Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Video: D'Utama TMC Regular Meeting - 15 December 2011

Special Item: One King

President's and TME's Opening Address

Speech Title: Happy Birthday
Advanced Communicator, The Entertaining Speaker #4: Dramatic Speech
Speech Objectives: refer here
Speech Evaluation:

Speech Title: Positivity
Competent Communicator #10: Inspire Your Audience
Speech Objectives: refer here
Speech Evaluation:

President's and TME's Closing Address

Monday, November 28, 2011

17th November 2011: It Was A Night!

“It was a night. Oo-oo what a night it really was; such a night!” and so goes the lyrics of an oldie by the late King of Rock-n-Roll, Elvis “the Pelvis” Presley. A song that is probably familiar with Toastmasters from the Baby Boomers generation!

The lyrics aptly describe the electrifying ambience of our Club’s regular meeting on Thursday night of 17th November 2011.

When I arrived at KDU in pretty good time well before 19:30 hours, the first question I was asked by the VPE was “Did you bring the program for the meeting tonight?”

“Huh?” The other Toastmasters Club (MBTC) where I hail from, the member who sources for the role players (invariably that person is the VPE - 95% of the time!) is also responsible for preparing and printing out the meeting program.

So, my spontaneous reply was “There’s no printout program!” Blame it on the Murphy’s Law (Oops, nearly mixed up with the title of another oldie). Even though at every Club meeting, as far as I know, there is that ubiquitous paper program, this time there was none i.e. zilch!

“Damage control” was triggered and instantaneous recovery procedures were set into motion. Johnson Yike promptly wrote the short version of the meeting program on the whiteboard so that everyone could stay on track on what was and would be happening. Thanks Johnson!

The meeting got off on the dot at 7.30 p.m. with ASA 2, Andrew Chieng, leading the singing of the “Negara Ku “ and then welcoming everybody especially the guests. President Steven Lai took over control and addressed the audience with his opening speech and soon after invited dear me – the one who blundered earlier! – to emcee the meeting as the TME.

President and TME Opening Address

What followed then on was on auto-pilot – every role player knew his/her routine, when to step forward to the stage and when to exit with the TME and subsequently the GE orchestrating the various acts like clockwork!

It was awesome even though without the paper program to guide us religiously, the hand-written short version displayed on the whiteboard was good enough. Kudos to every role player and speaker for knowing your cue exceptionally well!

There were temporary moments of derailment by the TME and the GE when the usual routines went slightly awry and not adhered to stringently. “Getting a bit rusty” quipped the GE and so was the TME.

Highlights of the meeting were as follows :-
  1. A couple of table topics given by TTM, Stephanie Look, were very challenging and wracked the brains of a number of speakers. One of them was stumped and dumbfounded but eventually managed to say something sensible. Hi Stephanie, be a bit more kind the next time. We do not have yet Toastmasters or guests the likes of Socrates, Confucius or Einstein in our midst!

    Table Topics Session

  2. Invocation Master, Nick Tozer, shared with us management and inspiring tips extracted from the classic book "Who Moved My Cheese?" It was appreciated by all. Fair dinkum, mate and thanks a lot!

    Teh Tark for the Soul

  3. Humour Master, the ornithologist extraordinaire, Bing, rattled off her entertaining anecdote about her recent vacation to the exotic island of Seychelles, a former French colony off the coast of Tanzania/Kenya – one of the favourite haunts of the rich and famous and Hollywood celebrities.
    “Bonjour Mademoiselle! Bonjour Monsieur!” and with that welcome greeting, she was showered with copious pecks on her cheeks and smooches. There were giggles and subdued laughter in response to the humorous incident as told by the ever ebullient and scintillating Bing. Well-Done!

    Humor Session

  4. All the prepared speech speakers, Jack, Nicolas, Nancy and Teoh delivered their assignments with gusto and sincerity. They were promptly evaluated by their respective evaluators i.e. Johnson, Jonathan, Calvin and Gan objectively.

    Take Charge By Saving
    Competent Communicator #9: Persuade Your Audience
    Speech Objective: refer here
    Evaluation Session: view here

  5. Jack, a first-timer delivered his maiden speech. From revealing to us a brief insight into his life-history and achievements to-date, we gathered that he is imbued with wanderlust and is another globetrotter like Bing. Thanks for the tip on which island in the Hawaiian archipelago to go to for one’s honeymoon or anniversary celebration!

    The Story Of Me
    Competent Communicator #1: Ice Breaker
    Speech Objective: refer here
    Evaluation Session: view here

  6. While delivering her speech from Project #3 in "The Entertaining Speaker Manual", Nancy had an unexpected bout of amnesia. She grimaced while attempting very hard to recollect that forgotten but apparently essential point in her text. She nearly threw her tantrums, was visibly upset and about to utter one of the expletives! However, her sense of propriety and decorum prevailed. She regained her composure after peeking into her written notes.
    Nancy – keep and stay cool always, yeah. It’s not a matter of life or death nor is it worth the ulcer to get uptight and fidgety over a relatively trivial matter!

    As The Night Begins
    Advanced Communicator, The Entertaining Speaker #3: Make Them Laugh
    Speech Objective: refer here
    Evaluation Session: view here

  7. The charismatic and charming, Jessy Chahal, executed the role of GE like a duck to water except for a minor slip-up. Who would have forgotten when she sounded “cheang, cheang, cheang” akin to sounds created when one strikes the Chinese gongs, during her evaluation. It was an allusion and a subtle reminder to the TME that next time please, please make sure that the meeting program is printed out and distributed to everybody attending the meeting. I hear you Jessy – loud and clear!

    General Evaluation

  8. Jessy’s team players executed their roles punctiliously without a hitch – speech evaluators, Ah-Counter (Joseph Tham) and Time-Keeper (Levin). Regarding the language evaluation, one of the words that were wrongly used was “beautifulness”. Ahem! The correct word should be “beauty!” as pointed out by Jessy.

  9. Oops, I almost forgot to mention the theme chosen by me for the meeting that night – “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” words borrowed from the back cover of the last issue of the “Whole Earth Catalog” published in 1974 and immortalized by the King of Tech aka (the late) Steve Jobs in his Commencement Speech delivered at Stanford University, Calif., USA in June 2005.

  10. Do you all realized that both Steve Jobs and the late Ralph C. Smedley started their business/organization from very humble and obscure beginnings? One was in his father’s garage in Cupertino, Calif. and the other in the basement of YMCA in Santa Ana, also in Calif. These two exemplary and admirable icons were the shakers and movers in their respective fields and areas of specialization. I have immense respect for them for they have transformed the lives and lifestyles of many people in the world today through their vision, creativity and imagination!
Overall, I enjoyed playing the role of TME that night. It refreshed my learning curve and skills as an emcee which have slackened somewhat. There is always room for improvement!

And to all the role players, thank you for carrying out your roles so gallantly and responsibly despite the “cheang, cheang, cheang” from the GE. With or without the printed meeting program, as far as our Club is concerned, the show must go on!

Last but not the least, heaps of thanks also go to the audience – toastmasters and guests especially to Ivy Fung, DPRO District 87 who has recently relocated to KL from Sabah - for being supportive, encouraging and lending your ears!

Guests' Feedback

Written By
Henry Fu
21st Nov 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The morning walk at Bukit Kiara Park

This morning, a whole FOUR of us from D’Utama Toastmasters Club went for a refreshing morning walk at Bukit Kiara Park! That’s Jonathan Moh, Lim Bing Yee, Shi Wei and myself. This morning walk had started a little while ago and for the most part, takes place almost every week.

It does involve getting up rather early (maybe too early for some!) on a Saturday morning to be at the park by 7.30 am. However the effort is all worth it!

You are greeted by fresh morning air and nature’s green, and this never ceases throughout the walk! It rained lightly at some intervals but that didn’t dampen our spirits. The tarred pathways really make for an enjoyable walk.

Though it was only the four of us, it provided us with the opportunity to catch up with each other on what’s been happening in our lives lately. Which is something we don’t really have time for during our regular club meetings.

After the walk, we had breakfast at one of the coffeshops in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. And guess what? Area B5 Governor, Nancy Liew also joined us! We started discussing plans to organize even more fellowship activities so members of D’Utama Toastmasters Club, you can be assured of fun and exciting stuff to get involved in!

Want to join us for the next morning walk? Keep a lookout in your mailbox for details!

From Your Vice-President Membership 2011/2012,
Hoo Sze Ling, ACB

Friday, November 4, 2011

Regular Meeting on the 3rd November 2011

Extracted from an email

Dear Jamie and All,

Having been 'away' for a few Club meetings it was great to get back into the swing of things last night, with a super session run by our fellow member Jamie Phuah(first-time TME). Well done young lady.

TME's Introduction

Initially before the meeting started I thought "Where are the people/members?" because it was pretty spartan to begin with. Thank goodness more members/guests trickled in by 8pm to bring more warmth into the room, that was kindly set up by Patrick Ho, initally.

I always have a lot of fun at meetings, whether greeting new guests,volunteering for table topics, impromptly playing roles if asked, mingling at break and chatting during our' Supper Club' afterwards. It was great to see other members doing the same too, like Nick T hanging outside as ASA 1 for a longer time than expected to make sure guests were welcomed, signed in and directed through the doors of Room 1.08. Our ASA 2 Jack played his first role without a hitch too , later to be accepted as a new member of the Club. Welcome aboard Jack along with our new members VK and the other two lovely ladies to D'Utama.

Birthday Celebration for Sept & Oct

New Members' Acceptance

Although we were 'missing' our President, VPE and VPM  at the start of the meeting I must say kudos to Joseph, our VPPR, for bravely taking on the role of Acting President. You held yourself well and proved to be a good role-model for our guests to observe. Your speech #7 on the 'Family Virus' was apt! Hope our club doesn't go that way with too many absentees due to???? ...a' virus.' Keeping the Club healthy is important.

Family Virus
Competent Communicator #7: Research Your Topic
Speech Objective: refer here
Evaluation Session: view here

Listening to the wonderful speeches by Shi Wei on Mental health was educational along with the Kooi Ching or was that 'Kuching' give her take on how to run a meeting for her CL was refreshing. Good work Kooi Ching and congratulations to you on achieving your CL title.

Mental Health
Competent Communicator #7: Research Your Topic
Speech Objective: refer here
Evaluation Session: view here

Meeting Roles & Responsibilities (A Successful Club series presentation)

It was also great to see Andrew Chien take on the role of Language Evaluator for the first time and deliver it in a clear and concise manner.

I think everyone who carried out a role last night did a wonderful job. Always adding hearty flavour to the night were our 'mature' members DTM Siva, DTM Johnson and DTM G,Jayam and of course not excluding our ex-Past Presidents ACS Nancy, ACS Gan T.H, ACB Teoh C.M and ACS Calvin Lim. What I think that makes our Club tick is the combination of the 'young' and 'mature' members making things happen. Also having a chuckle and fantastic belly-laugh sends off a 'feel-good' feeling after a hard day at work. Don't you agree?

Teh Tark for the Soul (Invocation Session)

Humour Session

Keep doing what you do best everyone for D'U.
Do have a happy weekend.

Yours in Toastmasters.
Lim Bing Yee, ATM-B

Claudine Lee receives her Member Kit from VPE, Jonathan Moh, CC

Diana Khoo receives her Member Kit from VPE, Jonathan Moh, CC

Choong Voon Kwong receives his Member Kit from VPE, Jonathan Moh, CC

Jack Ng receives his Member Kit from VPE, Jonathan Moh, CC

Tan Kooi Ching receives her Competent Leader ribbon from VPE, Jonathan Moh, CC

Lim Bing Yee, ATMB receives her ribbon for Best Table Topic Speaker from VPE, Jonathan Moh, CC

Update: Videos included on 15 November 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Video: D'Utama TMC Regular Meeting - 20 October 2011

20111020 D'Utama Toastmasters: Humour Session

20111020 D'Utama Toastmasters: Positivity

Competent Communicator #9: Persuade With Power
Speech Objectives: refer here

20111020 D'Utama Toastmasters: Bonus Humour Session

20111020 D'Utama Toastmasters: A Cost Effective Renovation

Advanced Communicator Speeches By Management #1: The Briefing
Speech Objectives: refer here

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Video: D'Utama TMC Regular Meeting - 6 October 2011

20111006 D'Utama Toastmasters: The Buddist Dinning Etiquette

Competent Communicator #5: Your Body Speaks
Speech Objective & Notes to Evaluator: refer here

20111006 D'Utama Toastmasters: Love Letters

Advanced Communicator, Interpretive Reading #1: Read A Story
Speech Objective & Notes to Evaluator: refer here

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Toastmaster of The Year (TOY) Award

Dear members,
Will YOU be the next Toastmaster of the Year?

Every year the club has a “Toastmaster of the Year” score tabulation to find the best all rounder member.

The Rules of the Award (taken from new member acceptance manual)

1)      All members are automatic contenders. However the president shall abstain from standing for the TOY contest.
2)      The contest starts on 1 July 2011 and ends on 30 June of 2012
3)      Points will be given based on the Award Scoring System.
4)      The panel of judges shall comprise the President, the Vice-President Education, and the Vice-President Membership. The decision of the judges shall be final.
5)      The results will be announced and the award presented during the Club Installation Dinner in 2012.
6)      The results of the contest will also be published in the club’s bulletin and website.

In order to become a contender for the TOY award, please download the file attached in your email and keep an up to date record of role plays you have undertaken during all Toastmasters meetings taking place between 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2012.

In addition to our home club role plays during club meetings and club contests, any role plays undertaken in other clubs are also taken into account in the scoring system. It is really up to YOU to record the dates and role plays attempted correctly. This is also to encourage members to be proactive and keep track of their own learning as they improve and progress gradually through regular practice and participation in the club meetings and contests.

At the end of the term, please send the file with the tabulated scores back to the ME, Vice-President Membership for verification. Upon and compilation of all members scores, the winner will be announced during the Installation Night held in next year.

Hoo Sze Ling
Vice-President Membership 2011/2012

D'Utama TMC Speakers' Night on the 29th September

A collection of my thoughts over the meeting on the 29th of September 2011. *takes a deep breath*

Once every 3 months, 6 speakers, 6 evaluators and one team with one goal come together to the D’Utama Toastmasters’ Club Speakers’ Night and the 29thof September was one such night. In the pursuit of better public speaking and leadership skills, 22 dedicated individuals came together to make this meeting a success.

The theme of the meeting was The Melting Pot Called Malaysia in remembrance with Malaysia Day which was held earlier on the 16th of September. We started with the usual singing of the Negaraku before we moved on to the Presidential Speech by our Acting President who is none other than our VPM Hoo Sze Ling. Despite her repeated denials that she was nervous, she pulled off the speech wowing the audience and reminding that we should be thankful for all of the public holidays we have in Malaysia. She then passed the time to me for my opening speech as the TME. Butterflies were still floating in my stomach despite all of my preparations but nonetheless, I refuse to let fear compromise who I am and I delivered my speech with passion and fire.

The meeting continued with the energy level raised a notch when our Teh Tarik for the Soul speaker Lee Wei Seong took the stage. He reminded us of the importance of loving ourselves and encouraged us to hold fast in our Toastmasters journey. The meeting then continued with the prepared speech session where the audience was entertained by 6 speakers in different stages of their Toastmasters journey. Their evaluators then proceeded to point various areas which they need to improve. This meeting was different from our regular meetings because we had an open evaluation session members of the floor could give their evaluation to each speaker.

One thing which we are constantly reminded of in our Toastmasters journey is that we are always learning no matter how good we perceive ourselves to be. Through this meeting I learnt how to deal with setbacks during the meeting and to remain cool under fire. I am thankful to my mentor for his advice and to the team that helped me to make this meeting a success, I honor you. No matter where we are, who we deal with or how hard we fall, I leave you with this phrase, Semper Fi, Always Faithful. Stand firm and stand tall.

Jonathan Moh

(videos included on 29 Oct 2011- courtesy of Johnson)

20110929 D'Utama Toastmasters: Teh Tarik for the Soul

20110929 D'Utama Toastmasters: The Sights And Smells of Malaysia
Competent Communicator #6: Vocal Variety
Speech Objective: refer here

20110929 D'Utama Toastmasters: Take Control
Competent Communicator #8: Getting Comfortable with Visual Aids
Speech Objective: refer here

20110929 D'Utama Toastmasters: The Empty City
Advanced Communicator, Story Telling #5: Bring History To Life
Speech Objective: refer here

20110929 D'Utama Toastmasters: My Three Women
Advanced Communicator, The Entertaining Speaker #5: Speaking After Dinner
Speech Objective: refer here

20110929 D'Utama Toastmasters: Our Vision, Our Success
High Performance Leadership presentation #1

Saturday, October 22, 2011

My greatest moment as a toastmaster

Just a few months ago, I had achieved what I would call my greatest moment yet in my toastmaster’s journey.
It was an unforgettable evening, for it was the first time I had won the “best speaker” award. I was happy,
overjoyed at my growth since the start of my journey, and what made it more memorable was that I won
the “best table topics speaker” award in the same night. These awards were hard to get, especially when you
are in a club with so many talented speakers! To win these awards I had to change entire perception of giving
speeches, for in the beginning my goal was to complete all the speeches as soon as possible.

That time, my motto was “give a speech as fast as possible to get your CC title as soon as possible.”

Why so? Because I thought if you rushed through the manual, you would be closer to a better public speaker.
In addition, I thought people would be impressed by it and I aimed to complete my CC manual under a year.

There was something wrong after my fifth speech. I felt no satisfaction from my speech. It was dry and I feared
that joining toastmasters was a mistake. I knew I had to change my style or else I would quit the club soon.
I started to change my approach to preparing speeches. I began by first observing other speakers in each
meeting and tried my best to learn from them to prepare my future speeches. The privilege of being in a club
such as D’Utama Toastmasters is that you have the opportunity of hearing great speeches made by the most
experienced members. We have many specialists such as Bing Yee when it comes to storytelling and Alex Tan
when it comes to motivation. And when you pay close attention to their speeches, you would pick up bits of
skills they use to make the very best of their speeches.

I also started asking people for advice on delivering speeches. I even arranged a 30 minute talk with my
mentor. Eventually, I came out with a list of guidelines from all that I have learnt.

1.) Craft your speech towards your strengths. That way I become a unique speaker as I defer myself from


2.) Be passionate about your topic. This lets me have a sense of power which I use to drag the audience

to my rhythm.

3.) Try to always share an experience about yourself. This gives me credibility, assurance and the

confidence to deliver my speech.

All my speeches then incorporated these guidelines. When I delivered my next speech I felt satisfaction, it
was incredible for I experienced my own improvements first-hand! The feeling of delivering the speech itself
was too overwhelming that I considered winning the best speaker award a bonus. The real reward was the
satisfaction of improvement of each new speech.

Now my motto is “Take your time to make the next speech the best speech you could ever give in your life”.

This motto pushes me to make each speech memorable, which I believed was the main contributing factor
when I won both awards that evening. Now, I take my time to plan and incorporate lessons that I have learnt
into preparing each speech.

Many others justify their speech rush motto by stating that they will get more speech practice by giving more
speeches. I do not see it that way. To me the the best speech practice is to volunteer for every table topic
session! That’s how I practice to make each prepared speech better than the last!

Written by,
Tan Yu Sing

Monday, October 17, 2011

D'utama Regular Meeting

Dear Fellow Toastmasters, there will be a meeting on this Thursday night. Please invite your friends to come as we are going to have a wonderful night where our TME is none other than Allen Kam. For those of you who required more information about our club where about, please give us a ring by browsing through the committee page or email me @  Cheers =)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Video: D'Utama TMC Regular Meeting - 15 September 2011

D'Utama TMC Regular Meeting - 15 September 2011

20110915 D'Utama Toastmasters: President's Opening Address

20110915 D'Utama Toastmasters: Teh Tarik for the Soul

20110915 D'Utama Toastmasters: "Why Invest in Silver or Gold"
Competent Communicator project #7: Research Your Topic
Speech Objective & Notes to Evaluator: refer here

20110915 D'Utama Toastmasters: "Lord of the Flies"
Advanced Communicator manual, Interpretive Reading project #1: Read A Story
Speech Objective & Notes to Evaluator: refer here

20110915 D'Utama Toastmasters: "Colours of the Wind"
Advanced Communicator manual, The Entertaining Speaker project #2: Resource For Entertainment
Speech Objective & Notes to Evaluator: refer here

20110915 D'Utama Toastmasters: "A Normal Day at L.E.A."
Advanced Communicator manual, The Entertaining Speaker project #4: The Dramatic Talk
Speech Objective & Notes to Evaluator: refer here

20110915 D'Utama Toastmasters: GE Report & President's Closing

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Video: Humorous Speech Contest - 18 August 2011

D'Utama Toastmasters Club conducted its term 2011/12 club-level Humorous Speech Contest on 18th August 2011. It has a fantastic turn out and participation with a total of six participants. Here are some of the videos;

20110818 D'Utama HSC: "Why We Need More Public Holidays"

20110818 D'Utama HSC: "Fabulous, Awesome, Trendy" 

20110818 D'Utama HSC: "Who Created Mathematics?" 

20110818 D'Utama HSC: "My Hump" 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Video: Evaluation Speech Contest - 18 August 2011

D'Utama Toastmasters Club conducted its term 2011/12 club-level evaluation speech contest on 18th August 2011. It has a fantastic turn out and participation with a total of ten participants.

20110818 D'Utama Evaluation Speech Contest Test Speaker: "Welcome to Bali"

20110818 D'Utama Evaluation Speech Contest: Contestant #1

20110818 D'Utama Evaluation Speech Contest: Contestant #2

20110818 D'Utama Evaluation Speech Contest: Contestant #3

20110818 D'Utama Evaluation Speech Contest: Contestant #4

20110818 D'Utama Evaluation Speech Contest: Contestant #5

20110818 D'Utama Evaluation Speech Contest: Contestant #6

20110818 D'Utama Evaluation Speech Contest: Contestant #7

20110818 D'Utama Evaluation Speech Contest: Contestant #8

20110818 D'Utama Evaluation Speech Contest: Contestant #9

20110818 D'Utama Evaluation Speech Contest: Contestant #10

Thursday, August 25, 2011

D'Utama Toastmaster Meeting

There will no meeting on September 1st as it is a public holiday. For the next meeting, it will be on September 15. To all Muslim friends out there, we would like to wish you Selamat Hari Raya Puasa. Have a safe journey back home and hope to see you in the next meeting.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Video: D'Utama TMC Regular Meeting - 4 August 2011

Greetings Fellow Toastmasters,

We had a fantastic meeting on the 4th of August 2011 where our long time member Tan Kooi Ching, CC took us through a journey of self-reflection.

(Via email)
Dear Utamarian,
Thank you so much for your support. Again, we had an awesome meeting because all of your support. I really had fun although we had role change and hip cup here and there.
Just a summary of the meeting for those who missed the meeting.
Theme: The Life is Infite
President's opening and closing speech:
Steven, CC, I like the most of your speech is you call the audience for action to move out from our comfort zone.
Invocator: Chu Shi Wei had shared with us an inspired story of people who are so generous to support the diable people in United Voice.
Table Topic Master: Levin, a very creative and challenging topic to the speakers, but our speakers did it marvelously.
Table Topic Evaluator: Henry Fu, my apologies to ask you to swap the role last minutes. You have given an encouraging and sweet comment to all the speakers.
Humor Master: Shuen, thank you for appear on time to share the story and you success to make our audience laugh.
Assignment Speakers: Thank you for your interesting story and sharing.
Evaluators: You have show us a high standard of evaluation speech. I learned a lot from you.
General Evaluator Jeffery Andersen: Thank you for sharing and your comment for our meeting.
Language Evaluator: Nancy, thank you for your details report. Good catch of grammar mistakes.
Ah Counter: Stephanie Thanks for your report I think I am the Champion of pause filler. (Why? Absent too much)
Time Keeper: Thanks Jonathan for your report. I know I need to do better on time management in the future.
ASA1: Andrew, well done for first time doing the role.
ASA2: Siva, thank you for doing dual role. You had led a meeting by extending a warm welcome to our guests.
Award: Best Table Topic Speaker: Siva, DTM, Best Assignment Speaker: Patrick Ho,
Best Evaluator: Jaya, DTM.

Kooi Ching

20110804 D'Utama Toastmasters: Teh Tarik for the Soul

20110804 D'Utama Toastmasters: Humour Session

20110804 D'Utama Toastmasters: 4 Misconceptions

Competent Communicator #5: Your Body Speaks
Speech Objective: here

20110804 D'Utama Toastmasters: The FindRecycler Website

Competent Communicator #8: Get Comfortable with Visual Aids
Speech Objective: here

20110804 D'Utama Toastmasters: General Evaluator session

Posted by: Johnson Yike

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

D'Utama Toastmasters Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest 2011/2012

It was a truly amazing & enjoyable contest with courageous contestants from D’Utama Toastmasters Club competing against each other for club level annual Humorous & Evaluation Contest for the term 2011 / 2012. The purpose of us to have this contest is to let the members to gain more experience in a contest and also to promote our club to other clubs and guests around Klang Valley. It’s a big turnout from our members & guests. This year, we have 6 in humorous speech contest and 10 in evaluation speech contest.

HUMOROUS SPEECH : (Check out the videos here)
  1. Johnson Yike
  2. Jonathan Moh
  3. Calvin Lim
  4. Henry Fu
  5. Yap Ying Shuen
  6. Hoo Sze Ling
SPEECH EVALUATION : (Check out the videos here)
  1. Johnson Yike
  2. Jonathan Moh
  3. Calvin Lim
  4. Henry Fu
  5. Patrick Ho
  6. Hoo Sze Ling
  7. Marcus Loi
  8. Alex Tan
  9. Kelly Ang
  10. Chu Shi Wei

I must said a big thank you to our organizing chair, Steven Lai for organize such a successful contest. Credit also given to all the role players and Our Chief Judge, Lim Lay Kun, ACB, ALS and her judges team who play a very important part in this contest...

Our club is very priviledged to have Robert Ram from IEM TMC as our test speaker. He is naturally humorous. I'm really amazed by the standard of evaluation from our contestant. Personally, I can't differentiate even if it is your first time to perform evaluation. Kudos !!

Humorous Speech Contest: (Check out the videos here)
1st - Johnson Yike
2nd – Jonathan Moh
3rd - Hoo Sze Ling

Speech Evaluation Contest: (Check out the videos here)
1st – Johnson Yike
2nd – Hoo Sze Ling
3rd - Jonathan Moh

Well done! Congratulations to all the winners and participants. And we hope everyone have gained valuable experience by participating and witnessing the contests.
Report hot from the oven by your Fabulous, Awesome & Trendy Humorous Contest Chair,
Ruth Ting
Committee member for the term 2011 / 2012

Thursday, August 18, 2011

D'Utama Humorous Speech & Speech Evaluation

Video: D'Utama TMC Regular Meeting - 30 June 2011

Dear Fellow Toastmasters and friends,

We are two months into the term 2011/12, however the stage was set by our current club president Steven Lai before the term started when he became the Toastmasters of the Evening (TME) on our last meeting of the term 2010/11 on 30th June 2011.

The night was a 'Speakers' Nite' and coincidentally a number of our current executive committee took up the speaking roles. Here are the videos for those who have missed the show. Enjoy !!!!

20110630 D'Utama Toastmasters: TME Opening

20110630 D'Utama Toastmasters: Who Created Maths ?

Competent Communicator project #3: Get to the Point
Speech Objective: click here

20110630 D'Utama Toastmasters: To Jump or Not To Jump

Advanced Communicator The Entertaining Speaker #3: Make Them Laugh
Speech Objective: click here

Besides delivering powerful speeches and constructive evaluations, D'Utama Toastmasters members also makes time to appreciate, cherish and honour the important moments of our members' lives, hence a BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION was held again this year!!!!

20110630 D'Utama Toastmasters: Birthday Celebration

20110630 D'Utama Toastmasters: Indoor to be Outdoor

Competent Communicator project #4: How to Say It
Speech Objective: click here

20110630 D'Utama Toastmasters: How to Manage Your Money Effectively

Competent Communicator project #4: How to Say It
Speech Objective: click here

The speech evaluations have been included in the speeches above and yours truly played the role of the General Evaluator.

20110630 D'Utama Toastmasters: General Evaluator's Report

Our immediate past president Marcus Loi delivering his final Presidential Closing for the term 2010/11. Thank you Mr. President and your executive committee for a great term !!!

20110630 D'Utama Toastmasters: President's (Term 2010/11) Closing

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Johnson Yike

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

BBQ @ Verve Suite Mon't Kiara Video

BBQ @ Verve Suite Mon't Kiara organized by Vice President Membership, CC Hoo Sze Ling, D'utama TMC. Venue provided by courtersy of Hons Treasurer, Kelly Ang. 6th Aug 2011.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Thank you Note - The VIBRANT meeting on The Next Leap!!! ~ Nothing Succeeds Like Success ~

Dearest D'Utamanian,

Yesterday's meeting was an extremely vibrant amongst the camrades!

I must PERSONALLY thank all of you who attended the meeting.

Toastmaster Nick Tozer, the very dedicated ASA1 came in coat and present himself earlier. He made sure the Registration Counter was set up before the guests arrival so that to make registration easy. Guess what, he politely asked for RM10 door fee from me DIRECTLY as I was totally forgot about it amidst my busy duty. I felt that's awesome responsibility & PROFESSIONAL, wasn't it ? Great job Nick!!!

Secondly, thank to Toastmaster G Levin! He was back since his last absence of meeting, enthusiastically took up the ASA2 role. I thought he had wonderful time inviting so many guests for self-introduction (There're 15 guests yesterday!!!) And he led the singing of national anthem, took us back the serious gesture of being RESPECT to the club & its members!!

Following the replacement role, Past President & Past Area B4 Governor Teoh Chun Ming steadily took the Time Keeper's seat, holding the ego in check at the last minute of no-show of the origin Time Keeper. Thank you the ever humble and supportive friend!

I wish to thank Toastmaster Patrick Ho's assistance for carrying the heavy pot of home-made glutinous rice I brought, as both of us arrived at KDU by 6.20pm. He was one dedicated SAA to open the club cabinet, made it so easy for me to get the necessities out to set the room up. It was also came with the help of Toastmaster Chee Fong Hoe, the Ah Counter of the day. And guess what? He was the 1st comer waiting outside the room! Truly salute your fantastic cooperation, thank you Patrick Ho & Fong Hoe!!!

There were so many other VIBRANT toastmasters that I felt grateful for:

* President Steven Lai's flipped the first page of success story with his personal experience as the opening address;

* Toastmaster Kelly Ang's gave us a cup of Teh Tarik-thought on her career reminded us the opportunity of many other successes await us to grab out there;

* Language Evaluator CC Jonathan Moh quickly grab the word of day ('Vibrant') written on the white board as he arrived on time. He inspired members & guests to used that word throughout the day and offered tips of using proper English language;

* Table Topic Master Patrick Ho did his best to relate topics with the theme of the meeting "Nothing Succeeds Like Success". The skill of relativity that counts! Great attempt Patrick!

* ATMB Lim Bing Yee, our ever-caring senior member gave her sincere and thoughtful feedback to speakers on their speaking off the cuff skill, immediately right after the Table Topic Session! So far, our club still maintain this challenging role in the origin order , instead of relocate it to Evaluation Session ! Fantastic Bing!

* The ever-enchanting and amusing Humor Master Hoo Sze Ling, exuded animated ladies most-like storyline. If you think HM role is a simple play???! Try it everyone! Sze Ling evoked laughter naturally that certainly earned our applause ! Bravo Sze Ling!

The vibrant meeting would not have vibrant without the team of evaluator on the show. Our Madam General Evaluator Ruth Ting led the team smoothly. 1st speech evaluator Toastmaster Joesph Tham bravely took up different role this round to practise his listening skill by giving his personal opinion to Assignment Speaker, Toastmaster Guruparan. Guru came back for his 2nd speech, even though nearly after a year of inactive attendance, he still enjoy his own pace of toastmaster journey. Keep it up Guru!

Thank you Toastmaster Yap Ying Shuen for sharing with us the way of making fish ball. Majority of us like it and every time I eat fish ball, I certainly remember the soup spoon! What's more? DTM Johnson's evaluation penetrated a deeper sense on the description of fish ball with his erudite sharing. I later not only see the round fish ball but more on feeling its texture & bounciness in my mouth !!!

Toastmaster Chu Shi Wei seemed like potential 'DTM' speaker (Don't Talk Much), she talked slightly overtime as she brought us back to history of life. President Steven also tempted to find out his family tree, from the level of parenthood back to the predecessor. Thank you for your sharing on this unique topic "Roots"! The amazement went on, Past President & current Area B4 Governor Gan Teong Hock, ACG came up with no notes at all on his evaluation, beside the unusual topic brought in by Shi Wei!

Last but not least, obvious improvement came to realization by the consistent speaker, Toastmaster Tan Yu Sing !!! The twist on his thought on preparing the tough when the tough gets going was wonderful. I believe the EXCO will consider to get him involve as Floor Director whenever there are club events' needs to use AV System. I am inclined to hear more on engineering related topic though. Thanks Yu Sing for the sharing! His speech evaluator Past President & Past Area Governor Calvin Lim, ACS was one of the most encouraging, faithful and committed toastmasters. He spoke from heart and often lift up the vibrancy of the ambiance on top of the specific recommendations given to Yu Sing.

Thank you ALL of you once again for continuing uphold the mission of the club!

yours sincerely,
toastmaster of the evening,
Nancy Liew

Saturday, July 23, 2011

ROOFTOP BBQ For Fellowship

D'Utama Toastmasters Club is having a Rooftop BBQ Gathering on 6 August 2011 (Saturday) at Verve Suites, Mont Kiara. For those of who doesn't know where is Verve Suites Condo, the address is as below:

Verve Suites Jalan Kiara 5, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

The price is only RM20 per person and everyone is invited! Please get your friends and family to come too. For those who are interested, kindly send an email to me

Thursday, July 14, 2011

D'Utama Toastmaster Meeting

President's Report for Meeting on July 7th

Hi all,

I had an excellent time during the last meeting. I was really excited as I was playing the role of the President of the Club for the very first time. Yes, it was the very first meeting for the new term.  As usual, the meeting started with the singing of National Anthem and ASA2, CC, CL Teoh Chun Ming, took over and got a few regular guests to introduce themselves. I was really excited when I was invited to the front to give my opening speech. I introduced the theme for the meeting which was “Believe It and Achieve It” - which I thought was very apt to kick start the new term with the theme, “The Next Leap”. During the opening speech, I took the opportunity to introduce the new Exco for the term (as below).

VPE – CC Jonathan Moh
VPM – ACB Hoo Sze Ling
VPPR – TM Joseph Tham
Secretary – TM Yap Ying Shuen
Treasurer – TM Kelly Ang
SAA – TM Patrick Ho
Committee Member – TM Ruth Ting, TM Chu Shi Wei, and TM Jamie Phuah
Immediate Past President – CC,CL Marcus Loi.

Our Immediate Past President, Marcus Loi, did a great job hosting the meeting for the night. He was very efficient and led the meeting to start and end on time which everyone appreciated. ACB, CL Henry Fu, was a delight to listen to when he share his evaluation as the Language Evaluator. He also shared with us the word of the day – “Ellicit”.
The table topic session led by CC Jonathan Moh was indeed a tough challenge to many of the volunteers. However, TM Joseph Tham, ATMB Lim Bing Yee, TM Yap Ying Shuen, TM Guru, and even a guest, Andrew, took the challenge heads on. DTM G. Sivalingam, as usual, gave a very encouraging and insightful evaluation to each table topic speakers. ATMB Lim Bing Yee who gave us a candid take on her believe in kindness took home the Best Table Topic award.

We witnessed a lot of courageous speakers during the meeting – TM Yap Ying Shuen shared an inspiring speech relating how life is like riding bicycle during the Teh Tarik for the Soul session. TM Nick Tozer shared how passionate he was with his favorite game, golf, with a speech titled, "What Are You Passionate About?". And TM Joseph Tham shared a inspiring story about a famous motivational speaker with all his limbs with his speech titled "Living a life with the right attitude". When it was time for our newly reinstated member,  CC Yap Chean Seong, to speak, he made us laughed a lot with his humorous speech on his flatulence experience titled “Wind Power”. Although all the speaker did well, the best speaker award went to Yap Chean Seong – who promised us another great speech during his next return to Malaysia.
 The evaluation session was successfully led by our very experienced member, ACG CL Lee Wei Seong. All were very attentive including the guests, whenever WeiSeong spread his words of wisdom. During the speaker evaluation, all the assigned evaluators, ACS, ALB Nancy Liew, CC Tan Kooi Ching, and DTM Soh Fong Wai, did a splendid job giving their respective speakers a worthwhile and valuable evaluation. And, the best evaluator award went to DTM Soh Fond Wai – congrats!

TM Patrick Ho and TM Marilyn Lim debut as Timekeeper and Ah-Counter respectively contributing to the success of the meeting. All in all I enjoyed the entire meeting very much as all the role players put their best foot forward and made it a success.


Steven Lai
D'Utama Toastmasters Club - President

Monday, July 11, 2011

2011/2012 Executive

Oh my goodness!!  The clock is ticking so fast and now it’s almost a new year for the D’Utama Toastmaster Club to begin their new term for 2011/2012.   As we begin the new chapter for the club, let us welcome our new 2011/2012 Exco members to the club.

President - Steven Lai
Vice President Education - Jonathan Moh
Vice President Public Relations - Joseph Tham
Vice President Membership - Ho Sze Ling
Treasurer and Past President - Kelly Ang
Secretary - Yap Ying Shuen
Sergeant at Arms - Patrick Ho


The Next Leap

Good evening, fellow Toastmasters.

I am indeed very honored and happy that you have chosen me to lead the club for next year.

Firstly, I want to thank the last year’s committee for their tremendous support ensuring me that I can indeed move from being a Vice President of Education to a President role to serve the club. On top of that, I would like to thank our President, Marcus Loi, for his trust and nominating me for the role. And, also our Immediate Past President, Teoh Chun Ming, for his constant encouragement and telling me that I can do the role. And lastly, lost importantly, I want to thank you all for your voice of confidence in me being the President for the D’Utama Club for next year.

Now, fellow toastmasters, it was almost 3 years ago when I first walked into D’Utama Toastmaster Club at KDU College. I was nervous then as I did not know what to expect, but Toastmasters like DTM G. Sivalingam, ATMB Lim Bing Yee, and DTM Johnson Yike greeted me with the warm welcome. They showed me the rope and shared me more information about Toastmasters. Immediately, with all the friendly faces, I felt at home. Like many others, I came back to D'Utama Toastmasters many times as a guest. Over this period I realized that there were so many things I could learn to become a good communicator and a good leader. Eventually, without much persuasion, I joined the club. Like many other members, I still took quite some time to go into my first ice breaking speech. I remember that night when I did my icebreaking speech well as I was so surprised that I was chosen to be the best speaker of the night. I was so excited pumped up – that I wanted to do my next 9 speeches for the next 9 meetings.
I also remember my first time joining a Toastmasters event, my first time running a Toastmaster event, the Youth Leadership Program, and my first Exco role as the secretary for the club.
All these experience has been extremely fulfilling for me. Eventually I was sold that Toastmaster – especially D’Utama Toastmaster - is where I would stay to learn, to bond, and to lead.

After almost 3 years in D’Utama, I am still learning. Every meeting which I attend, I learn something new. When Bing shared about bird watching, I learned something. When WeiSeong shared something during the Teh Tarik for the Soul, I learned something new. When Hoo SzeLing shared something funny, I learned something new. When Jonathan critiqued our command of English, I learned something new.
I always tell this to the new members – “Don’t worry about not being able to learn in D’Utama Toastmasters Club - that’s the last time you will do here.”

Anyway, it was never in my wildest dream when I first walked into D’Utama Toastmaster Club – that one day I will lead the club as President of the club.

Dear fellow Toastmasters, last year, as you have witnessed, we had a very productive and eventful year. It was filled with passion…a passion that was driven out by the president Marcus Loi and the Exco.
Now moving forward, I would like to bring the club to another level of passion - another road that is never too long.
I would like to present to you my theme for the next year…

The Next Leap!

Fellow Toastmasters, let us all take the next leap.  Let’s take the leap forward; a leap of success for the club, a leap of transformation for the D’Utama’s members, and a leap of discovery for the guests.

For the club, I will strive to enable the club not only continuing its past successes but taking the leap to go into more successes - bringing the club meetings to another level of exciting learnings, bringing the club events to another level of enjoyment and fellowship, and the club’s achievements to another level of honor.

For the membership, I will strive as the President to enable to club members to be able experience transformation in the club – moving their learnings to another level – both in public speaking and leadership; more CC achievements, more AC achievements! More leaders helping leaders!

For the guests, I will strive to transform their first experience in D’Utama Toastmaster Club into a journey of discovery; discovering that they will definitely benefit from D’Utama Toastmasters Club, discovering that our members are so willingly to help them, discovering that D’Utama is the club for them – no other club is better.

Dear Toastmasters, I know that taking the next leap for the club, for the members and for the guests, is not only very challenging but it will also be very tiring. It is a course not without barriers and obstacles.  
But, I know that I will not be doing this alone. I know that I have the support from you and the newly elected club Exco. With that support, I know I can do it.

Dear Toastmasters, remember that the club is nothing without you. There is no club without you. So, together, you, the Exco and me, being the new President, let’s take the club into The Next Leap.

Thank you.
 Steven Lai

Friday, June 17, 2011

Meeting on 16 June 2011

With R. Viswam as the Toastmaster of the Evening on 16th June 2011, we had a meeting that was full of warmth and laughter!

G. Sivalingam, DTM receives ribbon for Best Table Topic Speaker from Vice-President Education, Steven Lai.

Johnson Yike, DTM receives ribbon for Best Speaker

G. Sivalingam, DTM is up on stage again to receive Best Evaluator!

20110616 D'Utama Toastmasters: President's Address

20110616 D'Utama Toastmasters: Teh Tarik for the Soul

20110616 D'Utama Toastmasters: Humour Session

20110616 D'Utama Toastmasters: Speaker & Evaluator #1

20110616 D'Utama Toastmasters: Speaker & Evaluator #3

20110616 D'Utama Toastmasters: Speaker & Evaluator #4

20110616 D'Utama Toastmasters: Guest Feedback

Monday, May 23, 2011

President's Report on Regular Meeting 19th May 2011

Dear fellow Toastmasters,

I had a thrilling and exciting journey to our regular club meeting on 19th May 2011. It was hot and sunny at Klang, the weather turned to cooler at Subang and suddenly became so violent at Petaling Jaya. Rain was pouring heavily from the sky and all the cars have no choice but to slow down. The road towards KDU College was badly congested.

Despite a bad weather and traffic, I felt so warm when I reached Room 1.08 and greeted by the ASAs, Levin and Henry. Personally, this warm welcome helped me to get into the mood for public speaking. True enough I get similar feedback from some members that support my opinion. The meeting was attended by more than 30 members and guests.

We were lucky to have a dedicated member who is also our current treasurer, Bell Xun, to be our Toastmasters of the Evening (TME). He brought us a meeting with the theme "dreaming" and indeed it was a wise selection in tandem with the weather and mode.

20110519 D'Utama Toastmasters: TME's Theme

20110519 D'Utama Toastmasters: Teh Tarik for the Soul

The table topic session was so interesting that it managed to get up to 6 speakers. Well done David on your role as Table Topic Master and making the topic based on the theme of the meeting. According to the cause and effect theory, the more speakers for table topic translated to more challenging job for the Table Topic Evaluator. Jonathan did well in his evaluation and managed to cover all the speakers within the allocated time.

Next up, Jonathan was also the Humor Master and he shared something personal yet controversial about women. Men will love his humor but the women may wish to strangle him to death. Curious to know why, do come to the club when he is up on the stage again.

20110519 D'Utama Toastmasters: Humour Session

After the refreshment break, we had a new toastmaster added to our club membership list. This new member is Marilyn and our IPP cum Area B4 Governor Chun Ming will be her mentor.

When come to the evaluation session led by Bing Yee, she had 2 light-weight evaluators and 2 heavy-weight evaluators. There were Yu Sing and Nicholas to evaluate Patrick and Shi Wei, respectively. Both speeches were from Project 3 of the basic manual. Then there were the heavy-weight evaluators Teong Hock and Fong Wai to evaluate Sheen Yee and Johnson, respectively. To complete Bing Yee's evaluation team, there were Nancy as Time Keeper, Chun Ming as Language Evaluator and Ginger as Ah Counter.

20110519 D'Utama Toastmasters: Speaker #2

20110519 D'Utama Toastmasters: Speaker #4

Lastly, thank you to all role players and speakers for your participation to live up the meeting. For those who have missed all the fun in this meeting, join us in the next meeting and be part of the exciting team.

20110519 D'Utama Toastmasters: President's Closing and Guests' Feedback

Yours sincerely,
Marcus Loi
President 2010/2011
D'Utama Toastmasters Club
"Maintain The Passion"

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Great Debate

Jonathan Moh, CC was recently a contestant on the Great Debate and lived to tell the tale!

Date: April 27th 2011
Location: Klang Bilingual Toastmasters Club
Event: 5th Anniversary Celebration

The stage’s been set. Preparations have been made to the best of their ability. The combatants laugh and joke with each other while sizing up their opponents up. The crowd was cheering at the prospect of a good fight. The fighters took their seats and waited for the signal. Silence covered the room. There were no ritual insults in this battle of gentlemen. Finally, the first contestant walks to the center of the stage. It’s game time. The Klang Bilingual Debate Tournament commences.

The motion of the day was “Leaders are made, not born.” I was on the side which opposed the motion. We crossed swords repeatedly throughout the entre one hour. Each contestant gave his or her argument to support his or case which lasted for about 3-5 minutes. I was at first apprehensive about giving my part as it was my first Toastmasters debate. However, I as the clock ticked on, I got more comfortable with my role, holding my own as the crowd egged me on. It was but the appetizer of the match as the main course was yet to come.

As soon as all of the speakers had given their arguments, there was a lull in the battle for a few moments. Then, the Cross-Examination Session began. Bullets began to fly with even more intensity as the debaters called on each other with difficult questions, hoping to catch their opponents with their pants down. I fought alongside Dennis Wee who opposed motion against a formidable lineup led by Johnson Yike from my own club. We showed no mercy and sniped our foes without holding back for 10 long minutes. As intense as it had been, the Chair finally called an end to the hail of bullets flying back and forth. The Wrap had begun.

A speaker from each side was chosen to summarize our arguments and attempt to give a final coup de grace to our already wounded opponents. We were both smarting from our bruises but nonetheless we fought valiantly to the end. When this was done, the adjudicators convened to decide on the final verdict.

After minutes of waiting, they decided that Johnson’s side were better men (and woman) that evening. Although we were disappointed, my side knew we could walk out of this fight with our heads held high as we had given our all and gave our opponents a run for their money. That is why I stay with the Toastmasters Club as there is always something new to learn even from defeat, coming across great people who inspire you not just with their words but also with their actions and of course, there is always a chance for a good fight. The greatest fighter is not the one who is able to beat his or her opponents down in every match but they are the ones who can win a battle without throwing a single punch and this lesson from my kickboxing instructor rang true on that day.

The Debaters with the Organizing Chair

The Proposing Team and the Winners

The Opposing Team

Photos courtesy of Johnson Yike of the D’Utama Toastmasters Club