Our Deepest Fear is that We are Powerful Beyond Measure

Our Toastmaster of the Evening, Allen Ang, DTM,  began the meeting by asking what are our biggest fears in life? As each role player was introduced during the meeting, he began revealing each role players fears.

(Top left : TME Allen Ang, DTM; Top Right: GE, Ruey Chong Narcis, ACS, ALS; Bottom left, Lai Ling Ling PM4; Bottom right, TM David Lim)

Role Players of the Evening:

Toastmaster of the Evening, Allen Ang, DTM.
Table Topics Master, Aziman Nasir, DL2.
Table Topics Evaluator, Brendan Ti, CC, ALB.
Grammarian, TM Kelvin Lai.
Ah Counter & Who-Said-What, Salih Jamaludin, DL1.
Timer & Tip, TM Aditia Salalu.
General Evaluator, Ruey Chong Narcis, ACS, ALS.
Prepared Speech Evaluator for TM David Lim’s speech, TM Supatra Lee.
Prepared Speech Evaluator for Lai Ling Ling, PM4 prepared speech, Rano Iskandar, ACB, ALB.


During his thought of the day, Allen inspired us all by sharing a quote from Marianne Williamson, who says “Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.”. Sometimes we are fearful that we may be able to achieve something big. We may not be a good leader, not because we are not capable, but we are fearful of becoming a more capable person that we have imagine, said Allen during his explanation.

Table Topics Masters, Aziman Nasir, DL2,  introduced his role and topic theme, which was new beginnings.

As for that, our grammarian of the evening, TM Kelvin Lai introduced the word of the day, “Ineffable”, which is an adjective that expresses two meanings, one of it is being Incapable of being expressed in word. While on the other hand, it can also mean not to be uttered. Thank you, TM Kelvin Lai, for sharing with us the Word of the Day.

“Don’t be fearful of time, think of the timing lights as your guide to become a better speaker”, was a tip given by our Timer of the evening, TM Aditia.

In the prepared speech segment, TM David Lim delivered his L1P3 speech titled, “HIIT IT!”. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. He began by introducing the importance of exercise. David shared how he always loved exercise and started jogging close to 10km every day. Despite the frequent exercise regime,  he thought he was getting better, but it turns out he felt mentally and physically tired, which was not quite what he expected. Through the research on Tabata (a form of hiit training), David shared that the quality exercise routine is not defined by the length of the workout, but rather the intensity of it. Here to share his experiences with HIIT, David explained why HIIT maybe a good alternative for those struggling to make time for exercise, & for those already have a lot of time to be more efficient with their time. Thank you, David, for sharing us on the fundamentals and information of High Intensity Interval Training and the benefits it can do to our body.

The Second Prepared speech was by Lai Ling Ling, PM4 who attempted her graduation speech titled, “5 years”. Throughout her journey in attempt of completing her pathways manual for Presentation Mastery, Ling Ling took us on trip down her memory lane of some of the pathways project she had to complete. Despite the difficulties in attempt to complete certain projects, the challenges definitely groomed her to be a better speaker than she would have imagined.

Aziman Nasir, DL2, took over the floor and led the Table Topics session with interesting statements relating to New beginnings.

The first impromptu speaker, Amran, attempted the question, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”, and shared his story where one of the challenges he took on was the role of a President at Otters Toastmasters. Despite the possible challenges of uncertainty in leading the team, it will always be something that he can learn along this journey.

The second impromptu speaker, Sharon, attempted to respond the following phrase, “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”. As a teacher, Sharon agreed to the statement as she explained how failure allows us to step out and observe, learn from our mistakes, and try again, more intelligently.

Last but not least, Hilman agreed with a thought provoking statement that we should not live the same year 75 times and call it a life. If there is a river with no movement, will there be life, in that river?


All the impromptu speakers did their best to give it a go at table topics, and the best Table Topics speaker for the evening was awarded to Hilman! Congratulations, Hilman! 

On the final part of the meeting, the evaluation session was led by Ruey Chong Narcis, ALS, ACS, who took over the floor and gave her evaluative feedback in detail and with poise and the best evaluator of the evening was Rano Iskandar, ACB, ALB! Well done, Rano! 

President took over the control on the closing remarks where the Vice President of Education announced the next Toastmaster of the Evening will be, Aziman Nasir, ALB, ACB. For more information on how you can participate in our next Tuesday’s meeting, please contact Aziman! For guests who would like to attend our meeting or find out more about the club, please contact our Vice President of Membership, Syatrah for more information.