Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Great Afternoon of Learning!

Flamboyant Wekie Tay with his entertaining and exuberant style of speaking!

Our "sifu", Kan Kin Fung and S.S. Cheng, each with his own style and personality

After enriching the mind, now it's time to strengthen the body!

Our panel of dynamic speakers!

This is the season of international speeches and table topics contests. Braddel Heights Advanced and Hong Kah North Toastmasters Clubs have paintstakingly arranged for a workshop that will shed even more enlightenment to participants on 15th March 2009.

As I do not have much experience in contests, it is imperative for me to attend so that I can learn from the masters of public speaking. We had the opportunity to watch the 2008 International Speech contestants from America via video clips. After that, the panel of speakers were invited to give their analysis and opinions on six of the contestants.

There was much laughter as the panel of speakers were mostly humorous and witty. Even austere looking DTM Richard Sng!
There was a slight hiccup when the rolling thunder also shocked the electrical wires into making the speakers on the screen "go dumb!" Despite the heavy downpour, participants were engrossed with the enlightening analysis of the panel of speakers.

Yati graciously cooked a generous spread of delicious food. During the break, there was much networking and participants continued the workshop, refreshed by the hot drinks and food.

Our International Director DTM Poh Kim Siong was truly inspiring when he shared with us for a few minutes about his desire and dream to see a champion speaker from our lovely island of Singapore clinching a trophy in America. DTM Gea Ban Peng and DTM Richard Sng also endorsed the same dream. Nothing is impossible under the sun!

Although we ended at about 6.30p.m., everyone felt it was time truly well spent. It was indeed magnanimous of the panel of speakers to sacrifice their Sunday afternoon to share their expertise and viewpoints. Thanks a million to everyone of the speakers and organisers for making this event a successful and memorable session of learning.

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