Friday, July 8, 2016

Meeting Highlights on 5 July 2016 - Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win

The first meeting of this brand new term has started with a bang by our TME Benz Chan, CC

Table Topics Master, Malynda Tan has also enlightened us and fellow Table Topics speakers with thought-provoking topics like...

-          Cowards never start, the weak never finish and the winner never quit 
-          You aren’t defeated when you lose, you’re only defeated when you quit 
-          Run when you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up
-          It is hard to beat a person who never give up

 Past President Sylvia Tan, ACS attempted the Table Topics gracefully!

Through his project speech, Nicholas shared with us that he believes there is no loser in life. Sometimes winning is losing. For instance in a relationship, the guy who compromised may seem to be ‘losing’ the quarrel, in essence he is in the ‘winning’ to sustain the relationship.

The second project speaker, Carrie Ooi shared with us three simple ways to make the conversation meaningful:
1. Ask Why/How Questions
This helps to explore one’s underlying motives and get more thoughtful responses

2. Channel Curious George
Instead of asking the usual ‘where are you from?’ or ‘how are you today?’, try asking ‘did anything surprised you today?’

3. Ask for advice
Seek advice from people as generally we admire those who came to us for advice.

Last but not least, remember to maintain eye contact, sincere nodding and a bright smile!

Lay Theng, ACB, ALS the third project speaker enticed the crowd by sharing the breathtaking view of the peak of Mount Kinabalu. It sounds easy for anyone who is determined to join the expedition as there are only 3 requirements:
1. Safety
2. Mentally and physically strong
3. Team spirit

The crowd demonstrated strong interest and looking forward to the next briefing!

Time for the awards!!!
The Best Table Topics Speaker goes to...
Gerard Peter

The Best Project Speaker goes to...
Tan Lay Theng

The Best Evaluator goes to...
 Gerard Peter

Congratulations to all the winners and our Past President Sylvia Tan who has just achieved her ACS award! 

A token of appreciation for our hardworking General Evaluator, Yen Shen from KPMG KL Toastmasters Club. 

 A meeting wouldn't be complete without a fancy group photo!

During her second visit, our guest Gina has immediately signed up as our new member! 

Compiled by,
Chor Chee Hoe, ACS, ALB
Acting VP Public Relations 2016/2017

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Notice to Regular Meeting on 5 July 2016 - Winners Never Quit and Quitters Never Win

Vince Lombardi, a famous American football coach, once said, “A quitter never wins and a winner never quits”. We have heard of this saying at least once in our lives. And we all have had the opportunity to apply the saying to a part of our lives, be it in a sports team, in academics, at work or even in relationships. 

A winner is someone who is determined to reach his goals, no matter how arduous the journey may be. A winner is ready to face challenges and obstacles that may come in between him and his goals. On the other hand, a quitter gets perturbed by challenges, and in the midst, gives up. Because he is not determined to face the difficulties, he never reaches his goal and is declared a quitter.

To give up midway is easy but to continue despite challenges is difficult. That is why only winners are remembered for a long time. They are our role models, who teach us that it pays to never quit. Success only knocks on the doors of winners because they are determined in life. On the other hand, a quitter lives most of his life in regret because of his lack of motivation and dedication. 

Compiled by,
Keny Tai, CC
VPE 2016/2017
Friendship Toastmasters Club 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

21 Jun 2016 - Push Yourself, Don't settle, Just Live

Our meeting theme was inspired from the hottest movie in town - Me before You - “Push Yourself, Don’t Settle, Just Live

A bittersweet story about love, learning and letting go. This story stirs up the emotion of audience as it is real and gritty. There is laughter and sadness. It will make you feel uncomfortable at times but hopeful and thankful for the moment you have. The story does not preach what is right or wrong or try to sway you from one way or another. It’s the “everything” book. One that stays with you long after it is finished. It will “score your heart”. Sometimes six months can be the best six months of your life.

This is probably the conversation that the audience couldn’t forget. “Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Wear those stripy legs with pride…Knowing you still have possibilities is a luxury…Just live well. Just live.” so, give all out and push yourself beyond limit.

The evening was gracefully kicked off by Ng Lai Leng, CC as the Toastmaster of the evening. 

Esten Tan, CC welcomes our newest member, Helen Lai by having an induction ceremony. 
Helen will be mentored by Lai Leng, CC who will guide her through her Toastmasters journey. 

June Gan, first time chairing the table topics session. The table topics blended very well to the meeting theme. 

We have 5 table topic speakers to try out the thought provoking topics. 
Lim Terng Fui - Push yourself because no one else will do it for you 
                                Esten Tan, CC - What is the most inspirational piece of advice you have received?
CP Lau, ACB, ALB - What gets you out of bed in the morning? 
Sivadas, CC - When is it okay to not push yourself? 

Geok Ean, CC, CL - Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest until your good is better, your better is best
Our first project speaker, Helen Lai delivered Project #1 Ice Breaker 
Title : My Journey 

Friendship Toastmasters club is honored to be the destination of Helen's journey. 

Our second project speaker, Keny Tai delivered Project #10 Inspire Your Audience  

Title : Wait No More 

What are the '10 things people regret before they die?" This inspiring speech by Keny reminded us 3 basic principles in our hectic lives: 
1. Make time for family
2. Speak your mind, do not hold back
3. Pursue your dream 

Our third project speaker, Sylvia Tan, ACB, CL delivered Project #5 The Oratorical Speech <Advance Communicator Manual - The Interpretive Reading>

Title : Barack Obama's New Hampshire Primary Speech

Members were greatly inspired by Obama's Presidential Speech, Sylvia version. 

- Evaluation is the key to Toastmasters - 

We are grateful to have a panel of evaluators to provide feedback to our fellow speakers to further challenge their performance! 

Benny Chia, IPP ITC Bintang Toastmasters Club was the Table topic evaluator. 
Tan Geok Ean, CC, CL - Evaluator for Helen Lai 
Tan Lay Theng, ACB, ALB - Evaluator for Keny Tai 
Chor Chee Hoe, ACS, ALB - Evaluator for Sylvia Tan, ACB, CL 

                                               Award Time!!!!!

Best table topic speaker goes to.... Tan Geok Ean, CC, CL 

Best prepared speech goes to Helen Lai! 

Best Speech Evaluator Goes to.... Tan Lay Theng, ACB, ALB. 

A big thank You to CP Lau, ACB, ALB (Money Mastery KL TMC) for being the General Evaluator for this meeting! 

As usual, the meeting ends with photo-taking and networking session. Looking forward to the next meeting! 

Word of the Day: Wondrous
Meaning: Extremely and surprisingly good
surprisingly good
Example of Usage: A wondrous sight 

Idion of the Day: Having a whale of a time 
Meaning : Have a very good or exciting or fun time 
Example of Usage: We really had a whale of a time in the party. 

Ng Lai Leng 
Vice President of Public Relations of Term 2015/2016

Sunday, May 8, 2016

3 May 2016 - Inhale Love, Exhale Gratitude

It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.” – by Eckhart Tolle

The word “gratitude” comes from the root word gratus(Latin), which means pleasing. One interpretation of gratitude might be that when we are pleased with something or someone, we are grateful. If we look deeper within ourselves, we also might see that when we are feeling grateful, we are pleased with the world around us.

Gratitude reminds us to find our happiness in everything — in exceptional things, in mundane things, in good things, in so-so things and even in terrible things. We can be grateful in both large and small ways. When we are feeling thankful, we can be more receptive to making a difference in our world.

When our hearts are open, forgiveness and gratitude evolve simultaneously, each supporting and nurturing the other. Rather than focusing on the “what might have been more, better, or different,” why not start being grateful for what you have chosen? In these moments, we find our blessings. And because of our blessings, we are grateful for our lives. To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kindness that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you.

For those of you who have watched the popular movie/book "The Secret", you are aware of the Law of Attraction that was portrayed and has been written about prolifically. The Law of Attraction states that whatever you think about or talk about will be drawn into your life. If this is true, thinking about what you are grateful for will draw more of that to you. Start practicing this- Inhale Love, Exhale Gratitude!

The evening was gracefully kicked off by Esten Tan, CC as the Toastmaster of the evening. 

Keny Tai reminded the audience to express gratitude to their loved ones, never wait till it is too late (Invocation Session) 

Alexandra Lau, ACB, ALB chaired the Table Topics session. 

We have 5 table topic speakers to try the thought provoking topics. 

Helen - What is the one thing you are most thankful for and why?
Edrea - How did you find love in this world full of hatred and selfishness?

Chee Hoe - If there is no love to inhale, will you exhale gratitude? 

Sarah - Love yourself first, or love others first?

June - You received help from a stranger, but you have no chance to thank him What would you do next?

Our first project speaker, Edrea Poh, CC delivered Project #3 The Persuasive Approach (Public Relations Manual) 
Title : Join me? 

Edrea shared her experience in Toastmasters journey, how Toastmasters have contributed to unlimited personal growth and improve her leadership skills. 

"When I do not hold a role, my attendance in club meeting was 50%. When I hold a role, my attendance turns out to be 80%!"

Our second project speaker, Ricky Soo, ACB (MAD TMC) delivered Project #3 The Demonstration Talk (Speaking to inform manual) 
Title : My Body Speaks 

Ricky shared the 3 techniques in enhancing body language in our speech. 
1. Use of timeline 
    Past - Present - Future 
2. Muscle memory 
3. Visualization

Our third project speaker, Sylvia Tan, ACB, CL delivered Project #5 Speaking After (The Entertaining Speaker manual)
Title : A night to remember 

Sylvia shared her soul-mate searching journey, living an ordinary life by choosing an extraordinary person. 

"Imperfect couple but we think we are perfect for one another" 

- Evaluation is the key to Toastmasters - 

We are grateful to have a panel of evaluators to provide feedback to our fellow speakers to further challenge their performance! 
Carrie - Table Topics evaluator

Chor Chee Hoe, ACS, ALB

Alexandra Lau, ACB, ALB

James How, CC, CL (KPMG TMC)

                                                           Award Time!!!!!

                                 Best table topic speaker goes to.... Edrea Poh, CC!!!

Best prepared speech goes to.... Ricky Soo, ACB !!!!

Best Speech Evaluator Goes to.... Alexandra Lau, ACB, ALB!!!

A big thank You to Heng Jing Yi, DTM (Pesona TMC)  for being the General Evaluator for this meeting! 

As usual, the meeting ends with photo-taking and networking session. Looking forward to the next meeting! 

Word of the Day: Spellbinding
Meaning: Holding your attention completely
surprisingly good
Example of Usage: Carrie gave a spellbinding speech. 

Idion of the Day: Icing on the cake 
Meaning : An extra benefit that makes a good situation even better 
Example of Usage: Good news! I get the job.... and the icing on the cake is that I get a company car too! 

Ng Lai Leng 
Vice President of Public Relations of Term 2015/2016