Showing posts with label Toastmasters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Toastmasters. Show all posts

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Communicating on Television: Unity in Diversity

28 December 2010

Shared about my SSEAYP experience with fellow Toastmasters at Kg Chai Chee Toastmasters Club Chapter meeting.  

I was attempting the Advanced Project Manual: Communicating on Television, Project 1 - Straight Talk. And my speech title was "Unity in Diversity"

Receiving the Best Speaker Award from Club President Andrew Kuan

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


18 July 2010

Finally, Toastmasters become Masters of Toasting. So many times, one would misunderstand a Toastmaster as a brilliant Toaster. Tonight, our Kg Chai Chee Toastmasters really began their Toasting!

We had potluck cum BBQ at the place of incoming President Andrew Kuan ACG/CL. Everyone brought delicious goodies to share.

Guess the BBQ session would be the last time I see my former VPE Adelene. She'll be returning to Malaysia to set up her family...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


2 June 2010

经禧华语讲演会 (Cairnhill Mandarin Toastmasters Club) 是国际讲演会80区域L1分区的新会员。很荣幸的被邀请担任作业评论员。

Friday, June 18, 2010

Presenting an Award - Friend of the School

25 May 2010

"Presenting an Award" is an advanced Toastmasters project, part of the Special Occasions manual.

I delivered my speech at Kg Chai Chee Toastmasters club chapter meeting as a school principal. The setting was the school's speech day, and I was to present the Friend of the School award.

In my speech, I deliberately left out any mentioning of the individual's name until the final part where I called upon everyone to applaud in honour of the individual.

Sincerity is very important when delivering an award presentation speech. Speaking without a script, one should avoid giving the facial expression or any gestures that might indicate that the speaker has forgotten what to say.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010


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Monday, May 31, 2010

Parents Day Celebration - Humorous Nite 2010

15 May 2010

Bought a ticket from a Toastmaster from Braddell Heights CC Mandarin Toastmasters Club few weeks back. Despite the tiresome day, I felt it was impolite to miss this event, so off I went to Telok Blangah Community Club.

I used to dislike attending dinners, especially when I don't know the people seated around me at the table. It's two hours of interaction and I'd usually run out of topics to chat about. Then we'll end up in a situation where you look at me and I look at you and we praise/criticise the chef.

Perhaps practice makes perfect. Now dinners have become a gathering of sorts.

The event was organised by Telok Blangah Community Club & Singapore-China Business Association. The programme for the night included a wine appreciation talk and humorous speeches by Toastmasters.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Toastmasters International D80 Division L International Speech & Table Topics Contest

24 April 2010

The contest was held at Chua Chu Kang Community Club. CCK CC has one of the most unique design. It has something that looks like an observation tower. On the outside, it looks futuristic!

All the best speakers from the various Areas exude their charm and wit in presenting their best self on stage.

The Guest-of-Honour is Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong.

After the contest, Area L1 had our meeting where we elected our Area Governor for the new term.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


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Friday, April 16, 2010


4 April 2010



The Toastmasters International District 80 Area L1 International Speech & Table Topics Contest was held at Braddell Heights Community Club. I was honoured to be the Contest Chair and learnt a lot from many of my seniors.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Speaking in Praise - The Toastmaster Spirit

24 February 2010

I attempted my 2nd Advanced Toastmasters Project - Speaking in Praise.

This is an exceptionally tough topic and I explained why it was so in my speech.

Asians are far more reserved in singing praises than their Western counterparts. It's easy to sing a short praise but to speak in praise is not.

I arranged for the Toastmaster of the Day to describe the setting - It was year 2025 and Kg Chai Chee Toastmasters Club is celebrating its Silver Jubilee. As part of the celebrations, past Presidents were asked to share their Toastmasters experience.

I spoke in praise of our Charter President Sim Lai Ngin, ATMB/CL, on how dedicated and committed she was to the club and to the development of its members. I dedicated my speech for her and entitled it as "The Toastmaster Spirit".

I could literally feel my face burn after uttering the mushy words, but on hindsight, it was a great avenue for me to extend my appreciation.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

The Toast

26 January 2010

I embarked on my first advanced Toastmaster project during our Kg Chai Chee Toastmasters Club chapter meeting, after attaining Competent Communicator status last month.

"The Toast" is the topic of the first project in the Special Occasion Speeches manual. A toast is more than "cheers" or "yam seng".

I made a toast to the club for being on track to achieving our Distinguished Club status by the end of this term. It's really challenging to give a rousing toast that last just 2-3 minutes.

Toastmasters International D80 L1 Speech Contest Meeting

23 January 2010

Club Officers of the Toastmasters International District 80 Area L1 clubs met to set up the organising committee for the upcoming L1 Prepared Speech & Table Topics Contest at Kg Chai Chee Community Centre.

Besides learning about public speaking and building confidence, Toastmasters also provides a great opportunity to hone other soft skills, such as organising contests. As the Contest Chair for the contest, it would be a whole new learning experience for me.

After the meeting, returned to Eunos CC to prepare for the policy forum to be held the next day. Also did a final site recce at Bedok Public Library in the evening.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Toastmasters International D80 L1 Club Officers Training II

16 January 2010

Attended the Club Officers Training II at Leng Kee Community Centre.

After recapping on the Distinguished Club Programme, we went into our respective groups according to our club position.

The various Club Presidents shared recruitment problems and strategies for their clubs, and the steps to achieve club goals.

Esther drove us to Tiong Bahru Plaza where we had a "mini-birthday-celebration" for Joanne.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Christmas for Kg Chai Chee Toastmasters

22 December 2009

Kg Chai Chee Toastmasters club had a mini Christmas celebration at the last chapter meeting of 2009.

Mdm Sim wrapped some gifts for fellow Toastmasters to ballot and pick them.

We enjoyed a log cake together.

The Table Topics session was also Christmas-themed.

And I guess my best Christmas gift by Toastmasters would be my Competent Communicator award. Look forward to embarking on the advanced manuals!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Toastmasters International District 80 Area A4 Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contest

10 October 2009

Toastmasters that attended the Area A4 Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contest, held at AIA Changi, had a great laugh that afternoon.

"First you get the engagement ring, then the marriage ring. After marriage, you receive the suffe-ring!"

This is but just one of the sentence that get all of us bursting out in laughter.

An interesting video of Basket Mouth was screened as we awaited the results.

Byron Dufakis and Bruno Pereira won the Humorous Speech & Evaluation categories respectively. They will represent Area A4 in the Division A contest.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

District 80 Area L1 Humorous & Evaluation Contest

29 September 2009

I was surprised when the Contest chair announced that I won the second runner-up title for the Speech Evaluation Contest. This is my first time participating in a Mandarin speech evaluation contest.

The District 80 Area L1 Humorous & Evaluation Contest is held at Toa Payoh South CC.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Kg Chai Chee CC WEC Mid-Autumn Festival cum Children's Day Celebrations

26 September 2009

What better ways are there to test your Toastmasters skills other than emceeing events?

After being the Club President of Kg Chai Chee Toastmasters Club, I have always advocated for the partnership of the club with the Kg Chai Chee CC Women's Executive Committee (WEC), since the former is a subgroup of the latter. As Toastmasters become emcees for grassroots events, they learn and experience engaging participants for a good cause.

The Mid-Autumn Festival cum Children's Day Celebrations is organised by the Kg Chai Chee CC WEC & Family Life Centre. This event is organised for needy families at no cost to them. The organisers wanted participants to bring back a point - even with limited resources, we can still enjoy together as a family.

Student Volunteers, called the Horizoners, were also present to facilitate the flow of the programme.

Lanterns were hung around the hall, carrying riddles for those who want to be intellectually stimulated.

I begun the first game by getting participants to come up on stage. As I told the story of the origins of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the participants acted their given roles.

There was a lantern-making contest as well as a pomelo-peeling competition. Both activities require the synergy of the families. It is heartening to see parents and children contributing to the success of the making of lanterns.

Well, what's Mid-Autumn Festival without the lanterns procession?

A Toastmaster Inspires

22 September 2009

At the September Chapter Meeting of Kg Chai Chee Toastmasters Club, I shared about the word "inspires" in my opening address as Club President.

In my initial foray into Toastmasters, I thought Toastmasters only meant a platform to build confidence in public speaking and be a competent leader. I was wrong because Toastmasters is more than just those.

After I presented my Humorous speech at Toa Payoh South Community Club, there was a veteran Toastmaster (whom I regretted for not asking for his name) who came to me and we started a conversation.

He had won numerous humorous speech contests at the area level, as well as at division level. Making reference to my speech, he offered valuable pointers to me. He said he always participates in humorous contests because great speakers might not be humorous, thus many Toastmasters that are strong in language would be filtered out, thus it wouldn't be as competitive as prepared speech contests.

What struck me was the inspiration that he gave me. And the inspiration that I received was the way a Toastmaster inspires. A Toastmaster learns from Toastmasters, and inspire others to attaining their goals.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Kg Chai Chee Toastmasters Club Public Speaking Seminar

13 September 2009

The response for the first-ever Public Speaking Seminar organised by Kg Chai Chee Toastmasters Club was encouraging. The conference room was packed by the time the seminar begun.

I had mooted the idea of holding public speaking seminars to create awareness of Toastmasters and at the same time for recruitment. Such seminars are easier (both on the side of manpower and time) to manage than Speechcrafts for a humble club.

Was thankful that Hock Rong and Jiayang both came to show their support. Members of the club also contributed their time and effort in creating a successful seminar.

Zafar started the seminar by imparting to us some techniques to public speaking.

After refreshments, Cher Khim enlightened us with how to approach impromptu speaking. Thereafter, he hosted a table topics session with participants to allow them to experience for themselves what it is like to speak to an audience without prior preparation.

Many participants were new to Toastmasters and were eager to find out about this wonderful platform for building confidence and improving their public speaking skills.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

My First Humorous Speech Contest

26 August 2009

Just one day after Kg Chai Chee Toastmasters Club August Chapter Meeting, where I experimented with my Humorous Speech as project 8 and got voted as the best prepared speech speaker, I found myself at the Club Humorous/Evaluation Joint Contest at Toa Payoh South Community Club.

It was a real eye-opener to witness the many experienced Toastmasters deliver their Humorous Speech. For a moment, I really feel like burying my head underground.

I was encouraged by a Toastmaster who had won many Humorous contests at the Division level. He shared many practical tips and shared his evaluation on my speech. I learnt a lot from this guru and experienced how a Toastmaster inspires.

After seeing the heavily decorated club flag for both Toa Payoh South CC Toastmasters Club and New Millenium Advanced Toastmasters Club, I set my goals in doing the same for my club.