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Meeting #392-Embrace the Mess

Today’s meeting was kick started by our Sergeant At Arms EK Yeo, CC, CL who called for the meeting to order at 7.15pm. He swiftly guided us through the house rules, Toastmasters’ Promise and invited me to give my presidential address. 

It’s been 3 months since I became the President of this club. In the last 3 months, I made some mistakes. But I am fortunate that with the guidance from the senior members, I managed to embrace the mess and from that, out came the theme for today’s meeting – Embrace The Mess.

After that, the Grammarian Mathew Philippose, CC, ALB introduced the word of the day which was “mettle”.

I invited the members & guests to introduce themselves to the meeting. They also recited what the theme meant to them and used the word of the day.

After a very upbeat session of passing the baton to allow each attendant to speak, I invited our Immediate Past President Ron Yeap, ACB, CL to give a Ron's-Style of humour as a Humour Master. Everyone enjoyed the session and laughed a lot.

After the humour session, the meeting was handed over to the first time Toastmaster of the Evening, Dato' Dr. Mary. Although it was her first time in this role, she came prepared and handled the situationsensibly. For the benefits of the first-time guests, she introduced the Toastmasters’ history and club's history with pride.

Then we moved on to the mysterious, mind-cracking and motivating Table Topics session with Srikant also taking the role as our Table Topics Master for the first time. He popped great questions on leadership to all those who attempted the session. Most of our guests showed the mettle to accept the challenge and the rest enjoyed their presentations.

Next, we were into another interesting part of the meeting-Assigned speech session. Our 1st speaker, Shain Anand was delivering his CC Project 3 with the title “Dealing with Suckers”. The story was about the blood sucking mosquitoes and his tips on dealing them with 4Bs -Banish, Bloom, Build and Bait. He was confident, with a calm voice and joyful facial expressions.

Our 2nd speaker was Joel, delivering CC Project 7. He started the speech entitled “Opportunity in the east" by asking questions and pulled the audience into his story. He is good in conversational style of speeches.

The 3rd speaker was Manish Jha, CC delivering Pathway Level 1, Project 2 and his speech title was “What I’ve”. Manish shared an instance from his personal life and gave a message that we should treasure what we have instead of looking forward to what we don’t have.

The final speech of the Assigned Speech Session was done by CP Lau, ACB, ALB delivering from The Advanced Communication Series, Project 4 and his speech title was“Standardize to Synchronize”.His speech was about a presentation being given in front of the Board Members of a company about upgrading their IT infrastructure. The speech had a Q&A session also.
A break of 10 full minutes was taken as we were on schedule.

Then the General Evaluator, Samuel Selvaraju, DTM took over the Evaluation session and put his team of evaluators into action.

Ben Hoe, CTM,CL was our Table Topics evaluator. As usual, he was very positive in his feedback to all the Table Topics speakers as well as supportive in sharing their areas of improvement.
After that we hadour Assigned Speech Evaluators Ken Chan DTM, KL Loh ATMG, Ron Yeap  ACB and Hj Hashim DTM, who gave such comprehensive and concise evaluations forour 4 Speakers. 

Congratulations to our winners:

Best Table Topic Speaker - Foo Fung Jiun CC 
Best Project Speech - Shain Anand 
Best Project Evaluator - Hj. Hashim DTM

Tonight’s theme taught us to embrace the mess. But in order to clear the mess, it takes courage and humility to correct the situation and to come out of the mess. That is the spirit to call for embracing the mess.

We had a total of 6 guests for our meeting tonight. Before the meeting ended, we invite our guests to provide their thoughts and feedback.

We look forward to meet everyone again in the next meeting, gracious! And of course, as usual, we had our group photo before the end of the meeting. Say cheese!

Blog writer: Wendy Sim CC

Meeting # 391 – Unleash the Power Within


The upcoming Leadership workshop at MMKL was soon to come and thus it stirred us to have a meeting that would be a catalyst to our attendants to sign up for it. Unleash the Power Within was the theme of the meeting inspired by non-other than the world’s number one motivational coach, Anthony Robbins. 

Our Sergeant At Arms was E K Yeo, CC, CL who called for the meeting to order at 7.15pm promptly as always. He swiftly guided us through the house rules, Toastmasters’ Promise and invited the President on to give her presidential address. 

Wendy was in sync with the theme both mentally and physically with her well prepped opening address highlighting leadership. She then invited the Grammarian to introduce the word of the day which was “endeavour”. To endeavour is to strive at accomplishing a goal. To be constantly hopeful in times of discomfort. To most definitely unleash the power within. And with that, every member and guest shared their thoughts and hopes in what inspires them to climb the ladder of success in leadership and how they had grown as individuals by unleashing their truest potentials. 

After a very upbeat session of passing the baton to allow each attendant to speak, we were all ears for an invocation speak by one of MMKL’s experienced Toastmaster. K L Loh, ATMG, delivered his heart felt invocation speech based on the theme. 

Our Toastmaster of the Evening, Kevin Khoo, CC took stage in his usual charismatic manner. He engaged the guests by introducing the history of Toastmasters and later moved on to introduce the respective role players who were ready to develop their leadership skills in Toastmasters. 

Shain Anand was the Ah-Counter, Foo Fung Jiun, CC took the Grammarian role and EK Yeo, CC, CL played double roles today by also being the Timer. The key guest for the day, the General Evaluator, was Vincent Hoy, CC, ALB. 

We then moved on to the mysterious, mind-cracking and motivating Table Topics session with the humble and elegant Serena Kong, ACB as our Table Topics Master. She popped great questions on leadership to all those who attempted at the session. Mostly all of our guests rose to the challenge to unleash the power within them to speak. 

Main course was served at 8.00pm with a variety of speeches by 3 speakers for the Assigned Project Session. Today we had with us two Pathways Ice Breaker speeches and one speech from the Competent Communication manual.

The first ice breaker was by our new member Mary de Silva with her title The Human Dynamo. She was all out to deliver her very first speech and she did it with so much poise, passion and power. Way advanced for an ice breaker, Mary used props and slides to deliver her speech and shared with us many jaw dropping facts about herself. 

The second ice breaker speech was by Manish Jha, CC. Although already a Competent Communicator he revisited his ice breaker in the Pathways module and shared with us about a life changing mistake in his life. His title was MJ, The Untold Story and the story was about how he was accidentally placed 2nd in class in the 9th grade of school when he was actually 2nd last but that mistake made him unleash the potential in him to really make it to the 2nd place to maintain the mistaken title but this time for real in his next grade. Truly encouraging that where there is a will, there is a way and that anything is possible. 

Alas, the final speaker who delivered the 7th speech in the Competent Communication Manual was a not-so competent speaker. Rather, he was an extremely advanced speaker. Ken Chan, DTM left the crowd with food for thought with his speech Now Everyone Can Lead. With his charismatic gestures and manner, he brought us through his speech on the types of leadership style one could adapt and also managed to smoothly slot in a slight preview of the Leadership Workshop that MMKL was to organize at the end of the month. 

After a fulfilling session with speeches that were music to the ears and fuel to the mind, there was a short Pathways Briefing session by Dr. William Lau, DTM who is one of District 102’s Pathways Ambassador. He led us through a step by step guide on how we could log on to proceed with our Pathways Curriculum and indeed it was a helpful session for all the members to kick-start their Pathways. 

A short break was given to continue to feast the mouth-watering Nasi Lemak we have at MMKL and then we continued for a greater feast which was the breakfast of Toastmasters. The evaluations session was conducted by Vincent Hoy, CC, ALB who is also a Pathway Ambassador. First up was the Table Topics evaluation by Kelvin Chong, ACB. He gave his sincere heart-felt opinion. Then the panel of project speech evaluators gave their full and honest opinions on the respective speakers. KL Loh, ATMG went full on to give a thorough evaluation for Mary. Hj. Hashim, DTM went on with his story telling evaluation for Manish’s speech and Ken Chan, DTM had the privilege to be evaluated by Dr. William Lau, DTM himself. 

A brief open evaluation was given for the project speeches and the respective role players gave their reports on the speech crutches, grammar and time. Vincent, CC, ALB gave his sincere criticism and feedback that was truly a fruitful advice for the club. Indeed the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.  

It was close to 9.40pm and it was time for our President to announce the winners for the night and deliver her closing address. The best Table Topics was bagged by non-other than Ken Chan, DTM for his flamboyant delivery. Unfortunately due to time disqualifications no voting was done for the best evaluator and best project speaker.

Wendy Sim, CC the President then gave her best speech and reiterated about the capabilities we all have hidden inside us. Many of the guests shared how they truly enjoyed the meeting and we even had a couple ready to sign up, eager to unleash the power within them. With that, the meeting adjourned and a cheerful group photo was taken. 
It’s always a rewarding meeting at MMKL and each meeting sure allows us to unleash our power within and with that in mind dear reader I hope you find in yourself something for you to unleash.

Blog writer: Chitirra

Meeting #390- Going Places !!

Meeting Number 390 was held on 12th Sept 2017.   The club meeting is called to order by Competent Toastmaster, Competent leader (CTM CL) Tan Ben Hoe.  As usual after introducing the House Rules, he led the club members to recite the Toastmasters’ promise.  The promises are printed on the club agenda. He then handed the meeting over to the President Wendy Sim. She welcomed the members and guests to the meeting.  In her opening address she signified the Theme of the Day which is “Going Places”. She then calls upon the Grammarian for the Day, Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) Serena Kong to introduce the Word of the Day. The word we learnt on this day is “Wanderlust”.  President Wendy then turns to the audience seated in a U-shaped format to start introducing themselves. I should say everyone, including the guests, attempted to say something on the theme of the day and word of the day. The President gave a strong opening to the theme and invited the Toastmaster of the Evening Evening (TME) Competent Communicator Foo Fung Jiun to take control of the meeting.
The TME introduced the role-players of the meeting to introduce the purpose of their roles. So we had the Grammarian Serena Kong, Ah-Counter E.K Yeo and Timer Wendy Sim and the GE Jerry Wong to introduce their roles for the meeting that evening.  These roles will add much meaning at the end of the day adding to the progress of the club.  The TME now invites again our senior member Advanced Toastmaster Gold KL Loh who presents an innovation speech and uplifts the spirit of all seated.  One of the key functions of the TME is helping to run through the agenda of the day. He called upon the Table Topics Master EK Yeo, CC, CL for a fun filled session.
In this session we had both members and guests giving a try to do impromptu speeches within the time allocated. We had a good group of eager participants for this session.  The first speaker Ron Yeap, CC spoke on the topic “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”. He was followed by Manish Jha,CCwho spoke on the topic, “Life is short, lets enjoy it”.Our 3rd speaker Jia Ming, also a guest, spoke on the topic “Future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”.The 4th speaker Olivia, also a guest, spoke on the topic “There are no short cuts to any place worth going”. And the final speaker Mathew spoke on the topic“If you have a dream what you want to be?”  As the impromptu speeches ended a vote was taken for the Best Table Topics Speaker.

As the TME took control again of the meeting again. He led the club to witness the Assigned Speech Sessions.   We have 2 groups of speeches, one was from the pathway guide and the second was from the Competent Communication Manual.  The speaker from the prepared speeches was Srikant who gave an Ice Breaker speech with the speech title, A lifelong learner.  He spoke very fluently, although it is his first speech and the eloquence of the English language helped us to understand how his life was a lifelong learning experience. Our 2nd speaker was Chitirra who also gave an ice breaker speech with speech title Passion is Purpose. She actually burned with much passion throughout her speech. This was followed by our 3rd speaker, Joel Silas, from the CC manual on the topic Vocal Variety with the speech title Travelling with Excitement. In this speech , Joel spoke very different from his previous speeches. He spoke confidently, with humor and excitement. Our final speaker was Yap Ooi Yee who gave her 8th speech from the CC manual.  The title of the speech was “Roller Coaster Interviews”.  All the speeches was very inspiring and rewarding listening to them. TME took a vote for the best speaker and adjourned the meeting for a break.
During the break, there was much food like the favourite “Nasi Lemak”, fried eggs, fried chicken, curry puffs, cakes and bananas. As the break ended the SAA called the meeting to order and passed it over to the TME. The TME invited the GE Jerry to preside over the meeting.  Yes, Jerry with a cheerful face invited the evaluators to give their evaluations. The first evaluator was Tan Ben Hoe CC, CL who gave evaluation on the table topics session. He gave a vivid finding on each speaker and with encouraging notes for improvement.  This was followed by speech evaluators KL Loh ATMG, Manish Jha, CC Ron Yeap ACB and Mathew Philippose , CC, ALB.  Each evaluator gave clear evaluations that not only helped speakers but the listeners to improve.  As the evaluation ended there was vote for the Best Evaluator.  
The next session is what we are also keen to know how we performed on the day.  The Ah Counter, Grammarian and Timer gave their reports.  This was followed by the GE’s report who summed up the meeting with a good analysis of the meeting and encouraging us in the direction of the club.  

GE Jerry wong passed the control back to the TME who then invited President Wendy to give away the prizes for the best performers for the day. The best table topics speaker went to Manish Jha.He was overjoyed to receive this award. Our best evaluator went to KL Loh ATMG.He took the award beaming with smile. The Best speaker was almost everybody’s guess, it was Chitirra. 
After the giving away the awards President Wendy gave a token of appreciation to the General Evaluator.  She then closed the meeting with her closing address. The club then took a group photo and had a cake cutting for those whose birthdays fell in September.  It was a great and satisfying meeting.
See you all again on 26th. September.

Blog writer: Mathew Philippose.

Meeting #389 Merdeka: United We Stand

Month of August means very differently to Malaysians. 60 years ago, this country, which was then called Malaya, gained her independence from the British’s colonialism.
Time lapsed to 60 years later, zoomed in to a small club called Money Mastery-KL Toastmasters Club, taking the opportunity to celebrate the National Day, by calling the meeting with the theme: Merdeka: United We Stand. Members were asked to dress in colourful outfits that showed the multi-cultural environment of our country.

It was 29th August 2017, 2 days before the National Day break was about to start, we had our 3rd meeting of the month, which fell on the 5th week of the Month.
The weather did not show any sign of cooperation, as it turned cloudy and dark at 6.30pm. That didn’t stop dedicated members like Joel, Chitirra to arrive early at the meeting venue at for early preparation.

As time got closer, more and more members and guests turned and finally by 7.15pm, the meeting was ready to start. Our Assistant SAA, Srikant, called the meeting to order. He greeted everyone, and stated the rule of the meeting clearly to the attendees. Next, he led the members to recite the Toastmasters promises.

As soon as the solemn drill was over, President Wendy Sim, CC was invited to the stage for her President’s Address. She recalled her childhood memory of watching National Day fireworks and enjoyed shopping spree with her family.
Members and guests were asked to introduced themselves to the meeting. They also recited what the theme meant to them and used the word of the day, “liberated”.
When the self-introduction session was over, the meeting was handed over to the first-time Toastmaster of the Evening, Shain Anand. Shain, although was first time in his role, he came prepared and handed the situations swiftly. To the benefits of the first-time guest, he introduced Toastmasters history and club history with pride.

Another interesting session was due to begin when Shain called upon the Table TopicsTM Master, Mary de Silva to lead the session. Mary challenged the members and guests on the topics she prepared that were related to the theme of the meeting. 4 courageous participants attempted the topics. Started by Srikant, the flow continued with 3 other guests Olivia, Stanley and Crystal.

The meeting entered another session for the prepared speeches. The first speaker of the day was Chong Ji Sheng, advancing to Competent Communicator speech no. 8, that was “Get Comfortable with Visual Aids”. Ji Sheng shared his story with title “My Basketball Life”. He told us his rise and fall in the involvement of basketball, with photos of the past and demo-ed a little skill with a basketball.

Ken Chan, DTM, the 2nd speaker, was also delivering from the Competent Communication manual. Ken was delivering Project Speech no. 10 - Inspire Your Audience. Ken’s title was “Now Everyone Can…Humour!”. Ken shared with us how he turned himself from homor-proof to a humorist. The trophies that he won from numerous Humorous Speech contests were the solid proof that he had made it.

Moving on to the Advanced Communication Speech, Victor Wan, ACS, ALB kick-started with the speech from Public Relations manual, which he was attempting the Project Speech No. 1 - The Good Will Speech. Victor brought to us his speech titled “The Club of your Life”. His speech was motivating. He complemented the members and guests who were attending the Toastmasters meeting over other priorities were those who are eager and persistent for their personal development.

CP Lau, ACB, ALB was the last speaker of the day, speaking from speech Manual – Speaking to Inform. He delivered the speech titled “E.R.P.” from Project No. 3 “The Demonstration Talk”. Through this software demonstration, we felt the relevance to upgrade our legacy system to improve “efficiency, resource, and productivity” of our workplace.

A 10 mins break were all we had to rejuvenate ourselves for the next session. Coming back from the break, Toastmaster of the Evening invited Mr. General Evaluator, Lim Thian Seng, DTM to take over the Evaluation Session.

The first evaluation speech came from Ron Yeap, ACB who were evaluating the Table TopicsTM session. The 4 participants, albeit their relatively new experience with Table Topics TM session, attempted the topics well. Ron suggested them to be more natural with their body language and assure them that they would benefit more if they come again to the club meeting.

The assigned speech evaluation, started off by Kang Fong Luan, CC, the president of My Puchong TMC, to Ji Sheng. Kang suggested Ji Sheng to get familiarized with his visual aids prior to presentation. Mathew Philippose, CC, ALB reviewed Ken Chan’s performance with more stringent criteria for his improvement, as Ken is a senior speaker in Toastmasters. Serena Kong, ACB who evaluated Victor Wan, complemented him for selecting the right venue (Toastmaster’s Meeting) for his speech. As of Ken, this time as an evaluator to CP Lau, offered different perspective that CP could consider in his presentation.
Thian Seng, our General Evaluator, felt good with our club’s setup, including the banner at the downstairs which he found very important and useful to locate our venue. He encouraged us to uphold the standard of our club for future to come.
The meeting had seen the speakers and role players put in their best effort, and announcement of the best performers of the meeting was a breath-holding moment for us.
  • Best Table TopicsTM Speaker: Stanley (Guest)
  • Best Project Speech: Ken Chan, DTM
  • Best Speech Evaluator: Kang Fong Luan, CC

After Madam President took over the stage, she thanked everyone who attended the meeting and enhanced the meeting with colourful outfits, and wished us a peaceful and prosperous weekend ahead of us.

Meeting ended closer to 10pm, but everyone went back with a smile on their face, waiting to enjoy their long weekend.

Blog writer: Ron Yeap, ACB

Meeting #388 Dance When You Have The Chance

Do the Cha-cha, do a ballet, do a break dance but just do it anyway. For when you have the chance, just dance but always with flamboyance. The crowd was slowly drawing in for a fabulous performance we were having in store for the day and at 7:15 PM, our new member, Mary de Silva, promptly hit the gavel on the podium and called our 388th meeting to order. She was presentable and poised with her duty to introduce the house rules, lead the Toastmasters Promise and finally called the President to officiate the meeting.
Wendy Sim, CC then came on to the stage to deliver her Presidential Address and shared her passion for dancing and how it is great for the body and soul. Dancing you say? The theme of the day was in fact “Dance When You Have The Chance”. Following that, the word of the day “Flamboyant” was introduced by the Grammarian and everyone who attended took turns to introduce themselves, spoke of their thoughts about the theme and used the word of the day as they spoke.

After a year of being the President for the last term, Ron Yeap, ACB finally took stage as the Toastmaster of the Evening (TME) and brought us through the meeting proper, revisiting the history of Toastmasters International and introducing the respective role players.
Yap Ooi Yee played the significant timer, Serena Kong, ACB played the Grammarian after a long time and Srikant our newest member took up the attentive role as the Ah-Counter. We had with us for the night a bubbly and flamboyant Toastmaster, Joshua Chan, CC as our General Evaluator. After everyone took the time to explain their roles, the TME invited one of our veteran and champion speaker Ken Chan, DTM to kick start the meeting with an Invocation speech. Ken Chan, DTM known for his famous abbreviations and attention catching openers, shared with us about the famous Ls of Life which is to simply Learn, Laugh and Love.
Once the ambiance got a little pumped up, the Table Topics™ Master Chitirra, took control of the stage to conduct the Table Topics™ session, where impromptu speaking is known to be the best training for a Toastmaster. She had a simple yet metaphorical list of questions lined up for the volunteers to try on based on the theme of the day. Manish CC, Mary, Paul who was our former member and finally Srikant all rose to the mini challenge and spoke on their feet, some, even with their dancing shoes on.

Alas, it was time for the main performance of the day, which was of course the Assigned Speech Session. Our first speaker was the beautiful Mandy Chan who did her 4th speech in the Competent Communication Manual (How to Say It). She brought us through a remarkable speech entitled A Remarkable Trip about her last holiday trip. Next, we had a member who was back in action after missing in action for a while. It was none other than Chong Ji Sheng with his 7th speech from the Competent Communication Manual (Research Your Topic) entitled Introverts vs Extroverts. He enlightened us on the difference between the two types of personalities.
We then had with us our very humble Toastmaster, Foo Fung Jiun, who was finally ready to inspire us and earn a ‘CC’ behind his name with his final speech in the Competent Communication Manual (Inspire Your Audience). Living Life With A Purpose and as the title may suggest, Fung Jiun shared with us that a mere day to day life may not leave us fulfilled but one with good values and a strong purpose would most definitely leave us content and complete.

The finale of the Assigned Speech Session was by Mathew Phillippose, CC, ALB with his attempt at the Speciality Speeches from the Advanced Communiation Manual. He was indeed high in spirits to uplift the spirits of the audience as he did Project #2 which was themed Uplift the Spirit. With the title, The Final Lap, he empowered us with many inspiring motivational videos and his power filled commentary alongside the silent videos. I had goosebumps for a while there and indeed it lifted my spirits.
Time ticked away as we immersed into everyone’s speech and so we had to have a quick break before we moved on to the next item on the agenda. After the break, we had a short, solemn yet significant session for our 2 new members Mary & Srikant. It was their Induction Session and all the members on the floor welcomed them officially into the club with Hi-5s after they were assigned their mentors. Mary’s mentor is Serena Kong, ACB and Srikant’s is Manish Jha, CC. Congratulations to both mentors and mentees and MMKL wishes both the new members a pleasant journey with MMKL and Toastmasters as a whole.

The TME then transitioned to the long waited evaluation session by inviting the GE, Joshua Chan, CC to take control of the session. After briefly giving an overview of the session, Joshua invited EK Yeo, CC, CL who played the Table Topics™ Master on stage to give his evaluation on the 4 volunteers for the night. EK Yeo was observant and provided his honest feedback to the speakers.

Next the Individual Speech Evaluations took place. Wendy, CC did her first evaluation for Mandy with much humility. Manish, CC reviewed Ji Sheng’s performance, while Hj. Hashim, DTM evaluated Fung Jiun and Ken Chan, DTM evaluated Mathew, CC, ALB. All of them gave their best feedback to educate and improve the speakers. A brief open evaluation was allowed for the members on the floor to suggest improvements for the speakers and then the session continued with the reports from the respective role players.

Joshua Chan, CC then closed the Evaluations session with his General Evaluation about the meeting. He shared what he thought were the pros and cons of the meeting for us to maintain and work on and was most excited to be part of the meeting. With that, the TME took stage to invite the President, Wendy Sim, CC to present the awards.

Unfortunately due to a couple of time disqualifications, no voting took place for the project speeches but Mary de Silva stole the limelight as the Best Table Topics™ speaker despite only being her 2nd attempt at it. Ken Chan, DTM bagged the title as the Best evaluator for night and that was it for the awards. A token of appreciation was gifted to the GE, Joshua Chan, CC and she reminded everyone of the upcoming Area C1 Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contests to be held on the 23rd of September 2017 at Unipac, Shah Alam. Finally, Wendy, CC gave her closing speech encouraging the members to come forth and choreograph their best speeches for the upcoming meetings. She slipped out of her dancing shoes for the night and the curtains drew close for that’s all there was for tonight’s MMKL Toastmasters show. We danced in our hearts, as we pranced to snap a group photo, and the meeting was adjourned with the thoughts twirling in our heads, to always seize the opportunity and dance when we have the chance.

Blog writer: Chitirra

Meeting #387 Change, the Only Constant

The 2nd meeting for the term on 8th Aug 2017 i.e. today, was something different from the ordinary, just as its theme suggested. Change, the only constant, something mankind tends to struggle with, at times yet has brought them this far. Today’s meeting was an extraordinary session because all the project speeches were replaced with a detailed briefing session by Pathways Ambassador and Guide, Mr. Ramdas Nayer, DTM on the new Pathways education programme in Toastmasters. 

We had an array of guests who arrived early and enjoyed the classic Nasi lemak we serve here at MMKL. We’re known for our good food and hospitality. When the clock struck 7:15, our punctual SAA for the evening, Yap Ooi Yee, called the meeting to order introducing the house rules, leading the Toastmasters’ promise and inviting the President on stage to give her opening address. 

Wendy Sim, CC opened the session by addressing the theme as a quote by Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher. She then invited the Grammarian, Joel Silas to introduce the word of the day which was “Inchoate”. He described with a beautiful example that just as how a butterfly is inchoate when it is in its cocoon. Inchoate simply means to be not fully formed or developed. Everyone who attended was given a chance to introduce themselves and share their thoughts about the theme of the day. They were also encouraged to use the word of the day as they speak. A variety of experiences, thoughts and ideas were contributed that night. 

Upon that, the Toastmaster of the Evening took the stage to conduct the meeting proper. CP Lau, ACB, ALB, a skilled and experienced Toastmaster took up this role so willingly after a long time and delivered like a professional Master of Ceremonies. He, first highlighted the great history behind Toastmasters to all, especially for the knowledge of the guests and then called upon each role player to describe their role for the night. 

Joel Silas, oh so willingly offered himself when called upon on the eleventh hour to be our Grammarian. Mary de Silva, our newest member rose to the challenge to take up her first role as the Ah-Counter. Mandy Chan, immediately agreed to be the Timer and Lai Yoong Hean, ACB, ALB also the Area Director for C1 was willing to be an immediate back up and became the General Evaluator for the night as one of the pre-planned GE could not make it. It is this sort of support that we look for and also get in Toastmasters. 

It was 7.50pm and although we cancelled all project speeches for the night, we did not want our members to feel like they attended an unsatisfactory meeting. Therefore, we included a brief Table Topics™ Session under the care of our first time Table Topics™ Master, Shain Anand who came prepared with a variety of topics revolving around the theme. He threw the participants, both members and guests a good challenge with his intricate and mind blowing questions. 

The following were the participants who stepped forward for the 2 minutes challenge:

  1. Jason
  2. Yap
  3. Jia Ming
  4. KL Loh
  5. Srikanth

All of them had great responses and it was a tough time choosing the best speaker indeed. 
The time arrived for the main and important session that was particularly designed on the agenda that night. It was the detailed Pathways briefing that was conducted by the Pathways Ambassador Mr. Ramdas Nayer, DTM as mentioned above. He did a full pledged presentation for about an hour and above explaining about the new education programme. He enlightened the members and guests on the options and track that we had to choose from and follow. He shared with us about the time frame and how the old education would soon be obsolete and gave us a big picture of the new system which encouraged us to embrace the change that came along with it. Although the process is still inchoate, nevertheless with the right support and positive mindset everyone believes that it can be done. He entertained the very many questions from the floor throughout the session and although it went slightly over time it was indeed a fruitful session. He then moved on to officially pass the Pathways kit to the VPE of the club who is key person in charge of the transition of this new education system for the club. 

After the much positively overwhelming session everyone settled for a short 5 minute break before we moved on to the next session. It was time for the breakfast session in Toastmasters known as the evaluation session. Just as how breakfast is the most nutritional meal of our day, evaluations provide the most constructive feedback for Toastmasters members to improve themselves. 
The session was led by our General Evaluator, Lai Yoong Hean, ACB, ALB, who called upon Manish Jha, CC to begin with the evaluation for the Table Topics™. He gave his quality and detailed evaluation for all the participants to take and work on whilst staying motivated. Then, each role player gave their feedback that was tracked on paper under their best observation. Lastly, the General Evaluator gave his views and opinions about what he felt about the conduct of the meeting at our club for that night. He was pretty much impressed with many initiatives done by the club to have a smooth and pleasurable meeting. 

Lai Yoong Hean, ACB, ALB, then changed his hat from being the General Evaluator back into being the Area Director for C1 and gave his Area Director’s address for having visited our club for the term. It was indeed an honour having him join us for our meeting. The meeting drew closer to its end with the awards presentation and the champion for the Table Topics™ was none other than our veteran member K L Loh, ATMG. He’s truly an example to those who wish to speak off hand like a pro. An appreciation was awarded to both our Area Director and the Pathways Ambassador for having made time to visit our club and enlighten us on the Pathways programme respectively. 

Finally, Wendy Sim, CC, the President made the key announcements and ended the meeting with her simple and sweet closing address. Bright smiles were shown for the camera as we took a group photo and the meeting adjourned officially. 

We then proceeded to cut the cake for our August babies in the club and ended the night with slices of that delicious carrot cake and looked forward to the next meeting where we will proceed with our routine agenda of having project speeches. 

Everyone is looking forward to this new Pathways programme and together are willing to move forward for the change which is the only constant. 

Blog writer: Chitirra

Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contest 2017/18

We began our term 2017/18 with “Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests” (HSEC) on the very first day of the term. Our organizing chair of the contest a.k.a Contest Chair, Mandy Chan, did all the preparation beforehand. She was organizing the contests for first time in her Toastmasters journey which began one year ago. Once again MM-KL was ready to bring smiles and laughter to all over the faces.

As the evening was setting down, we were excited to have fun with humorous speeches from veteran speakers. The hall was completely jam packed with the members, guests and friends. The moment was arriving closer and we could see contestants’ face turned green, yellow and red.

We started our contests 10 minutes late at 7:25pm instead of 7:15pm. Assistant Sergeant at Arms EK Yeo, CC CL called the contest Humorous Speech to order. He called the Contest Chair Mandy Chan to give her opening address and open the floor for the contestants. She thanked her team for helping her to organize the contest, acknowledged the VIPs, wished good luck to the contestants and passed the floor to the Humorous Speech Contest Toastmaster Shain Anand.

Shain was also doing his role as contest TM for the first time in his TM short journey of 6 months and he was brilliant in his role. He briefed his team of speakers before the contest on procedures and rules for the contest and checked their eligibility criteria for the contest. Later, in his presentation he mentioned clearly the purpose of the contest, rules and ensured everything was in order to begin the show. Finally he called the first speaker of the Humorous speech contest ‘Kelvin Chong’.

Kelvin Chong with his speech Title- A little bit more. He urged us with his speech to have an attitude doing a bit more to succeed in anything we do in our life. Contest TM called speaker number two Advance Communicator Bronze, Ron Yeap with the speech title Presents for your loved ones. He entertained and brought a lot of laughter to us with his humors. He shared his personal story that how he surprised his wife with surprises. He also shared some spicy conversation between him and his friends and discussing about thought provoking humorous conversation between their wives.

Now it was time to listen another wonderful speaker “Victor Wan” with his speech title One belt one road. He is born to make people laugh with his authentic sense of humor. He shared his life’s recent ups and down very honestly and generously . He also shared how he lost his business of footwear and how he is enjoying his current job as an Uber driver. He also mentioned how he deals the talkative riders and cancels some rides at times, for which in return he gets money from Uber.

Another young talent was lined up with her speech title A roach for a Coach. Her name is Chitirra.  She was participating in her first humorous speech contest. She not only inspired us to learn lesson from cockroaches but also received the 2nd place in this speech contest. Well done dear Chitirra. Congratulations.

Wow, another veteran speaker Mathew Philippose CC ALB came up with a Saaree with speech title Understanding. We got no clue that what he was going to do with the Saaree. He actually demonstrated a spicy and naughty conversation between him and his wife in the speech. He shared an insight that no matter how much we get irritated at times but there is an understanding that makes our life more beautiful. Later he received the 3rd place in this contest. Congratulations, Mathew.

The time finally arrived to hear our last, but the best speech of the night from Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Ken Chan with his speech title Misunderstood. His speech was not only recognized as the best of the evening but also brought a lot of excitement, humor and uplifting words. He mentioned how he was misunderstood by many people but he never gave up in life.

After all the scintillating speeches we got to feed ourselves. Break for 10 minutes. I observed people were  busy in fellowship. Some people were socializing with enthusiasm like they were meeting for the first time.

Time flew so fast that our Sergeant at Arms rang the bell to inform us to get back to our seats. He announced the evaluation contest to order and he called TM Joel who was playing the role for the first time . He was cool in his duty. He explained the procedures, purpose and immediately called the Test Speaker on stage, the jolly and lovely Toastmaster Juliana Teh with speech title The Star of Ipoh. She was from MIEA Toastmasters Club but her origin is from Ipoh which we came to know from her speech. She was confident, stylish and bold to share her life’s story. She shared how she became a Senior Property Dealer from zero. There was a time when she was struggling for finance and in last 20 years she became the star she is now. She was awarded the Million Dollar Roof Top (MDRT) award in 2016. This was possible due to her love and passion in her work. Thank you Juliana, for inspiring us.

Contest TM begin with evaluation contest on the floor. All the evaluators were sent to the holding room except the first evaluator as per drawing lot. It was time to learn how to improve as a speaker from the proficient Evaluators. These evaluations were not just for Juliana, but also for us.  This was the list of contestants for the Evaluation contest- Kelvin Chong ACB, Mathew Philippose CC ALB, Victor Wan, Ken Chan DTM, Dr. Thilla DTM and Hj. Hashim Adnam DTM.

After the Evaluation, all were presented with the certificate of participation. Chief Judge Competent Communicator and Competent Leader Jerry Wong who was from PJ Toastmasters Club, submitted the results to the Contest TM, Joel. Finally, the list of winners who won everyone’s hearts in this contest are as follows.
3rd place - Mathew Phillippose, CC ALB
2nd place - Dr. Thilla, DTM
The Champion - DTM, Hj. Hashim Adnan.

Time came to call Contest TM for Humorous Speech Shain Anand to appreciate the Humorous Speech contestants. He first gave the certificates to the participants for the courage they had shown and moved on. He, then called upon Madam President Competent Communicator Wendy Sim on to the stage to present the awards to the winners.
3rd place -  is Mathew Philippose CC ALB
2nd place – Chitirra
The whole hall was silent for the moment to know who the Winner was
The Winner - DTM Ken Chan

Contest Chair Mandy Chan was called on to the stage to present the token of appreciation to the role players. She appreciated all the efforts done by ASAA, Timer, CT, Blog writer, photographer and the Chief Judge.

Finally, our Area C1 director, ACB ALB Lai Yoong Hean was called to do the closing remarks. He congratulated all the winners and encouraged all to see us in the area contest.             

Last but not the least, it was time to summarize the entire contest by our club President, Competent Communicator Wendy Sim. She was excited, happy and thankful for everyone who contributed to the success of the contest and adjourned the contests with a very nice group picture. Hope to see you all on 1st meeting of the August, 8th of August.

Blog writer : Manish Jha CC