9th March 2015, KUALA LUMPUR: Mid Valley Toastmasters Club organized the most anticipated contest of the year – the International Speech and Table Topics Contest 2015. This was the night where the contestants were there to take to the stage and shine, as well as to inspire the audience and mesmerize the judges. Organizing Chair, Sky Siew pulled off the event brilliantly, with full support from his hardworking team of role players.
Before the contest began, there were a few things all going on simultaneously: contestant registration, dinner and refreshments, chit-chatting and making new friends, contestants silently rehearsing their speeches and then going on to draw lots. Mid Valley Cititel, 5th Floor was awash with new and familiar faces, all happy, all smiling.
The contestants’ names and speech titles were as follows:
1) Wong Woon Pen - A Perfect Match
2) Chong Chee Siong – Too Early
3) Ivy Liew – Small Roles Makes us Great
4) Ang Chee Yong – Power of Dream
5) Ian Lai – I believe I can …
6) Cheky Ng – The Journey
7) Timothy Nakayama – Say Yes
~ The Power of Dream can only be realized if You Believe You Can achieve it and consistently Say Yes to open up opportunities; it will not be Too Early to start achieving your dreams by doing Small Roles which Make Us Great and don’t forget to enjoy The Journey with your Perfect Match! ~
After a refreshment break, we moved on and began the Table Topics Contest. This contest is very exciting as the speakers do not know what the Table Topic will be beforehand – upon being called to the stage and being presented with it, they have to immediately deliver an impromptu speech within 1-2 minutes. There were 5 brave souls (Wong Woon Pen, Chong Chee Siong, Chong Carmen, Timothy Nakayama & Ian Lai) who took up the challenge, and each of them had to face Contest Chair Yeap Wei Leeng’s interesting Table Topic : If you had a Super Power to change the world, what would you change?” There were different types of super powers that night: from the ability to change the world with just a single cute move like Sailormoon to the ability read people’s minds. The Table Topic Contest and the interviewing of the contestants that followed brought howls of laughter from the audience.
Finally, it’s result time! Drum Roll please~
Table Topic Contest Winner goes to:
Champion: Ian Lai
1st Runner Up: Chong Carmen
2nd Runner Up: Chong Chee Siong
International Speech Contest Winner goes to:
Champion: Timothy Nakayama
1st Runner Up: Ian Lai
2nd Runner Up: Wong Woon Pen
Congratulations to all the winners. For those who did not win, do enjoy your journey and learning from the contests. You still have 1 year’s time to improve your speaking skills and remember to “Say Yes” when we ask you to participate in the contest again. See you next year!
Also, bravo to the role players, as without them, the event would not have taken place! Thank you! Organising Chair - Sky Siew - International Speech Contest Chair - Becky – Table Topic Contest Chair – Yeap Wei Leeng – Timer – Chee Loon & Mi Shan – Ballot Counter – Eve Chong & Ivan – SAA – Daniel Lim & Lai Yee – Chief Judge – NJ Singam