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
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