The meeting kicked off with a neat twist to the typical self and role introduction session by Chee Hoong the SAA, with each member sharing the person “Who they admire the most”. What a colourful and diverse lot they were as answers ranged from inspirational politicians and good-looking footballers to even themselves or simply human in general. That session served as a great pick-me-up for some of the sleepy heads, in fact even better than the Venti-sized Latte that the Starbucks girl managed to upsell to me at “One extra ringgit only”.
The Toastmaster of the Morning, Gajendran, then took charge and the speech marathon was officially launched.
Gajendran the TOM
The speech marathon kicked off with Mahidon Promwichit of UEM Academy breaking the ice with his speech “The Rise of the Don” bringing us through the thick and thin of his journey from Citibank to Pharmaniaga where he is today.
The second speaker, Qinmei of HELP UC brought everyone back to reality with her inspirational speech entitled “Different”. She shared how we should embrace and cherish our differences rather than use it as a source of conflict. Qinmei
Jee Aik of HELP UC returned the audiences to a lighter mood with an attention grabbing opening to his speech “Overcoming Miscommunication”. It made me wonder what I should appropriately say when I commit any kind of misdemeanor in the future…Sorry? Excuse me? And what kind of tone should I use?
After a short re-hydration break, the marathon speakers continued on with Mohd Faisal from
The next speaker, Claudia, then took the stage with her speech entitled “In Memory”. She shared the details of the life of Princess Diana from the moment she was still known as Diana Frances Spencer up to the last few tragic minutes of the horrible accident that ended her life.
As usual, the meeting proceeded with the evaluation sessions which I led, being the General Evaluator. I was thankfully assisted by experienced and capable evaluators including Amy Choo of Stamford TM Club, Gerard of Mid Valley TM Club, President Ernest, Claudia (Language Evaluator), Faisal (Ah Counter) and Han Lian (Time Keeper).
Overall I really enjoyed the joint-meeting. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves too. And I now have another reason to wake up early on Saturday mornings, besides nasi lemak.A big thanks to HELP UC TM Club for hosting the joint-meeting between the two clubs and may that pave the way for more fun and mutually beneficial collaborations in the future.