Thursday, December 17, 2009

ACM #42 - 23 December 2009 (Wednesday) - READY, SET, GO !

(Update #13: 22 Dec 2009, 2:20PM - Final Lead Evaluator filled)
(Update #12: 21 Dec 2009, 9:30AM - Final Panel Evaluator filled)
(Update #11: 20 Dec 2009, 11:36PM - 1 Lead Evaluator filled)
(Update #10: 20 Dec 2009, 8:00PM - 1 Panel Evaluator filled, Agenda & Speakers' Project Details READY FOR DOWNLOAD)
(Update #9: 17 Dec 2009, 3:33PM - 1 Lead Evaluator filled)
(Update #8: 17 Dec 2009, 9:45PM - 1 Panel Evaluator filled)
(Update #7: 16 Dec 2009, 2:38PM - 1 Panel Evaluator filled)
(Update #6: 16 Dec 2009, 1:30PM - 2 Guests invited)
(Update #5: 29 Nov 2009, 8:00PM - 1 Panel Evaluator filled)
(Update #4: 25 Nov 2009, 1:40PM - 2 Panel Evaluator filled, 1 Lead Evaluator)
(Update #3: 23 Nov 2009, 2:35PM - 2 remaining Project Speakers confirmed)
(Update #2: 23 Nov 2009, 1:45PM - 1 Project Speaker confirmed)
(Update #1: 23 Nov 2009, 11:48AM - One Panel Evaluator filled)

Greetings Everyone !!!!

ACM #42 has been confirmed to be on 23 December 2009 (Wednesday) and our Facilitator is Zaharah Ibrahim, DTM !!! She is the Immediate Past Division Governor (Term 2008 - 2009: Courage To Make A Difference) of District 51; recipient of the 'President Distinguish Division Award'. Currently, she is the Club President of Kelab Pidato Kuala Lumpur, and member of Phoenix Toastmasters Club, Shah Alam Toastmasters Club, MAICSA Toastmasters Club. She is also know an the 'Mother of East Coast (Peninsula)', for her chartering clubs, and her continuous immense contribution and support to Toastmasters Club in East Peninsula Malaysia such as Lekor TMC (Terengganu), Penapisan TMC (Terengganu), Kertih TMC (Terengganu), Kuantan TMC (Kuantan) and FPG TMC (Kuantan).

Download Speaker's Project Details here:

Download the ACM #42 Agenda here:

Role Player Registration is

Speaker #1: Geoff ANDREW, DTM (Premier Adv, KL Adv)
Advanced Manual: " Communicating On Television "
Project #: " #5 - Training on TV "
Lead Evaluator: Meyyappa Manickam, DTM (DKC)
Panel 1: Johnson YIKE, DTM (D'Utama)
Panel 2: Julian GAN, ACB ALB (UniTAR, Shaklee TM)
Panel 3: CHEAH Ai Ling, CC CL (CIMA)
Speaker #2: GAN Teong Hock, ACB CL (D'Utama, MBTC)
Advanced Manual: " The Entertaining Speaker "
Project #: " #4 - Dramatic Speech "
Lead Evaluator: Marian LEE, ACB CL (TTDI)
Panel 1: EU Choi San, CC (Premier Adv.)
Panel 2: FOONG Xiao Thoong, CC ALB (UniTAR TM)
Panel 3: Richard YEOW, CC (CIMA)

Speaker #3: GAN Poh Lin, CC ALB (Kuantan)
Advanced Manual: " Story Telling "
Project #: " #2 - Let's Get Personal "
Lead Evaluator: SOH Fong Wai, DTM (DUTM, KBTC, MBTC)
Panel 1: CHEONG Kuok Sum, CC CL (TTDI)
Panel 2: Janice LEE, CC (TTDI)

Timer: TEOH Chun Ming, CC (D'Utama)



Event: Advanced Communicator Meeting (ACM) #42
Date/Day: 23 December 2009 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00pm to 10.00pm
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

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For more Information and Guidelines about the ACM: Download Here
ACM #42 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.

* This ACM email update is sent to those who have expressed interested towards the ACM before. If you DO NOT wish to receive future updates, kindly revert to indicate so and I'll remove you from the mailing list. My apologizes for the any inconvenience caused.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Area B4 Joint Meeting - D’Utama, Kelab Pidato, Shah Alam & Lafarge

The first-ever Area B4 Joint Meeting will be taking place on 17th December 2009 at Room 1.08, Kolej Damansara Utama! Clubs within Area B4 (D’Utama, Kelab Pidato, Shah Alam & Lafarge) will be converging on this special evening to witness amazing speakers and evaluators in their best element! This meeting will also be conducted in both English and Bahasa Malaysia, headed by the Toastmaster of the Evening, Area B4’s own governor, Calvin Lim, ACS.

This spectacular meeting will begin at 7.30pm. Be there and be part of the action!

TME: Calvin Lim (D’Utama)
ASA 1: Hoo Sze Ling (D’Utama)
ASA 2: Joanna Tong (D’Utama)
Table Topic Master: Janet Lim, CC (Lafarge)
Table Topic Evaluator: Nor Lida (Shah Alam)
Teh Tarik for the Soul: Jonathan Moh (D’Utama)
Humor Master: Marcus Loi (D’Utama)
General Evaluator: Kim Chow (Pidato)
Language Evaluator: Quah Mei Lee (D’Utama)
Ah-Counter: Shirley Ooi (Lafarge)
Time Keeper: Sem (Pidato)
Assignment Speaker (D’Utama): Ruth Ting (Ice breaker)
Assignment Speaker (Lafarge): Mohd Syafiq
Assignment Speaker (Kelab Pidato KL): Hadzrin (BM)
Assignment Speaker (Shah Alam): Sarah Abedi; “Speaking to Inform” – Project #1
Assignment Evaluator (for D’Utama): Hakim (Pidato)
Assignment Evaluator (for Lafarge): Nancy Liew, ACB, ALB (D’Utama)
Assignment Evaluator (for Kelab Pidato KL): Zaharah Ibrahim (Shah Alam) - BM
Assignment Evaluator (for Shah Alam): Ismail Yusof (CC); (Lafarge)

See you there!!
Quah Mei Lee has achieved Competent Communicator (CC) status!

Quah Mei Lee receives her CC ribbon from Club President, Teoh Chun Ming
(Photograph courtesy of Johnson Yike, DTM)

Mei Lee officially joined D’Utama Toastmasters Club in April 2009 but had already made up her mind to obtain her CC before the year was out. Her next goals are to complete her Competent Leadership (CL) manual as well as achieve Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) status!

Well done, Mei Lee! We’re proud of you!

Competent Communicator (CC) is an award given to Toastmasters who have successfully completed all 10 projects in the Competent Communication manual. Toastmasters who have achieved this award will have the acronyms CC stated after their names and contribute towards their club's DCP points which count towards the President's Distinguished Club award.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Fellowship: Fraser's Hill

On 12th September 2009, 21 of us at D’Utama Toastmasters Club went up Fraser’s Hill for a weekend of fun, fellowship, food and more food!! A few dropped out at the last minute, which made room for Jason Tan and one of our newest members, Bell!

Getting up before dawn to get to our designated meeting point of KDU by 6.45 am, we began our journey while still bleary-eyed but all geared up for our trip.

The Pines Resort
After 2 hours, we finally arrived at the Pines Resort, Fraser’s Hill! We couldn’t believe our eyes! There was a welcome sign just for us D’Utama Toastmasters at the reception!

The hunt for treasure
The programme for the afternoon was a treasure hunt. We were broken up into 4 groups with 5 members in each. The groups were :
Blyth Hawk-Eagle (led by Joanne Tham)
Sizzling Hot (led by Sze Ling)
Halia (led by Calvin)
Group 4 (led by Jessy)

The 1st runner-up was Blyth Hawk-Eagle and the 2nd runner-up was Sizzling Hot.

The winner was Group Halia, led by Calvin! (Of course it helped that they had a marathon runner on their team! And thus the debate over the real winner continues…)

The winning group walked away with a large bag of groundnuts. Tong Garden Shandong groundnuts, to be precise!

No getting away from Toastmasters …
After-dinner entertainment began with a Table Topics session (could you have expected anything else?) - organised and coordinated by Gan Teong Hock - and accompanied by red wine, white wine and sparkling grape juice!

Questions posed were along the lines of “What would you choose to be and why?” First victim, er, speaker was none other than Club President, Teoh Chun Ming who garnered the question of “Which branded product would you choose to own and why?” and chose to speak about KFC! Thanks to Teong Hock’s careful planning, every Toastmaster had the chance to participate … there was no escape! After speaking, each speaker was to choose the next speaker to select at random a Table Topic question and begin talking. Other questions revolved around which cartoon character/animation character/actor or actress/American President you would choose to be and we had a good time laughing our hearts out at the answers!

Jessy Chahal provided the grand finale to the Table Topics session, being asked to narrate the rest of the story that began with “It is 2 am in the morning. You are typing on your computer and you hear a knock on the door.” In her story, she goes on to agree to join the International Speech Contest after much goading and persuading from fellow Toastmasters!

Ginger did the honours of providing the next thing on the agenda for after-dinner entertainment : the game of Mafia! First introduced on a previous trip to Cameron Highlands, this game was brought back to Fraser’s Hill. After explaining the rules and methods of the game to novices who have never heard of it, we all promptly began playing. The suspense of the game came from trying to pinpoint who the Mafia was in the group, responsible for naming civilians to be eliminated from the game during the “night” when everyone was supposed to be asleep. Everyone was straining their necks to look out for suspicious behaviours and giveaway body language to uncover the Mafia players. In the end, the Mafia was winning over the civilians in all games except for once, when the civilians finally outwitted and outlived the Mafia.

The game ended at 11.30 pm but it was not over for some. While a few took to bed right away, others chose to embark on a midnight walk through the night mist and cool breeze.

The morning after …
The night luckily provided a peaceful slumber for everyone; no one had to fend off attack from mosquitoes. Some chose to begin the day (at 7 am!) with Qigong and salsa moves while others remained under the covers.

Next on the agenda was running with Chun Ming! We saw Jason, Bell, Jatson, Joanne, Calvin, Jared and Marcus off at the starting line … with Marcus promptly making a U-turn; he had the wrong shoes on or so he said.

Bing Yee led the jungle trek portion of the day’s programme. Starting at 9.45 am, the trek revealed Jessy’s potential as a possible guide for the next Toastmaster’s trek! She managed to stay ahead of the group (more specifically, all the guys) throughout the entire trek!

Nancy led the way for horseriding. Each ride cost only RM4 with adorable ponies to choose from!

We played Mafia one last time and Jason delivered his farewell speech. Finally President Teoh Chun Ming presented Jason with a farewell card signed by all present, with Jason declaring that he will hang the card on his wall for all eternity … only for us to find the card left on the dining table on our way out!

Reluctantly we bade goodbye to Fraser’s Hill and to each other. But what a weekend! And here’s to many more fun gatherings in the future!

Acknowledgements and appreciation must be given to Bing Yee and Ginger who took the lead in organising this trip.

Johnson Yike is now Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)!

Johnson describes himself as a ‘city boy’ borne in the year of the ‘Horse’ (Chinese Zodiac calendar) and bred in Petaling Jaya. He obtained a Bachelor of Information Technology, majoring in Networking, and Masters of Information Systems from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP) by Project Management Institute (PMI), USA.

How did you come to know about Toastmasters?
It was around July 2005 when I was online one night with my good friend Eugene Ng. We were chatting over MSN, generally bored and didn’t know what to do with our time. Then I recalled about ‘Toastmasters’ (that was briefly mentioned by my then girlfriend, Poh Lin) and ask Eugene if we wanted to ‘look and see’ what this Toastmasters is about. We went to Toastmasters International website, and found the closest club between us, D’Utama Toastmasters Club. We were impressed by the members of D’Utama and decided to challenge ourselves to be like them, and we joined in September 2005.

What motivated or inspired you to go on to pursue DTM status?
When I start something, I need to finish it. So when I became a Toastmaster, I read through the Toastmasters manuals, and what is freely available on the TI website. I then plotted the dates and places where I can offer myself to play roles and/or presenting a speech. It feels good when you know you’re learning and growing.
I remembered an old saying, “If you wish to fly with the eagles, don’t hang around turkeys”. The people whom I’ve met through Toastmasters directly and indirectly inspired me to grow. I wonder how it would feel to be standing on par with the ‘Giants’ in the movement – I still do.

How has Toastmasters helped you?
Prior to being a Toastmaster, I never had any problems communicating … with computer Chat programs (via IRC, ICQ or MSN) behind a computer screen. I was also not the kind of person who is able to start (face-to-face) conversations; others would need to approach me first to start with a ‘hello’ or ‘hi’ before I can say anything. I was in the IT line doing all the work behind the scenes – where when things are working, the bosses would think the machines are doing it “all by themselves”, and when things breakdown, they will say we are not doing our jobs.
After being in Toastmasters, I found my voice and was able to express my ideas more openly. With assistance and coaching within and outside of Toastmasters, I got into Project Management. Now I am able to meet clients and be confident when conveying my proposals and suggestions to them. The skills & traits I’ve learned gave me the confidences to pursue greater goals and to know how to take feedback positively (no matter how negatively it is delivered – hey not everyone are Toastmasters *smile*).

What are some of your hobbies and interests?
I love watching television shows, movies & anime. Here is where I find certain traits from the characters that believe I can learn from. For example, ‘Allan Shore in Boston Legal – check out the word usage & facial expression when he is arguing a case’, the movie ‘The Negotiator’ & the TV show ‘Lie to Me’ – understand the meaning of facial expression and body gestures, and animes such as ‘One Piece’ and ‘Hajime No Ippo’ – how stories are written & conveyed to give the maximum impact.
I also enjoy eating (I believe most club members would know that by now). I don’t mind spending good money on good food.
I found out recently I enjoy video-graphy too. I’m still sourcing the appropriate camcorder with my limited budget.
I enjoy developing people. Perhaps its part of the ‘Project Manager’ in me but I like to see people reaching their goals and surpassing their supposed limitations.

Who are some leaders you admire and why?
There are so many that impressed and inspired me, and to state a few;
  • Lee Wei Seong, when in D’Utama, I had never heard him present speeches but when he evaluated formally (or informally), I was extremely impressed by his evaluation and sincere feedback to everyone. He would approach me after I have presented and offered (not impose) his opinion to me. An encouraging word or two can really make a difference. Then I told myself, that I need to emulate this man and am still trying to provide same kind of sincere care to other members like he did.
  • Sharon Ng (DTM), one of the earlier DTM of D’Utama, this lady was able to convey her ideas and points to gracefully and gently, that even though she was to tell you to repeat a speech project, you would feel a great injustice towards YOURSELF. She always has a smile on her face, and while she would tell you she is serious, she can be a joker at heart. I miss her.
  • LeAnn Tang (DTM) of Taman Indrahana TM. A very confident person who is always willing to help out when she can. I always tried to learn from her when she shares. Her forte is in the High Performance Leadership (HPL) and the fundamentals skills of communication. You’ll know you’ll have a firm foundation if she ‘approves’ of you.
  • Soh Fong Wai (DTM). I thought this guy lives and breaths Toastmasters. His desire to learn and grow surpasses a lot of Toastmasters … he is a person who not only climbs the ladder but would attend a hand to bring you up with him. Thank you Fong Wai for your passions and also in keeping the ACM going.
There are many more in Toastmasters that have one way or another that helped shape me to who I am as a Toastmaster; G. Siva (DTM), Allen Kam, Teong Hock, Michelle Ng, Francis Ng (DTM) and many more from other clubs.

What advice would you give to a new Toastmaster?
In my opinion; the Best Evaluator is YOU – after a Role play or a Speech delivery, ask yourself ‘How did I do?’, if you’re sincerely & truly satisfied with your own performance, nothing anybody say is going to change the way you think. So, better set high personal standards.
Be proactive in your own development. Identify the people whom you want to learn from or emulate. Approach your mentor or the people whom you wish to learn from – most are willing to help but DO NOT DEMAND. In a Toastmasters meeting, we are just ‘Toastmasters’ regardless of your rank and file in your own respective ‘working world’. Everyone here is helping one another voluntarily and by the way, non-profit does not mean ‘charity’, if you do not have the time or commitment to play a certain role/position, do not deprive others from filling up the role/position but not contributing.
Lastly, it would be good to have a ‘running / gym buddy’. I was encouraged to grow through friendly competition with my friend, Eugene. We then attempted to complete the Competent Communicator manual properly within a year.

Now that you’re achieved DTM, what’s next for you?
Round 2. Being a DTM does not mean that I’m “there” (done). During my journey I found some of the things/traits/elements that are lacking in me (in terms of communication & leadership), and the activities that I thought could be done better (in & out of Toastmasters). Communication & leadership are skills that are developed by ‘doing’, so I have decided to go through the whole process again and go back to basic (all the way from CC & CL Project #1). I have already requested for a Speaking slot to do that.
While doing that, I’ll attempt the other Advanced Manuals that I have not attempted (6 down, 9 more to go), and re-do some those which I personally feel I have ‘failed’ in. I’ll also continue to offer my opinion and aid to those who seek it.