Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hari Raya Aidilfitri

This year's Hari Raya Aidilfitri was not only celebrate by our Muslim friends, but also all of us at Mid Valley Toastmasters Club. On 13 September 2010, we held a special meeting for the celebration with our members dressed for the occasion.

The men came in their Baju Melayu while the ladies came in their Kebaya and Baju Kurung. Besides the fun and laughters, the best dressed members were also rewarded with special gifts, courtesy of our General Evaluator, Robert Ram ACS ALB. The best-dressed titles went to the following members:

Best-dressed Men Category
1) Robert Ram ACS ALB (from IEM Toastmasters Club)
2) Ang Chee Yong TM

Best-dressed Ladies Category
1) Endree Lim TM
2) Jane Lee TM

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri everyone!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Congratulations to Calvin Chai and Loh Chia Hur!

Are you still single and looking to strike your first perfect date? If you are, you should consult Calvin Chai for tips! Calvin Chai from Mid Valley Toastmasters Club tickled our funny bones at Area G3 Humorous Speech Contest with his speech on how to make your first date a successful one. The hall was filled with laughters as Calvin Chai related to us how to maneuver our first date from the point when you pick up your date to the point when you are finally alone with your date at home. He left the latter part short, as he left the audience to imagine how the date could have ended. The judges were so impressed with the loudest cheers and laughters from the audience that they crowned him the Area Champion for Humorous Speech Contest. Congratulations to Calvin Chai!

Loh Chia Hur from Mid Valley Toastmasters Club did equally well as he emerged as the 1st runner-up for the Humorous Speech Contest. Loh Chia Hur spoke about his “water” experiences during his childhood days (which included an incident when he was having fun playing with water from a toilet bowl). He also related how as a toddler he was pushed into the swimming pool to learn swimming. While trying not to drown, he kicked his feet so hard that his dad thought he was a swimmer with natural talent. Most importantly, Loh Chia Hur imparted an important life lesson to the audience. In life, you may be pushed to the water and left alone to survive. But if you treat the experience as a learning experience and push yourself hard enough to swim faster, you will eventually survive and be a tougher man.

Loh Chia Hur did not only excel in the Humorous Speech Contest, he also excelled in the Evaluation Contest and emerged as the 2nd runner-up. Congratulations to Loh Chia Hur.

The full results are as follows:

Humorous Speech Contest:
Champion: Calvin Chai (Mid Valley Toastmasters Club)
1st runner-up: Loh Chia Hur (Mid Valley Toastmasters Club)
2nd runner-up: Jason Moi (Help Toastmasters Club)

Evaluation Contest:
Champion: Jason Moi (Help Toastmasters Club)
1st runner-up: Meyyappa Manickam (YSP Sah Toastmasters Club)
2nd runner-up: Loh Chia Hur (Mid Valley Toastmasters Club)

Congratulations again to Calvin Chai and Loh Chia Hur! Both of them will be representing Area G3 for the Division Level Humorous Speech Contest on 25 September 2010. We wish them the best for the Division Level Contest!
P.S.- If you would like to see them perform, drop by at our next meeting on 13 September 2010, 7pm at 5th Floor, Cititel Hotel, Mid Valley City.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Going the extra mile

We believe in going the extra mile to achieve improvement. Recently on 30 August 2010, we conducted an additional meeting to provide more opportunities for our members to attempt their project speeches. Special thanks to Ang Chee Yong (Vice President Education) for organising and securing the meeting venue.

Mid Valley Toastmasters Club Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests

If you would like to achieve significant improvement, you have to push yourself to the limit. In Toastmasters, we participate in contests to test our limit, and to see how far we can go. By being competitive, you will force yourself to perfect your public speaking skills to perform at your best. Ultimately, you will find yourself to be a much improved speaker after participating in the contests.

We organized our Club level Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests on 23 August 2010. We had record breaking number of participants with 8 contestants for Humorous Speech Contest and 7 contestants for Evaluation Contest.

The Humorous Speech Contest went on smoothly with laughters bursting out as we listened to speeches peppered with jokes. The Evaluation Contest was equally good with our evaluators providing analysis and recommendations for improvement to the test speaker (Priya from Sai Masters) who delivered a speech entitled "Positive Beliefs Produce Positive Results".

Congratulations to our winners!

Winners of Humorous Speech Contest
Champion: Loh Chia Hur
1st runner-up: Calvin Chai
2nd runner-up: Sky Chan

Winners of Evaluation Contest
Champion: Loh Chia Hur
1st runner-up: Keith Ho
2nd runner-up: Moses Wong