme “The Day I….”
The day TM Macalister Mak started lying was when a girl asked him if she was fat. To avoid hurting her, the obvious answer was no. During his primary school days he lied about sitting for exams and got bad grade. Mac concluded his speech by mentioning that lying has pro and cons.
The day TM Haryati Gafur broke traffic rules was when she checked her phone for texts while driving. She says it is a habit that is not to be followed by other drivers so as not to lose points in our drivers’ license.
The day our guest Wilson fell in love was 2 years ago at a college in Perak, Malaysia. They’ve recently celebrated their anniversary over Skype and social media by sharing their time in their respective hometowns. Wilson ended his speech with a message that we should spend quality time with our partners whenever it is possible.
The day TM Gerald Goh met Shawn Narcis, DTM was in his old office when he showed Shawn there was not enough leg space in the table that Shawn supplied. However, Shawn demonstrated that he has ample leg space when using the table.
The day our guest Fauzian skipped class, he was scolded in the principle office for also tripping a girl in class. From then on, he never did it again.
The day Reuben Chin, ACS, ACB was born, it was during tea break at 3pm in Miri when his mom had to take a ferry to the hospital. The limelight was that he came out in time for tea and dumplings.
Congratulation Reuben for winning Best Table Topics.
The meeting would not have been possible without officer bearers; TM Macalister as Sergeant at Arms, TM Kelvin as Toastmaster of the Evening, Pranika, CC, ALB as Topicmaster, Chris Woo, CC as Table Topics Evaluator, TM Theressa Chong as Grammarian, Allen Ang, ACS, ALB as Ah Counter, Ong Yin CL as Timer & Tip and lastly Ling Ling, CC as general evaluator.
In his closing remarks, President Chris Woo, CC report the club has already achieved 6 DCP points, has healthy membership growth and was happy to note that the quality of evaluations has gone up with the help of the club’s executive committee.
Written & Caption by;
TM Gerald Goh
TM Rano Iskandar