Monday, 20 August 2007

Club meeting - 18th of August

From the desk of the VPPR Tse Han:-

This review was written by Jason Moi, and just to let you know, the meeting was FULL HOUSE! Once again, another successful meeting with guests from 8 different clubs. I have to say that all the credits will have go to Dennis Wee who has done an excellent job on his Evaluation Workshop. Cheers to you, and thank you for your support.

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In the blink of an eye, 12 days have passed as the sands of time blow me further into the future. Before I knew it, the 17th of August had already arrived; the second meeting of the HELP University College Toastmasters Club in the month. Once again, the seemingly dull DSA activity room will be filled with a band of merry toastmasters who have took the trouble to get up early in the morning to continue their journey of passion in the fine arts of effective speaking.

People started to gather in the DSA activity room at around 9:00, by 9:40 the meeting was called to order by Claudia, who was the Sergeant-At-Arms of the week. As soon as everybody was settled down, she began the club’s meeting by handling the Ice Breaker session in which the audience were supposed to introduced themselves by revealing their name and something funny about themselves, she then handed the stage to the president of the club, Loo Shu Wei, to give her welcome speech. Cheerful and jovial as always president Shu Wei delivered a warm welcome to the audience in her short and sweet speech.

After winning the hearts of the audience with her warm welcoming speech, she then proceeded to introduce the Toastmaster of the Morning, yours truly (Jason Moi). As a new member of the club and as a toastmaster emcee for the very first time, Jason tried his very best to chair the day’s meeting. Jason then requested the Word of the Day from the Language Evaluator, Su Jin. Having a happy-go-lucky personality Su Jin decided to pick an easy-going word which everyone could have fun using : hilarious.

Jason Moi (TOM)

Moving on, Jason then handed control to the Table Topics Master, Chee Hong, to head the table topics session. Fully prepared and well equipped with arsenal of seemingly simple yet deep questions, Chee Hong asked basic questions based on one’s way of life which require one to think carefully before he or she speaks.

First up was Ernest who calmly tells the audience about his favourite food.

Following up Ernest’s tempo was Suria who talked about his favourite place where he seeks peace and tranquility.

Next up was Ms.Komalah who explained her unique hobby of just sitting around in deep thought taking in the silence around her.

Before Chee Hong could select another participant, Marcus willingly volunteered to be the next table topic speaker, who talked about his favourite Television Programme.

Finally Chee Hong called upon Ashrel Goh to share his admiration of his favourite idol with the audience.

After an impressive show of courage by the table topics speaker who bravely stepped up to perform impromptu speeches, Chee Hong handed control back to Jason, who called upon the Table Topics Evaluator, Evelyn Aun, to give her verdict on this weeks’s table topics.

Evelyn Aun (TTE)

Later, Jason requested the audience to vote for the best table topic speaker. This week’s table topics session was so intense that the votes were so evenly spread that there was actually a tie for the best table topics position between Ashrel Goh and Ms. Komalah. Who will be the best table topics speaker? It was all in the hands of the audience as they vote for their best table topics speaker for the second time…

With the Table Topics session officially over, Jason moved on to invite the audience to be evaluators in conjunction with the evaluation workshop that will be held later, the audience were supposed to act as evaluators and to evaluate the first assignment speech of the day presented by Satchit with his 9th assignment speech entitled ‘Let’s Spread The Love, ’ a speech that touched the hearts of many when he commented on the lack of love in the hearts of men today as wars are created and his overwhelming flow of emotion and enthusiasm to encourage the audience to spread love amongst mankind by resorting to peace, not violence.

Satchit, in deep toughts...

The show begins, stage presence commanded!

Satchit’s speech was applauded by Dennis Wee, speaker for this week’s evaluation workshop, who praised Satchit for his wonderful speech. Nonetheless as no men is perfect Dennis Wee, like any true blue evaluator, had a few points of improvement for Satchit to further enhance his speech. He further related Satchit’s speech with the material he was about to present; on how to become a good evaluator.

Dennis Wee, listening closely to Satchit's speech

Dennis Wee first started off with the reason one should be a good evaluator, further elaborated on the advantages of becoming a good evaluator, introduced the ‘Sandwich’ method of evaluating where an individual has to perform the three Ks (kiss, kick, and then kiss again) to encourage and at the same time assist a speaker in his future speech without hurting his feelings.

Dennis with his workshop

Dennis wee’s enlightening evaluation workshop was halted for 10 minutes once he finished explaining the first part of his evaluation workshop. He soon continued on with the second part of his evaluation workshop by explaining the areas an individual must look out for during their evaluation and not to simply explain one’s points of improvements generally, the secret to an effective evaluation is to go straight into specific details.

After a very meaningful speech professionally presented by Dennis, it was time for the second assignment speaker of the day, John Lee, to present his 4th assignment speech entitled “trading flesh, trading lives” in which he questions mankind’s right to look down on prostitutes and other condemned individuals who sell their bodies to the industry of lust. Clearly John Lee has made his stand in making his speech as a serious matter as he reminded the audience that “there is nothing hilarious about it, there is nothing to laugh about.” John Lee was able to successfully wow the audience with his speech that left an impact in their lives the next time they plan to simply condemn any person in the sex industry without solid reasons.

The meeting was coming to an end when Jason called upon the general evaluator, Ewern, to give her thoughts on this week’s meeting. All in all Ewern was pretty happy with the whole meeting minus the 10 minutes late start (in which she was amongst the people who were late ><) and commented that it was indeed a successful meeting marvellously done right till the very end in which she thanked Jason for a fairly good job (thanks ^^).

The meeting was soon adjourned by a closing speech yet again magnificently done by president Shu Wei. All in all great success! Clearly from that meeting, things would only get better and better for the toastmasters of HELP University College with a bright future ahead and an abundance of fun filled meetings yet to be held!

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Till the next meeting then toastmasters! Cheers!

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