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Saturday, 4 July 2015

Introducing Vice President, Membership - II: Zhuo Shuzhen

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to you today a toastmaster who is dedication personified. She calls herself “The Passionate Toastmaster” and with her actions inspires one and all to put twice the effort in self-improvement as well as for the improvement of Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club.
 Zhuo Shuzhen is a toastmaster famous for delivering emotionally charged speeches and is infamous for inducing tears in the eyes of her audience. Her bright nature combined with her genuine personality makes interaction with her a very warm experience. It is therefore understood that there is no one better than she is at making newer members feel at home, for that is what Tampines Changkat Toastmasters is to its members – a second home!
 A seasoned and veteran toastmaster, Shuzhen has taken up the role of Vice President Membership – II in Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club. With over seven years of toastmasters experience under her belt, including prior executive committee responsibilities in other clubs, Zhuo Shuzhen is certain to take her role to the next level with our club.
 Shuzhen is a Financial Services Consultant with AIA and dedicates her free time to both Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club as well as AIA Toastmasters Club. In addition, Shuzhen also loves jogging, playing basketball, singing, listening to music, dancing, watching drama as well as movies.

 Presented below are Shuzhen's reason, motivation and vision behind joining the Executive Committee:
 Why join the Executive Committee:
 I like to be of service to people. I gained tremendous satisfaction by serving people in every community I have been in, from serving my netball team as captain in my school days to currently serving my church as an usher and serving my other club, AIA Toastmasters Club for the past seven years. After joining Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club, I realized that this is a place I like to call home, with many members who I call sisters and brothers. It is a place where I have received overflowing warmth and love, so much so that I want to provide the same experience to other new members who join the club. This is the reason why I have decided to accept the role of Vice President Membership - II. I serve because I want to and I serve out of love.
What do you intend to gain from your role
 Even though I have been serving in AIA Toastmasters Club in various positions for the last seven years, I believe that there are still many leadership skills and learning lessons that I can take home serving in the Executive Committee, such as how to work with others, how to delegate duties and how to learn to trust and empower others.
How do you plan to help the club through your role?
 As Vice President Membership - II, I shall work closely with Vice President Membership - I to create a conducive, homely and safe environment for our members to learn and grow. I believe in creating a family like club culture through bonding activities, in having personal interaction with members and in involving more members so that together we can grow as a club. I want to build the club not just in terms of quantity but more importantly to build a club of quality with members who are eager for growth, who are proactive in learning and who take responsibility and initiative in their Toastmasters journey.

 Any other thought you want to convey? I believe that every member should have a sense of ownership towards the club. Some get their sense of ownership through serving in the Executive Committee, but the truth is everyone can contribute to the club whether they are in the committee or not. I hope in that the new term we see more members stepping up to serve the club because the club is YOURS too. Let us continue to fly Tampines Changkat Toastmaster Club's flag.
  Ladies and gentlemen, keep following this page for more information on the rest of the Executive Committee, 2015-16 in the coming week.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Introducing Vice President, Membership - I: Jaric Ng

"Cool, composed and forever prone to action" - These words, in a nutshell, describe Mr. Jaric Ng, Vice President Membership - I of Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club. 

Jaric is a toastmaster famous for delivering speeches laden with wisdom in a masterfully simple, concise and extremely interesting manner. Be not mislead by his looks, for behind the handsome boyish features lies the depth of a knowledgeable and thoughtful person. This term, Jaric will use his energy as well as his charismatic personality to reach out to the people who want to grow their confidence, leadership and oratorical skills by embracing the Toastmasters family.

Jaric hails from Malaysia and works as a civil engineer in Singapore. His combination of panache and humility has made him a very popular member of Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club. When he is not busy working, delivering speeches and encouraging other members of the club on their performance, Jaric is sometimes spotted in the Singapore party scene.

Presented below are Jaric's reason, motivation and vision behind joining the Executive Committee:

Why join the Executive Committee:

I want to join the Executive Committee because I want to give back to the club that has given me so much inspiration. When I first stepped into Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club for the first time, I felt the warmth and friendliness of the people, blended with a tinge of enthusiasm and synergy that simply makes joining the club irresistible.

What do you intend to gain from your role

I have always struggled with the initiative to connect with people. I have always taken the back seat and my inaction has caused a lot of missed opportunities to meet new people and to get things done. By taking up the responsibility of Vice-President Membership, I enrolled myself with the goal of being proactive and powerful in my life.

How do you plan to help the club through your role?

I would like to give special credit to the past Vice-President Membership, Mrs. June Tan, who has ushered me and created such wonderful experience for me during my first visit to our club. That, precisely, is what I strive to provide to the guests and newer members of the club by taking on the role as the Vice-President Membership. I shall also connect with the existing members so that they are equally recognized as the pillars of what holds this club together. After all, we are one big family and family means no one gets left behind!

Ladies and gentlemen, keep visiting this page for more information on the rest of the Executive Committee, 2015-16!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Introducing Vice President, Public Relations - I: Arjun Chakrabarti


Greetings, dear friends! 

Introducing the Vice-President, Public Relations - I of Tampines Changkat Toasstmasters Club for the upcoming term:
Arjun Chakrabarti

Arjun is a dedicated toastmaster with a propensity for delivering impassioned speeches. This term, he intends to use his passion for public speaking in helping his club grow to greater heights. Having a number of club visits under his belt, Arjun also plans to encourage newer members of the club to visit other clubs because he believes a toastmaster grows in confidence by delivering speeches in front of unfamiliar crowds.
Arjun is an engineer and spends his free time in reading, playing music and scuba diving - when he is not attending toastmasters meetings, of course!

Here is a short gist of Arjun's motivations and reasons for taking up this position:

Why join the Executive Committee:

The Executive Committee is my way of giving back to toastmasters for the countless things that I have learnt in this club. It is my honour to serve Tampines Changkat toastmasters for having taught me so much about public speaking.

What do you intend to gain from your role:

Leadership is an acquired skill and this role will definitely help me become a good leader. Interacting with people, working in teams and serving my club at the same time: What else could one ask for?

How do you plan to help the club through your role?

I am good with advertising and it has been my dream to take Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club to new heights of success, fame and popularity. Apart from this immediate goal, I also want to promote inter-club relations by helping our members, especially newer ones, do visit and participate in clubs outside their home club.

Dear readers, keep visiting our blog for more information on other members of the Executive Committee!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

International Speech and Table Topics Contest! - 5th February 2015

As usual, it was a night of exciting speeches and inspiring anecdotes. If you were there, you would have been like all of us, clinging on to the side of the chairs while being on edge, eagerly anticipating the contest results!

This year, Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club, one of Singapore's top toastmasters clubs, saw an interesting mix of powerhouses and fresh blood in the contest. And boy, what a night!

Wesley, coupled with his trademark charm and boyish smile, shared with us his journey of finding his voice. That inner spark in him ignited his drive and strengthened the person he is.

What is your voice? 

Stephen Covey once said in his 8th habit, that finding your voice is the path from effectiveness to greatness.

What an amazing message! Wesley definitely set the bar really high for the first speech.

Do you want a heaven in hell, or a hell in heaven?

You might take a while to wrap your heads around these deep words, but Shaun got us thinking -- what is the world we create with our words?

A simple framing with a few world fundamentally changes our psyche, our perspective and our world-view. 

Next time, before you lament about a failure, pause and think -- how do I create a heaven out of this? This failure could simply be the obstacle to YOUR NEXT BIG SUCCESS!

Success begins with showing up.

How do we succeed?

Many people often think it's all about being smart, intelligent and having strong EQ. Yes, those are necessary, but how do you even do all that if you don't show up?

In this illuminating speech, Joe shared how the act of showing up was a game-changer in his relationships, career and success. He managed to say his last goodbyes to his grandmother and therefore having no regrets when she sadly passed on. 

When you are feeling lazy and are thinking of backing out of a Toastmaster's appointment role, just remember: Success begins with showing up!


Living your life's purpose. 

What is your life purpose? What is your belief? What are your dreams?

In his thought-provoking speech, Michael pushed and pounded us to really pause and ponder.

We often live life getting past each day, but have we thought about the bigger reason we are doing this for?

IKEGAI -- live your life with purpose. Are you where you want to be today?

What is your COE?
Huh? What COE?

In his clever twist of words and charismatic use of language, Coen shared about his chase of certificates -- using the metaphor of our common understanding of COE (Certificate of Entitlement).

But what if we have more empowering definitions of COE for our lives?

Certificate of Empathy for yourself
Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Extraordinary

Yes, there is something more in life than just plain certificates of paper which hold significance. Can we give ourself these new definitions of certificates which we rightfully deserve?

What is your identity?

Have we been letting past incidents shape our future identity? What is the identity you want to take on? Are these identities empowering?

Yes, big and deep questions! Kin shared how a paradigm shift in his thinking fundamentally altered his identity -- from a quiet and shy boy shunning from responsibility to a confident, responsible manager and current President of Tampines Changkat Toastmasters.

What is the identity you want to take on today?

Have you been holding yourself hostage?

Have you truly released yourself from the burden you have been placing on yourself?

In this heart-stirring speech, Shuzhen got everyone clinging on to her every word as they travelled with her back to her past where she held herself hostage. 

Emerging from those memories of pain and pressure, Shuzhen is now strong, positive and cheerful. To forgive yourself, break the chains we have put on ourselves and enjoy whatever life is. You will discover the love for yourself once again.

It was a great learning moment for the audience -- Have you been holding yourself hostage? Have you truly let it go?

At least I have health! At least I have a roof over my head! At least..!

In a revelational speech about his recent health scare, Ted shared about how we often get bogged down by problems which seem minuscule when you step back and have a greater perspective.

Think of things in ..."at least" and your world view will fundamentally change!


What amazing speeches!

Our winners for the international speech contest:
Champion: Michael Wee
1st Runner-Up: Ng Kin Foong
2nd Runner-up: Zhuo Shuzhen

Table topic for table topics contest:
Oprah Winfrey -- You get in Life what you have the courage to ask for.

Here are snapshots for the Table Topics Contest!

 Kapil Jin Hwui


Our winners for the table topics contest:
Champion: Michael Wee
1st Runner-Up: Arjun Chakrabarti
2nd Runner-up: Lee Jin Hwui

Hopefully this post have given you a glimpse of how illuminating and inspiring the night was.

For more information on the international speech and table topics contest, click on this link!

As you can probably tell, our club nurtures amazing speakers with high-quality content in their speeches! Join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays and it would be the highlight of your week. I promise.

For even more details, here is what you can do:

2. Contact our Vice-President of Public Relations, Christina Ho through her email  
3. Enter your details on the Contact Form on the right and your queries will be replied promptly! 

Tampines Changkat always welcomes guests because we believe in sharing and inspiring. Really, don't hesitate to connect with us!

Lots of Love,
Christina Ho 
Vice-President of Public Relations
Tampines Changkat Toastmasters Club

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

International Speech and Table Topics Contests on 5th Feb 2015

On 5th February 2015, we will be having our Club International Speech (IS) and Table Topics (TT) Contests.
The contests will start at 7.15 p.m.

Please be reminded that the door will be locked when the contestant is speaking.
The door will be unlocked after the contestant finish speaking.

Contests location will be Tampines Changkat Community Club. Address:
13 Tampines Street 11 S(529453).

IS contestants as (not in speaking order):
1) Joe Wan       
2) Zhuo Shuzhen           
3) Shaun Li           
4) Coen Tan           
5) Michael Wee   
6) Wesly Ho
7) Ng Kin Foong
8) Ted Chong

TT contestants are (not in Speaking Order):
1) Shaun Li           
2) Coen Tan           
3) Michael Wee           
4) Lee Jin Hwui           
5) Ng Kin Foong           
6) Ted Chong
7) Arjun
8) Pareek
9) Gurmit Singh

Below is the direction to our Club:
Please come and join us to support our contestants!

Refreshment will be ready at 6.45 p.m.

Below is the programme sheet for the contest:

Thank you & Best Regards
Kelvin Cheng
Mobile: +65-97989595
Organising Chairperson