23rd March 2015, Kuala Lumpur: When you were standing in front of your beautiful fiancée down the aisle of the chapel, you said to her with full assurance “Yes I do!”. On the evening of the second Monday of March this year, we said “Yes I do!” by going to the best place a person can ever go after work, school, or even after a long day. Yes, you've got that right; we’re talking about going to a Mid Valley Toastmasters Club meeting!
Our exciting journey started at 7p.m when our S.A.A. Wei Leeng took control of the stage and got everyone to settle down. I found out that we almost had a full house - most of the back seats were filled up even before our charming President gave the opening address!
Our dear President presenting in front of members and guests.
Our ever-bubbly Carmen Chong who was our Toastmaster of the Evening (TME) walked onto centre stage and did something out of the ordinary: She asked all of us to grab a glass of water (because obviously we don’t serve wine at our meetings!), and at the same time we stood up to toast to the newly-wed couple, Timothy and Mi Shan. Congratulations once again!
Mi Shan radiates with joy through her smile while Timothy (in yellow) looks on.
Daniel made us laugh the moment he mentioned that he was feeling very calm for Table Topics this time around compared to the Table Topics session in the last meeting: because now, instead of being a Table Topic speaker, he had absolute control over the topics as Table Topic Master, and it was his turn to give us all that adrenalin rush of a good set of Table Topic questions.
Our new guest Damien (right) walked up confidently to deliver his impromptu speech: “If you could afford not to work, what would you do next?” He motivated us by saying that life is about knowing the people around you and what makes them happy rather than of the overwhelming burden of work that refrains us from doing this, from living our lives. Striking a balance is key.
Last but not least was our new member Casey who delivered an impromptu speech by sharing about his past and how things have changed now.
Now, we move on to the next stage of our meeting which is the project speech session There were a total of 4 speakers that night and each was as exciting as the others.
Wan Pin delivered his virgin speech (CC#1) with his speech title ‘My dream job’. The always cheerful Wan Pin shared some of his work experience with us and mentioned that he would love to be in corporate finance one day. He ended his speech very well by throwing us a question: “How far would you go to obtain your dream job?” I believe it got us thinking for a while. Great job once again!
Lai Yee, delivering her CC#4 speech ‘4 Days, 3 Nights’. From the title of her speech, you could tell it had to do with some sort of vacation. Well, I was right! She blew me away when she described the vacation she had at Sabah, the Land below the Winds. She was very descriptive about the things she did and felt throughout her trip there. I thought I was literally there, with my feet soaked in crystal clear sea water on the white and sandy beach.
Next up was Chrismiin from Sai Masters Toastmasters Club who also delivered a CC#4 speech with her intriguing speech title ‘Choices’. It was yet another inspirational speech where she reminded us that we cannot change the past. We have got to feel it, accept it, do what should be done and move on. Did I not mention that one of the perks of coming to a Toastmasters meetings is that you get to learn some life lessons?
Our General Evaluator, Sharm Siva reading the speech objectives for our next and final speaker.
The last on the list for the project speeches was Chee Yong who delivered his Advanced Communication Manual speech: ‘The Cold Call’. Besides showing us a very entertaining live presentation of a cold call, he also taught us a tip or two about the techniques used in sales and marketing and how it applies to our everyday lives. Chee Yong is indeed a very good speaker and also a fantastic salesperson by profession.
After a short 10-minute break, we got ready for the evaluation session which all of us were looking forward to. This was the time where mistakes and hiccups are revealed, not to insult the speakers but to propel them to greater heights.
Timothy’s evaluation for the Table Topics speakers: short, sweet and straight to the point.
Chris doing a good job evaluating Wan Pin’s first speech.
Christy (left) giving her feedback on Lai Yee’s speech while Chrismiin’s speech was evaluated by Chee Siong (right).
Timothy took up double roles and evaluated Chee Yong’s speech.
Mi Shan (top) giving her informative Grammarian report while Ivan (bottom) honestly reads out the number of Ahs,Ums, Ers we made unintentionally throughout the meeting.
Wait! There’s more!
Finally, it was time to announce the winner for our club’s Slogan Contest. The winner goes to Wong Mi Shan with her powerful and catchy slogan ‘Communicate with Confidence’ which is in line with the club's vision in transforming members into great speakers and leaders.
A BIG thank you to those who have participated in this contest and to the judges Timothy and Chee Loon who were involved in the judging and scoring process.
From left: Timothy, Mi Shan, Me, and Chee Loon.
Everything comes to an end, and it certainly felt hard to say goodbye . All in all, I believe we had a great time bonding and learning. The good news is thatthere’s always going to be another meeting 2 weeks after the one that had just concluded So keep calm and say a BIG “YES I DO!” to the next meeting. Till then, see you!