Monday, August 15, 2011

Club Humorous Speech & Speech Evaluation Contest (HS&E) 8/8/2011

Recently, we have our club’s HS&E contest and it was a success! The purpose of us to have this contest is to let the members to gain more experience in a contest and also to promote our club to other clubs and guests around Klang Valley. Hopefully, after this more members and guest will know more about us!

It’s a big turnout from our members, who participated in both contest! This year, we have 4 in humorous speech contest and 6 in evaluation speech contest.


Our organising committees and contestants are, (from left to right) –

Loo Cheaw Lee – Speech Evaluation Contest Chair
Moses Wong – Organising Chair
Ang Chee Yong – Humorous Speech Contest Chair & Speech Evaluation Contestant
Gerard A. Peter - Speech Evaluation Contestant
Loh Chia Hur – Humorous Speech & Speech Evaluation Contestant
Keith Ho – Humorous Speech & Speech Evaluation Contestant
Jane Lee - Humorous Speech Contestant
Christine Ong – Speech Evaluation Contestant
Leung Wan Choong – Humorous Speech & Speech Evaluation Contestant


Medals and Certificates.

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Our supportive audience and unknown judges.

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(on the left) The ‘two timers’, Cyiun Yong and Darren Pang. (on the right) The resilient test speaker for the Speech Evaluation Contest, nickname “Chicken Lee” – but his speech is no chicken at all!

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(on the left) Moses Wong, our Organizing Chair, with his light hearted comments. (on the right)The lady in the middle is our Contest chair for Speech Evaluation contest chair, and also our camera lady. We forgot to take her picture while she’s in action. Thousand apologies!


(Left) Our amazing Ang Chee Yong, he’s both our Contest chair for humourous speech contest and also a participant in the Speech Evaluation Contest. (Right) And our forever youthful Mr. NJ Singam the Chief Judge... who can forget that!

 And the results …..

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Humorous Speech Contest:

1st - Loh Chia Hur

2nd - Leung Wan Choong

3rd - Keith Ho

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Speech Evaluation Contest

1st - Loh Chia Hur.

2nd - Christine Ong

3rd - Ang Chee Yong

Well done! Congratulations to all the winners and participants. And we hope everyone have gained valuable experience by participating and witnessing the contests. Our next Area Contest will be in AFC on the 17th September ( Our top 2 winners for each contest will be there to compete with the sisters club from our Area G3, Money & You, HELP, and Monash University.

Let us all give our club contestants of our most valuable support and hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mental block no more.

“Help! I can't write anymore for my speech! I just can’t come out with any ideas!”

Does it ever happened to you when sometimes you just just stare at the empty space of your mind, and you just can’t figure out what to write for your speech?

It does happen to me before, and I think it’s still going to happen to me anytime; sooner, and also, I am not surprise it’s going to happen to me later.

I think this is common to any speakers, writers, creators, innovators, idealist, inventors, philosophers, novelists… basically anyone who would like to come out with original ideas! So, how to overcome this mental block problem?

For this article, I would like to share with everyone some tips on how to overcome the mental block problem:-

  1. Apply Rudyard Kipling’s Secret of Speech Writing. Kipling has a method called the six “serving men”, where just answer the six questions of what, where, when, how, why, and who – and you will find your idea flowing again!
  2. The “Reinforce your idea” method. Stuck with part with a speech? Just do a research on your topic again, in the internet and any writings about the speech. See how other writers or presenters comments about the particular issue. I did this a few times before and it works for me!
  3. Stop doing the crafting and do something else. When sometimes I stuck, I just drop my thinking cap and take a walk, listen to a song, take a shower, go for a jog, or chat with another friend. Do something that relaxes you and the speech idea will come back to you in a while! Most of my speech ideas show themselves when I am taking a shower!

Hope these tips helps you and I wish everyone happy speech crafting!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

McD Meeting

We usually do not have meetings on 5th Mondays, but occasionally we do when we want to have fun. We did exactly just that on 30th May 2011. We met up in Bangsar for a very unusual "McD meeting". We had a private room from McD for the meeting and treated ourselves to McD burgers and fries while we listened to a few good speeches. In line with the venue of the meeting, Travis Lai excitedly delivered a speech on the benefits of eating McD. Many of us were not convinced, but facts would show you that when you eat McD, you are consuming less calories than many of our Malaysian favorite dishes. Want to find out more? Ask Travis Lai!

For more pictures, check out our Facebook Group. Search for "Mid Valley Toastmasters Club"...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Memorable Trip To Port Dickson

FUN,FUN,FUN!!! That's what we had at Port Dickson over the weekend from 14th to 15th May 2011.

Fourteen of us from Mid Valley Toastmasters Club decided that KL was too much to bear, and escaped to a beach side private bungalow for a break. Our journey started with a stop at Dunkin Donuts by the Sungai Besi toll for breakfast, before heading to Port Dickson. When we reached Port Dickson, we were clueless on where the private bungalow was, and had to make an emergency call to the owner to find out the exact location. After finally locating the bungalow and checking in, we decided to start our first activity of outdoor games, organized by Leung Wan Choong. We warmed up by the beach, led by Leung WC. But before we could even start our outdoor games, we started experimenting with our cameras, and decided to go with the flow with more photo shooting sessions. We thoroughly enjoyed the photo session, with jump, flying kicks, hugging, and just "stoning".

Next, we headed to a famous spot in Port Dickson about 10 minutes drive away from our private bungalow for the local Nasi Ayam Panggang. Arriving at the Nasi Ayam Panggang tent, we found waiters with friendly smile and cow-boy hats, creating a little cow-boy theme to the tent. The lunch was superb with nice tasting juicy BBQ chicken served with steamed rice.

Done with lunch, we headed to the famous Teluk Kemang beach. It was quite an experience going through shop after shop at the beach side, selling items from bikinis to chicken- branded soda drinks! We finally settled down and relaxed by the beach at a nice little stall with coconut drinks and "keropok lekor". It was fun hanging out with the breeze from the sea while watching the crowd enjoying themselves by the beach under the hot sun. Kids were screaming and laughing, but the breeze was making us sleepy.

Next, we headed back to the private bungalow for a little rest, with indoor Jenga game, organizes by Leung WC,our Game Master. We learnt from the urban planner Kalvin on how to build the tallest Jenga tower, and learnt from Lewis how to knock on the little Jenga pieces to see if they were really removable. It was all fun and relaxing.

Beach was where we headed next. A beach boy by the name of 'Ah Ching' was already waiting for us. We pre-booked him to bring us for banana boat ride and to guide us through our first sea fishing experience. We never knew that the banana boat ride would start a string of accidents. On the second round of banan boat ride, our Vice President of Education, Ang Chee Yong, lost his balance and fell into the water. Within seconds, he was pulled into the water by the banana boat rope on his neck. He struggled for a few second, and luckily managed to free himself. As Chee Yong swam to the shore, he found himself bleeding on the neck. We knew that we had to send him to hospital and our Treasurer Rae, Immediate Past President, Gerard Peter and Vice President Membership, Travis Lai came to the rescue. They quickly got Chee Yong into Rae's car and drove to the nearby hospital. Unfortunately, before they could reach the hospital, Rae's car was hit from the back by a small little car. The small little car was completely stalled, but Rae's car suffered only minor damage. Gerard and Travis stayed put to handle the accident, while Rae continued his journey to send Chee Yong to the hospital. Fortunately, none of them was hurt from the car accident, and Chee Yong suffered only minor external injury to the neck. We learnt our lessons from the accidents, and enjoyed somehow brought all fourteen of us closer. We went back to our bungalow after the accidents, and enjoyed our BBQ session while listening to the full stories from Chee Yong and Rae.

After the BBQ session, our Game Master Leung organized a mind game by splitting us into 2 groups, and assigning us with the near impossible task of saving an egg from breaking with straws! We never thought it was possible, but with creative thinking and team work, both the team managed to save their eggs from breaking, with genius designs to break to break the eggs' fall. We had difficulties in deciding the winning team, but Leung decided that it was the team that took lesser time to complete that should win.

Next, we headed to a chill-out place at Thistle Hotel. We went dancing by the pool before finally jumping into the pool led by Gerard Peter. It was 1 a.m in the morning, but we all excited swimming in the pool ( and pulling the girls into the pool)!

The next morning, all of us woke up late (obviously from the partying the day before). We packed our bags, checked out, and headed for food in Lukut. We had the famous curry bun at Lucky Restaurant and nice seafood. The curry was niely wrapped in a big bun and is certainly something that we do not get in KL. Before we went home, we headed to the Port Dickson food court for ABC and Cendol as dessert.

The trip was great, filled with fun. Special thanks to Travis Lai for being the organizing chair. The trip was a very successful trip.

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Best Advice For Overcoming The Fear Of Public Speaking

As a former speechwriter, publisher, and frequent presenter, I understand what drives many people to buy books about public speaking: FEAR! I know because I've shared it. I remember times when I walked up on a podium and took my place at the lectern in front of an audience, and suddenly felt dry mouth, sweaty palms, shaking hands, pounding chest, even my voice ringing in my ears. I'd prepared a slick speech, but not my brain for the inevitable shock of taking the stage.

Anxiety about public speaking is most commonly rooted in our past negative memories and experiences, according to Randolph and Kathleen Verderber's classic text, The Challenge of Effective Speaking. The authors- emeritus management professors and communications scholars_ say that typical people will relive those times in their past when they were criticized, admonished or deemed in some way as unworthy of the center stage. My book shelf contains a couple of books on overcoming fear of public speaking, and they all recommend these strategies:

  • Practice, practice, practice: You need to desensitize yourself to the panic and fear of failure you associate with public speaking. Practice not only to become more comfortable with your material, but to experience the gamut of emotions that come with speaking. Rehearse in front of friends and family members who will give you constructive feedback. Steve Jobs reportedly has become a world- class presenter through over- practicing. "Few speakers rehearse more than Steve Jobs." Carmine Gallo writes in his excellent book, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs (McGraw-Hill 2010). "His preparation time is legendary among those closest to him." Gallo's book recounts how Jobs begins preparing weeks in advance, and typically spends two full days rehearsing, asking for feedback, making adjustments, and tightening his flow.

  • Memorize and make eye contact. Familiarize yourself with the stage or space where you will speak, and commit key points to memory so you can make effective eye contact with your audience. By connecting with your audience when you speak you will benefit from the feedback of their reactions and you will find your voice. Expert also advise: Don't practice to the point that you are bored or exhausted with the material.

  • Visualize a Positive Outcome: In Small Message, Big Impact, author Terri L.Sjodin recommends visualizing how you will feel when you're done with the speech. " On the other side" in that " Space of completion, invigoration, and accomplishment." By visualizing a job well-done, you replace negative self- talk and put the speech in its perspective- as one event among many.

  • Connect with the Audience: In Harrison Monarth and Larina Kase's, The Confident Speaker, the authors suggest speakers visualize what they have in common with the audience and collect information about your audience- from their jobs to their likely questions. By doing so, you will replace the anxious self- talk in your own mind with a new externally- focused challenge: What are the people like I will be speaking to? If you are speaking in front of an audience that is unfamiliar to you, get an attendee list, learn about a few of the people on the list, even call a person or two who will be in attendance or ask your host about the group. This process is about easing your preparatory anxiety by presenting your brain with a visual and cognitive challenge- put real people and real faces in those chairs, not executioners.

  • Rewrite the Negative Script: Write down the negative or fearful thoughts you have about your abilities as a speaker, including critism you've heard in the past. Then note how you felt after previous presentations were over, and how you've addressed or changed certain behaviors so that you are thinking more positively. I remember being told that I spent too much time learning away from the audience during a presentation, and I've consciously visualized the satisfaction of correcting that in my next speech.

  • Remind Yourself, You're Communicating, Not Performing. If you see your speech as a chance to communicate with a group of people about something important to you, rather than a performance, the experience will feel more familiar. Infact, the audience is far more interested in the substance of what you are presenting, than how theatrical you are in your presentation. Remind yourself of that, jotting down what you consider to be the best aspects of your speeches- in content and style. Monarth and Kase call this creating " positive expectancy " : "develop a few words " that exemplify the way you want to feel as you're talking. "

The experts also agree on these basics, which bear repeating:

  • Get enough sleep for a few days ahead

  • Thoroughly check out the technology you'll be using a day ahead

  • Lightly exercise a few hours before the presentation

  • Never, ever drink alcohol before your appearance

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Sometimes, we want a break. Sometimes, we want to have fun. Sometimes, we want to hang out with our friends. Sometimes, we want to listen to the waves pounding. Sometimes, we want to witness the beautiful sunset. Sometimes, we want to just laze around. And sometimes, we don't know what to do. If you are having the "sometimes" mood now, join us for our trip to Port Dickson!!! Sometimes, we don't just meet at 5th Floor Cititel, we meet by the beach too...

Details as follows:

Date: 14 - 15 May 2011
Venue: Private Bungalow @ Port Dickson
Contribution: RM120

Your contribution covers:
1) Lots of eating (1st day lunch, 1st day BBQ dinner, 2nd day breakfast, 2nd day lunch, and snacks in between)
2) Accommodation
3) Transportation
4) Games
5) PD tour

Feel free to join us (even if you are not a Toastmaster yet). As we have limited rooms available, this invitation is on "first-come, first-served" basis.

If you would like to join us, please contact Travis Lai at 017-666 8203.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


GREAT news to our fellow Toastmasters!!!

I am ecstatic to report that Paul Tan (our Club President) won the CHAMPION and Moses Wong won the 3rd prize in Area G3 International Speech Contest for the term 2010 / 2011.

President Paul Tan will represent Area G3 to grab the trophies at the next level at Division G on 30th March 2011.

We warmly welcome all toastmasters and guests to come to support our President and also witness the birth of winners, and most important, to experience how to improve public speaking skill in a short time.

Below are the details for those who are interested to attend our Division G International Speech & Table Topic Contest.

Date: 30th March 2011

Time: 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm

Venue: Malaysian Insurance Institute, Jalan Sri Semantan Satu, Damansara Height

Club Level International Speech & Table Topic Contest [2010 / 2011]

It was a truly amazing contest on 24th January 2011 (Monday) with almost 10 courageous contestants were competing against each other for the Mid Valley Toastmasters club level annual International Speech & Table Topic Contest for the term 2010 / 2011.

Every past competitor will agree that contests are a perfect way to grow skills and confidence RAPIDLY. Therefore, speech contests are a unique and exciting part of the Toastmasters program. Everyone who has completed at least 6 speeches in the Competent Communicators Manual is encouraged to have fun and stretch themselves by entering our club's International Speech Contest.

Please join us congratulating the winners of our Club Contest. The 1st and 2nd prize winners of each of the contests will represent our club to fight for the area level award.

The results are as below:

1. International Speech Contest

  • Champion : Moses Wong

  • 1st Runner Up: Paul Tan Poh Leong

2. Table Topic Contest

  • Champion : Moses Wong

  • 1st Runner Up : Loh Chia Hur

  • 2nd Runner Up: Travis Lai

Sunday, January 30, 2011

SMK Subang Utama Youth Leadership Program 2011

We have done it again! Mid Valley Toastmasters Club organized a Youth Leadership Program for SMK Subang Utama from 21st to 23rd January 2011 for 24 participants. Throughout the 3 days, the participants were trained to be a better speaker and a better leader. It was a successful program as we saw marked improvement in all participants, especially Dalila, a participant who could not complete her speech during the ice breaker session when she broke down and cried, but completed her final speech successfully with confidence. Dalila truly deserves the award she won, the award for the best improved participant.

To bring out the best in the participants, we organized a contest at the end of the program for the participants to show case their newly acquired skills. The participants delivered a variety of speeches ranging from a simple speech on shampoo to thought provoking speech on happiness in life. While all the participants deserved to be winners for their awesome performance, we had to make the difficult decision to select the best 3 speakers from the contest. The winners were:

Champion: Anne Marie
1st Runner Up: Jen Ning
2nd Runner Up: Sinthu Suresh

Congratulations to all participants. We hope you are now equipped with the shoes (and socks!) to start your journey of a thousand miles… All of you are AWESOME! Well done!

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