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.



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

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
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:


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:


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:

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:

What’s up with BBTMC?


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



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


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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
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



 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.

Rosalind Chan

FROM A CHICKEN TO AN EAGLE- I have never dreamt of being a Toastmaster, let alone a DTM! You may ask, “Then how did you manage to achieve the DTM award?” Fellow Toastmasters and friends, I wish to share with you how I finally became a Toastmaster, my journey towards achieving the DTM and what are the benefits that I have gained from being a Toastmaster.Before- I remembered back in school, I dared not speak up nor answer any question even though I had the correct answers. Towards the end of my Sixth Form, when I handed over the autograph happily to my classmate to be signed, she remarked, “I never knew you existed. Next time, speak up more!” Not only I was small in stature then, I was also inconspicuous or invisible! I loved to watch Elocution Contests and admired and envied my friends who could speak in front of an audience. I admired Toastmasters who could speak so eloquently. I told myself I could never do that because I was a chicken. Chickens do not speak up, chickens have no focus, chickens have wings but do not soar. Some of you may be going through or have gone through that same experience and will understand what I mean. My sister Margaret Chan, DTM and Past District Governor SL Liew, DTM were keen to form the Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club in Penang in February 1996. When my sister invited me to be a guest during the demonstration meeting, I told her, “I’ll attend but don’t ask me to speak”. She chartered the club and invited me to be a member. I said, “No way”. She said, “Got way, I’ll pay for you”. Then I told myself, “I’ll do it My Way. I will join just to enjoy the free refreshments. I will not speak!” For seven full months, I refused to speak. No one could make me speak, not even play a role as an Ah Counter, Timer nor Grammarian. The new exco was organizing an International Speech Contest and for any new club, the contestants are exempted to have done up to Project No. 6 from the Communication and Leadership Manual. Tell you what, the committee made it compulsory for ALL members to participate in the contest. I was cornered. I almost cried, I almost died because I knew this time I could not escape. I rehearsed my speech over and over again in the office, in my house, in the shower and even in my dreams. Imagine, my maiden speech was at a speech contest! The First Experience- The contest day came. Even before my name was called, I could hear my heart beating and I was sure the whole hall could hear it too. I stood there hoping the ground would give way and swallow me up! It didn’t! I had cold feet, my knees shook, my face was flushed BUT I managed to remember and deliver the whole script! I spoke quite softly but it did not matter. That was my first breakthrough and ‘Ice Breaker’ speech. Benefits- How have I benefited? Taking up leadership roles made me a better communicator and leader. As a President, I had to speak at least 48 times, that is, at all the 24 club meetings – at the President’s Opening and Closing Speech. Bayan Baru, being an active club, organized a grand club installation dinner at a 5-star hotel, joint meetings, Millennium meeting, speech contests, Assignment and Achiever’s night and Christmas party. I had to deliver speeches at every meeting. Socially I have benefited. I feel that the more I speak, the more confident I became. My audience of 20 plus people grew steadily to a hundred, two hundred and over 1,000 when I was invited to be the Master of Ceremonies for a dinner at the Shangri-la hotel in conjunction with the launching of the Penang Junior Orchestra by the Penang Symphony Society. My children were playing at the junior orchestra and when the Exco heard that I was a Toastmaster, they grabbed hold of this chicken! My first reaction was, “NO” but I could not let Toastmasters down. I took up the challenge and did a lot of preparation. His Excellency, the Governor of Penang was the Guest of Honor. That evening I managed from the beginning to the end of the dinner all alone. That was another breakthrough and proud moment for me. Career-wise I have benefited. I work as an Administrative Secretary in Malaysia Airlines at the Customer Services Department based at the Penang International Airport. After going through the Toastmasters training, I learn how to pacify irate passengers face-to-face with confidence although they may be twice my height. These passengers sometimes would march into the office demanding to see my manager who would be away at a meeting. At the end of the conversation, they always left satisfied that someone cared to listen to them. I find I can now converse with complaining passengers with confidence over the phone too. At the end of the conversation, they were always satisfied because someone on the other line takes the trouble to Listen to them, to Think before she Speaks and Communicated effectively. Leadership Training Taking up the position of an Area Governor not only helped me to achieve the Advanced Leader (AL) award, it also gave me great opportunity to understand the Toastmasters organization as a whole, to get to know the TI staff, great District Officers, Division Officers and Area members. I had many opportunities to organize speech contests, club officers training and speak at a lot of functions. The most challenging was dealing with people and to motivate them to achieve excellence – only Toastmasters gives us this opportunity. When I took over as Area Governor, I had to handle four clubs, that is, my own club Bayan Baru which is a community club and the top club in Division N and 3 weak in-house clubs, that is, Komag, Intel and PDC. When I took over, one in-house club ‘died’ and I had to work hard to revive it. Besides, I had to build new clubs. Dr Dilip Abayasekara, our 3rd Vice President, mentioned in his speech that the higher you go up in leadership, the more dependent you are on people. I fully agree with him. However, in my case, there were not many people to depend on. I told my clubs that I would help to lift them up a level or two higher than when they started. I learnt patience when I was the Area Governor as I had to constantly ‘push’ my clubs patiently and with a lot of tender loving care. At the end of my term, we added one more new club ie Penang Seagate into our area. The rest of the clubs either achieved Distinguished, Select Distinguished and President’s Distinguished status and Area N2 became a President’s Distinguished Area.

Conclusion- Dear Toastmasters, are you already a CTM? If not, go for it. Are you a CTM? Be an ATMB, ATMS and ATMG. If you are an ATM, be a DTM. If I can do it, all of YOU can do it. Last time I cannot last 1 minute in front of my audience, now I speak until I do not stop! Go for excellence in whatever you do, Go for the DTM and your life will never be the same again.

Mah Swee Chin

In 1990, my friend Ms.Tan invited me to join them – a group of insurance friends to form a club. She told me the minimum requirement to be a member of this club was to be able to communicate in simple English. I told her my English was very poor but she reassured me as I can understand English. I was curious and at the same time eager to find out what is it all about. After all, I am keen to learn and most of my friends also there to participate.
The club was Darul Aman Toastmasters Club. Mr. Khaja Mohideen was elected as Protem President and Mr. Peter Balan was the first President. Since joining Darul Aman Toastmasters Club, I got to know many friends from difference professions. I also learnt a lot from the President Mr. Peter Balan. He corrected my English language usage and grammar every time when we gathered. That was the first time I had a chance to shake hands with the Raja Muda of Kedah during the Chartered and Installation night.
In 1993, a changed in my career stopped me from joining the club. I went to Penang but never stop looking for club that nearby to my working area. 
One day in 1996. I saw an advertisement in Kwong Wah Yit Poh that Bayan Baru is forming a club. I contacted Ms. Margaret Chan and attended the first meeting at Bayan Baru Residential Association. I volunteered to take up the role as Treasurer. Mr. Adrian Ung was the Chartered President of Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club.
I was timid, shy and scared because there were many great speakers in the club like Mr. Adrian, Mr. Joachim Xavier, DTM TK Mah, Ms. Janet, DTM Margaret Chan, DTM S.L.Liew, Mr. Chor, Mr. Michael, Ms. Mary Phuah and so on. The other member whom I like to mix with was the friendly and always smiling Ms.Rosalind Chan. 
I was encouraged to act in the script as Ms. Suzie Mah during our Chartered and Installation night where Datuk Seri Chia Kwang Chye was our VIP who represented our Chief Minister at Bukit Jambul Country Club.
I seldom do assignments because I felt embarrass to deliver my speech in front of a crowd of good speakers. I was involved in the committee most of the time. When we decided to sponsor Bayan Baru Mandarin Club, I was told to be one of the mentors of Bayan Baru Mandarin Club. I completed my fourth assignment and stopped for more than five years. I continued my project till I achieved CTM during Rosalind Chan’s term as President. That year was the first time our club achieved President Distinguished Club status.
In 2004-2005 was the turning point of my Toastmasters journey. I was elected as the 9th Club President of Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club. I had never envisaged since I joined Toastmasters that one day I will lead a club of more than fifty members. I stood and delivered my first President speech in front of an audience of two hundred. It was my dream to stand in front of a crowd to deliver my speech like successful speakers have done. I fulfilled my theme “Turning Dreams Into Reality” during my term and achieved another term for President Distinguished Club. I have improved a lot in my speeches. I have also learned a lot of leadership skills in achieving my goals, handling club issues, overcome obstacles and conflict during my term. Thanks to all the senior members who had guided me along the way.

In 2006-2007, my Toastmasters journey elevated to another level. I served as Area N2 Governor. I got to know many friends from PDC Toastmasters Club, Intel Toastmasters Club, Intel Speak-Up Toastmasters Club and Mas Tanjong Toastmasters Club. I learnt a lot from them and built up good relationships with them. At the same time, I developed confidence in Public Speaking and Leadership Skill. With the help of District Governor DTM Sivaganam, I achieved President Distinguished Area during my term served as N2 Area Governor.

Toastmasters programme is a fantastic programme. It has transformed me into a different person. All these years, I learned as much as possible from experienced Toastmasters like DTM Margaret Chan, DTM SL Liew, DTM T K Mah. DTM Rosalind Chan. Past President Dr. Janet Lim, Dr. K.J. Tan, Poh Seng Chuan, Koay Kah Hin. The Champion Speakers TM Michael Xavier, TM Ong Swee Keat, TM Saw Chin Bin. I also learned a lot from the new, young and energetic Toastmasters. I know that through persistence, I can achieve what they have achieved one day.

At the same time, I wish to thank those who have helped and supported me throughout my Toastmasters journey. I also like to advice those who are already members to take full opportunity to learn as much as you can. You never try you never know. Take up difference roles and learn as much as you can. To those who are not a Toastmasters member, it is still not too late for you to join now.

You Never Try You Never Know!!!!!!

Jessica Teo

I got to know about Toastmasters program from my father who was the advisor to the IBBM Toastmasters. He first introduced me to the Youth Leadership Program during secondary school days. There I learnt some basics on table topics and co- evaluators. It was not my cup of tea then and I only attended a few sessions after much persuasion from my dad. Little did I know with that short encounter has caused my body to be equipped with the ‘T’ blood cell.

Months later, my dad introduces me to the Toastmasters Speech Contest. Two advices I got from my dad before we entered the contest hall are to go to the washroom before the contest starts and to keep my mouth shut at all times. It was memorable to see his subordinate won in the area contest. Being a supportive person by nature, he took the whole family all the way to Kedah to encourage his subordinate for the division contest. It was exhausting… My sibling and I slept in the car on our way back home.

Then there was period of silence due to closure of IBBM Toastmasters… When I finished college and started my working, my dad directed me a random question about self development one evening. He suggested that I should enroll myself in a Toastmasters program. Toastmasters… the ‘T’, blood cells which has been dormant for so many years suddenly became active. I listened to my dad’s advice and searched the internet for the closest club. Jackpot!!! Bayan Baru Toastmasters only 10 minutes drive. It took me 2 meetings before I made the decision to sign up. I am glad on my decision as I have learned so much and made so many camaraderie.