Sunday, October 07, 2007
Vanessa, delivering her maiden speech as President of the Club
From left to right: Pauline - best evaluator, Sharvan - best table topic speaker,
Deanna - best project speaker
It is amazing how toastmasters' activities can help transform a shy person to one who is confident, poised and articulate. Our President, Vanessa Yong, once shared how without notes, she would be helpless in delivering her speeches. Yet a year later, after having done numerous speech and evaluation projects, Vanessa can now speak confidently off the cuff. She is now able to deliver her opening and closing speeches with wit, poise, humour and encouragement, and best of all - without referring to notes. In her past few speeches, she demonstrated her prowess as a leader.
It is Vanessa who has encouraged and motivated me to complete all my 40 projects within 15 months of joining the club. She has also encouraged me to take part in contests. I am by nature, a shy and quiet person, but toastmasters' activites have also helped to take away my inhibitions.
Vanessa was always ready to help when called upon. She used to joke about being a full time toastmaster and a part time realtor. We feel proud of her when she was nominated for the Award of Toastmaster of the Year in Division U. Well done, Vanessa. You are simply amazing!
Posted by The Oriental Express at 9:51 pm