Wednesday, October 28, 2009

We have just one night away and the Speaker's Night will arrive upon us with a marathon of madness!

The theme for the night is 'Making choices' so I hope you all make a fabulous choice and head to D'Utama to witness some exciting Speakers and Evaluators, spout pearls of wisdom.

All role-plays have kindly be taken up with Joanna Tong filling in the ASA2 position. Thank you Joanna.See you by 7pm with G.Levin.
The role of the Ah Counter will not take place due to time restraints sorry...but thank you Viswam for taking up this role .
Terima kasih to those whom I asked to take up roles earlier, like Henry Fu but various speakers pulled out and adjustments had to be made accordingly.

For all speakers please ensure that you bring along your CC and ACL Manuals for your Evaluator to write in their Evaluations.Also do have your speech titles ready for me if you have not already done so.(I have been forwarded some from Marcus already).

Look forward to seeing you be ' entertained' and not 'strained and drained'.

See you then.
Yours in Toastmasters


Updated by Joanne Tham

ACM #40 - Summary

27th Oct 2009, ACM #40 was one of the smoothest ACMs I had organized. We started on time at 7:30pm and ended on time at 10:30pm. Thanks to everyone for making this happen !

Our Facilitator Dr. Devi Menon, DTM arrived as early as 7:00PM to ensure that she was prepared and properly briefed on the flow. She is a Senior Lecturer in Faculty of Languages and Linguistics where she taught for the past 18 years. She is the Lecturer Advisor of the University of Malaya Toastmaster's Club, a member of Taman Indrahana and the Charter President of Sai Masters TMC. She was the immediate past Area Governor for W3.

Our 1st Speaker was strong 'CEO of Freescale', Cheah Ai Ling, CC CL (CIMA) who attempted to lift the spirits of the employees while calming them down in a hostile situation of the project "Confrontation: The Adversary Relationship (Speeches By Management)". She was calm, cool and compose when the audience began firing away their questions in attempt to stir up the situation.

Ai Ling's Panel of Evaluators was composed of Gan Poh Lin, CC ALB, Marcus Loi, CC and Nancy Liew, ACB ALB, and the Lead Evaluator was Johnson Yike DTM. Drawing from personal experience, each evaluator gave their perspective on how the hostile situation and staff could have been manage, and the feedback was well received.

Our 2nd Speaker was DTM Soh Fong Wai who shared a non-technical presentation about "The Underwater World (Technical Presentations)". It was an interesting piece where he shared about underwater photography and the audience was able to seek clarification & ask question during the presentation. A lighter moment of the speech when Fong Wai commented on how much the camera's cost.

His Panel of Evaluators comprised of Richard Yeow, CC, Johnson Yike, DTM and Irene Lee CTM, ALB, and his Lead Evaluator was Dr. Lim Chooi Peng, DTM (Past District Governor of District 80). The Evaluators were wondering if Fong Wai was sharing about the features of a camera or to take up underwater photography. In any case, we definitely took back information about both.

Our 3rd Speaker was Ernest Wong, ACB ALB who gave a new perspective on a classically folk tale, "Cinderella (Story telling)", and the audience had a second childhood as we were asked to imagine ourselves when we were 9 years of age. Ernest played the role of a teacher who was telling us 9 year old children the story.

His Panel Evaluators consist of Gan Teong Hock, ACB ALB, Richard Yeow, CC and Calvin Lim ACS, and his Lead Evaluator was Lee Wei Seong, ACG CL. The challenge of the Storytelling manual as pointed out by the all the evaluators including the open evaluation was the important of one's voice and the use of vocal variety. Calvin gave a very impressive example ("Dong, Dong, Dong .... and the clock struck twelve ....").

Special thanks goes to our Timer, Ivy Cherng, ACS ALB, and Ah Counter, Joey Chun, CC. Our first time guest, Helen Quat, CC.

Our Facilitator, Dr. Devi Menon DTM gave an insightful take of the ACM and reminded us that though we are evaluating Advanced Speeches, we should not park our Toastmasters' Principles of Evaluation (using the sandwich matter). A point well taken and the ACMers will be more sensitive especially to first time presenters to the ACM.

(Chief Coordinator Soh Fong Wai, DTM presenting an Token of Appreciation to our Facilitator, Dr. Devi Menon, DTM)
In conclusion, I really had a wonderful time and everyone surely have learned a lot during this meeting. We learned to beef up our communication skill, evaluation skill, and develop a thick skin ;-)

The date of the next ACM (#41) has been finalized and the Project Speakers are Division Champions; Irene Lee CTM ALB (Division B: Area Governor of the Year (2008/09), Lee Xi Wen, ACB (Division W: Humourous Speech Contest Champion), and Johnson Yike, DTM (Division B: Humorous Speech Contest Champion).

Yours truly,
Johnson Yike, DTM
ACM Organizing Chair
D'Utama Toastmasters Club

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Youth Leadership Programme 2009

Who will your child

inspire tomorrow?

Strong leadership and effective communication are some of the key skills necessary to be successful. It is important for your child to pick up these skills as early as possible. Start them on the right path…start here…

Date :      18th & 19th December 2009
                (Friday & Saturday)
Time :               8:30am—5:00pm       
Venue :    Menara Mutiara Bangsar      
                 8-0-13 Ground Floor,          
                 Jalan Liku, Off Jalan Bangsar,         
                 59100 Kuala Lumpur            
Age Group :    13 – 17 years old                   
Price    :    RM 150.00 per participant         
                 (inclusive of two lunches & four tea breaks)
Registration Deadline:    30th November 2009


To introduce yourself to an audience, giving them some information about your background, interests, and ambitions.

To tell others about a topic, allowing listeners to easily follow and understand the speech, especially when moving from one idea to another.
To develop your voice so that it enhances your message and attracts the listeners’ attention. 

To use body movements naturally and effectively to support your speech. 

To learn to think within a very short time, and convey a message in a clear, logical, enjoyable, and even persuasive manner.
To evaluate a speech by giving constructive and encouraging feedback with positive suggestions for improvement.

“Fun! Exciting! Valuable feedbacks from coaches.”
                                                 (2008 YLP Participant)

“No regrets joining YLP. Learned a lot.”
Lim Wen Yi, 14
(2008 YLP Participant)

“It was fun, and I’ve learned a lot of new things. Also, gained new friends.”
Javin K Singh, 14
(2008 YLP Participant)

“I've  gained more confidence in speaking which make me feel more comfortable in approaching other people. I am able to communicate more effectively and get my message clearly across to the other person.”
Muhammad Nur Hafidz bin Azmi, 16
(2007 YLP Participant)

Steven Lai                                           Marcus Loi
          Tel : 016-2680972                                Tel : 012-6549755
  lai_steven(at)hotmail(dot)com            fidelio99(at)gmail(dot)com

Thursday, October 22, 2009

ACM #40 - 27 October 2009 (Tuesday) - Ready, Set, GO !

(Update #10: 22 October 09, 11:30AM - Assignment Speakers' Manuals & Project # updated. Agenda download available.)
(Update #9: 15 October 09, 11:35AM - Final Panel Evaluator filled. READY, SET, GO!)
(Update #8: 14 October 09, 1:20PM - 1 Panel Evaluator filled)
(Update #7: 14 October 09, 10:30AM - 1 Panel Evaluator filled)
(Update #6: 13 October 09, 10:40AM - 3 Panel Evaluators filled, Timer allocated)
(Update #5: 12 October 09, 2:25PM - 1 Panel Evaluator filled)
(Update #4: 12 October 09, 1:40PM - Lead Evaluators filled, 1 Panel Evaluator filled, 1 Invited Guest)
(Update #3: 12 October 09, 12:00PM - 1 Panel Evaluator filled)
(Update #2: 12 October 09, 11:25AM - 2 Lead Evaluators filled.)
(Update #1, 12 Oct 09, 11:05AM - Assignment Speaking slots are filled. Correction on the date. )

Greetings Everyone !!!!

ACM #40 has been confirmed to be on 27 October 2009 (Tuesday) and our Facilitator is Dr. Devi Menon, DTM (from Sai Toastmasters Club & Taman Indrahana Club) !!! Dr. Devi Menon is a Senior Lecturer in Faculty of Languages and Linguistics where she taught for the past 18 years. She is the Lecturer Advisor of the University of Malaya Toastmaster's Club, a member of Taman Indrahana and the Charter President of Sai Masters TMC. She was the immediate past Area Governor for W3.

ALL Roles has been filled !!!! ACM #4o is ready to go !!!! I will be sending the Agenda, and Project Details (once made available by the Assignment Speakers) by next week. I'm surely looking forward to another FUN FILLED ADVANCED COMMUNICATOR MEETING !!!!

Speaker #1: CHEAH Ai Ling, CC CL (CIMA)
Title: "Freescale Town Hall Meeting"
Advanced Manual: "Speeches by Management"
Project #: "# 5 Confrontation: The Adversary Relationship"
Lead Evaluator: CHEONG Kuok Sum, CC ALB (TTDI)
Panel 1: GAN Poh Lin, CC ALB (Kuantan)
Panel 2: Marcus LOI, CC (D'Utama)
Panel 3: TEOH Chun Ming, CC (D'Utama)

Speaker #2: SOH Fong Wai, DTM (D'Utama, Klang Bilingual, Metropolitan Bilingual)
Advanced Manual: "Technical Presentations"
Project #: "#3 - Nontechnical Presentation"
Lead Evaluator: Dr. LIM Chooi Peng, DTM
Panel 1: YAU Chau Fong, ACB (TTDI)
Panel 2: Johnson YIKE, DTM (D'Utama)
Panel 3: Irene LEE, CTM ALB (Crystal)

Speaker #3: Ernest WONG, ACB ALB (HELP)
Advanced Manual: "Storytelling"
Project #: "#1 - The Folk Tale"
Lead Evaluator: LEE Wei Seong, ACG CL (DU Adv)
Panel 1: GAN Teong Hock, ACB ALB (D'Utama, Metropolitan Bilingual)
Panel 2: Richard YEOW, CC (CIMA)
Panel 3: Nancy LIEW, ACB ALB (D'Utama, DU Adv)

Timer: Ivy Cherng, ACS CL (Klang Bilingual, Metropolitan Bilingual)

Invited first Timers
  • Helen Quat, CC (Metro Toastmasters Club)

Event: Advanced Communicator Meeting (ACM) #40
Date/Day: 27 October 2009 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:00pm to 10.00pm
Agenda: Download here

Lee Wei Seong’s Office (Ground Floor)
Bangsar Optometry, 8-0-13,
Ground Floor, Menara Mutiara Bangsar,
Jalan Liku, Off Jalan Bangsar,
59100 Kuala Lumpur

(Google Map: location link click here)
(Streetdirectory: location link click here)

For more Information and Guidelines about the ACM: Download Here

ACM #40 is organized by D'Utama Toastmasters Club. ACM is open to ALL Competent Communicator(CC) / Toastmasters (CTM) and above, and members of good standing with their own respective club. NO DOOR Fee but registration is required to attend & for seat allocation (max 18). I will be updating the details on both D'Utama Toastmasters website and Division B Blogspot periodically and besides sending email updates.

If you are interested to participate, please feel free to email me (

Yours truly,
Johnson YIKE, DTM
D'Utama Toastmasters Club
ACM Organizing Chair.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Birthday Celebration: August - October.

As part of the club's tradition, D'Utama Toastmasters Club celebrated the birthdays' of members and guest who were born in the month of August to October in last night's meeting (15 Oct 2009).

(from left to right: Past President(PP) Nancy Liew, TME Jatson Ho, birthday boy PP Lee Wei Seong, birthday boy Yap Bell Xun, birthday boy Jonathan Moh, birthday boy Levin G., birthday girl Ruth (guest), SAA David Chuah, birthday girl Asylynna Lee, birthday boy Area B5 Governor Jack Leong, birthday boy R Viswam, birthday boy K.B. Lim, and birthday boy PP G. Siva, President Teoh Chun Ming, Area B4 Governor Calvin Lim.)

( posted by Johnson Yike )

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Regular Meeting: 15 October 2009 (Thursday)

Our Toastmasters of the Evening, Jatson Ho has set the theme "Gratitude" for the night. Let's join him and see what he has to share with us.

TME: Jatson Ho
ASA 1 (Gate Collection): David Chuah
ASA 2 (Introduction): Berry Eng
Invocator: Steven Lai
Table Topic Master: R. Visvam
Table Topic Evaluator: Lee Wei Seong, ACG CL
Humor Master: Nancy Liew, ACB, ALB
General Evaluator: Calvin Lim, ACS
Language Evaluator: Joanna Tong
Ah Counter: Yap Bell Xun
Time Keeper: Joanne Tham
Assignment Speaker (Project) - Evaluator
Jonathan Moh (CC#1) - Quah Mei Lee
K.B. Lim (CC#2) - Chai Wen Lee
Asylynna Lee (CC#3) - Cheong Kuok Sum, CC, ALB
George Tan (CC#3) - Tan Kooi Ching, CC
Standby Speaker:
1. Chan Chee Yoong
2. Quah Mei Lee