Gifts of chocolate, messages of love, love song, muffins, hilarious prepared speeches, table topics of love… Wow, that’s how a group of lovely Toastmasters and guests celebrated their Valentine’s Night. First time Sergeant at Arms Alpha Khu infused the mini-theatre with excitement as everyone shared about their meaning of Valentine.
It was indeed A Night of Surprises for all members and guests!!
Jessyln Neo was a wonderful SAA, who engaged the audience with an enticing ice breaker Members and guests were pleasantly rewarded with little “Gifts” on the chairs…
Overall it was a fantastic meeting with Du Qi Hong as the Toastmaster of the Evening!
‘Aplomb’[ self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation]
All our speakers and evaluators maintained a cool aplomb that night.
We had 5 great speakers for the prepared speeches segment:
- Venkat did his Advanced Project 2 from Story Telling manual on the topic – ‘Never Give Up’. His message was very clear, lots of his personal experiences added a nice touch to reinforce the message.
- Next, Nigel shared another key message – “Be yourself”, as part of Project 9 from the CC manual. Take a pause; lead life by being yourself. Does it resonate with you?
- Nadiya did her project 6 titled the “Main Battle”. The story of the little boy and his grandfather on World War 2 incidents was heartening. Indeed, she won the “Battle” of displaying the Vocal Variety in her speech.
- Guobin did his project 4 on “Running” with good use of rhetorical devices. He reminded us to practice running and “observe each step we take and every breath we make”.
- Last but not least, Ruby spoke on “Why do I practice Yoga” for her Project 3 and she got to the point very well. We can never forget the nice Yoga pose that she demonstrated!
Next were the evaluations. Credits to all the superb evaluators – our guest evaluators Woulfe Patrick & Mark Liang, members Christophe, Edwin and RJ. All of them were great in the evaluations of the prepared speeches. Some of the takeaways were good reminders for all members such as making use of the stage fully, body language etc.
Then, came the exciting Table Topics (TM) session with our friendly table topics master Christophe. The speakers were supposed to pick a photo or an object from his “surprise” bag and speak on it. It included some interesting objects such as – apples and, onions. Christophe also rewarded each brave participant with a healthy fruity snack!
Next Meeting: 13 Dec 2016 (Tuesday) 7pm to 10pm
Highlights: Joint Meeting with Bishan TMC
Hope you have enjoyed reading this recap! Cheers! See you on 13th December J
Prepared by Gayathri (Secretary)
Link to write up as a PDF: Unity is Strength
This was our first joint Chapter meeting between Bishan Toastmasters Club and both Toa Payoh Central CC Toastmasters Clubs. It was met with tremendous attendance: it was FULL HOUSE! Truly unity is strength!
Our marvellous Toastmaster of The Evening Rajah A Nadar, RJ lead the meeting with a bag full of amusement and entertainment. Many thanks to SAA Derek Lee, Timer Avni Rekhi and Ah Counter Sophia Ngo for making the Joint Chapter meeting successful. Well Done!!!
Chapter Meeting Theme: Success
SAA Bharath prepped the audience by asking around how we would know we were successful. Stepping out of your comfort zone, receiving a smile from your infant child or achieving financial freedom were just a few of the answers.
As the Toastmaster of the Evening, RJ kept the audience entertained with a couple of brain games. Then Qihong went on stage to deliver his opening address supported by the Oxford dictionary definition of success as “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose”.
Prepared Speeches from the Competent Communication Manual:
Chen Chen and RJ were both tasked to organise their speech (P2). In her creation “Let’s take a look around us”, Chen Chen reflected on one afternoon as a volunteer in Novena Square for the Singapore Cancer Society and called upon the audience to spread acts of kindness. Meanwhile RJ reminded us via his cheeky “OCBC” message to remain positive in face of adversity: more often than not, when one door closes, another one opens!