Friday, November 30, 2007

First Time Toastmaster of the Evening

It was my first time being the TME. I was not very nervous before the meeting but actually felt a little worried that things might go wrong during the evening. I took a day off from work that day as most of the materials were not prepared yet although I have had most of the role players and speakers confirmed.

The atmosphere was rather cold initially as most of the members and audience came late due to the bad weather outside. It was unfortunate that some of the speakers were late too and I decided to start a little later to try and maintain the program. In the end, I had to start the meeting although the first few speakers have not arrived yet but with a little juggling around and some luck that they finally arrived, I would say there was no disaster.

Fortunately things got better after the break with more guests and members arriving. I guess after this, I will not take up the TME role again during the monsoon seasons. At least people will come on time when the weather is good.

I would think that the meeting was a good one with a variety of speeches presented as there were 2 ice breakers and 2 C&L #10 speeches which allowed the guests to observe the contrast between the new speakers and the more experienced ones.

The guests were also able to witness 3 speeches from 3 different advanced manuals, thus in a way shows them that Toastmasters is a never ending movement and progress never stops.

We also had the opportunity to witness the recipients of the following Education Awards:
1) Goh Sheen Yee: Competent Communicator
2) Joanne Tan: Competent Communicator
3) Johnson Yike: Advanced Leader Bronze
4) Simon Tan: Advanced Communicator Bronze

The winners of the night were:
Best Speaker (1st Session): Joanne Tan
Best Speaker (2nd Session): Johnson Yike
Best Evaluator: Vijay B
*Note there was no table topic session because it is a speaker's night

I felt that I could have done better and noted a few points for improvement after seeking the advice from some of the more experienced members. I would like to especially thank Calvin Lim as he never failed to provide guidance to me when I required them and also gave me pointers throughout the evening.

I will need to improve on my vocal variety and body gestures to hopefully make the evening a livelier in my next attempt as TME.

Ian Cheong
29th November 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Speechcraft Nov 2007

From SpeechCraft D...

Organising a Speechcraft Program is always a big challenge. If we could not get the minimum number of participants, we could not proceeds with the Speechcraft Program. I encountered this problem in 2001 when I was the chief coordinator. This time I was appointed the chief coordinator by the Exco to run the Speechcraft Program on the 24th and 25th of November 2007 at Shah Village Hotel, Petaling Jaya. The thought of not getting the minimum number of participants haunted me again. Luckily, our Past President ATMB Allen Kam managed to get seven participants from his company to start off with. The rest was history.

On the first day of the Speechcraft Program, I was there early to see that everything was in order before we commenced the session. We started the Speechcraft Program exactly at 9.00am sharp even though three participants were not there yet. All the twelve participants were there to participate in the program. They were Baljin S Gill, Choo Kok Hou, Chuah Lee Kim, Azlina binti Ahmad, Wan Norlaila Abdullah Sani, Edmund Hah, Martin Lee, Tan Ting Fong, Tan Suan Keng , Cheong Huey Charn, Michael Chew and Lee Li Na. TM Teoh Chun Ming played three roles on that day and they were ice breaker speaker, ASA and timekeeper. The mentors were ACB Johnson Yike, CTM Ooi Hun Beng, CTM Eugene Ng, ACG Soh Fong Wai, ATMG G. Jayam and ACB Calvin Lim.

Johnson Yike acting on behalf of the President gave the opening speech. DTM G. Sivalingam gave an educational presentation on “ Organising Your Speech”. Eugene Ng gave a talk on “Evaluating the Speaker”. ACB Johnson Yike then gave a presentation on “Introducing a Speaker”. All the participants were very happy that they had learned something about public speaking at the end of the first day of the program.

From SpeechCraft D...
On the second day of the Program which was a Sunday, most of the participants were late. We only managed to start the session at 9.25am which was twenty five minutes late. All the twelve participants turned up for the session. The mentors helping out were ATMG G. Jayam, CC Vijay, ACB Nancy Liew and ACB Calvin Lim.

On this day, the participants were required to participate in the table topic session, to give their evaluation on the table topic speaker, to introduce a speaker, to give their third speech and finally to evaluate a speech speaker.

In order to help them to perform a good job, ACB Calvin Lim gave a talk on “ Impromptu Speaking” before he conducted the table topic session. CC Vijay gave an educational presentation on “Body Gestures”. CTM Angelene Chong gave a presentation on “Vocal Variety”. In the afternoon session, the speakers had to compete with the speaker at the next room for the audience attention.

At the end of the session, awards were given to the best speakers. The awards were as follows:-

1) The best Ice breaker speaker : Martin Lee

2) The best Organise Your Speech speaker : Edmund Hah

3) The best Table Topic Speaker : Martin Lee

4) The best Body Gestures and Vocal Variety speaker : Tan Ting Fong

5) The best Evaluator : Michael Chew

6) The Most Improved speaker : Wan Norlaila Abdullah Sani

The Speechcraft Program was closed by the VPE ACB Calvin Lim and all the participants were happy that they did not waste their weekend .

I will like to thank all the role players for helping out during the two days.

Chief coordinator,
Yip Wah Pung ATMS, ALS
Speechcraft Nov 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Humor Contest: They Just Don't Understand

Found this little gem on the Internet by our very own G. Jayam. It was a speech for the Humorous Speech Contest 2004. Really funny stuff. Thank you Azmi Shahrin for uploading it!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Speaker's Night on 29th November 2007

Here's the latest development on 29th November 2007 for the speakers' night.

ASA 1: Joanne Tham
ASA 2: Karine Koh
General Evaluator: Teoh Chun Ming
Time Keeper: Marcus Loi

Assignment Speakers - Speech Evaluators:
1) Joey WONG Wei Liang - Lim Beng Yee
2) CHOW Siew Mee - Eugene Ng
3) TAN Kooi Ching - Nancy Liew
4) GOH Sheen Yee - Gan Teong Hock
5) Tan Kooi Ching - G. Siva, DTM
6) Leong Hoe Wah - Calvin Lim
6) Simon TAN Gim Aik - Soh Fong Wai
7) Johnson Yike - Vijay Balasegaram

Please be advised that I would really appreciate the assignment speech does not exceed more than 10 minutes due to time factor otherwise our meeting might end
beyond our usual time. Thank you for your understanding.

Ian Cheong

Friday, November 16, 2007

From the table of the Toastmaster of the Evening

Hi Handsome Guys and Pretty Gals of D’Utama. It’s a great honor for me to be the Toastmaster of the Evening (TME) for D’Utama on 15th Nov 2007 and here’s a recount of my experience:

Before the Meeting:

1) How do you feel before the meeting?
Nervous! I never knew that a TME needs to do so much work:
- Preparing the timing (somebody get me a calculator.)
- Getting members to take up roles.
- Getting their titles correct! (I didn’t know there are so many titles, perhaps we can put it on the blog since the Directory may not be updated as one progresses to the next stage)
- Getting backup role players and backups for the backups! Just in case the first backup can’t make it.
- SMS-ing speakers and evaluators to remind them of their roles for the day. And having all of them reply at the same time. (My boss asked if I have a side business, so busy SMS-ing and getting replies).

2) How many time before have you been TME or is this your first time?
This is my first time as an ‘official’ TME. I was supposed to be a TME in Vistana Toastmasters Penang a good few months back, but was late…so that didn’t count.

During Meeting:

1) How do you feel during the Meeting?
The Meeting went well, until I took over as TME…then the kelam-kabut started. Fortunately, we have the very experienced TTM and GE who steadied the ‘boat’ along the way. The atmosphere was great! Though we have less people this time, the energy level was going through the roof!

2) Anything interesting happened during meeting?
During the Impromptus:
- You bet! We have Allen Kam & Peter Yu who brought the house down with their humorous responses to the table topic questions posed by Calvin the TTM of the day. We also managed to get the participation of a guest. She was very nervous the first few seconds, but continued confidently after that. Her table topic question was “What does the word beautiful means to you?” From the looks of it, by the time she sat down she was convinced of the ‘magic’ that Toastmasters can do to one’s public speaking confidence.

During the Prepared Speeches:
- Jason wowed us with his lessons inspired by the bestseller Simple.ology.
- Johnson did a very detailed presentation on how Toastmasters can help boost one’s speaking and leadership skills.
- Henry Fu did an interesting Demo on how to use the more advanced MS Word function, AutoCorrect & Autofill. I wish I can just type “GO” and have the entire TM Meeting Agenda written for me.

3) Who won the awards of the day?
- Table Topic: Who else but the GE, the Man Himself, Allen Kam.
- Kudos to Johnson Yike for achieving his ALB.

After Meeting:

1) How do you feel after the Meeting?
Relieved! I felt we had a great evening.

2) Anyone you will like to thank etc roleplayers?
For this meeting, it’s our honor to have Muhammad Shafiq, from LaFarge Toastmasters as our guest and TT Evaluator. Special thanks to Calvin for his tremendous help. I couldn’t ask for more as a TME. I am also grateful to Allen for ‘fortunately’ appearing at the right time…and right place as the GE. Thank you, President for your valuable guidance during the meeting. Thanks also to Nancy & Gan Teong Hock for their evaluation. Thanks to Joanne, Ian, Marcus, Chun Ming, Bing without whom our meeting wouldn’t have gone as smoothly.

Thousand apologies, if I left anyone out.

3) What will you do differently next time?
Observe very carefully what other TME does from now on. And of course Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!

Thanks and regards,
Leong Hoe Wah
TME - 15th November 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Regular Meeting on 15th November 2007

"On your mark!", "Get Set!", and "GO!!!" Ahh... those were the days in school during sport event we run like mad people, from the start to the finish line... and more often than not, we didn't win any prize! "Sigh..."

For this Thursday meeting, nobody would be running because the only "physical" movement we will observe and perhaps enjoying ourselves would be the lips and tongue. And you shall use it "reasonably and maturely" for the Table Topic Marathon session!

So within another 48 hours to go and we shall meet again!

Calvin Lim
Vice President of Education (VPE)

Saturday, November 3, 2007

DUTM sweeps Division B Humor and Evaluation Contest 2007

Today, 3rd November 2007, at Sunway University College, had the Division B contest for Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contest (2007/2008). And it's with the greatest and most proud moment for D'Utama TM Club because G. Siva and Eugene Ng are the CHAMPION for both evaluation and humor contest, respectively.


They will now represent Division B at the District 51 contest in Medan on 16th & 17th November 2007! So we wished them all the best and have a wonderful journey there.

Calvin Lim
Vice President of Education (VPE)

Marriage Toast


A rather long speech about how the husband and wife met. I played the part of the matchmaker, so it makes sense for me to present this one. This was one of the most important speeches I have ever presented due to the fact the couple is practically family. It was also one of my hardest. Using a mike in a big hall which had around 300 people from which half of them were scarcely paying attention due to a big language barrier.

Another interesting note is that at the end, I did not have to execute the toast as written which goes to show that a script does not always turn out as it was planned. Enjoy!

Actual Speech:

My name is “Yue Sia Lao Jen” which loosely translated means “Old Man Under the Moon”… The Greeks and Romans call me Eros and sometimes Amor. Indians call me Kama but I am best known universally as Cupid. A real one though. Not the commercial white baby with dimple cheeks and blonde hair with angel wings. Nope, this cupid is tall, dark and handsome. But this story isn’t about me, it is about them [direct to ken and carol]… One a good looking superstar who just finished his studies in Australia and like a conquering hero was returning home to fame, fortune and women. The other was sweet princess who just finished her degree and was about to start a job.

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the story of how Kenny met Carol…

About 6 years ago around this time, I setup a get together with friends from my higher diploma which was Kenny and friends from my degree year which included Carol. At that time I didn’t realize it but it was historical night. It was the night when the fates of two people became intertwined… Thinking really hard back to that night, I remember Kenny shooting occasional glances at Carol who was sitting at a corner. He will deny this but fact is Kenny couldn’t take his eyes off Carol. When Kenny first saw Carol, I think the whole world went into slow motion sort of like those love scenes from a classic Bollywood movie. Only thing missing was trees…

Like a good Bollywood movie, the heroine (Carol), couldn’t be bothered less with Kenny and was more engrossed in her hand phone. And those who knew Carol those days can testify to this. She will always be on her hand phone smsing to just about anyone. There was a joke that was going around in college once that if Carol had something to say to you, she will sms you… EVEN if you were sitting just next to her. I personally thought that the hand phone was actually connected to Carol’s hands. It was only after a few years with Kenny it got surgically removed.

What I learnt much later on though is that the Carol did put her hand phone down for a second and actually managed a decent conversation with Kenny when the night was winding down and they realized that they actually had a lot of things in common. He was from Lasalle PJ and she was Sri Aman girl. It was a match.

Everything was quiet after that. Kenny was never the player type who will pick up girls after just one meeting. He needed help and it came once again through the same tall, dark and handsome Cupid. It was accidental though, Cupid needed a job and who better to help him find one but two of his best friends. And this was the meeting when the sparks really flew. Passion ignited. It was like fireworks. And poor old Cupid was reduced into the role of a tall lamp post! :P

Let me described to you the experience of being with two people who have not realized they have fallen in love. For humans, when we talk. It happens one at a time. One person speaks and another listens but on that day, I for the first time witness two people being able to talk and listen at the same time… And they did this at an amazing speed. It was like two fast talking chipmunks. It was quite cool at first but quickly turned into horror when I realized this form of communication was only for 2 people and did not include anyone else. It was like trying to call Carol’s hand phone. You always get the engaged tone.

The courtship was fast. They were in love since job hunt day. They just had to figure it out. Unsurprisingly, shortly after on 4th April 2002, Kenny popped the “Would you like to be my girlfriend” question and the hand phone princess accepted by putting down her hand phone and taking Kenny’s hand instead.

What Kenny doesn’t know is that before they become a couple, Carol being a girl (a sweet girl but still very much a girl) was confused about him and on one sunny afternoon, called me up during work to get a character reference.

Now, what Carol didn’t know was that the person she was calling up was none other than the President of Kenny Tham Sai Kuen fan club. I am not ashamed to say it but despite being a true blue straight guy I have always an admirer of our handsome groom and have very bias opinions of him. I am glad to say my buttering worked and here we are 5 years down the road…

About a year ago, the couple called me and a bunch of our close friends including Charles, Richard, Jolin and Sui Jin to Starbucks Sri Hartamas. I remember this event quite clearly. He waited for us to sit down around this small round table and he looked at us all sad and serious. I was thinking “Whoa! This looks bad.” Then he said “Guys, I have an announcement… Carol is no longer my girlfriend!”. And he said it really depressed. I remember my heart actually going to my toes. It didn’t occur to me what was going on. I thought this was Kenny and Carol’s break up. And then I saw his face again… It was lighted up like a kid who stole candy and got away with it. He looked me straight in the eye and then said “Carol is no longer my girlfriend but is now my fiancĂ©e!”… I have known Kenny close to 10 years and one thing I learned during this time is that he can really be a cheeky bastard sometimes! :P

Despite his cheekiness though, we have been through a lot together. From killing terrorist to slaughtering demons and launching rockets at each other… In other words, playing computer games. To more serious stuff like growing up, sharing lives and supporting each other in times of need. He is a pillar of rock. Generous, kind and very strong! A credit to his parents. He is the sort of husband that will laugh with you when there are jokes to be cracked, cry with you when tears can’t be held back and best of all, he will stand by you when you feel most alone.

And I am glad that you choose him Carol. I am glad because like Kenny, you are my dearest friend and we have been for many years. In you, I think Kenny will find a woman who is still the same cheerful, innocent and sweet little girl who was in my degree class with her nose always in her hand phone. However, despite your child like innocence, there is a maturity about you. I think it is this maturity which will be vital to Kenny as he sails through life. You will always be his compass, to make sure he never losses his way.

You guys are a great team and I foresee a horizon of filled with love, happiness and a football team of babies. You two were meant for each other and I am ecstatic I got to be the [Yue Sia Lao Jen] in your beautiful love story.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please raise your glasses to Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Tham Sai Kuen… May their love be ever strong and Carol pregnant every other year. CHEERS!

by, Vijay Balasegaram

Friday, November 2, 2007

ACL: A Watched Pot Never Boils

Toastmaster Lim Bing Yee with her speech from the advance manual... This was a presentation done on 1st November 2007 during our regular meeting. It won speech of the day... Enjoy!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Practice makes perfect

I was very surprised when I arrive at the meeting room at 7.00 pm yesterday. The room was already decorated by Jason Ho and Marcus Loi before I reached. And after the meeting, both of them stay until every thing is settled. I also noticed Johnson Yike spend time to explain the toastmaster matter to our guest Patrick. I was very impressed and touched by your strong support and commitment to serve our club.

In the table topic section, despite of time constraint our TTM Chow Siew Mee still able to get 4 speakers to speak up. She was able to interact with the speaker subtlety by asking the speakers to select a lucky number to get the speech question. It is a very good attempt. Congratulation! All the table topic speakers CTM Simon Tan, TM Marcus Loi, ACB Johnson Yike and Patrick (guest).

I notice the standard of the ice-breaker speeches of our members has increased. Most of them are very confident and speak without a lectern. Well done TM Karine Koh for your very well crafted and entertaining speech with speech title "The girl who doesn't look her age". But I still did not get your age and cannot understand how one can keep young by watching horror movies. What theory and logic is it?

TM Ian Cheong, I can understand your feeling of being left out by your company along the journey to the peak of Mont. Kota Kinabaru and also the your hungry, wet and shivering experience in a raining day at Mont. Kota Kinabaru. But you learn a very valuable lesson from the experience, i.e., "What Doesn't Kill You Can Only Make You Stronger". And I believe you will be able to challenge the higher mountain in the future.

TM Leong Hoe Wah (CC), in your "Road Less Traveled" you have inspired us to dare to dream and be persistent to strive to realize our dream that may have been forgotten with success stories from Malaysian entrepreneur that is close to us such as the founder of Genting Group Bhd late Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong and Air Asia founder Tony Fernandes.

ATMB Lim Bing Yee, I do agree with you that "Watched Pot Never Boils". Thank you for sharing with us your personal experience on how to train your son to stand on his on foot when he was a teenager through daily activities. Despite spending more and mistake made by your son, Bing was able to teach her son to town to buy a pair of shoes by himself. What a blessing for Bing's son to have such a patient and wise mother.

ACG Soh Fong Wai, together with the help from a potential actor ACB Johnson Yike, he had demonstrated to us how to use the 5-step method to calm and diffuse the verbal attack from an angry tenant (acted by Johnson Yike). Thank to Johnson Yike amusing actions and conversation on the stage, a supposing serious presentation also become very entertaining to all the audience.

Of course without the attendance of guests and members and the strong support from all role players, TM Jason Ho, TM Julene Haw, TM Joanne Tham, TM Chow Siew Mee, TM Marcus Loi and evaluators CL Henry Fu, CC Vijay B, CC Jessey Chahal, ACB Nancy Liew ATMB Anthony Sebastian from Kuching TMC, DTM Sivalingam, (TTE), CTM Eugene Ng (LE), ACB Calvin Lim (GE), the meeting will not be able to success. All the kudos should go to you all.

Oop! Almost forget to inform the award winner for the night is as follow:
- Best Table Topic Speaker: ACB Johnson Yike
- Best Assignment Speaker: ATMB Lim Bing Yee
- Best Evaluator: Anthony Sebastian

Last but not least, congratulate to ACG Soh Fong Wai for completing Advance manual and CC Leong Hoe Wah for completing the CC Manual.

This was the second time I chaired toastmaster meeting. Personally I think I managed to handle the meeting better compared to first time and able to enjoy during the meeting as well. This may not be a perfect meeting and can be better. But I believe a better meeting will be coming because "Practice Makes Perfect". Let's continue to preserve this noble spirit of "Practice Makes Perfect" and move forward together in the journey of toastmaster.

Thanks and regards,
Tan Kooi Ching
TME - 1st November 2007

Youth Leadership Program: 1-2 December 2007

D'Utama Toastmasters Club is organising the first Youth Leadership Program (YLP) for this term and yours truly is the Chief Coordinator for this program. If you have any friend, cousin, nephew,niece, etc. who is interested in this program and age between 13-19 years old, feel free to contact us for more information.

Some general information about the program.
Date: 1st & 2nd December 2007 (Saturday & Sunday)
Venue: Menara Mutiara Bangsar, 8-0-13 Ground Floor, Jalan Liku, Off Jalan Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur (Wei Seong's office)
Age Group: 13 – 19 years old
Price: RM 120.00 per participant (inclusive of two lunches & four tea breaks)
Deadline: 20th November 2007
Contact information: Marcus Loi (H/p: 012-654 9755; Email: or Calvin Lim (H/p: 012-202 3553; Email: )

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Thank you.

Yours truly,

Marcus Loi
Chief Coordinator - YLP
Mobile: 012 - 654 9755

Division B 2007/08 Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest

Did you enjoy having your funny bone tickled by our very own Humorous Speech Champion, Eugene Ng CTM and amazed by the Evaluation Contest Champion, G. Sivalingam DTM ?!?

The moment has arrived, our club's very best will be pitting their wits againts the best of the best at The Division B's Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest !!!

The contest details are as follows:
Date: Saturday, 3 November 2007
Time: 2.00pm
Venue: Auditorium 7, 2nd Floor, Sunway University College, Jalan Lagun Utara, Bandar Sunway.

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Tickets are priced at RM10.00 and they are going fast !! How fast you ask?

Well the tickets are available from Johnson Yike and he only has 4 left in hand. Members who are interested, please contact Johnson and any reserve ticket payment are to be made by 1st November 2007 (Thursday).

Let is go cheer and support our best !!!

Yours truly,
Johnson Yike
HP: 017-8898438