Wednesday, February 10, 2010

*Winning Speech Contests* - A Workshop by G. Sivalingam, DTM

Want to know what it takes to win speech contests?

Attend the "Winning Speech Contests" workshop on 25 February 2010 to know the winning methods of speech champions!

Date : 25 February 2010
Time : 7.30pm-10.00pm
Venue : Room 1.08, Kolej Damansara Utama

Speaker’s Profile
Siva is a leading trainer in the fields of spoken and written communications, especially in the area of writing and professional presentations. He is particularly skilled in helping professionals such as bankers, engineers, and accountants, who have very specialized skills, to learn to share their knowledge with listeners and readers who do not share the same depth of specialist knowledge.

Siva is a very keen and committed Toastmaster who has been actively involved in Toastmastery for close to 10 years. He has served in various leadership capacities among them:

• District 51 Secretary, which was initially comprised of Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei and Hong Kong
• Asst. Division Governor Marketing for Division C
• Past President for D’Utama Toastmasters Club

He has also been an active participant in speech contests, entering almost every contest without fail, with some high points being the following:

• Division B Evaluation Contest Champion 2007-2008
• Division B International Speech Contest Champion 2005-2006
• Division C Evaluation Contest Champion 1999-2000

What will be covered in the workshop :

1.Features Of Winning Speeches
   * Personal
   * Emotional
   * Entertaining

2. Preparation Tips
* The Importance of Speech Coaches
* Use of Rehearsals

3. Mistakes To Avoid In Contests


Come attend this workshop! You may just emerge champion at the next speech contest!

N.B.: Please note that there will be no regular meeting on 18 February 2010.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Jessy Chahal has attained Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB)!

Here our member talks about her latest achievement in the world of Toastmasters :

My ACB Journey by Jessy Chahal

“A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement….”

 It’s been a couple of years now since I have joined Toastmasters. I have never regretted all my time, effort and commitment to this wonderful international organization. I always refer to Toastmasters as a feather in my hat. Most times when I have been asked to talk about myself, I am always quick to highlight the fact that I am a Toastmaster. However, the journey to my receiving my ACB has been a long one. With the tide of my professional work as well as other social obligations that come with being a young KL-lite, I found it almost trying to set aside time for Toastmasters. Initially, it was a balancing act. I could simply manage squeezing in just enough time to prepare for my assignment speech and stroll into DUTC meeting with a wide grin my face, confident that I would somehow make it through.

Then, something happened. Somehow in due time, I found myself at the back of the race. My assignments were getting tougher and I could not find the time to focus and dedicate towards preparing for my speeches. I realized that my Toastmasters commitment was beginning to get more demanding. It was something I did not mind but I found hard to find the time for. What I understood from it all was that, although I thought I never could find the time or focus, I was always still a Toastmaster at heart. I found myself missing attending the club meetings and meeting up with fellow Toastmasters.

So, I made it a conscious effort to at least try to complete one assignment each month. As we know, to secure a speaking slot at DUTC can be challenging. We have too many good speakers! I took a bold step to venture outwards to speak at other clubs. I found them all inviting and it has done wonders for me. Speaking outside your comfort zone, not only tests your speaking skills, it also helps to improve the quality of your delivery. That’s when the excitement got me going again. As Toastmasters, we find that there is one common attribute about us all. To me, that attribute is Learning. We aspire to learn and by learning, we aspire to improve ourselves. It has been this attribute, which has led to me to push myself and further my completion towards achieving my ACB. Looking back, I wish I did not take so long! I strongly recommend you to keep that fire burning in order to steer ahead in your Toastmasters journey. I know I will!

Congratulations and well done, Jessy!

To be eligible for the Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) award, one must have achieved Competent Communicator award (or Competent Toastmaster award), and completed two Advanced Communication manuals. For more information, log on to

Fellowship Trip to Penang and Joint Meeting with Oracle Advanced Toastmasters Club

From 26-28 February 2010, we are organizing a fellowship trip to Penang and a Joint Meeting with Oracle Toastmasters Club. Estimated expenses are approximately RM250 per person which includes food, accommodation and transportation. We will be staying at Sri Sayang apartments.

The itinerary is given below :

26 February 2010
 9:00am Depart to Penang from KDU
11:30am Lunch @ Ipoh
3:00pm Check into Sri Sayang Resort
5:00pm Batu Ferringhi beach
7:00pm Dinner @ Gurney Drive
11:00pm Good nite

27 February 2010
9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Sightseeing at Hard Rock Hotel
12:00pm Depart to town for lunch
2:00pm Joint Meeting with Oracle Advanced Toastmasters Club
5:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Sightseeing at Kek Lok Si Temple
11:00pm Good nite

28 February 2010
9:00am Breakfast
10:00am Check out at depart to KL

Limited places are still available. To find out more about booking your place on the trip, please contact the club President, Teoh Chun Ming at  

The Historic Area B4 Joint Meeting

The first ever Area B4 Joint Meeting was held on 17th December 2009 at D'Utama Toastmasters Club, largely in whole to the Area B4 governor, Calvin Lim, ACS who also happens to be D'Utama Toastmasters Immediate Past President. Here Calvin reports on what made him to decide to hold this meeting which was described as historic and how it all turned out!

Area B4 governor, Calvin Lim is seen here chairing the last meeting held in 2009
that brought 4 different clubs together in the spirit of Toastmasters

As the year 2009 was coming to an end, Toastmasters members from Area B4 had our joint meeting on Thursday, 17th December 2009 at KDU College (in room 1.08), Petaling Jaya. I, as the Area B4 Governor, believed that there couldnt’t be any better way to end the year of 2009 with the fact that we enjoyed our “last” meeting of the year!

In conjunction with the year-end festival celebration, the joint meeting’s theme was appropriately chosen as “Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.” The Toastmasters of the Evening, who was yours truly, felt that it was a blessing, a great and grand meeting to have D’Utama Toastmasters Club, Lafarge Toastmasters Club, Shah Alam Toastmasters Club and Kelab Pidato Kuala Lumpur (except for KNM Toastmasters Club – as they can’t join us); to come and have the “reunion” meeting as a large family.

There was exchange of ideas on how members from different Clubs, who had sent their role players respectively, have shown us their creativity and style of running the meeting. This included the assignment speakers and speech evaluators as well as they played a vital role in our Toastmasters’ belief; whenever they presented themselves before the audience.

This joint meeting is extraordinarily unique too because we had the meeting organized and spoken in a bilingual language – English and Bahasa Malaysia; and it was surprisingly to know that most of the audience have used Bahasa Malaysia language more effectively and encouragingly than the English language! Kudos to everyone as it showed that the Toastmasters members are not afraid to try something new for a change.

To conclude, we did enjoy the company of our friends and we hope that we will have more “reunion” meetings with other Clubs in the near future.

Written by;
Calvin Lim, ACS
Area B4 Governor

Click here to views photographs of the meeting, provided courtesy of Ian Cheong ...


D'Utama Toastmasters does the Skytrex and Levin shares his story of survival :

"On the 6th of December 2009 Sunday, a few of us from D’ Utama Toastmasters Club, joined by friends and family, decided to attempt the activity known as Skytrex at Taman Pertanian in Shah Alam.

The day started with the two groups meeting at KDU at 8 in the morning. Well, at least that was the plan, and I am not too modest to say that I was the first one there. This group consisted of Marcus Loi, Sheen Yee, Sheen Sern, Mei Ling, Wen Lee, Joanne Tan Yen Hui and Cecilia.

The writer poses in the back row with his gloves in this group portrait. 

When we arrived at Taman Pertanian we were joined by Kooi Ching, Ginger Koh, Jatson Ho, Yap Bell Xun, Jason Chew, Yuen Tsui Shih, Elaine Koh and Benjamin Chong. Once we were all gathered, we were taken to the Skytrex trail in a bus ride.

Upon arrival, we sorted out our basic necessities such as getting a locker to store our things and renting gloves for the trail. Lucky for some of us, we were provided with free gloves courtesy of Ginger’s sister-in-law, Yuen Tsui Shih. After placing the safety gear on us, we were given a detailed explanation of how to move from one point to another throughout the trail. In fact we had to pass a test trail before we could embark on the actual course itself. And the ever bold Kooi Ching was first in line from our party.

The group poses for a photo before embarking on the Skytrex trail.

And then came my turn! For someone who is afraid of heights, this was certainly no easy task for me. In fact when I signed on for Skytrex, I had no idea what it was about; I just thought it sounded like a fun thing to do and if I had known what it was about, there is a good chance that I might not have joined this fellowship! The first course required a long climb up a ladder.

Unlike Marcus and the rest of our party, I was quite terrified. As I went on with the trail, the course became harder and higher but I managed to keep myself calm and finish the trail. If I am not mistaken, it probably took forty minutes for me to finish the trail and about an hour and half for the entire party to finish it.

I believe that the entire party enjoyed themselves and I glad to say nobody chickened out. For some, this trail was not thrilling enough. I distinctly remember Marcus saying he has go to overseas to really get his thrills and Malaysia is just too boring for him. We ended the day with bak kut teh for lunch in Klang, a fantastic suggestion from Jatson Ho.

In conclusion I did enjoy myself and probably, if given the opportunity, would repeat the whole Skytrex experience again. I suggest that everybody attempt it at least once and may I add one last point : as long as you remain calm and follow instructions, it is as safe as anything can possibly be."

Acknowledgements : This trip was made possible by the joint efforts of Goh Sheen Yee and Ginger Koh. Photographs have been provided courtesy of Marcus Loi.

Marcus Loi has achieved Competent Leadership (CL)!

Leading by example, Marcus Loi who is the club's current Vice-President of Education has achieved Competent Leader! Marcus joined D'Utama Toastmasters in October 2006 and has been an active member ever since. Describing himself as someone who strives to inject life and energy into every Toastmasters meeting, his next objective is to go for Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB)!

Competent Leader (CL) award is given to those who have completed all 10 projects in the Competent Leadership manual. Individuals who have achieved this award will now have the letters CL stated after their names.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Youth Leadership Programme 18-19 December 2009 - A Brilliant Success!

The Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) is a Toastmasters programme designed to instill communication and leadership amongst the youth. Usually held at least once a year, D’Utama Toastmasters Club recently conducted their YLP on 18 & 19 December 2009. Garnering full participation from youths, the programme was officially a resounding success!

Steven Lai was the Chief Coordinator for the YLP and he writes:

Steven is seen here speaking to the participants during the YLP

“The YLP had been possible because of the contributions from a lot of amazing toastmasters. It was great teamwork. Personally I have learned a lot from this programme – not only in terms of organizing the YLP but from everyone as we worked together. I never realized that I could manage 16 young energetic and boisterous adults for 2 straight days! But I am pleased with the results. All the toastmasters who participated in the YLP have in one way or another made a positive impact on those young people.”

Nancy Liew was one of the facilitators and mentors for the YLP. She reports the following:

Nancy is seen here delivering the segment on Impromptu Speaking.

“Chief Coordinator Steven Lai had led the entire programme from start to end. He patiently and tirelessly built the youngsters' confidence in public speaking throughout the 2 days. Steven definitely inspired their desire to learn and helped them to overcome stage-fright and perform to the best of their ability.

It would not have been a perfect ending without the mentors, especially those who had taken up the roles of mentor for the very 1st time. During evaluations, Sheen Yee was very confident in her evaluation without resorting to notes, not for one mentee but two! Jatson Ho was very bubbly in his feedback to his mentees, and enjoyed speaking his mind. Wen Lee displayed extraordinary courage in her smooth evaluations. Levin had a lot of eye contact with the audience and projected great sincerity in his delivery. Sze Ling's words were expressive and almost flawless, carrying the listeners from start to end without any hiccups. Mei Lee was very calm in her analytical report, she spoke very clearly and never let her concentration falter. Ian, never tiring of carrying dual roles of speaker and photographer for many Toastmaster's events was honest and forthright in his feedback. Marcus kept it short and simple, and left the audience with a practical and effective message for improvements. Ginger was at her natural speaking best, displaying great ease with her speech delivery. And lastly Hafidz – himself a YLP participant 2 years ago who waited until he turned 18 and immediately joined D’Utama Toastmasters club once he was eligible – was simply amazing!

Other facilitators and seasoned speakers such as Poh Lin, Johnson Yike, Gan Teong Hock, Calvin Lim, Marcus Loi, and Lee Wei Seong are my idols. I have so much more to learn from them in Toastmasters.

I’ve just realised that it is exactly 5 years to the date since I took part in the YLP as a facilitator/mentor on 18 & 19 December 2004 which was organized by Lee Wei Seong then, at the same place. What a great anniversary to celebrate. But most importantly, it signifies one thing; learning never ends at any point in time, but is a continuous process. Progress and improvement takes place as long as we never stop learning.”

Having been a participant on the YLP organized by D’Utama Toastmasters Club 2 years ago, this time round Hafidz found himself in the role of a mentor. This is what he has to say about the whole experience :

Hafidz is seen here delivering his evaluation of his mentee during the YLP on 18 December 2009.

 “I find that being a participant and a mentor are 2 different things. Being a mentor gave me a chance to have a different view of the YLP programme; how it is set up and organized. It was like killing 2 birds with 1 stone; I get to be a mentor and learn and revise what I’ve learnt before. I also get to learn how to be a leader which is a good training ground. this being my 1st time as a mentor in any type of programme or seminar, I learnt not to underestimate people. Other than that, I also learnt the PIE method of evaluation! Last time they taught me the Sandwich method. Now it’s PIE and the XXX method of listening! I get the feeling that Toastmaster love food so much so that they apply food in methods of learning and teaching! Ha ha! Anyway, I’ve learn a lot from this programme. If there is another YLP, I would definitely like to be a mentor again.”

To view photos during the programme provided courtesy of Ian Cheong, please click here 

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