Sunday, June 19, 2016

Our Next meeting 28th June 2016

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Malaysia D-51 #1997
Our Next meeting at TMIKL level 22 Bankers Club:
Tuesday, 28th June 2016 from 19:30 sharp

Toastmaster: Lim Yikang, CC, CL (Area P2 Director)
TTM: Cheryl Tan, CC, CL
GE: Thum Wei Wen, CC, CL


Victor Ong, DTM CC#1 Icebreaker
Stirling Kho CC#9
Jony Lim CC #10
Rajesh Wadhwani ACB, ACM #1
Jeremy Teo, ACB, ACM #1

Speech Evaluators:

Rhoda Omar, CC, ALB (Incoming Area P5 Dirctor)
Kanagaraj Pillay, ACB
Ong Mei Lin, CC
Endrea Hugh, CC
Mohd Syairoz, CC  (Incoming Area P1 Director)

SAA: Nimo, CC, ALB
TTE: Richard Toh, CL
AH Counter Kimberly Teh
Grammarian Jesse Tan
Timer: I Omar, DTM

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Your Toastmasters Experience

(With acknowledgement to Tamala Takahashi)

Here are a few suggestions to make your Toastmasters experience the best it can be when you are starting out a little less than confident when speaking up in front of a group, at work, or with strangers.

1. Pick a Toastmasters club that feels right. If you go to a Toastmasters club and you feel intimidated, or overlooked, try a different club. The program is designed very well, but every club uses the program differently. Find a club where you feel comfortable and safe from the beginning. And don't be afraid to switch clubs if your current club is no longer meeting your needs.

2. Participate in every meeting in some way. Start with ballot counter or timer - the smaller roles - first. Then work your way up to Toastmaster after 4 or 5 months. Make sure you speak at every meeting in some way.

3. Do your ice breaker as soon as you can. That is the first speech in the program. Then dedicate yourself to doing a speech every 3-4 meetings.

4. Work with your mentor. If you aren't assigned a mentor, ask to have one. If you are not totally comfortable with your mentor, ask someone who you are comfortable with to help you (even if they aren't your official mentor). Having someone who will work one-on-one with you makes a big difference.

5. After a few months, participate in the speech contests. This is a great way to try something hard in a safe place. After you've participated in a speech contest, "regular" speeches are easier.

6. Don't stop after you feel like you've made progress. Keep going through the program. Many people find after a few months, they start to get some legs and feel much better speaking up. Don't be fooled that this first success is all you need! Getting over the first "hump" of shyness is just the beginning. The real, significant, life changes happen after you've moved into the advanced manuals and leadership projects. I've learned more as District Governor than I have at any level of my experience as a Toastmaster.

7. Keep up with the leadership side of the program. Even though you may be focusing on the speaking as a way to overcome shyness, the truth is, the leadership side of the program does far more to bring about confidence than the speaking side. Building leadership skills, such as collaboration, delegation, project management, conflict management, and crafting a mission, will benefit you in all aspects of your life. Also, as an introvert, it's easier to work on, to be honest. You can "lead from behind" so to speak. The more leadership skills you practice, the more confident you'll be, and speaking will be easier, because you know "you got this". I finished my leadership projects long before my speaking projects, because as someone who was still developing her extroverted side and getting over shyness, I found the leadership projects to be much more approachable and less daunting.

8. Go to the Toastmasters Leadership Institutes and conferences. These are very low-cost opportunities to learn more about both leadership and public speaking. Go to as many as you can and learn as much as you can.

9. And lastly, as much as you can, if someone asks for help with a club contest, or a membership drive, or something else, say "yes". The more you work together with other toastmasters, you'll build your reputation. Building reputation is a huge confidence booster. Also, having a "job" gives you a higher purpose, and makes it easier to ask for things and be assertive.

Toastmasters is not a magic bullet. However, it's a very good tool for overcoming shyness that has worked for so many people.

And a quick note on shyness vs. introvertism. These are not the same thing. Toastmasters may not change your natural inclination to be an introvert. However, what it will do, is help you learn to be confident in who you are, what you believe, and your skill set. That will serve you well no matter what you do, and no matter how much you lean towards the introverted side.

Meeting of 14th June 2016

Our next meeting is as follows:

Date/Time: 14-6-2016 from 19:30
Venue: Level 22 Bankers Club AMODA

SAA: Razwan Rashidi
Toastmaster: Ismail Omar, DTM
Grammarian: Kimberly Teh
Timer: Jesse Tan

GE: Victor Ong, DTM

Yikang Lim, CC, CL "Moments of Truth"
Nik Ayman CCM #8 "Significant event for Malaysians"
Ken Yeong CCM #8 "Look at Me!!!"
Rhoda Omar ACM #4 "Beyond Sushi"


Meeting of 24th May 2016

Following is the report of our Club Meeting on 24th May 2016:

SAA: Col. Nik M Zaki, CC, ALB
Toastmaster: Rhoda Omar, CC, ALB
TT Master: Ismail Omar, DTM
Geammarian: Cyril Jonas, DTM
Timer: Jeremy Teo, ACB

GE: Richard Toh, CL

Jony Lim Project #9, Drink more water
Endrea Hugh, CC

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Meeting of Tuesday 10th May 2016

Notice is hereby given that the Club's AGM will be held at 9:00 pm on the 10th May at Bankers Club:
1) To receive the Committee's report for session 2015-2016
2) To receive Financial Report Sept 2014-June 2015 and Provisional Financial report July 2015 - June 2016
3) To elect officers for the 2016-2017 Session

Jeremy Teo

Results of Elections:

The following toastmasters will serve as the Club ExCo for the 2016-2017 Session:

President: Ismail Omar, DTM
V. P. Education: Jeremy Teo, ACB
(to be continued)

Day/Date: Tuesday 10th May 2016
President: Rajesh Wadhwani, ACB
Meeting Chair: Jeremy Teo, ACB


1st Speaker
Jesse Tan 
Competent Communication Manual #2 - Organise Your Speech (5:00-7:00 min)
Strong opening and conclusion; Outline that can be followed and understood; Clear message with supporting material; Appropriate transitions.

2nd Speaker
 Kimberly Teh 
Competent Communication Manual #3 - Get to the Point (5:00-7:00 min)
Organize speech to achieve general and specific purpose; Reinforce purpose with beginning, body, and conclusion; Project sincerity and conviction; Control nervousness; Strive to not use notes.

 3rd Speaker
 Richard Toh CL
Competent Communication Manual #8 - Get Comfortable With Visual Aids (5:00-7:00 min)
Select visual aids that are appropriate for the message and the audience; Use two or more visual aids correctly with ease and confidence.

 4th Speaker
 Rajesh Wadhwani
The Balcony Plantation.
The Entertaining Speaker (2011) #1 - The Entertaining Speech (5:00-7:00 min)
Entertain the audience by relating a personal experience; Organise an entertaining speech for maximum impact.

Table Topics Master
Table Topics Evaluator:
AH Counter:

Friday, April 15, 2016

Meeting 26-April-2016 Report

Meeting Report:
Day/Date: Tuesday 26th April 2016

President: Rajesh Wadhwani, ACB
Meeting Chair: Endrea Hugh, CC

Table Topics Master Rajesh Wadhwani, ACB
Table Topics Evaluator: Rhoda Omar, CC, ALB
Grammarian: Ismail Omar, DTM
AH Counter: Kim Teh
Timer: Jesse Tan
GE: Gabriel Chong, ACB, ALB


Ismail Omar #6CCM
Speech title:The Epic of Gilgamesh
  Evaluator: Richard Toh, CL

Kee En Lim, #8CCM
Speech title: Bungee Jumping
  Evaluator: Jeremy Teo

Bin Li Ng #10CCM
Speech title: Work-Life Balance
  Evaluator: Cyril Jonas, DTM

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Next Meeting 12-4-2016

Next Meeting:
Day/Date: Tuesday 12th April 2016

President: Rajesh Wadhwani, ACB
Meeting Chair: Endrea Hugh, CC

Table Topics Master Jeremy Teo, ACB
Table Topics Evaluator: Yikang Lim, CC, CL
Grammarian: Jeremy Teo, ACB
AH Counter: Ismail Omar, DTM
Timer: Richard Toh, CL
GE: Rita Corray, ATMS, CL


Jesse Tan #1CCM
Speech title: I or Y
  Evaluator: Rajesh Wadhwani, ACB

Kimberly Teh #2CCM
Speech title: Power of Yes
  Evaluator: David Hughes, DTM

Nik Ayman  #7CCM 
Speech title: Plan B
  Evaluator: Cyril Jonas, DTM

Kee En Lim, #8CCM
Speech title: Plan C
  Evaluator: Rhoda Omar. CC, ALB