IEM Toastmasters Meeting #194 on 27th March, 2014 was called to order at 7.30 pm on the dot with the sounding of two swinging strikes of the wooden Gavel by the acting Sergeant-At-Arms, the plain-speaking, Toastmaster Anthony Kolandai, ACB., standing in for Toastmaster Seyed Mohsen Forgani in his absence. A modest crowd of 23 eager and exuberant participants comprising 15 Members and 8 Guests filled up the august IEM Hall for an eventful, educational and entertaining evening.
1. Anthony Kolandai
2. Patrick Lee
3. Ang Fook Long (Steven)
4. Sim Bock San
5. Lim Juleen
6. Lim Suleen
7. Ng Yee Chia
8. Robert Ram
9. Lim Wei Keong
10. Lee Meng Tze
11. Joe Yap
12. Anita Wong
13-A. Meera Shanmughanathan
14. Alex Lu
15. Kanagaraj Pillay
16. Phang Wai Kheong ( UTAR)
17. Chan Mei Yin
18. Cheng Cia Cia
19. Lim Thian Seng (Tmn. Indrahana TMC)
20. Chan Weng May
21. T.C. Lim (K.K. TMC)
22. Jacyln Siw
23. Hong Jia Shin
Word of the Day: ‘Accord’
Meeting’s Theme: ‘Balancing Act’
President’s Welcoming Address.
The President, the dashing and decorous Alex Lu, ACB. ALB., next took to the Podium with an endearing wide smile to welcome everyone with his heart-warming address. Before revving up his Speech, his love for language took precedence when he promptly invited the Grammarian, the frank and friendly, Ng Yee Chia, CC., to do justice to the word of the day ‘Accord’ by giving an analytical definition of it, while encouraging the audience to use it without restraint to expand their vocabulary.
In accord with the theme of the Meeting ‘Balancing Act’ he treated the Members with an inspiring message of the importance of having a balance between competing needs to achieve harmony in their lives, especially when having to contend with limited resources. He cited and shared his own family’s experience when grappling with the difficulties of arriving at a consensus when it came to renovating and refurbishing his beautiful house and showed us all how the ‘balancing act’ prevailed in the end in a happy ending. Organizations too should take a hint from his bold message to stay relevant. IEM Toastmasters Club is no different. Thank you Mr. President. In the usual tradition of the Club everyone self introduced themselves with great flair and fashion. But surprisingly the Word of the Day ‘Accord’ was less bandied about in their discourses on this rare occasion. Probably it could be due to the sudden foul weather outside that could have dampened our spirits momentarily. We look forward to a heartier and robust response in the coming Meetings.
The Toastmaster of the Evening, the cute, confident and creative Ir. Lim Juleen TM., definitely shored up the spirits when she dished out lavish praises on all by way of a welcome note with her textbook-perfect pronunciation in her emceeing. She sure dazzled and wowed the audience with her speaking prowess for a newcomer Member at that. A brief insight of the History of Toastmasters International was lectured to especially for the benefit of the many guests present. The updated changes to the Agenda, the standard three parts to the Meeting and role players’ duties were cited. The Grammarian, Timer, Ah Counter and General Evaluator all read out from their respective standard scripts detailing their roles.
Grammarian – Ng Yee Chia, CC.
Timer – Patrick Lee, TM.
Ah Counter – Sim Bock San, CC.
General Evaluator – Lim Thian Seng, ACG.,ALB.,
The Table Topics Session, certainly the most popular part of any Toastmasters Meeting, ensued with the TME inviting the Table Topics Master, the charming and confident, Ir. Lim Suleen to challenge the audience with her clever, crafty and thought provoking talk titles based on the Meeting’s theme ’Balancing Act’. She certainly lived up to her role with gusto. The Table Topics Speakers did not disappoint either. They valiantly displayed their courage and conviction on the subject given with very colorful and witty renditions. Of course our very own Speaker extraordinaire DTM Robert Ram overawed the audience with his impressive performances. However, credit must also be accorded to some of the courageous guests for volunteering for the Session. The Timer certified that all qualified for the voting process and audience cast their votes.
Table Topics Speakers:-
Ang Fook Long (Steven)
Chan Mei Yin
Chan Weng May
Hong Jia Shin
Best Table Topics Speaker: DTM Robert Ram.
Next was a special talk ‘Managing in 21st Century’, presented by the Club’s invited guest, the living embodiment of Toastmastership in action, the Pearl of a Personality, DTM Phang Wai Kheong who touched on the intricacies and mechanics of how Managers dealt with people from the era of ‘Baby Boomers’ down to Generations X, Y and Z with his easy to follow Slide-Presentation. Such a stunning Speech it was, took us to an all new dimension in the Art of Speaking, Communicating and Leadership, followed by a brief but lively question and answer session. Bravo to him.
Watch Phang Wai Kheong in action below.
Managing In The 21st Century by f1008830814
Everyone was so engaged, welded to each other, communing in that easy companionable way, greeting and sharing pleasantries during the break. It was such a welcome sight to behold. Food was a sumptuous spread of a variety of local cuisine with coffee and tea to taste. Next, the SAA reconvened the Meeting and the TME takes control.
Project Speeches’ Session began with a loud bang, so to speak, with an ‘Icebreaker’ and two ‘Organize your Speech’ projects. The respective evaluators and the GE read out the objectives of the Speeches. All the Speakers had performed fabulously well, knowing by the thunderous applause they elicited from the crowd of ardent listeners and supporters. The Timer certified that all qualified for the voting process and the audience cast their votes. With that, the TME relinquishes her role and hands over full control of the floor to the esteemed General Evaluator, the affable Lim Thian Seng, ACG., ALB.,
Joe Yap, TM. – Icebreaker
Meera shanmughanathan, ACB., CL.,- ‘Organize your Speech’ – ‘Believing is Seeing’
Anita Wong, CTM., CL., – ‘Organize your Speech’ – ‘Ticket to Teach’
Best Speaker: Anita Wong.
The General Evaluator, invited the Project Speech Evaluators to present their reports. The Evaluators, DTM Phang Wai Kheong, DTM Robert Ram and DTM Lee Meng Tze, all very influential and inspiring doyens of Public Speaking, delivered their bids on their respective protégées in fine and fitting form impressing the audience and in turn received overwhelming approval. This was followed by the TableTopics Evaluator, the diligent and diplomatic Kanagaraj Pillay, ACB., who read out his evaluation report of all the five Speakers. He too did a fantastic job and concluded his assessment with his trademark closing quote ‘may my evaluation serve as the icing cream on top of a freshly baked cake’ to the hoots of hurrahs from all present.
In finality, the GE calls on his supporting team of role players, the Timer, the Grammarian and the Ah counter to state their reports for the audience’ consumption. He commended their meticulous work and then recounted his own comments and observations encountered during the entire proceedings of the Meeting. To come to the point, he had all good words for the President, the Members, the hall, the food, the setting and the overall conduct of the Meeting. He pin-pointedly singled out the fine arrangement of the Meeting room decorated with the Club’s Banners, all displayed in a pleasing way that got to his liking. We should all be proud of that. His only piece of advice for improvement was to have plenty of cloth modestly covering everyone’s legs exposed under the tables to avoid unnecessary attention. All in all, he was ‘generous to a fault’ with his open comments.
The President Alex Lu, ACB., ALB., presented Merit certificates and Awards to the GE, the Special Guest Speaker, the Best Speakers and Evaluator. The Feedback from all the guests was very positive. One particular guest, a DTM from K.K. TMC., decided to dwell further and gave an interesting mini talk, expounding on the secrets of winning a Speech Contest by focusing more on what the Judges looked for instead of relying solely on audience-support. It was getting late, the feedback was dreary and dragging. Everyone was literally squirming in their seats to call it a day but were magnanimous to be tolerable and politely gave him some berth to finish up.
The curtains came down at 10.30 pm with the President in his closing remarks, thanked all for a wonderful Meeting and pointed out the various interesting programs lined up for Members as noted in the Agenda. The next Meeting # 195 is scheduled for Thursday, April 10 at 7.30 @ 2nd floor Wisma IEM. All are Welcome !
(This blog post was written by Anthony Kolandai, ACB)