Division N International Speech and Table Topics Contest 2017/18

FB_IMG_1525222302673Congratulations to John Ung and Anand Raj of Bayan Baru Toastmasters club!!!

Division N International Speech and Table Topics Contest
Date 24 March 2018
Time : 130 pm – 400 pm
Venue: Mattel Malaysia , Perai

International Speech Contest
Champion : Khalveena of Oracle Advanced TMC
1st Runner Up : Anand Raj of Bayan Baru TMC
2nd Runner Up : Chulan of Penang TMC

Table Topics Contest
Champion : John Ung of Bayan Baru TMC
1st Runner Up: Chulan of Penang TMC
2nd Runner Up: Lim Yu Han of MDT TMC

Others from Bayan Baru Toastmasters club
Toastmasters of the Evening : Chuah Chern Hung
International Speech Contest Chair : Zeheera Ali
SAA: Erick Okomo
Contestant in IS & TT Contest : Hasrul Andry
Spectator: SL Liew, Lim Teik Lai

Congrats to all the winners…

Good luck to John Ung for District 51 Contest in Kuala Lumpur on 22 April 2018 during Annual Convention .


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Bayan Baru Toastmasters club for 2017

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Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club Achievements in 2017
1) President’s Distinguished Club Award for 2016/2017 term.
The 16th consecutive time that BBTMC has achieved the highest club award (achieving at least 9 out of 10 Distinguished Club Performance Goals set by Toastmasters International)

2) In 2017, four (4) of our club members received Triple Crown Awards (Awarded by District 51 for individual achievement of 3 Education or Leadership awards or more in a single term 2016/2017)

3) In December 2017, BBTMC was the first club in Malaysia (District 51 and District 102) to achieve 7 DCP goals set by Toastmasters International.

4) Speechcraft Sessions were run from February to June 2017 for new joiners to gain more intensive knowledge in communication and leadership outside of the normal meeting environment which is more relaxed, fun and held at club members’ residences with potluck style food. Education sessions conducted by the club’s own senior members with vast experience in their fields.

5) Youth Leadership Program held in October 2017 with Methodist Boy’s School, Georgetown to give public speaking skills training to students and graduation ceremony was held during the BBTMC meeting, with students presenting their speeches in a real life Toastmasters Club setting.

6) BBTMC held the Club Appreciation / Installation Dinner cum Humorous Speech contest at the Evergreeen Laurel Hotel, Gurney Drive, Georgetown, Penang (5 Star rated) in August 2017 with 80 + guests and members during the dinner.

7) Joint Meeting held with YMCA Toastmasters Club of Penang in April 2017.

8) Joint Meeting held with Chua Chu Kang Toastmasters Club of Singapore in June 2017. BBTMC was the one and only club considered for their joint meeting, thus BBTMC organised a special session with CCK TMC and had a fantastic experience in sharing best practices in speaking, evaluating and club organisation.

9) In District 51, Division N, both the prepared Speeches (International and Humorous Speeches) Champions are from BBTMC for the year 2017. Both moved on to the District 51 (Northern Peninsular Malaysia) levels, where Michael Xavier went on to win 1st Runner Up in the International Speech Contest and Anand Raj was 2nd Runner Up for the Humorous Speech Contest.

10) The only Toastmasters Club that had club members appointed as Adjudicators for the World Scholar’s Cup (Team Debate) Penang leg. The members were Zeheera Ali, Hasrul Andry and Sailesh Maganlal. All other Adjudicators were teachers, lecturers and other educators from around Penang.

11) BBTMC members were actively taking up roles in the Area, Division and District level activities such as the Speech Contests, Club Officers Training, Team Building and Leadership Workshop Series as Organising Committee members, Speakers and Facilitators.

12) Three (3) Speech Marathons held on 5th Thursdays of the month, as extra meetings with extra speaking slots to assist in getting members to have more speaking opportunities. BBTMC normal meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.

13) Mentor assignment from senior and experienced speakers within the club are assigned to all new members joining BBTMC to guide them in their Toastmasters journey and speech development.

14) BBTMC had 2 Area Directors serving in District 51, in Rena Leong for Area N2 and Jason Ng for Area N4

15) Rena Leong achieved the award and title Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), the highest individual award from Toastmasters International.

16) BBTMC is the Largest English community (Open) Toastmasters Club in District 51 (Northern Peninsular Malaysia) for 2017



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President’s Welcoming Address

Where Leaders Are Made

I am thrilled to welcome you to Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club (‘BBTMC’) website. BBTMC is a non-profit educational organisation dedicated to promoting public speaking and leadership skills.

As the Club President of Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club 2019/2020, together with the support of my EXCOs and fellow club members, I strongly believe we will witness another successful term, and remain as a highly respected Toastmasters Club. Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club has always been a shining example in District 51, in both Communication and Leadership.

With this, allow me to share with all of you the club’s vision and theme for this term.

The club has produced many successful speakers and leaders. There must be a reason why members continue growing with the system and guidance in Toastmasters. After joining as a member in the past few years ad now proudly elected as a President, I realise that one of the important elements of BBTMC is the ‘connection’.

It doesn’t stop there as an evaluator will then provide some feedback and suggests room of improvement for the speaker. This is a powerful synergy that we have in Toastmasters, learning from each other and grow together. I have seen how impactful this “connection” is and how it improves members in Toastmasters. Having said that, I will do my best in strengthening this connection so that more members will benefit from it, just like I did.

With this vision in mind, the theme of term 2019/2020 will be “Through Speech, We Connect”.

We are here to lend support for each other in the fortnightly meetings by taking up roles and giving constructive feedback within the club as well as outside the club meetings as mentors, guides, leaders with or without any official titles. This is the kind of servant leadership that BBTMC aspires to provide to its members.

Most importantly, our goal is to help members attain self-improvement and development within the next 12 months. Let’s work hand in hand to make this goal achievable.

Looking forward to another year of Excellence towards the club’s President’s Distinguished Club fine run of 19 consecutive years.

“Through Speech, We Connect.”

Warmest Regards,

Chern Hung
President of Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club 2019/2020




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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
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

BBTMC Meetings 2016

together we rise

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
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
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 in the upcoming activity?

Bayan Baru Toastmasters Club is going to have the club level Evaluation Contest on the 20th September 2018 at PSDC our usual venue Room 3406 and club level Humourous Speech Contest on the 6th October 2018 at Vouk Hotel Suites come with the club installation dinner. This year is our 23rd Anniversary. We have started to sell the tickets. Kindly look for our Organising Chairperson, Fitree Dina, President, Hasrul Andry or Publicity Manager Lee Han Jun for more information.5ec67292-c244-4bf5-adc4-18b5d4e52713

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