Tse Han, Tai
Members and guests alike started arriving slowly but surely at 9:00, and by 9:30, Chee Hoong, the Sergeant At Arms of the morning, called the meeting to order after he was satisfied with the healthy amount of toastmasters there who were eager to learn the fine arts of speaking and the secret of inspiring people that might be found from the meeting. Cheerfully, Chee Hoong began the club’s meeting by chairing the ice breaking session in which guests and members of the club are supposed to give a brief introduction about themselves. Chee Hoong then handed the stage to the club’s president, Loo Shu Wei, to express her sincere welcome to participants of today’s meeting. As radiant as always, Shu Wei delivered a sincere welcome from the bottom of her heart to thank the guests who were present for their unending support for the club and at the same time show her gratitude to her members that were present.
With a warm smile, Shu Wei passed the stage to the toastmaster of the morning, Ashrel Goh, who is well known for his witty charms and entertaining ‘slips-of-the-tongue’ in his speech.. Experienced and seasoned in the duty of a toastmaster of the morning, Ashrel warmed up the audience by purposely being nervous and at the same time entertaining by pulling a few one-liners and unintentionally calling the toastmaster of the morning (himself) to give his speech, which was then accompanied by laughter. He then requested the word of the day from the language evaluator, John Lee, who introduced the word ‘morbid’ to the audience.
Without wasting time, Ashrel later handed the stage to the table topics master, Tai Tse Han. With a smirk, Tse Han surprised the audience by introducing a new form of table topics that will be conducted in which participants are required to construct a speech based on several words written on flashcards. Each of the participants will be shown 5 flashcards and will have only 15 seconds to think of a sentence for that flashcards, the 5 flashcards actually describe a time period, a person, a place, an item, and an emotion respectively. After explaining the mechanics of the revised table topics session, he asked for a volunteer to be the very first table topics speaker of the morning, a challenge in which jasmine stood up bravely to embrace.
The flashcards flashed at Jasmine were :midnight, Ernest, Klang, Nose ring, and joy.
Surprisingly, Jasmine was able to construct a completely perfect speech with funny moments of Ernest wearing a nose ring in the middle of the night, the audience was amazed by her spontaneity.
Next up was Ernest Wong who was presented with afternoon, Nini Yeoh, Paris, Rose, and sad. Ernest was able conjure up a gourmet adventure that started off with his lunch followed by him praising Nini Yeoh for being so vibrant, comparing his lunch to his wish of eating ratatouille in Paris, comparing Nini Yeoh to a rose, and finally ending with a tinge of sadness that he still has a long way to go to Paris to taste the ratatouille.
Ernest’s descriptive speech was later challenged by John Lee, who was shown the flascards dawn, Jasmine, HELP University College, piano, and regret. Emotionally, John began his speech with him awakening from his sleep only to find himself heading to HELP University College, the same old place he heads to every weekday, and missing the sweet face of Jasmine. He soon compares the missing face of Jasmine to the importance of having art and culture in our lives due to the fact that if there was no art and culture, human beings would be empty inside. John Lee ended his speech with a quote from the dead poets society.
After a strong and convincing speech from John, Jason was up next to try to set the already-high table topics bar higher. The words flashed are : sleepless nights, Fan Chen Keat, London, kitchen blender and enjoyable. Hesitating upon seeing the ‘sleepless nights’ flashcard, Jason decided to begin his speech in a sombre manner about his weird dreams that caused him sleepless nights. Things turned from sombre to hilarious when Jason misread the flashcard’ Fan Chen Keat’ as a ‘fan of Chen Keat’ and thus related his dream with a mysterious character who was an avid fan of Chen Keat. That fan, according to Jason, showed him a vision of the London clock tower crumbling before his very eyes and would later transfer Jason into a dark room where a kitchen blender was blending something crimson ; something out of this world. Finally Jason ended his speech by commenting that his weird dreams were enjoyable although they were weird.
Silently sitting amongst the crowd, Gajendran suddenly rose up to accept the challenge to be the fifth and final table topics speaker of the day, the cards shown to him were : evening, Fong Wen, Bangsar, iPod, and painful. Gajendran was like a diamond in the rough when he astonished the audience with his exceptional ability to weave out a story so smoothly and convincingly; who would have thought that the normal-looking Gajendran is actually in fact a storyteller of superior skills. Gajendran’s speech talked about his football experience one fine evening when he decided to play football at Bangsar, during his football match he was able to score four goals in the first half but was sent out of the field by the referee, Fong Wen. Gajendran did not dare disobey the orders of the referee as she was holding an iPod which could ruin his football career if she were to fling the ipod at him. As he was walking back home after feeling proud that he was the deciding factor for his team’s victory, he was cornered by a group of mysterious people near his house. To his utter shock, he found out that the mysterious people who were fans of the opposition his team beat in that tournament, what happened after that was a painful experience that taught him not be arrogant anymore.
After a fun-filled session of table topics, Ashrel proceeded to hand the stage over to the first speaker of the day, Chee Hoong, with his third competent communicator speech entitled ‘to buy or not to buy’. In his speech Chee Hoong conveyed his concern about the decisions people make when they buy something as he feels that sometimes people buy what they desire without thinking. He further made a move to enlighten the audience by showing them the several steps one needs to follow before actually deciding to buy an item. Chee Hoong also illustrated his speech effectively by providing examples of rash decisions he made in his personal life. Although Chee Hoong was slightly overtime, he was able to inform the audience on the need to might wise and logical decisions as consumers so that they do not waste their money on unnecessary things.
Soon after Chee Hoong’s educational speech, Ashrel introduced the second speaker of the day, John Lee, who is striving to complete his sixth competent communicator speech entitled ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.’ Starting his speech with a serious and somewhat sarcastic tone, John conveyed a very emotional speech by relating his speech title with gossip. According to John, gossip might seem to be a harmless way to fill in a conversation at times, but it actually hides a great amount of ill intention in its words as people usually gossip because they are jealous of what others have that they don’t. John also pointed out that extreme gossip could sometimes lead to death or a permanent memory scar if a victim cannot handle a gossip properly.
Moving on, Ashrel requested for a 20 minutes break in which the meeting was later re-commenced at 11:00 AM. Once the break was over, Ashrel continued the meeting by introducing the third speaker of the day, Nini Yeoh, with her eight competent communicator speech entitled ‘tales from long ago.’ In this speech, Nini emphasized on the good old days she had long long ago, hence the name of the title. She brought the audience through a journey of her past, which was drizzled with both sweet and bitter memories delivered with the enthusiasm and empathy of a storyteller describing the characters of his or her story.
After listening to a heart-warming reminiscent of the past magnificently done by Nini Yeoh, Ashrel handed the stage to the fourth and final speaker, Kan Fong Wen, who will be presenting her eight competent communicator speech entitled ‘child prostitution.’
Calm and composed, Fong Wen presented her speech in a serious manner, opening the eyes of the audience to the harsh reality of children being abused without sufficient law enforcers to bring justice upon the abusers. Fang Wen further informed the audience about the rising trends of children being forced into prostitution as the years pass by. Such an alarming fact clearly brought the audience to their senses to be aware of the injustice towards children in the world today; a true eye-opening experience.
Finally, as the meeting was coming close to an end, Ashrel called upon the general evaluator, Fan Chen Keat, to convey his thoughts about the meeting. Fan then commented in a jovial manner that the meeting was yet another great success for the toastmasters and at the same time gave a few suggestions that might further enhance the quality of the meeting. Once Fan was done speaking his mind, he passed the stage to Shu Wei, who again passionately expressed her thanks to the audience that were present. Later, she also called out the new members for a brief induction to the club and hoped that the new members will feel at home once they are formally part of the toastmasters family. All in all, it was another glorious meeting without any morbid moments at all for meetings at HELP toasmasters club can only get better and better! Till next time for another exciting meeting at HELP toastmasters club!
From the desk of our VPPR Tse Han :-
This was an auspicious moment. 1st meeting on the 1st of September. I'd like to urge all readers to 'invest' some money in 4D or 3D by buying combinations of 1109 or 119. Of course, please do not forget to buy us lunch when you've claimed your 'investment(s)'; however if there was depreciation in your investments, fret not, we always welcome you back on the 1st, 3rd and 4th/5th saturday mornings (0930 - ~1200 hours) for more consultation on your 'investment(s)'!
Ladies and gentlemen,
Its time for your dues once again, I believe this 'investment' will definitely appreciate throughout the following years. Now who says Toastmastering is a waste of money?
So sit back and enjoy, the journey written by Gajendran.
Disclaimer : The above statement on 4D and 3D are used as metaphors for reading pleasures only; the author will not be held liable should you choose to buy those numbers in reality.
1st of September 2007…the 1st meeting on the 1st day of September’s glorious and sunny morning. We were all up and ready for yet another meeting. So at 9:40am sharp we got our meeting under way in the Department of Student Affairs (DSA). The Toastmaster of the Morning cum Sergeant-at-arms Jean Ee called the meeting to order and extended a warm welcome to all 14 of us present. Next, Jean Ee, who was taking on the role of the emcee for her very first time gave a brief insight into the history of the HELP Toastmasters Club. After than she cordially invited President Loo Shu Wei to deliver her presidential address. She acknowledged the presence of our guest this week - Nini Yeoh from Money Mastery-KL Toastmasters Club. Following that, Shu Wei recognized the achievements of Ashrel Goh and John Lee as the champions of the humorous and evaluation speech contest respectively. After that, Shu Wei passed the control back to the emcee of the morning, Jean Ee.
Jean Ee then requested for the word of the day from the Language Evaluator. The word plaintive was the word of the day. Following that, Jean Ee called upon the Table Topics Master John Lee. TTM John then put forward his theme for the day-'quotable quotes'.
TTM John Lee, 'quotable quotes'
After which he opened the floor to volunteers to get the Table Topics session rolling. Unsurpringly it was the ever sporting Jason Moi who was first up to speak. His quote was 'An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind'. Jason displayed good general knowledge and vocal variety in his 2 minute speech on the Mahatma Gandhi quote. Next, newcomer Gajendran volunteered to speak. His quote was 'All beautiful things are useless'.
His speech was a little fast paced but displayed good impromptu speaking skills. Following that, our guest for the day, Nini Yeoh spoke on her quote which was ‘In matters of grave importance, style not sincerity is the vital thing'.
Nini’s speech did not have extravagant hand gestures but she captivated us with her vocal variety and tonality. After that it was the Vice President Ernest Wong’s turn to speak on 'Force is the only way to make peace'.
Once again, Ernest displayed his vast general knowledge in his speech with a touch of humour in it as well. Last but not least, Su Jin spoke on 'Freedom is to live with the consequences of your decision'.
After that, our President Shu Wei gave a general evaluation on all the Table Topic speakers. Her meticulous evaluation benefited all as she pointed out areas in our speeches that can be improved on as well as applauded our strong points. Following that was finally the time for the assignment speakers. Paul Aun did his CCM#2 with his speech entitled 'Your Mobile, Your Risk'. His evaluator was John Lee. After Paul, it was Claudia’s turn do complete her CCM#3 with her speech 'The evolution of male beauty'. Claudia was evaluated by Evelyn Aun. A short 15 minutes break followed her speech and the meeting commenced at 10:45 am. The assignment speakers continued with Evelyn Aun completing her CCM with her milestone 10th speech entitled 'Celebrating the most precious gift'.
Competent Communicator Trophy
After Evelyn’s touching and inspiring speech, Khoo Hui Ven then did her 4th speech of the Advanced Communicator’s manual entitled 'LAUGH at their misfortune' and her evaluator was Ernest Wong.
Paul Aun's speech #2
John Lee's evaluation on Paul's speech
After the speeches were done with, the respective evaluators came up to deliver their evaluation on the speaker and his or her speech. Following the constructive evaluation was the voting for Best Table Topics Speaker and Best Evaluator. It was a tight fight in the Evaluation category as it had past and present evaluation champions in the mix. After 3 rounds of voting, Evelyn won the Best Evaluation award which was presented to her by President Shu Wei .
Best Evaluator award received by Evelyn Aun
Ernest Wong beat the rest to bag the Best Table Topics Speaker award. He was delighted with it and accepted his certificate from the President.
Ernest with his trademark smile
Then it was award presentation time for the Best Assignment Speaker. This was the first time there were two winners for Best Assignment speakers.
Hui Ven and Evelyn Aun receiving their awards from President Shu Wei
Finally; General Evaluator Tse Han gave his thoughts on the meeting as well as invited the other Role Players to give their respective reports on the morning’s meeting. President Shu Wei then rounded off things with her closing address before handing over to TOM Jean Ee who thanked all present for their good days work before she called the meeting to an end…