Sunday, 27 November 2016

21st of November: Make Malaysia Great Again

The second meeting in the new campus of HELP University, which is in HELP Subang 2 campus, kicked off at 7.45pm. That was a joint meeting of HELP University Toastmasters Club and UniRazak Toastmasters Club, and the word of the day was "Adamant".

After a short presidential speech and introduction of every role player as well as guest, next was a Table Topics Session. The Table Topics Master Azimah, sure had a good sense of humour. She had came out with five interesting topics regarding to our nation, Malaysia, using PowerPoint slides.

The first brave soul was Jonathan. Talking about celebrations in Malaysia, he mentioned that it is great to have races in Malaysia; since there are different celebrations for each races, we can enjoy more holidays!

Second speaker is Sky, from UniRazak. He was given the topic "Delightful food", he believed that everyone around the world will love Malaysia, because they will love Malaysia's food. He also made the audience laugh, by saying that he was once called "tong sampah", as he eats literally everything.

Next is John Ng. He started the speech with topic of "Martial arts" by asking questions. In the end, he stated that the best way to defend ourselves is to take the money and invest ourselves in Toastmasters, so that we don't easily get shot by the others. Speaking art, is now the latest martial art.

The fourth speaker was Zakaria. He talked about his experience in Bukit Bintang, and asked the audience to explore other tourist spots of Malaysia if possible, because they were such a bless. The last speaker was Intan. By ethnicity, she mentioned that Toastmasters is made up of people with different ethnicity in Malaysia. By joining Toastmasters, she has learnt that to be flexible, to share the nation, and to tolerate each other is what can make Malaysia stronger. Evaluations were given by May Ong, and it followed by Prepared Speech Session.

There were four speakers in this session. The first speech was by Zakaria, with his speech entitled "Obsessions". He asked us to not regret with obsessions, because past is already past. What's important for us is to enjoy life, as well as our present as a gift; also, do everything that we want and have all the obsessions you want, because that is the moment when you enjoy your life.

Wesley, with his speech entitled "The insights of toastmasters", told us about the history of Toastmasters International. This time, he wishes not to only make Malaysia great again, but Toastmasters to be great again. To encourage others to go in front and speak, and make ourselves a better leader is the spirit of toastmasters. He was adamant that we are not going to quit toastmasters, with that, he ended his speech.

The third speaker was Jun Hao, with his speech entitled "Sense of Justice". A 30-second video was shown, where he asked "Where has humanity gone?". He mentioned that our small steps could make a huge change; however, people always have the self-concern that we should not interfere with others, which is the main key of increasing crimes in Malaysia. Hence, if everyone steps forward and be willing to help each other, Malaysia will sure be great again.

Lastly, we had John Ng to present his speech entitled "Mohammad Rosli". He first mentioned about the recent win of Donald Trump as a president in United States, made the audiences laugh, then proceeded to his main story of the speech. Mohammad Rosli was his maths teacher, and after an event, he realised that there is a value of exposing our weaknesses. In the end, he said that teachers play an important role in one's development; therefore, to make Malaysia great again is by making our education system great again.

The meeting ended with the presidential closing address after the presentation of awards. It was an interesting joint meeting with UniRazak at HELP Subang 2 campus, and we look forward to the next meeting held in either HELP Damansara campus, or HELP Subang 2 campus.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

1st of November: Halloween!

This is our FIRST toastmasters meeting held in another campus of HELP University! In this whole new Subang 2 campus, we have decided to hold the meeting at a Monday night - themed Halloween. Firstly, Johny came up here, have all the guests to introduce themselves - which apparently our audience today, were all from the psychology department.

Simon came up to explain about the table topics, and he given some really creative topic.
Our first very brave soul, a first time guest, Saw came up and speak about "Love at first bite" - and had a very beautiful bite on the McDonald and fell in love with. Mahathir, then came up on stage and Simon asked him to choose a number. He gotten the topic "Kiss a Frog". He asked "any idea about why we need to kiss a frog?" He said no as well. Then he proceeded to talk about the hygiene of the frog.

Then Kue Ching was nominated to come up on stage to speak about "deepest fear". The thing that was shared is on how we need to continue to "dream", and never succumb to the norm of the society. Next, Gerard Peter, came up and shared a story 12 years ago, when he was 16. Audience burst into laughter at that obvious joke. He shared on how he saw a white figure, God, 12 years ago came here to touch him, just because today he will give a table topics here. Xiang Wei, shared on "once upon a time", on how he didn't have the avenue to achieve his dream, and now he's pursuing his dream.

Joshua, a first time speaker, sharing how he was actually a chicken, and now he's turned into a human. Ethan Ganes, gotten the topic "the day I met a vampire". Talking about how he never believed there's bloodsuckers in this world, until he met his principal. One who always had to call Ethan out and do many different things. Marlena, our neighbouring club's president - MII TMC Club, came up and gave a very detailed evaluation on every single table topics' speaker. She highlighted the strength of each speaker, and gave a very detailed evaluation for each person.

Srinavas, came in and share on how each and every of us has potential to be someone different. He shared on how his journey was like a bullet train, taking up different leadership role, and also learning so much from everyone around him. He shared on how communication was one of the key element in leadership.

After the break, the meeting continued with Jo Ping, our youngest member, giving her CC3 in front of 32 people, which is a tremendous achievement. We are proud of you! She spoken about various different type of love, from eros to agape, to Felocia. There's many type of love she mentioned, where one in particular, Felocia, the love for herself, was the one she struggled. She ended the speech with a lesson, stating that we need to seek help whenever we need it.

Vincent had given a speech on how listening and seeking first to understand would create so much change. Then, Mahathir shared a story on the usual perception of gen Y being lazy and smart. Then, he shared on how Gen Y rather than being lazy, is the most effective people; at the same time Gen Y are also very needy, easily open up to others, accept feedback. Hence Gen Y are some of the most suitable entrepreneur.

Stanley Wong, shared his life story on how he didn't go to Chinese school, his story of how he had so much challenge communicating to his friend, and learning driving because he don't understand Mandrain.

President Vincent came up again, to speak about the leadership track of the Toastmasters journey. Ken Koh, came up and evaluated Jo Ping, sharing on how she had a very clear organization. After that, Ethan came up, and pointed two specific challenge in the evaluation, on the change in volume and gesture. Mr Wong shared an evaluation on how Mahathir has a lot of gesture and action, but may need more statistics rather than only pointing out authors.

Gerard Peter came and given an evaluation to Stanley, stating on how he has met the objective and given a few more constructive feedback. After that technical evaluators have given their report, and the meeting ended with a group photo.

22nd of October: Magic

The meeting was held in HELP ELM 1st floor, DSA. It kicked off with a magic trick by Bryan. It was a wonderful morning, and guess what? It went supremely well!

After the opening, next was the table topics session. The first brave soul was Asang, followed by Justin, Sam, Kar Yeen, and lastly, Ronald.

After that was the prepared speech session. We had Grace as the first speaker, followed by Justin and Nedsome.

Near to the end of the meeting, we had our best table topic speaker, Ronald! Nedsome, our third speaker, had won the Best Prepared Speech Speaker!

The meeting went well, and lastly, it ended with a group photo.

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