Thursday, April 29, 2010

Speakers Night 29 April 2010

Tonight is the night! With the theme : Continue The Journey, we are all set to go!

TME: G.Sivalingam

ASA 1: Christine Chee
ASA 2: Joanne Tan
Language Evaluator : Jonathan Moh
General Evaluator: Eugene Ng
Time Keeper: Yap Bell Xun
Ah Counter : Kristine How

The Speaker - Evaluator:
1) Christine Chee – George Tan
2) Ruth Ting – Chan Chee Yong
3) Hoo Sze Ling – Jack Leong
4) Joanne Tham - Tan Kooi Ching
5) Chai Wen Lee – Gan Teong Hock
6) Steven Lai - Jessy Chahal
7) Calvin Lim – Lee Soo Ling

  See you there!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Regular Meeting on 15 April 2010

Regular Meeting on 15 April 2010.

TME (Toastmaster of the Evening): Yap Chean Sheong

Theme: Being On Time

Let us share with you the photos taken by Ian Cheong during 15 April Regular Meeting

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Published by VPPR 2009/2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Regular Meeting on 15 April 2010

Message from Vice President Education

Dear fellow toastmasters,

We are going to have a must-attend regular meeting on this coming Thursday (15th April 2010).

We are having the toastmaster-of-the-evening all the way from Norway. Toastmaster Yap Chean Sheong has been the club former VPPR prior to his overseas assignment in Norway and we are proud to have him again on this Thursday to host the meeting.

If you miss him delivering his speech on April's Fool meeting, come to meet him this Thursday to see what he is going to share with us.

Meeting Theme: Being on time

TME: Yap Chean Sheong, CC CL
ASA 1: vacant
ASA 2: Marcus Loi, CC CL
Teh Tarik for the Soul: Ooi Li Ann
Table Topic Master: Yap Bell Xun
Table Topic Evaluator: Lee Wei Seong, ACG CL
Humor Master: Jonathan Moh
General Evaluator: Soh Fong Wai, DTM
Language Evaluator: Hoo Sze Ling
Ah Counter: Richard Chia, CTM CL
Time Keeper: Nancy Liew, ACS AL

Assignment speaker (Project) : Evaluator
1) Nicolas Yip (CC#1) : Chai Wen Lee
2) Kristine How (CC#1) : Tan Kooi Ching, CC
3) Steven Lai (CC#9) : Gan Teong Hock, ACS CL
4) Quah Mei Lee (AC#2) : G. Siva, DTM

Hope to see you all Thursday 15th April 2010 at Room 1.08, KDU College!


Marcus Loi
Vice President of Education 2009/2010
D'Utama Toastmasters Club
"No Road is Too Long"

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Speechcraft Program 2010-The Art of Making Sense of Public Speaking, by Jonathan Moh

Speechcraft participants pose with Chief Coordinator, Calvin Lim
and his team of facilitators and mentors

D’Utama Toastmasters Club held its highly acclaimed Speechcraft programme on 27 & 28 March 2010 at Crystal Crown Hotel, Petaling Jaya. With the deft organizing and delegation skills of Chief Coordinator, Calvin Lim, places on this programme was sold out long before the date the Speechcraft was due to be held. Jonathan Moh was one of the Speechcraft facilitators and he has this to say :

The atmosphere underwent a significant change within those 2 days. When we first started the programme, there was an air of uncertainty within some of the members as it was the first time for them to speak in front of a crowd of people. However, as they found the courage within themselves to speak up, the atmosphere changed from one of uncertainty and tension to one of confidence and firm determination. With the guidance of the mentors and the presenters, they learnt to focus and organize their points. They also learnt how to carry themselves in front of a crowd of people and feedback was given to refine their presentations. When the programme reached its end, they believed it was a great learning experience for them.

All 16 participants said they would recommend this programme to their friends. They had enjoyed listening to all of the speakers particularly Siva, Johnson and Sze Ling. Furthermore, all of them were satisfied with the evaluators as they encouraged them and gave them specific points of improvement for their speeches. To top it off, they too were impressed that some of the mentors like Wei Seong made themselves available during the break time to provide more advice on public speaking. All in all, it was a great effort for all parties as they gained something valuable to take home.

The Speechcraft Programme was a success and the club members were satisfied that they helped 16 individuals to improve their communicative skills. I believe when we build someone up, we build ourselves up in return. Therefore, I am thankful for this opportunity to help make this programme a success.

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Q : What is Speechcraft?
A : Speechcraft is a programme designed by Toastmasters International to enable people to learn the fundamentals of public speaking within a fun and friendly environment to overcome fears associated with public speaking. D’Utama Toastmasters Club organizes Speechcraft programmes on a yearly basis and the next one will be held in 2011. Please drop us a mail at if you are interested in joining the next Speechcraft programme.

Joint Meeting between D'Utama Toastmasters Club and Oracle Toastmasters Club

Marcus Loi reports on the first-time ever meeting between D'Utama and Oracle Advanced Toastmasters Club which took place at the Penang Sports Club!

All photographs have been provided courtesy of Marcus Loi and Nancy Liew

When we first stepped into the Penang Sport Club, we received a very warm welcome from the host, Oracle Advanced Toastmasters. We were give an introduction to the Penang Sports Club and its facilities by Toastmaster Ricky Ch’ng, ACS, CL. The tour around the prestigious club was one of the highlights as non-members are usually not allowed to enter the club.

Another highlight during the meeting was the way the Penang toastmasters conducted their meeting. It was an eye opener for both clubs as we carry out the meeting in different ways. For example, the time keeper, language evaluator and Ah counter will deliver their reports at the end of each session and not the end of the meeting, which is how is usually done at D’Utama. This has the advantage of ensuring that the speaking experience is still fresh in the speaker’s mind, and he/she will be able to look into the areas identified for improvement.

The “teh tarik” session was definitely not to be missed. We enjoyed drinks at the bar of the Penang Sports Club while waiting for dinner time where we indulged ourselves at one of the food courts in Pulau Tikus.

D'Utama and Oracle Advanced Toastmasters pose for a group photo and took the opportunity to celebrate Rosalind Chan's birthday.

D'Utama Toastmasters heads off to Penang! by G. Levin

G. Levin reports on the fellowship trip to Penang:

On 26 February 2010, a bunch of us here from D’ Utama went for a trip to Penang for a Joint Meeting with Oracle Advance Toastmaster club and the opportunity to sample some of the best Malaysian cuisine! Those of us who went for the trip included myself, our President Teoh Chun Ming, Nancy Liew, Calvin Lim, Joanna Tong, Soh Fong Wai, Tan Kooi Ching, G.Sivalingam, G.Jayam and last but not least Jonathan Moh.

Meeting outside KDU before departing for Penang

We started the Friday morning packing our baggage into the two cars of our driver President Chun Ming and Fong Wai, most of us went together to be joined later by Marcus who was already in Penang for work. The car ride was relatively smooth and fast throughout the entire journey. At about 12.30 pm, we arrived at our first planned stop, Taiping which also happened to be the hometown of Nancy, where we were joined by Marcus.

We had lunch in one the local hawker centres where all of us enjoyed a bowl of ice kacang each. After lunch we visited some of Taiping’s local attractions such as the Perak State Museum. Much to my surprise, this museum is the first and oldest museum in Malaysia. The ground floor of the museum was dedicated to an exhibition of the many species of animals in the Perak State. The top floor was home to an exhibition of the early tribes of people of Peninsular Malaysia. I had not thought that the museum would be interesting due its relatively modest appearance from the outside. However, as the saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”.

Posing outside and inside the Taiping Museum

Our next attraction in Taiping was the luscious Taiping Lake Gardens which is the first public garden established during the British colonial rule of Malaysia. Most of us took the time to enjoy the simple yet magnificent view of the Lake Gardens, evident from our extensive photo-taking with large trees and the huge lake. And with that, our short stint in Taiping came to an end. We were soon back on the road to Penang Island.

Posing for one last shot at the Taiping Lake Gardens before continuing on the way to Penang

We arrived at Penang just about after 4.30 pm, where we proceeded to check into Sri Sayang Resort Service Apartments located at Batu Ferringhi. After we settled in to our apartments, we proceeded to the beach where some of us took to banana boat riding and parasailing while the rest enjoyed the scenery and took more photos. Dinner was had in a hawker centre by the roadside, not too far from our apartment. After dinner we took the rest of night to do shopping along the roadside stalls.

Outside the Sri Sayang apartments in Batu Ferringhi
Day two started out watching cartoons like a regular kid on a Saturday morning. Calvin, Jonathan and I discussed the difference between the cartoons of our generation and the current one, real heavy conversation. The morning was largely leisurely, with some of us went to have a dip in the pool whilst Marcus, Siva and I went into town to have breakfast which was a variety of dim sum offerings. Later Siva wanted to some shopping particularly at this shop called Zurina. The drive behind this shop is famous for selling premium brands clothing at substantially lowered prices. All of us regrouped together for lunch at a Taiwanese restaurant before proceeding to the Penang Sports Club for the Joint Meeting with Oracle Advanced Toastmasters Club!

The meeting finished at about 6.00 p.m. and we treated ourselves to drinks at the club, drinsk of a non-alcoholic in nature. Then we went for dinner at Pulau Tikus; D’Utama, Oracle Advanced, and other Penang Toastmasters who had all participated in the meeting. The main highlight of the night came when we visited Penang’s famous Kek Lok Si temple. The temple was especially crowded that night because all the lights of the temple were fully lit, in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations. The latest addition to this temple that had just been completed revently was a pavilion which housed an mammoth statue of Kuan Yin. We endured the crowds and a long wait to gain a view of the Kuan Yin statue, which was spectacular beyond description. After our temple visit, some of us retired for the night while others enjoyed themselves playing fire crackers on Gurney Drive.

Inside the famous Kok Lok Si Temple

Playing fireworks along Gurney Drive

 Sunday came, marking the end to a long fun-filled weekend. Sunday morning activities were confined to a trip out for breakfast. And after lunch followed by some last minute shopping we all made our way back home from what was a fantastic trip to the island that had rightly earned its former nickname as the Pearl of the Orient.

Note : All photographs have been provided courtesy of Nancy Liew

The "Winning Speech Contests" Workshop - A Real Winner

Jonathan Moh writes on the workshop and the potluck dinner that followed :

(Workshop + Potluck + Meeting = Perfection)

D’Utama Toastmasters’ Club held its regular meeting on the 25th of February 2010 in Damansara Utama College. However, this meeting was spiced up with a few additions in conjunction with the Chinese New Year Celebration and the upcoming International Speech and Table Topic Competition.

The organizing team decided that a workshop was needed to help the members prepare for the tournament and DTM Siva agreed to conduct this workshop for the members. Furthermore, we had a potluck dinner during this meeting where the members contributed different types of food for this occasion.

Joanna Tong was the Toastmaster of the Evening (TME)

The one leading the charge was none other than one of our upcoming members Joanna Tong. She came up with the theme of the meeting “Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.” It was aptly named as the members were ready take the opportunity to “dance” during the upcoming competition for victory and glory. Public Speaking is like dancing as both require rhythm and finesse to bring the message to the audience effectively.

Siva is seen here conducting the workshop

The main focus of that night’s meeting was the workshop given by Siva. Siva stated that the main goal of the speech is to convince your audience, i.e. the judges and the people listening to you. Therefore, a winning speech must contain 3 main characteristics: it must be personal, emotional and entertaining. He stresses that the speech must be in sync with the values of the audience to touch them on a personal level. One of the ways we can do this is to share our personal experiences with the audience. According to him, we can touch both their hearts and minds and one of the best ways is through humor. We entertain the audience but at the same time we give them something to think about and to take back home. Finally, he also reminded us that anything can happen so we are to go up there and do our best and have fun while doing it. It was done in 25 minutes but the message rang through and through to the audience.

Everybody gets ready to loh ...
 Any Malaysian gathering cannot be complete without food. We organized a potluck dinner where every member brought a dish to share with the club so we had dishes ranging from noodles to jelly. To ensure that we have good luck for the coming, one of the members brought a Chinese New Year’s dish known as yee sang and the members had a good time tossing it. It was a good time as we got to know one another better as friends and fellow pilgrims on the same journey where no road is too long.

25th February was a meaningful night for of us who attended as it as everybody took something meaningful home that night, be it knowledge or the strengthening of a friendship. It is my hope that this night will be a precedent for more meaningful ones like that where we connect with each other and be edified through the speeches and example of our fellow Toastmasters.

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