This is the season to witness the magic. Come out from your comfort zone and be part of the Mid Valley Toastmaster Club fun!
The theme for our 259th meeting was “Outside Your Comfort Zone – Where The Magic Happens”. The inspiration behind the theme came from that famous quote by the American author, Neale Donald Walsch ~ “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
What magic was waiting for us that night?
Well, firstly, we had a couple of advanced speakers delivering their advanced speeches.
We had visitors from outside the Klang Valley – all the way from China, India, Australia, and Egypt! What an international meeting!
“Aspire” was the word of the day, which our Acting President Chong Carmen made everyone use once in her introduction. Sneaky!
When the Table Topics session came around, the international flavor burst out again as most of the speakers were our foreign guests.
First up we had the representative from Malaysia, our very own Kow Chee Khon. “If you are able to morph into an animal, which animal would that be?” Kow aspired to be a flying squirrel!
Next up was Sri, our guest from India, who spoke about a major change in his life that made him a better person.
Pete, a visiting Toastmaster from Australia, shared with us on just how motivated he was to make changes in his life.
Ronan, from China, gave a vivid account of what she would like to change in her past. “I would be happier today if I had known of Toastmasters earlier in my life!”
Next, came the Project Speakers.
I’m a fan of the table top card game “Magic the Gathering”, and just like the card game, where different elite magic-wielding warriors gather from different planes and dimensions to do arcane battle, I felt the four speakers that night were pretty much like that as well, different speakers from different backgrounds, all coming together to delight the audience with their wondrous and magical speeches.
Christy Chang once again shared with us an exciting experience from her travels, with “Bungy Jump”. She brought us to the edge of a cliff, where we fought her fears together, and in the end, we jumped with her, on her first wet bungy jump.
Right after that courageous jump down into cold icy waters, we had another speaker who invited us to soar into the skies. Sky Siew’s “Are You a Duck or an Eagle” tells the story of how a shift in our perspectives helps us move from a state of constant complaining (like the quacking of a duck), to a life where we can achieve more by soaring without limits (like an eagle!).
Seasoned speaker Ang Chee Yong brought us back to earth with the realities of “Appraise with Praise”. He regaled us with Mid Valley Toastmasters Club’s many achievements and the magic of consistently having around 30 active members throughout all our years of existence as a Toastmasters Club.
Timothy came on next, with “Women’s Beauty: The Price Of”. He started off by warning us that while praise and compliments are good, we should avoid constantly complimenting women on their looks, as if that was the only thing of importance in the fairer sex. He created the hostility and challenged the audience with his opposing idea (as part of the project requirement). At the end, he slowed down and begun empathizing with the audience, pacifying the roaring crowd with his convincing points.
With all four speeches delivered, we took a refreshment break to celebrate!
The Magical Cake holding us spellbound! Mass Birthday Celebration!
Right out of tea break and our short-lived social moment, we then moved on to the Evaluation session, which gave us a recap of all the project speeches. Later, we sat through the technical reports from the Ah-Counter, Timekeeper, and Grammarian, as well as our Special Guest of the Day, our General Evaluator all the way from Money & You TMC, Tan Yong Jue.
The Award Winners for Mid Valley Toastmasters’ 259th Meeting!
A hearty congratulations to all the winners!
(From the left)
Best Table Topic Speaker: Pete
Best Project Speaker & Best Evaluator: Timothy
Token of Appreciation to General Evaluator: Tan Yong Jue
Here at Mid Valley Toastmasters Club, the magic never ends. But unfortunately, the evening had to. We look forward to your presence at our next meeting! A hearty appreciation goes out to everyone who gave their time to be with us for our 259th meeting. May the mythical force be with the club and bring us many more members and entertaining meetings in the very near future.
-- William Cheong, WeeLau.