It’s not everyday that we have a Past District Governor visiting our club and heading our Evaluation Session as the General Evaluator. Thank you to Low Yat Seow, DTM for making time to be with us in our Esprit de Corps meeting.
VPE Chee Hoe, PP Lay Theng, Past DG Yat Seow and President Angeline
With Past President Ben Fong in charge of the meeting as our Toastmaster of the Evening (TME), we knew we were in good hands.
For Table Topics session, Grace unveiled a surprise. There will be no questions! Instead each speaker was given a picture and asked to speak on it. As our creative Table Topics Master explained, a picture paints a thousand words. Table Topics speaker TL Wuan, Guan Han, Freddie, Alexandra and Sivadas certainly were not lost for words as they each spoke about grandsons, babies, ducklings, rats and monkeys.
Table Topics Master Grace
Starting off the Prepared Speech session, visiting Toastmaster Guan Han from Money Mastery KL shared with us about Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). It was a synergy (word of the day) of energy, enthusiasm and excitement as he talked about the wonders of NLP.
Tan Guan Han of Money Mastery KL
In her “Change” speech, Club Secretary Daphne has us laughing out loud several times about her stories of aliens (IT programmers) and homo sapiens (non-IT programmers). As a true blue alien, Daphne joined Friendship to overcome her fears of public speaking and to understand homo sapiens better. Her fears of not being able to interact with Friendship’s homo sapiens quickly dissipated as she discovered that homo sapiens were not as so alien after all.
During the open evaluation segment, Past President Freddie congratulated Daphne on her remarkable improvement as a speaker. As Daphne’s mentor, President Angeline was more than happy to present Daphne with her Half CC Ribbon as she has completed 5 Competent Communication speeches.
Daphne (left) receiving her Half CC Ribbon
For Kwok Hung’s speech on “Going Beyond Oneself”, he told us about a courageous group of elite soldiers confronting insurmountable odds behind enemy lines. Lay Theng’s “6 Boxes” was just right for the performance appraisal season. She enlightened us on Thomas Gilbert’s Behaviour Engineering Model, from the perspectives of subordinates and bosses.
Just before the break, TL Wuan, one of Friendship’s founding members, presented a touching speech about his happy, crazy days with the late Past President James. He reminded us not to mourn, but to celebrate the happy times we had spent with him. He looked forward to the day Jayrai, James’ son, grows up and joins Toastmasters.
President Angeline, VPE Chee Hoe, Grace, VPM Alexandra, guests Jag, Jayrai & Regina, Sivadas, PP Ben
General Evaluator Yat Seow testified that he has improved as the result of feedback provided to him during club meetings. For example, his pause fillers had reduced when he became more mindful to not use verbal crutches in his speech. As a seasoned Toastmaster, he adroitly handled the Evaluation Session.
General Evaluator Yat Seow
Yat Seow’s team of evaluators comprising of Table Topics Evaluator Tony and speech evaluators Alexandra, Francis, Grace and Freddie provided timely evaluations to our speakers.
The table topics evaluation was short, sweet and to the point. Alexandra was impressed by Guan Han’s tremendous energy. Francis from Money Mastery KL congratulated Daphne in meeting the speech objectives of the “Your Body Speaks” project assignment. Grace in evaluating Kwok Hung was hilarious as she told him that “this is my personal opinion, so please take it personally!” Freddie praised Lay Theng for delivering a speech suited to the target audience and was also knowledgeable about her subject matter.
The awards given out for our Esprit de Corps meeting went to
Best Table Topic Speaker – TL Wuan
Best Project Speaker – Daphne Au
Best Speech Evaluator – Grace Tan
Half CC Ribbon – Daphne Au
District 51 Perfect 7 out of 7 TLI1 Attendance – Friendship’s 7 Club Officers
Grace receiving her Best Evaluator award from Regina, wife of the late Past President James
Thank you to Grace for sponsoring a gift for the Best Table Topic Speaker, and TL Wuan for bringing gifts for the Best Project Speaker and Best Evaluator of the meeting. Thank you, Grace and Wuan, for your generous gestures.
Past Presidents Tony (Table Topics Evaluator) & Ben (TME) having a cosy chat after the meeting
Friendship’s final club meeting for 2011 will be our Christmas meeting, to be held on 20 December. It’s the festive season of giving and receiving and we hope to receive the joy of your presence at our Christmas meeting !