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.
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.
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 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”
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!
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