The YMCA of Ipoh Toastmasters Club hosted a joint meeting with Premier Advanced Toastmasters Club of Kuala Lumpur at YMCA Ipoh recently. It was a regular meeting, but was open to the public. The objective was to show what transpires during a Toastmasters Club meeting and to clear inaccurate perceptions about the club.
Under the umbrella of Toastmasters International, members of Toastmasters clubs learn communication English, effective communicative skills, public speaking and leadership development through role-playing.
After the meeting was called to order, an inspirational speaker gave a short motivational speech. This was followed by the introduction of a rarely-used English word by the Word Master, who explained its definition and encouraged members to apply the usage of the said word in the day’s proceedings.
The Table Topic Master then invited members and guests to give a two-minute impromptu speech on one of the eight topics given. It takes a lot of guts to speak at the front of the hall but a Toastmasters meeting is a training ground for this, and speaking in front of friends builds up one’s confidence in public speaking.
The main part of the meeting was the manual project, where Toastmasters had to present their assignments based on their manual, within a given time frame. Each manual project speaker was assigned a dedicated evaluator, who is an experienced Toastmaster. The evaluator then gave his or her feedback, usually first highlighting the strengths of the speech, followed by the weaknesses and suggestions for improvements, and then challenging the speaker to do better next time.
Fellow Toastmasters and guests had the opportunity to vote for the best speaker in the Table Topic session, as well as the manual project speeches. Ramesh Victor, one of the four manual project speakers, was presented with an award by Area Governor H1 Richard Tan Yi Jer, for completing the Competent Communication manual.
Competent Communication (CC) manual is the basic level in Toastmasters. It is followed by the Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB), Silver (ACS) and Gold (ACG), and finally, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM). To reach the highest level a Toastmaster would have given a total of at least 50 assignment speeches based on the different manuals, and had taken on various roles during meetings.
“The Toastmasters manual may be outside of the Malaysian school curriculum but the club provides a platform for members to speak in public confidently and to think on their feet, which would boost their marketability in the competitive job market. We encourage Form 6, college and university students, as well as young working adults, to join us. If you want to speak well you’ve to speak first. Every member is assigned a mentor,” said Peter Bucher, President of YMCA Ipoh Toastmasters Club.
Membership to YMCA of Ipoh Toastmasters Club is open to those who are at least 18 years of age. One-time registration fee is RM80 while membership fee is RM160 half yearly. Members meet at YMCA Ipoh every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7.45pm.
For details call Peter Bucher (Pak Peter) at 019 574 3572.