Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What Happened on Speaker's Nite - By Hoo Sze Ling, CC

Being a Toastmaster of the Evening (TME) is indeed a humbling experience. It was my second time as TME for D’Utama Toastmasters Club and it never fails to remind me just how conducting a meeting really requires teamwork! As a TME, you really are counting on many people to help set the meeting room and playing their assigned roles to the best of their abilities. For this, I am vastly grateful

With the theme “Malaysia Medley”, our Speakers’ Nite on 30 September 2010 saw members coming in their best traditional costume! September was a month where we saw the celebration of Hari Raya, Malaysia Day and the mid-autumn festival so I thought it fitting that we recognized all the celebrations and holidays that take place in Malaysia! Some came donning the traditional Chinese costume, baju Melayu and even the kurta! What a sight to behold!

Bing Yee, ATMB kick started the meeting by calling it to order. Then President Marcus Loi, CC. CL delivered his Presidential Address. Late he was late for the meeting, causing us to start the meeting 5 minutes behind time. Nevertheless, better late than never!!!

We had an amazing line-up of speakers for that night. We had Ernesto Garcia attempting his Icebreaker Speech entitled “Work With Passion and Love Your Family” who recounts how he left his native country of Mexico and finding his way to Malaysia, Christine Chee with “How Are You Selling Yourself?” for project #2 : Organize Your Speech (a truly wonderful speech which also saved me the trouble of reiterating the humble story of how Toastmasters came about!) and Jamie Phuah also attempting her project #2 with “Paint – The Wall Cosmetic”, likening painting walls with a woman putting on make-up. What an analogy!

Both Joanna Tong and Ruth Ting delivered speeches for project #7 : Research Your Topic. Joanna Tong with a qualification in finance and banking shared how we can squeeze more money out of the banks with “Show Me The Money!” and Ruth lectured us on “How To Write a Winning Resume”. This was one meeting where electronics are not always infallible when her laptop battery died out. However far-thinking Ruth had come prepared with notes she could use in place of the Powerpoint presentation she could no longer rely on. Well done, Ruth!

George Tan delivered speech #9 : Persuade Your Audience with “Our Green Planet”. So inspiring was his speech that it prompted Bing Yee to rally all members to bring their own cup for drinking in future to avoid the great amount of waste generated from using Styrofoam cups. Even President Marcus Loi declared that he will bring his cup to the next meeting!

Our seventh and final speaker was Laychi Low, ACS who delivered project #4 : Interpretive Reading from the Specialty Speeches manual. Speaking with distinct clarity, she exuded confidence and speaking charisma on stage. Her voice was magnetic and powerful, all at the same time. It is no wonder that since joining Toastmasters, Laychi Low has garnered several trophies from winning several contests at club and area-level.

Our panel of evaluators for the night was a certainly a distinguished panel of evaluators. Each and every one of our evaluators have attained at least Competent Communicator (CC) and above! We had, in order of speaking, Henry Fu, ACB; Gan Teong Hock, ACS, CL; Chai Wen Lee, CC; Nancy Liew, ACS, ALB; Calvin Lim, ACS; Jack Leong, CTM, CL and G. Jayam, DTM.

Distinguished Toastmaster Johnson Yike was our General Evaluator did point out what went well in the meeting and offered constructive points for improvement. One thing I will definitely take home is to RELAX while playing the role of a TME! Jonathan Moh played his role of Language Evaluator to perfection and his evaluations are always akin to free lessons on English grammar! Teoh Chun Ming, CC was the Timekeeper and there was no doubt he has been timing everyone who had been speaking in the meeting … in fact, many of our speakers went overtime! Perhaps it was because the last meeting that had taken place was 4 weeks ago and everyone relished their speaking slot very much! Ever the multi-tasker, Steven Lai, CC was simultaneously the Ah Counter and photographer for the evening!

Best Speaker awards for the night went to Jamie Phuah and Laychi Low, ACS!

Best Evaluator awards went to Gan Teong Hock, ACS, CL and G. Jayam, DTM!

Congratulations to the winners!

Thanks to our secret judge, the Best-Dressed Male and Female awards that night went to Datu Nik and Laychi Low, ACS!!

I am indebted to all our awesome role players who helped me carry the meeting through!!

Our next meeting is on 7 October 2010, headed by Chai Wen Lee, CC.