Michael Xavier Did It Again!

We are pleased to announce that Michael Xavier from Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club has won the contest for International speech contest in Division N!

Michael will represent Division N to compete during the District 51 convention.
Congratulations to Michael Xavier!

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Speech Craft 2017 Sessions Are Back!

What is Speech Craft All About?

At Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club, speech craft sessions serve as a platform for our new members to practise their speeches and take up roles in a less formal setting, while getting the chance to socialize with the rest of the members.

We understand that it takes a lot of guts to start your first speech, so a speech craft session provides a warm and less hostile environment for you to start!

Not only that, guests are always welcome to attend the sessions (Only upon invitation). Our club officers are ready to attend to your queries. Note that a speech craft session in general does not fully reflect how a Toastmasters meeting is conducted in a formal setting.

Up to date, we have had 2 successful speech craft sessions.

25th February 2017

Bong Say Boon’s residence
TME: Yeoh Siu Ming
Educational Topics:
1. The Importance of Public Speaking – John Ung
2. Selecting a Speech Topic – Lye Hang Cheng
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23rd March 2017
Kenzo Tan’s residence (The number of guests and members attended the meeting reached
30 people. Voilà!)
TME: Hasrul Andry
Educational topics:
1. Organizing Your Speech – Olivia Tan
2. Gestures – TK Mah

Zero or Minus Five Programme 2016

A new programme has recently been introduced at Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club by President Lye Hang Cheng, effective November the 3rd 2016. 

Known as the Zero or Minus Five programme, it is initiated to ensure meetings start and end on time, hence the Zero and Minus 5 means that either the meeting starts at 8.00 sharp or five minutes earlier. Not only that, tardiness affects the overall meeting agenda and its smoothness. You wouldn’t want that to happen in each meeting, would you? 

The Zero or Minus Five programme was successfully carried out during the last two meetings (3rd November and 17th November) where members and guests witnessed major improvement in terms of time management. Kudos to President Lye Hang Cheng!

Nonetheless, to ensure that the programme is carried out successfully throughout the term, we hope that members and role players would turn up earlier, rather than being on time. 

Together We Make It Happen, Together We Rise!

P/s : Light dinner will be served by 7.30 p.m.

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BBTMC Meetings 2016

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Whether you’re a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retiree, Toastmasters is the best way to improve your communication skills. You have probably watched videos on some amazing speeches or even read about ways of giving good speeches. Next, you need some practice! How do you do that? Join us at Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club!

Toastmasters can help you lose the fear of public speaking and learn the skills that will help you be more successful in whatever path in life you’ve chosen. By becoming a member of Toastmasters you’ll be a better communicator and listener. You’ll learn to easily lead teams and conduct meetings.

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You’ll be more confident in presenting in front of others. You’ll comfortably give and receive constructive evaluations. If you already have some or all of these skills, you will enhance them in Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club!

 

Every meeting has 3 main sessions:

  • Project Speeches– prepared speech session for members to fulfill objectives from a Toastmasters Communication Manual
  • Table Topics– impromptu speech session for members and guests (optional)
  • Evaluation– feedback session to highlight strengths and give specific suggestions for improvement

Here are the meetings that were successfully held in our club :

Date Theme Toastmaster of the Evening (TME)
07/01/2016 Accomplish or Do Not Begin Lye Hang Cheng
21/01/2016 International Speech & Table Topics Contest Teoh Y.T.
04/02/2016 An Auspicious Year of the Fire Monkey Lim Teik Lai
18/02/2016 Aspire to Inspire Before you Expire Zeheera Ali
03/03/2016 Food-Yoh Aaren Gan
10/03/2016 SpeechCraft 1 Rena Leong
17/03/2016 You will see it if you Believe it Teh Swee Leong
24/03/2016 SpeechCraft 2: Ideal Jobs Celine
31/03/2016 SpeechCraft 3: Get a Life Kenzo Tan
07/04/2016 The Power of Miracles Teoh Yi Terng
14/04/2016 SpeechCraft 4: Losing is gaining Jason Tan
21/04/2016 It Is Never Too Late (YMCA & BBTMC) Lye & Kashminder Singh
28/04/2016 SpeechCraft 5: Love is forgiving & Love is for giving Olivia Tan
05/05/2016 When You Get, Give. When You Learn, Teach. Olivia Tan
19/05/2016 Simple Gestures Can Have A Big Impact Jason Tan
26/05/2016 SpeechCraft 6 : Graduation Jason Tan
02/06/2016 Being Resilient Sailesh Maganlal
16/06/2016 It’s a Celebration (Final meeting of the term) Rena Leong
07/07/2016 In The Spirit of Raya Zeheera Ali
21/07/2016 Back to Basics Karena Anum
04/08/2016 Stay Healthy, Live Forever Teh Swee Leong
18/08/2016 Evaluation Contest  Aaren Gan
01/09/2016 When Hard Work Beats Talent Eric Fong
15/09/2016 Purpose of Our Life Imran Sarwar
29/09/2016 Speech Marathon Erick Okomo
06/10/2016 If I Were a World Champion of Public Speaking Teoh Yi Terng
20/10/2016 What Does T Stand For? S.L Liew 
03/11/2016 Celebration of Lights Anusuya Nair
17/11/2016 Capture The Moment Lee Han Jun
01/12/2016 Make A Wish Olivia Tan
15/12/2016 A Game Called Life Rohith Doraisamy
29/12/2016 Sweet Christmas and Happy New Year Rena Leong
05/01/2017 New Beginnings Suya Nair
19/01/2017 International Speech & Table Topics Contest Organizing Chairperson
02/02/2017 It’s Time For Reunion Eric Fong
16/02/2017 It’s My Life Erick Okomo
23/02/2017 Speech craft session 1 Yeoh Siu Ming
02/03/2017 Together We Learn, Together We Grow Yeoh Siu Ming
16/03/2017 Practising the Power of Now Zeheera Ali
23/03/2017 Speech craft session 2: A Light in the Darkness Hasrul Andry
30/03/2017 Speech Marathon Olivia Tan
06/04/2017 It’s a Fairy Tale (YMCA & BBTMC) Lye & Kashminder Singh

BBTMC Meetings 2015

A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. Every meeting has 3 main sessions:

  1. Project Speeches– prepared speech session for members to fulfill objectives from a Toastmasters Communication Manual
  2. Table Topics– impromptu speech session for members and guests (optional)
  3. Evaluation– feedback session to highlight strengths and give specific suggestions for improvement
Date Theme Toastmaster of the Evening
(TME)
01/01/2015 Happy New Year Jackie Chow
15/01/2015 Pay It Forward Eileyn Chua
05/02/2015 Love Fest Tan Seoh Chen
19/02/2015 Happy Chinese New Year Rena Leong
05/03/2015 Live Your Dreams Wong Wai Leng
19/03/2015 Role Models Eric Fong
02/04/2015 The Power of Dedication Jen Vu Huong
16/04/2015 Stretching Yourself Jackie Chow
07/05/2015 Family Aaren Gan
21/05/2015 The Leader Who Had No Title Zeheera Ali
04/06/2015  The Art of Believing Amy Khoo
18/06/2015  Standing on the Shoulders of Giants  Anand Raj
02/07/2015  Finding Voices & Creating Leaders Together  Lye Hang Cheng
16/07/2015  Nothing to be Afraid of Aaren Gan
30/07/2015  BBTMC Hari Raya Pot Luck  Karena Anum
06/08/2015  A Fresh Beginning  Eric Fong
20/08/2015  Total Success Lee Xi Wen
03/09/2015  Raising Your Standards Jen Vu Huong
17/09/2015  Come Out of Your Shell Teoh Y.T.
01/10/2015  Happy Mid Autumn Festival  Karena Anum
15/10/2015 Your Habits Determine Your Future Ooi Kai Sian
29/10/2015  October Fun Teh Swee Leong
5/11/2015  Happy Diwali Chew Yoon Seng
19/11/2015  Freedom Jason Ng
3/12/2015  Willpower John Ung
17/12/2015 The Best Christmas  Jen Vu Huong

BBTMC Write-Up

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (18th June 2015)

It certainly was a gigantic meeting to end the term of 2014/2015, what with more than 40 people packed into the venue to celebrate a successful term. The Toastmaster of the Evening was none other than outgoing club President Anand Raj as is the tradition of BBTMC to have the President helm the final meeting of the term.

Anand remarked that except for the Registrar and the Project Speakers, every other role player on show became a Toastmaster before him. In line with the meeting theme, he showed his gratitude to his ‘seniors’ – by getting them to do work on the day!

The variety of Toastmasters on show was evident from the project speeches, with Shirley Lim beginning her journey with her maiden speech, all the way to Martin Tan who completed his 30th project speech, thus obtaining the Advanced Communicator Silver award. Special mention also goes to Cheng Jerh Shyang, who achieved the club’s 7th CC award this term!

All in all, it was a night filled with nostalgia, laughter and sharing of experience between the veterans and the newbies. Check out the photos here:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.820027638092658.1073741917.399918323436927&type=3

 

Spill the Beliefs (4th June 2015)

If there is one word that could be used to describe Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club (BBTMC) meeting on June 4th, 2015, it would be “galvanizing”. The Art of Believing successfully encouraged each speaker to broadcast his or her beliefs (good thinking, first-timer Toastmaster of the Evening) and that is “galvanizing”.

The “galvanizing” factor was initiated from the very moment the President stood up and clasped his hands together before his tummy. Somehow, that exuded a sense of sincerity and trust – two essential traits to make someone believe in you.

The TME, in her matter-of-fact tone; the Thought of the Day contributor, in her matter-of-fact tone and the Grammarian, in his matter-of-fact tone, then established the essence of this meeting – to believe (Word of the Day). It was no surprise when all five speakers decided to share topics they truly put confidence in. To sum it up, the first speaker believes in driving safely (after his numerous fast and furious encounters); the second speaker stays truthful to who she is, regardless of the changes in her chatterbox persona; the third speaker believes in Nanovation and its development; the fourth speaker believes in the second speaker and the final speaker believes in the importance of understanding one’s audience before attempting to impose a belief (true that). Everyone was so believable that it is no wonder the audience fell for the little trick played by the Humorist when she announced she lost her car keys – she has not been driving for quite some time now.

It is worth pointing out that the Table Topics session was a bit nerve wracking – considering the controversial topics available that night. “Which gender is more complicated?” “Backpacking or tour?” “Money or no money (or something like that)?” It was undoubtedly challenging for our “volunteers” to spit out the truth but guess what, they did it anyway. Much appreciated, lady and gentlemen.

Then came the evaluations. White lies alert? Not this time. The evaluators were pretty much brutality truthful (or at least, they seemed to be). Being able to project honest constructive criticisms is perhaps the best remedy for any areas of improvement in speeches. You hear? Not forgetting the Timer, Grammarian and Ah Counter who, very earnestly, admitted their blunders and instantly bounced back, of course, with the support of the audience. Kudos to the three of you. The truth is, members of BBTMC had loads of fun that night but if you find that hard to believe, then click the following link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.812028438892578.1073741916.399918323436927&type=3

 

Sharma Comma

The Here is a dissection of the BBTMC meeting on May 21, 2015: it began at (about) eight in the evening and ended at (approximately) ten at night. And in between? A whole lot of greatness!

To start dazzling, Zeheera Ali, once a SpeechCrafter, now a Toastmaster of the Evening (TME), left everyone in awe when she revealed the theme-not-taken: The Leader Who Had No Title. Who would have thought that it is actually the title of Robin Sharma’s work, the author of 15 global best sellers, including The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and guess what, The Leader Who Had No Title. The TME could not have landed on a better theme.

Things pretty much went uphill from there, that includes Presidential introduction, the non-Presidential introduction, the Word and Thought of the day recital, the Humorist recital… just kidding. Any who, it was crunch time for the speakers before anyone could say “mastery” (the word of the day) because let us face it, they had the biggest competitors – themselves. Conspicuously, the first speaker mesmerized us with her creatively meaningful portrayal of YES and NO men – the latter to be favored. The second speaker shared her fight for genitalia freedom and the third confessed to having a baby face (he does). Such diversity in topic selection has to be evoked by the profound theme. After all, “the best you can do is all you can do.” (Wink wink)

Then dinner came and it was, well, it was dinner, nothing out of the ordinary. People talked, people ate and… people ran out of food. I have to admit, our guest list was really impressive. We had Michael Xavier back in role playing, Jo Lene back in our chair and T.K. Mah back in his leather-like jacket (I was not the only one who got fooled). It was like all our beloved leaders, who may or may not have titles, were being summoned by a Sharma signal.

I would give the evaluation session an A++ because all three evaluators did not fall asleep during the speeches. They also did a tremendous job in stating what was awesome and providing the best alternative to what sucked. Not forgetting our General Evaluator, who decided to be very precise, blunt and partially blind during his evaluation. I mean, what’s up with those glasses?

To sum it up, I am going to help myself to another line of Sharma’s, “I’m just an ordinary girl who happened to get lucky enough to learn a series of extraordinary secrets (at BBTMC) that helped me become supersuccessful in business and deeply fulfilled in life.” And I bet if you are part of this family, you would too.

Wait, you want proves for the above statements? Sure. Just help yourself to our photos on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.800915810003841.1073741915.399918323436927&type=3

Ain’t Nothing “Fuddy-Duddy” about this FAMILY

“Bayan Baru’s always like one big happy family.” – Sivaraj Santhira (a fellow Toastmaster)

The theme on the night of May 7, 2015 was FAMILY. As soon as the invitation was sent out, I knew we were in for something warm and fuzzy. And that’s exactly what I got when Competent Communicator, Aaren Gan, took the reins as the Toastmaster of the Evening and opened his heart to all of us.

“Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with lots of nuts.” And I have to admit, there were several nutty activities that night:

  • Papa BBTMC, Advanced Communicator Bronze, Advanced Leader Bronze, Anand Raj, celebrated his birthday with three other members of the BBTMC FAMILY (including our permanent guest turned permanent member, Shirley. We welcome you with open arms, you’re one of us now.).
  • Mama BBTMC, Competent Communicator, Competent Leader, Rena Leong, took the night off (we can be a handful).
  • Hot Mama BBTMC, Advanced Communicator Bronze, Competent Leader, Au Wai Yin, sold out her husband, as well as her son during the Humorous Session, which was extremely humorous.
  • Hot Mama II BBTMC, Advanced Communicator Bronze, Dr. Janet, had finally decided to pay a visit, she was no “fuddy-duddy”.
  • Hot Chick BBTMC, Karena Anum, put the fever in jungle fever when she shared her furry family ventures.
  • The Timer, Say Boon, got high on his own joke (someone deserved a good spanking) till the Grammarian, Competent Communicator, Tan Seoh Chen, had to step in to read out some of the time qualifications and disqualifications (unfortunately).
  • There were 90 pieces of chicken wings. I guess this was the least nuttiest of them all – a special thanks to the 12 guests who helped.

But above all, we know that no matter what life brings us, we will always stick together as a FAMILY. And… we have got the stuff to prove it. Kabam! The President’s Distinguished Club Award! Totally bagged it. I don’t think anyone else, besides Papa BBTMC, got to touch it though. Well, what else can I say? What’s a family without a (bald) head of the family? I’m not kidding, check him out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.793913887370700.1073741913.399918323436927&type=3

What’s up with BBTMC?

THIS CALLS FOR A ROUND OF APPLAUSE!

The new term has just begun and we’ve got some news to announce! We’ve just completed our club level Humorous Speech Contest on the 30th July 2016 during the annual installation dinner at Neo+ Hotel. So, who are the lucky ones?

Humorous Speech Contest 2016:

Winner – Michael Xavier

1st Runner up – Karena Anum

2nd Runner up – Lim Teik Lai

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There they are! The much loved toastmasters who will represent BBTMC in the next speech battle – THE AREA CONTEST.

 

Stay tuned for more updates. Like us on Facebook to keep you updated with the latest news!

https://www.facebook.com/bbtmc.org/

 

BBTMC Meetings 2014

A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. Every meeting has 3 main sessions:

  1. Project Speeches– prepared speech session for members to fulfill objectives from a Toastmasters Communication Manual
  2. Table Topics– impromptu speech session for members and guests (optional)
  3. Evaluation– feedback session to highlight strengths and give specific suggestions for improvement
Date Theme Toastmaster of the Evening
(TME)
03/07/2014 World Cup Fiesta Rena Leong
17/07/2014 Where Is Your Neverland? Gary Lim
07/08/2014 Road To Glory Jason Ng
21/08/2014 Inspiration Shelton Lo
04/09/2014 I See Something In You Lye Hang Cheng
18/09/2014 Passion Meets Compassion Tan Seoh Chen
02/10/2014 Designing Your Life Teh Swee Leong
16/10/2014 Happy Halloween Jason Ng
30/10/2014 Deepavali Extravaganza (Special Meeting) John Yeoh
6/11/2014 Spoonful of Sugar Karena Anum
20/11/2014 Happiness Can Exist Only With Acceptance Angie Lee
04/12/2014 Sugar Cane Christmas Lee Xi Wen
18/12/2014 Thanks Aaren Gan

The Executive Committee (EXCO) Members

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CLUB OFFICERS (2016/2017)

President                        : Lye Hang Cheng, ACB, CL
VP of Education             : Karena Anum, CC
VP of Membership        : Eric Fong
VP of Public Relations  : Zeheera Ali, CC
Secretary                        : Olivia Tan
Treasurer                        : Teh Swee Leong, CC, CL
Sergeant at Arms           : Teoh Yi Terng

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

 Education Officer                  : Sailesh Maganlal
Membership Officer             : Manimegalai Parry
Public Relations Officer      : Kenzo Tan
Administration Officer       : Anusuya Nair
Technical Officer                   : Jimmy Chew
Immediate Past President : Rena Leong, ACB, CL

Michael Xavier

It was 12 years ago as I fondly recall coming out into the working world. I was inexperienced and green but I had the burning desire to do my best in whatever I pursued in. As time went by, I realized that more often than not I tend to run into problems with my peers, customers and even my bosses. I can get very vocal on issues and at times pretty emotional and I figured I needed to do something about it.


At that time, my brother Joachim was the charter member of this club in 1996 and together in the family, my mother and my brother encouraged me to join the Toastmasters Club. That decision to join the club led me into a whole new world, totally different from the kind of working environment I came from. I learned that in a Toastmasters Club, everyone is equal. Everyone learns from each other with a strong “member-help-member” concept. There is healthy competition, abundance of evaluations to gauge my progress and well-wishers who always give me the much needed nudge to pursue further.


From just a normal member, I progressed to becoming a speech champion, to an Executive Committee member and finally President. It took me 12 years to learn, unlearn, relearn, to grow, and to flourish. Through the Toastmasters program, I found my passion and that is to become a Professional Speaker. With only my Toastmasters credentials and experience behind me, I decided to take the plunge of leaving my comfortable 9-5 job to pursue my dreams of taking up professional speaking. Every time I am left to compete for a speaking bid, I feel that thrust behind me, Toastmasters, that separates me from the rest of the speakers out there. More often than not my clients tell me that they chose my services because of my Toastmasters experience. My success as a speaker in the real world out there is attributed to the one decision I made 12 years ago to join a Toastmasters Club, the Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club.  


In a nutshell, if all of us begin by saying “Yes” to the various roles and responsibilities in the club, we are surely going to taste success in communication and leadership. When I was approached to take on the club speech contest in 1999, I said “Yes” and I ended up the Champion of International Speech contest in 2000 where I represented District 51 in USA the same year.


When I was approached to take on the VPE role in 2000, I said “Yes” and we had a successful term where I too ended up completing my CTM and CC the same year. When I was approached to take on the Presidency in 2007, though initially I was saying a lot of “No”, finally I said “Yes” and we went on to become the President’s Distinguished Club in 2008. And more recently when I was asked to take part in the Humurous Speech and Evaluation Speech Contest in 2008, I said “Yes” and went on to become the Division N Champion and District Champion, respectively. So it all starts with a “Yes”. When we say “Yes”, possibilities open and success is hands reach. Next step is to take the “Yes” into the family, the workplace and in business.


Toastmasters is best used in the real world and not only in the Toastmasters environment, I say that by personal experience. I am truly grateful to the past and present exco and club members for their wonderful support in my journey as a Toastmaster and I shall always be a proud member of the Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club.