Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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