Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Meeting Cancelled on 26/12/2015 (Saturday)

Fellow Toastmasters, we regret to announce that the meeting on 26/12/2015 (Saturday) has been cancelled. Our sincere apology for any inconvenience caused.

Friday, 11 December 2015


Fellow Toastmasters, do take note that our meeting tomorrow on 12 December 2015 (Saturday) is postponed to 19 December 2015 (Saturday) for most member's convenience.

There will be no meeting tomorrow. Thank you.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Joint Meeting with TCSH TM Club!

Today is a joint meeting with Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas and HELP University Toastmasters Club. We started off with an interesting introduction topic: Why are we optimistic in the things that we do. Reasons ranged from purpose, basic needs that we are privilege to have, arriving at the Toastmasters meeting on time, morning rituals and finding parking. Next, it was a joint presidential speech from Joanne, TCSH’s President, and Tory Yew, HUTMC’s VPE.
Table Topics - with a really unconventional way
Tze Wei from TCSH introduced a really, really unconventional Table Topics Session by introducing the wheel of fortune to pick the participants. Once they are randomly assigned, a short mv will be shown, and then the title of the Toastmasters Speech will be based on the song of the mv.

Janet Wong came up and joke about how she’s “all about the money”, but then she shared her ambition of becoming an educator, and life doesn’t have to center on money. Then, Steven came up and share us a story of him participating an event and forged strong relationships, and how he has to “let it go” despite how much he really wanted to stay longer in the event. After that, it was Rina who was given the topic “I am sexy and I know it”, who has a story of a boy who came to her and said “Excuse me you dropped something – my jaw.” She replied “You dropped something - my standard.”

Taufiq shared his own story, how his year begun with a huge success of becoming a district finalist in International Speech Contest and then how he lost a lot of money through starting a business, but he will “not stop believing” that he will be able to repeat his success. Bryan then came up to share about how he tries to “have a good time” with everything that he does by incorporating fun into everything in life, include those which others deem as mundane. Lastly, Cheong Min came up and shared about the “best day of her life”, as she stepped out of her comfort zone and joined cheerleading as it was something that she has always wanted to do. Table Topics Evaluator James Kan came up and gave a detailed and elaborated evaluation on all the table topic speakers after the speech.

Steven from TCSH TM
Janet Wong from TCSH TM
After the short break where we enjoyed the sandwich from Ahmad, the prepared speech session started off Cheong Min giving her CC1 speech “choices”. She started off as a village girl and then moved to the Kuala Lumpur. She couldn’t handle the change and felt really stressful about the changes. As a young and innocent girl her uncle asked her to drink more water as a cure. With the placebo effect, everything improved and her life changed. She ended her speech with a wonderful take home message: Life is a choice, and every choice takes us on a different journey.

Vincent begun the CC7 speech “dream” by sharing all the successes which begin with people who set a goal and a dream for ourselves. If we chose to let our family to be a shield from us, stating that we are not pursuing our dream because we want to go further in life, then what will you say, when your child came up to you and shared a dream of his? He then shared the story of Sylvester Stallone, about how he faced numerous failure and rejection before attaining success in his movie “Rocky”.

Vincent giving his CC7 speech

The third speaker, Soo Yee Theng gave a speech CC9 “Grateful” on how she begun really well initially as a SPM scorer. After she moved to her University, she started to get bombarded with many assignments and tests, and she started to feel home sick. However, she started to communicate with her family again, and she felt like the simplest messages to her family actually created so much connection within and she encourages us to do the same as well.

The fourth speaker, Ivanna gave her ACB2 speech “Stairs to Heaven”. Ivanna begun by sharing about how she wanted to write about the evolutionary theory, but her bible stated otherwise and she chose not to. She then proceeded to breaking down bible, and shared the story of how the world was created from the almighty bible. The really wonderful thing about her speech was her expressive way of telling the story with humor and sarcasm, which captivated the audience’s attention.

Ivanna doing her ACB2 Speech

In the evaluation session, Edward gave a short summary of Cheong Min speech and stated how she could improve the speech by lengthening the speech. Next, it was Shelby evaluating Vincent’s speech, where she gave a short and sweet evaluation which was based on the speech objectives. In between, Shelby shared a point of improvement, on how we shouldn’t overshadow the audience with our performance, but always to focus on the value in our speech. Taufiq then evaluated Yee Theng, on how she can use emotion to catalyze the persuasion. Lastly, Vincent Hoy shared a really strong evaluation with a well-versed language, and gave 3 challenges to her – know our audience, rehearse her punch line, and remain composure.

Shelby giving her evaluation for Vincent's Speech

Vincent Hoy giving his comprehensive evaluation
After the evaluations, it was the technical evaluation by Ah Counter Thivytria, Grammarian Thivina, and Timer Dheeno. General evaluator, Siok Looi from Speak Comm Toastmasters Club shared about how we really need to focus on time management – one thing that all young people get carried away. The best Table Topics Speaker was Taufiq Tajuddin, best prepared speech was Vincent Sar, and best evaluator was Vincent Hoy.
A huge thanks to our general evaluator, Siok LooI!
Best Table Topics Speaker, Taufiq
Cheong Min receiving her award for doing her speech the first time

Group Photo!
The meeting adjourned with Tory giving the presidential speech address.

From the perspective of VPPR Vincent Sar.

Beautiful quotes:
“Don’t cry because it ended, smile because it happened.”
“A set back is a set up for come back.”
“Every choice takes us to a different journey.”

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Stop & Stare!

Our Toastmaster Session today begun with our former champion in our international speech, Taufiq Tajuddin, where he talked about traffic jam due to us stopping and stare at traffic jam. Then it was James sharing with us about how he used alt-f4 to shut down all the unnecessary hindrance to double his productivity. After that, it was our guest who came up and volunteer when it was Angeline talking about how she stops, takes a break to keep ourselves sane. Yen Ling came up next and talked about how she took a break between her foundation course and her degree course, so that she could rejuvenate herself. Then we have our brave volunteer, Sean, a first time guest coming up to the platform and sharing about how a part time job helps him to develop the soft skill, and it shifted his paradigm being able to know more people.

After that, Aaron came up and give a really technical evaluation, on the minor things which we tend to neglect, about our body posture, thinking before we speak, and asking questions. Aaron is a really observant person, who have a unique perspective on the things we can improve on.

We took a break where members get to mingle with one another. Then, it was our first speech by our dear president, Pravena. She talked about the primary purpose of life – love. If our purpose is to bake a chocolate cake, we will need the ingredients. These ingredient, are the relationship with people. She then shared with us how we absolutely need relationship to support ourselves, to share our problems so that they could provide a buffer for us, and to have a meaningful life. When we are dying, all that we want, will be the warmth of people around them.

Next, we have our guest speaker, Aaliah Jamal walking up to the top floor at the age of 15, preparing to "commit suicide". The bungee jump. Why? The sole purpose was for her to be famous in her school. But once she was up there, she felt so nervous that she couldn’t jump. She struggled a lot, giving a lot of excuses, asking for claps, trying to get the Uncle beside her to comfort her. But at the end, she took the jump. For her, it was a leap out of the comfort zone, and an act of bravery. It was a really humorous speech.

Then, we have another really talented guest speaker, Ivanna, who need to present a controversial topic based on her speech objective. She came up to share with us how a left handed individual is recognized as evil in the past. In the 1960s, these people could be recognized as a witch, looked down upon, being laugh us etc. It was only at the modern society that we recognize that being right handed or left handed is not a choice. She then lead this to her primary topic – homosexuality. Why do we label people, based on their sexual orientation, instead of their personality? These people are discriminated, and have their rights taken away. A lot of homosexuals are fleeing their country, just because their identity is not recognized. She drew another parallel, if we were to live in a world which is dominated by homosexual, and parents say you must be one but you just feel like loving the opposite sex, can you stop loving someone? We do not need to determine gender, before we fall in love. She tackled a lot of questions about people’s perspective.

After that, General Evaluator Francis took the lead, and started the evaluation session. The first evaluator was Taufiq Tajuddin, sharing with us about Pravena had improved tremendously from day 1, and how it motivated him to go back to give a warm hug to his wife.

Then, we have Toastmasters Edward coming up to give his evaluation for Aaliah. He talked about Aaliah started off really well, immediately connecting with the audience by having humour and having a really good chronology order. Her speech also have a brilliant message to the audience, asking us to step out of our comfort zone.

Lastly, we have Jack Ying giving a really detailed evaluation. He talked about how Ivanna was did really well by having her speech as a discussion instead of a forceful debate about the topic. He talked about the message that Ivanna could be sending to us through her body language to emphasize on his stage presence.

General evaluator, Francis give us a perspective on how we need a healthy hamburger sandvich method in evaluation, by giving a compliment first, then on points of improvement, then back to some compliments again. The meeting ended on a high note.

- From the perspective of VPPR Vincent Sar

Friday, 28 August 2015

2015 Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest.

Saturday, 22/8/2015

Today was the much anticipated...

HELP University Toastmasters Club's Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest of 2015! 

Our contestants and members, role players and guests came early this very morning in an excited and lively spirit. Chairs were arranged and everything was (pretty much!) in order. With our smiling guests, enthusiastic conversations and our pristine, ready-looking and suited-up contestants, we could tell that everyone in the room just could not wait for today's event to unfold!

President Pravena and TM Tory discussing their preparations. 

Our wonderful guests! 

Today's contest started off with Humorous Speech. We had 5 of our treasured Toastmasters members contesting and before they began, each had to draw their numbers from today's Contest Chair for Humorous Speech, TM Yi-Jia.

TM Bryan waiting for his turn to deliver his Humorous Speech!
And guess who was our first contestant? It was TM Bryan Wong! Delivering his Humorous Speech, "Workout Habits". Being the past champion of our contest, Bryan had a lot to live up to, and he certainly didn't disappoint us with his speech on jogging and exercising - Doing pushups. "1, 2, 3..." A pretty girl passes by. "51, 52, 53....". He used a lot of acting and movement to induce humour in his speech and judging by the laughters we could hear throughout his speech, the audience certainly loved it!

TM Bryan waiting for his turn to deliver his Humorous Speech.
The second speech, "Phd of B&C " was delivered by TM Vincent and in his hilarious and entertaining speech he talked about himself being a Phd holder of Blaming and Complaining. The best part? It was definitely when he was promoting his book on Blaming & Complaining, which he had written himself in his speech. From flipping the pages of his book to telling the audience to 'ignore the blank pages' and 'its a good book', 'you should buy', we had a good laugh!

The third speech was "The Day That Was " by TM James Kan. As usual, he used his jocular acting and his high pitch voice to induce humor into his speech. He shared with us a memorable day of his life, using a lot of acting and dialogue to create vivid pictures for the audience's imagination.

TM James adjusting his tie, and looking professional! 
The fourth Humorous Speech was delivered by our club member, TM Vanessa, whom we haven't seen for a pretty long time (glad to see you again Vanessa!). In her speech, she talked about her working experience, but with appropriate pauses throughout her storytelling, she successfully delivered a really humorous speech as well. Boy do we want to work at this fun and interesting Club Med now - the place where she worked!

TM Vanessa. (We love that Club Med shirt!)
And finally, our final contestant was our very own Division International Speech Champion of this year, TM Taufiq. He shared with us his amusing story of going to the US, and standing up for his "beard", as this is an identity he holds dear to but is often misunderstood.

We took a short break for about 25 minutes, and then it was our Evaluation Speech Contest.

The test speaker, Yves, is a truly amazing speaker. He would certainly have been the champion of our Humorous Speech Contest if he was one of our participants! He delivered a speech on his first day of primary school, sharing with us a variety of stories from multiple angles. I say, the most memorable part was when he joked about himself, where one of his friend stereotyped him as Asian and asked - "Do you know Kungfu?". It was a funny and beautiful speech about his experience on his first day of primary school, that it swept a huge wave of nostalgia to the audience about theirs!

Again, we had our contestants drawing their numbers from the Contest Chair for our Evaluation Contest, TM Tory, before the contest began. The contestants were expected to assess Yves' speech and share with him their personal opinions.

TM Tory as Contest Chair for the Evaluation Contest 
Our first contestant was TM Vincent whom complimented Yves on his structured speech. Followed by, TM James, who evaluated Yves' speech and commended his use of creative twist. Then it was TM Yi-Jia and TM Edward sharing with us many points about what they liked about the speech and what they thought could be improved on. TM Bryan's turn came next and he shared several really detailed, comprehensive and well elaborated points of improvement in his evaluation. Finally,TM Taufiq praised Yves' use of using a unique method - ICE, which is an acronym: Introduction, Content, Ending. He gave only one very helpful but simple point of improvement to the speaker. Yves could be seen nodding his head and intently listening to our evaluators giving their feedback in the audience throughout the competition. What a productive and enjoyable part of today's contest it was indeed to be able to learn something from each evaluators, and our dear Yves.

The event is coming to an end, and after handing out a few Certificates of Appreciation to our role players for today, it was time for the price giving session!

The Champion of the Humorous Speech Contest went to TM Vincent, with the 1st runner up, TM Taufiq and 2nd runner up, TM Bryan.

Not forgetting the Champion of the Evaluation Speech Contest which went to TM Bryan, with the 1st runner up, TM Vincent, and the 2nd runner up, TM James Kan.

Our handsome winners! 
Congratulations to everyone!

A huge thanks to our chief judge and his panel of judges. We would like to thank our Area J1 Director, Gerard A Peter for being our chief judge for today. And also, to our role players who have done so much in making today's event a success!

Our dashing and helpful role players - timers for today's contest!
But the event hadn't come to an end yet!

After the price giving session, we had everyone sitting together mingling, chatting, laughing and eating together while enjoying our delicious curry chicken lunch. Not forgetting, taking quite a number of fun and candid pictures together! It was truly a great day for HUTMC.

Till our next meeting and special event - the 2015 Area Contest!

We hope to see everyone really, really, soon.

Thank you for reading!

From the perspective of  VPPR, Vincent Sar and Secretary, Woh Yi-Jia. 

Monday, 10 August 2015

Beyond Infinity.

Saturday, 8/8/2015

As usual, witty TM Ahmad began the meeting with his sense of humor, telling us to not answer our phones unless it’s from our mother.
TM Ahmad addressing the audience. 
President and TM Pravena delivering her presidential opening.
After that, our President, TM Pravena, delivered her presidential opening. She welcomed our special guests today, CC, CL Eddie Lai, CC, CL Justin Ong, and CC, CL Thiiban. She then shared with us the special infinity symbol that represents our theme for today: 

Beyond Infinity

Then, dashing TM Bryan enlivened the crowd by initiating a thunderous applause and described in detail the history of Toastmasters Club. He then asked everyone to answer this question as they introduced themselves: if you could have an unlimited supply of anything, what would it be? Answers ranged from money, love, free education, time, to positive energy, opportunities, justice and ........ girlfriends.

TM Bryan as Toastmaster of the Morning (TOM)
TM Edward Boey was our Table Topics Master (TTM) of the day. As TTM, he asked for volunteers and we had our first volunteer from our very own club, TM Yi-Jia, sharing with us the hardest decision that she has ever made in her life. She explained how choosing her degree was possibly one of the hardest decisions she’s ever made. Rather than finding a solution to her problem, she came to terms with the fact that she doesn’t need to have one. 

Next, it was our second speaker and guest Simon who volunteered after much encouragement from TM Jack. He spoke about how he would make friends with a stranger.

TM Yi-Jia delivering her Table Topics speech.
Our second volunteer and guest,  Simon! 
Our third speaker and guest, Daniel, talked about how he wouldn’t want to live up to an infinite lifespan if he was the only one with the immortality to live. He shared about the scary moments of his mother’s last few years and seeing friends pass away. Fourth speaker and fellow guest Cheong Min shared with us her story about working at Starbucks and how she had learned a lot of things about coffee and customer service. 

Here is our third volunteer and guest,  Daniel. 
And here is guest Cheong Min speaking about her amazing experience at Starbucks! 
Lastly, we had our senior who has always been the backbone our club, TM Jack Ying, sharing with us the weirdest thing he has ever done, quite philosophically – scolding people on stage while people were still cheering for him. 
TM Jack Ying. (Love that stance, Jack!) 

Then we had really experienced Toastmaster, Eddie Lai, evaluating the Table Topics speeches. It was a really detailed and well-elaborated evaluation by Eddie. Thank you, Eddie.

TM and Table Topics evaluator, Eddie Lai.
After the break, it was poise TM Denise Th’ng’s turn to give her speech, “Better than Nothing”. She talked about going to the gym and working out. In her speech, she shared with everyone the purpose of working out. True, some of us are looking to improve our health, while some of us go for the emotional aspect of looking sexy or muscular! In order to make a change, you need to change your mindset – start small, which is better than nothing. Also, we loved how she incorporated some humor in her speech by complaining about our body part – the lower stomach: “Like, why are you even there! You are like a muffin from last year.” Great speech, Denise!

TM Denise delivering her speech. 

Our second speaker, TM James Kan, began with a really humorous opening. He talked about how he had his “first night”. Then, how he had “multiple nights” and how his “right hand” became his best friend! It was a series of jokes for dirty-minded individuals. He also shared his experience on online gaming where he defeated the online Filipino players. He then shared about asking a gamer girl whom he knew online to meet up with him. When they did meet up, he talked about how he had to drive her back and he drove really fast that he got the both of them into a car accident (oh dear!). She then left him, and he was left crying all alone in his car.

TM James Kan. 

Next, we had our very special guest, TM Thiiban, from Taylors Sri Hatamas Toastmasters Club teaching sales persons to make their sales, with his speech titled “Chase the Purchase”. He started off with an interesting act, writing a few words up on the board in capital - “DRAMA” and “CLOSE”. These would be acronyms to remember by while making sales. He shared how he sold 200 hoodies at his college in just 2 weeks. Here are some of his tips for aspiring sales persons/ marketers:

·       Only sell items that people need.
·       Engage in sales with them, and have an authentic conversation with your customer.
·       Let another person share your back-story with their friends or clients, as it will make you seem far more credible and believable.
·       Demonstrate your product whenever it is possible.
·       Hand out free gifts as it obeys the law of reciprocity; it makes customers feel obliged to give back.
·       Use arithmetic; show how the long-term benefit will be worth it for the cost.
·       Avoid words like “deal”, “buy”, and “purchase”. Instead, replace them with “own” as it sounds more positive and elicit positive emotions.
·       Sell benefits instead of features.
·       Assure your customer. For most people, the toughest problem is about parting with your money. You can confirm this by identifying with the customer, saying this: “I am an avid buyer myself, I do understand that, but the problem is money does reflect the quality.”
·       Question your customer with a series of “yes” question, which motivates the buyer to say, “Yes” to the purchase later on.
·       A way to deal with time lag is to give them an alternate choice. Such as, “why don't we meet next Tuesday, or Friday?” This way, they will have to engage with you and choose another time to meet up. (Essentially, they are still delaying the sales, but they have a timing for it)
·       Close the deal by allowing the customers to make small commitments which build them up to the purchase. “If you were to buy, what color do you think you would choose?” Also, share with them stories and testimonies from other customers.

Wow, we've sure learned plenty from TM Thiiban! 
We moved on to the evaluation session which was led by our general evaluator, TM Justin Ong. 

The first evaluation for the projected speeches was then done by our special guest again, TM Eddie Lai, who gave his humble feedback on our persuasive speaker TM Denise Th’ng’s speech. 

TM Bryan Wong’s turn to evaluate TM James’ speech came next. In his evaluation, he commented on how James Kan was absolutely entertaining with his catchy intro. 

Finally, TM Jack Ying evaluated TM Thiiban’s speech. In his evaluation, he applauded Thiiban for giving us a long and detailed sales pitch training. 

It was a joy listening to the evaluators’ comments and feedbacks, as well as them humbly and helpfully providing suggestions on rooms for improvement. Thank you, fellow evaluators! 

And of course, what is a meeting without an Awards Ceremony to reward our speakers for their tremendous courage, effort and passion to speak? 

For today’s Award Ceremony, the Best Table Topics speaker was awarded to TM Jack Ying, whilst TM Denise Th’ng won Best Speaker for the projected speeches. For the Best Evaluator award, it falls once again, to our dear TM Jack. He must be tired of winning! 

All handshakes ...
... and smiles! 

A job well done to our winners!

Today's meeting ended on a really positive note and vibe. We took away a lot of things to learn and experience to add to our already infinite amount of memories. 

We'd like to say a huge Thank You to everyone who was present today. 

And to our dear readers, 

thank you for reading! 

From the perspective of VPPR, Vincent Sar. Edited by Secretary, Woh Yi-Jia. Pictures by TM Edward Boey.


Today's guests and their respective clubs:
Eddie Lai
Air Products Toastmasters Club at Bangsar South Horizon Tower 2A (Opposite Menara TM)
2nd Wednesday – 5:30 pm
4th Wednesday – 11:30 am

Taylor’s Sri Hatamas Toastmasters Club at Taylor’s Sri Hatamas Campus
Every Thursday – 4:30 pm

Justin Ong
Tan Chong Segambut Toastmasters Club at Tan Chong Factory
2nd Wednesday & 4th Wednesday – 5 pm
MII Toastmasters Club at Jalan Semantan 1
2nd Tuesday and 4th Tuesday – 7 pm

Sunday, 12 July 2015

A New Voyage

From the perspective of VPPR, Vincent Sar:

The meeting at HUTMC on the 11th of July was a success! Seniors mentioned how they have not seen this kind of positive environment for quite a long time, and now it has returned! It was the first meeting for the new term, and the new Help University Toastmasters Executive Committee are excited to provide you with the best experience at each and every meeting.

The meeting was attended by 18 people, with members from Money and You Toastmasters Club, Elite Toastmasters Club, Inti Toastmasters Club and Sunway Toastmasters Club.

We would like to thank Jacy Wee - Division J Director, for being our speech evaluator of Taufiq; Gerard Peter- Area J1 Director, for being our speech evaluator of Jack Ying, and Daniel Teh for being our general evaluator.

Also, thank you Victor Ong for visiting us.

The theme for our meeting was “New Voyage”,  signaling a brand new start for the new term.

Firstly, we had our Toastmaster of the Morning - James Kan, introducing the history of The Toastmasters Club and the pathway for Toastmasters.

When our Table Topics session came around, the first to attempt was the ex-VPE of our very own club - Toastmaster Ahmad. He gave a hilarious speech highlighting his experience on kissing the cement after riding the roller coaster for the first time!

The second table topics was delivered by Kim from Inti Toastmasters Club followed by Francis from Money & U Toastmasters club. The poignant message behind their speeches was to step out of our comfort zones.

The 4th table topics was volunteered by our first time guest - Cheong Min! She described about her exciting traveling experience with her friends. As a non-Toastmaster and a first time guest, we have to say that she did an extraordinarily fine job.

And finally, the last table topics was volunteered by our seasoned guest - Li Han. Well done Li Han for delivering a fine speech!

Next, came the projected speeches:

Today’s speech session was absolutely powerful, with two experienced speakers coming up on stage to share with us their speeches.

Our very own treasurer - Dheeno Rao, gave a speech on “Limits”. He shared with us his experiences of drawing and memory, and how he had to break through the limits through his creative expression of art.

Dheeno delivering his speech with gusto! 
I myself gave a speech on “Change for the better”, sharing with the audience my personal experience with my father about change, and how a shift in the mind, committing to the change can create a far more positive experience!

Our division J champion - Taufiq, gave an inspiring speech on “Let Go or Be Dragged”. In his speech, he shared with us a story on Micky and Minnie. It was only when Micky decided that it was time let go of the relationship between him and Minnie that he could redeem himself and focus on improving his quality of life.

Our loyal and dedicated advisor, Jack Ying,  gave a toast to all the members present, wishing us to have a successful road ahead for our new term. Thank you, Jack!

The best table topic speaker was Ahmad Fat’hi and best prepared speech was Taufiq Tajuddin. Congratulations to them both!

A very happy Ahmad receiving his price - a certificate of achievement for best Table Topics speaker! 
We would like to thank everyone too - our guests, Toastmasters members, role players and the EXCO members for making this meeting a memorable and successful one.

Daniel Teh 
Division J Director, Jacy Wee

The role players and speakers

We look forward to the next meeting and we hope to see all of you again!

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