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