D'UTAMA EVENING TEA SERIES Get to Know the President
Chan Yew Choong, CC, ACB, first visited a Toastmasters Club back in 2005. Fast forward 11 years later, he is now the President of a stellar 31 year old club of D'Utama Toastmasters Club.
D'Utama spoke to Yew Choong to get to know him better as well as his understanding his future plans and direction for the club.
Tell us about yourself.
I have been helping people to save for rainy days via insurance and retirement planning for more than 12 years. I have been a Toastmasters since May 2012.
I was an ordinary member for a month or two before being roped into becoming part of the executive committee (exco) as the Secretary. I was then the Treasurer the following term before becoming the Vice-President of Membership, Vice-President of Education, and now, the President.
What made you join Toastmasters?
I joined Toastmasters because I wanted to learn about public speaking. I am required to communicate with people from all walks of life in my full-time profession. Other than this, I enjoy attending meetings. I find it rather relaxing whilst at the same time be entertained by the speeches delivered after a hard day's work. Also, I enjoy meeting new people at the meeting and learn a thing or two from them about life.
What makes you passionate about Toastmaster?
Having realised how much my overall communication skills have improved just after being in the club for just a year, I knew then that there are many more things to gain from the Toastmasters experience. Furthermore, by playing different roles at each meeting, I am better able to practice my listening and evaluating skills as well as how to express my points within a stipulated time via time management.
By being part of the club's exco, I am able to see from the inside what it takes to run a Toastmasters club. Further more, by becoming taking up different roles in the exco, I am able to learn the function of each exco and apply it in my daily life. For example, I learned how to do book keeping when I was the treasurer and learned how to keep records when I was the secretary.
The warmth and friendliness of the members in welcoming you at the meeting makes every meeting a meeting to look forward to. I have benefited from the ever-readiness and sincerity of the members in sharing how I can be better at delivering my speeches. This makes me want to do the same for the other members. The merry and positive environment at each meeting helps me to recharge after a hard day's work.
D'Utama TM has seen many years, boasting over 30 years of exemplary Toastmastership. How do you see D'Utama moving forward?
The club is what it is today because of its members. The members, having benefited from the Toastmasters program, are dedicated in ensuring that each meeting is a meeting of quality. When each meeting is a quality meeting, the chances of a guest becoming a club member is higher. When this happens, the drive for better meetings continues due to the sincere energy contributed by the members. This is a cycle, and the cycle is what has kept the club the way it is for the past 30 years. I aim to continue, and wherever possible, better this cycle.
Any messages for new members and about-to-be members about Toastmasters?
Like life, Toastmasters is a journey. There are members who have been with the club for more than 20 years and they still have the passion to be part of it because they know that this journey has and will continue to help them grow. Ask what you want to learn and achieve from Toastmasters and tell it to the other members or the excos. You can be assured that you will be provided with the most appropriate assistance there is. Remember to come to the meeting whether you are playing a role or not. You also learn by being part of the audience. If you ever feel reluctant to participate in meetings, just remember why you wanted to join Toastmasters in the first place and you'll definitely rediscover the passion.
"Ignite that passion. Ignite your passion, and shine."
Great leaders are made, not born. Great leaders are great communicators too.
Discover the leader in your child by signing up for D'Utama's Youth Leadership Programme 2016 that will be held on the 3rd and 4th of December 2016 in Wisma Bakti, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail.
The two day programme is designed to improve self-confidence, polish ideas-presenting techniques, underline the importance of active listening in communication, and to improve general confidence amongst the youth of today.
For more information, get in touch with our registration officers Chee Fong Hoe @ 012-356 3820 or V.K. Choong 016-288 2966.
Chan Yew Choong serves in the insurance industry. He spends his time appreciating the outdoors. He loves nature and enjoys hill trekking from time to time.
A pure Malaysian, he enjoys the food that the land has blessed him with. He aspires to be an entertainer as nothing brings him greater joy than seeing people from all walks of life having a good time thus, he has recognized that the need to communicate effectively to different kind of people is very important.
He has benefited greatly from Toastmasters and would like for more people to be exposed to what a Toastmaster club is by accepting the role of president.
Speak to Yew Choong - Mobile: +6012-2033883 | Email : email@example.com
VICE-PRESIDENT OF EDUCATION
V.K. Choong, ACB
Member since : October 2011
V.K. Choong is a fun-loving individual who brings laughter to the table every time he's around. A manager for a telco corporation, V.K. enjoys playing badminton and spends his free time reading and is also an avid movie-goer.
He joined Toastmasters after witnessing that it is a great place to improve communication skills and also it provides a good platform to polish leadership skills of an individual.
Having a deep passion in the investment sector, Chee Fong Hoe is currently a sales manager in a trading firm.
A Toastmaster because he believes in lifelong learning, Chee Fong Hoe likes to expand his horizons by travelling the world. He enjoys meeting new people, something that the Toastmasters experience manages to bring to him. Other hobby includes hiking, swimming and Yoga.
VICE-PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC-RELATIONS Azlan Hateem, TM Member since : Oct 2015
Azlan is banker by profession, serving in the sales force for a local bank. A man of many talents, Azlan enjoys pushing his boundaries in life be it in self-development, or challenging the mental limits of the human body.
He enjoys a good laugh between good friends. A sportsman since young, he plays futsal, football, and has recently picked up trail-running as a new hobby. Other hobbies include graphic designing and reading.
A firm believer that a person can achieve anything in life when placed in the correct environment, he believes that Toastmasters provides a great platform to enhance and strengthen the communication and leadership skills of a person, both essential in building an individual's character and in becoming an effective leader.
Speak to Azlan - Mobile: +6018-262 9488| Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Kris Sonsin, CC Member since : April 2014
Kris is an English lecturer by profession. Born in the United States of America, Kris has been exposed to many different cultures of the world having traveled to numerous countries ever since she became an expat in 2008.
Not one to say no to adventures, she likes to balance it out closer to home with simple pleasures such as cooking, reading, and writing.
Ryan is currently undergoing his final year of studies. He enjoys doing sports such as basketball and jogging and has also recently started to pick up swimming as well. He loves the color blue and wouldn't mind having salmon for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He also plays video games and is a big fant of Counter Strike (to be exact, Counter Strike: Global Offensive) and he also think that Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the greatest actor of the current generation.
To quote Ryan,
"In life, I believe that if you stop learning, stop discovering, life would be so boring and stale. Therefore live your life as YOU see fit. Be happy, like that kid from Up!"
Speak to Ryan - Mobile: +6012-602 1738 | Email : email@example.com
Tanya Tan, CC Member since : 2014
Tanya is a Russian name, a great name with many women of high caliber named after it. To share a few, Tanya Tucker, an American country music singer, Tanya Chua, a singer in Singapore, or even Tanya Roberts, an actress.
However, there's only one Tanya Tan.
Tanya began her Toastmaster journey about two years ago. Tanya is an avid singer, and is blessed with a great voice. She found in Toastmasters what she has been looking for many, many years prior. She was looking for her own voice, and she found it in Toastmasters.
Speak to V.K. - Mobile: +6012-833 2016| Email : firstname.lastname@example.org COMMITTEE MEMBERS