Club Meeting on 25-August-2020

Tonight was our much anticipated return to face to face meetings! Moving forward our meetings are now hybrid, so members can also join in via Zoom. The executive team had also taken the appropriate actions to make the meeting COVID safe, including checking each participant’s temperature upon arrival and having hand sanitiser available. We had a total of 8 members and 1 guest.

Toast

The toast tonight was given by Chris, with the theme ‘Together Again.” Chris addressed the value of community and resilience, and how poignant these ideas were during the time we are in.

Word of the Night

The word of the night was introduced by William, who gave us the word ‘positive.’ Keeping with the theme of the night, William reminded us the importance of staying positive, as it not only improves our own lives, but can inspire the people around us, such as our children and family.

Laughmaster

Johnny, our resident comedian, gave us a joke about match-making and ringing door-bells. You had to be there to get it but it got everyone in a relaxed and jovial mood.

Table Topics

Table topics was prepared by Raj, who created an interesting structure for us to practice our impromptu speaking. Raj had 2 members come up to the front and each member was to ask each other an impromptu question and to give back an answer to said question. It was a very practical idea and allowed the members to simulate real-life situations where ice-breakers would be necessary.

Prepared Speeches

In the 2nd part of the night, we had prepared speeches from William and Clare, both high-level speakers.

William’s speech was about his experiences with curfew, and he compared his experience to the current situation we are all facing. William’s powerful voice and expression conveyed to us that a curfew can actually help us become more grateful and appreciative of the things we have.

Clare’s speech was about the significance of a good attitude, also in accordance with the current social climate we are in. Clare recounted a story called “Who Moved the Cheese,” and related this story to how perspective can significantly improve our relationship to our external stressors.

Education

In this section of the night, Johnny gave us an educational on the different roles in Toastmasters. Very commonly, new Toastmasters are unaware how of the duties that each role has to complete, so the educational was helpful in teaching and refreshing everyone on the roles. For example, the Toastmaster in charge of the toast must call everyone up to stand and take their drink before toasting to the cause.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it was great to return back to a face to face format at this meeting. The dynamics of face to face speaking are so different to speaking via Zoom, and I believe every member found the night to be very fruitful and enjoyable.

Written and edited by Jonathan Lau

Club Meeting on 28-July-2020

Tonight we had our 10th virtual meeting via Zoom, with the theme of the night being ‘New Beginnings.’ We had an attendance of 9 people.

Toast

As our new president, Johnny gave a toast regarding the theme of new beginnings and explained what new beginnings meant to him. Johnny told us to fight fear and go for it, and that when it came to helping others, this act of kindness helped Johnny in return.

Word of the Night

Molly introduced the word of the night ‘hibernation’ , and explained the word in the context of animals and also as a descriptive word to illustrate what we as humans are doing in this crazy time of a pandemic.

Laughmaster

Mel shared a humourous anecdote about the time her son and another boy from Turkey bonded over the shared experience of laughter. Mel explained to us all about the special quality of laughter and its ability to connect people of different cultures.

Table Topics

Table topics was prepared by William. William gave each member a word relating to the current social climate and members were challenged to perform a 1 minute speech using keywords such as ‘masks’ and ‘social distancing”

Prepared Speeches

In the 2nd part of the meeting, we had prepared speeches from Chris, Raj and Johnny.

Chris’s speech was about his communication style. Chris gave us some anecdotes regarding situations where his direct communication style came in handy, such as discussing how to optimise the use of his personal trainer during this pandemic period. By being logical and clear to his personal trainer, both parties were able to extract value and get what they wanted from each other.

Raj’s speech was about solar energy. Raj illustrated in detail the different forms of solar energy we use currently and gave the audience a big tip of investing in Lithium as the world heads towards renewable energy!

Johnny’s speech was about viewing past traumatic experiences as important pieces that shape who we are in the present. Johnny opened up and shared courageously about a difficult time in his life, and explained to the audience that he didn’t let this experience deter him. Johnny used the experience and decided to take a risk and go to Australia and we are all very grateful that he is here!

Conclusion

In short, it was a very enjoyable meeting with lots of new facts and knowledge to take in. We are looking forward to the next one!

Written and edited by Jonathan Lau