Division B Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest!

Division B Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest will be coming soon. Witness talented speakers showcasing their wittiness and evaluation skills. Grab your tickets fast!

Date      : 13th Oct 2012
Time      : 1.30pm
Venue  : Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus

Tickets selling at RM10 until 30th Sept 2012, RM15 after 30th Sept 2012.

For more information please Contact
Area B1 Governor, Joyce Hue     - 012 912 6557
Area B2 Governor, Ai Ling            - 012 523 5667  
Area B3 Governor, Joyce Loh      - 016 986 1331
Area B4 Governor, Saw Bee        - 012 202 8855
Area B5 Governor, Sok Teng       - 012 926 3311
Area B6 Governor, Albert Chua - 012 334 1745

Updates from Orlando - Pala won the 1st runner up title

From District 51 PR Team:
Dear Members of District 51,
As the district begins the new term of 2012/2013, the office bearers wish to seize this opportunity to express our gratitude to every single one of you for your relentless support and inspiration. Your boundless commitment to share and publicize the benefits of our programmes is admirable. We are proud of you guys.

It is incumbent upon me to reiterate that membership growth and retention, fulfilling of our educational goals, and meeting the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) goals are the main pillars of a healthy and robust clubs. This would inevitably produce happier and more satisfied members.

In an effort to encourage everyone to work towards these goals, the District is pleased to offer the following incentives to divisions, clubs, and members who are able to meet the District goals. More attractive incentives would be offered during the year to encourage further achievements.
(1ST JULY 2012 TO 30TH SEPT 2012)
Club Award (STM101)
Special Club Campaign
Clubs would be awarded one unit of Club Meeting Plaque (Item No: 384) for successfully achieving ALL of the following:
a.    recruit five or more new members (excluding dual or transferring members);
b.    renew fifteen members for a period of six (6) months (October 2012 – March2013);
c.    achieve any two educational goals.

New Club Campaign
Newly chartered clubs with at least 25 Charter Members would receive one unit of Timing Device.
The sponsoring Club will receive one set of Promotional Welcome Ribbon (Item No 393 W)
Individual Member Award (STM102)
Sponsor New Member Campaign
Any members who sponsor two new members would receive one unit of District Unique Pin.

Club Sponsor/Club Mentor Campaign
Any members who sponsor/mentor two new clubs would receive one unit of Membership Pin (Silver) Item No 5753
Any members who sponsor/mentor at least three new clubs would receive one unit of Burgundy Portfolio (Large)Item No 205

*     Condition: Includes one renewal and an endorsement from the Club President that the mentor has served the term well
Outstanding Division Award (STM103)
Any Divisions that charter two new clubs would receive a Toastmaster International gift voucher worth USD20
Any Divisions that charter at least three new clubs would receive a Toastmaster International gift voucher worth USD40.

Terms & Conditions for all campaign
•    All requirements must be fulfilled by 30th Sept 2012 i.e., it must be included in the Toastmasters International report @http://www.toastmasters.org/ by 12th Oct 2012

•    The District reserves the right to substitute any of the above awards/gifts with one of the same value without prior notice.


Feel free to contact us should you have any questions on the above.
Wendy Wong, DTM
District 51, Lieutenant Governor Marketing 2012/2013
Email :wendywong48[alias]yahoo.com
Mobile no : 012-4211903

MAD - Merdeka Promotion

The Art of Effective Listening Workshop on 30 Aug 12 by D'Utama TMC

Source: The Art of Effective Listening Workshop

Date: 30th August 2012 (Thursday)
Time: 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Venue: Room, 1.08 Kolej Damansara Utama (KDU)
Trainer: G. Sivalingam, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
Fees:  RM10 for D'Utama Members
           RM15 for non-members

Registration: Click Here

Workshop Rationale:

Managers, professionals and working people all face the need to listen to customers, colleagues, subordinates and senior managers, and understand precisely what they are trying to say. This workshop focuses on the following key aspects:
  • Appreciate the elements of listening which lead to understanding of what is actually being spoken
  • Understand what is being communicated by listening actively

Your Benefits:

  • Increase personal effectiveness by listening actively and understanding what was actually communicated orally
  • Improve your professional relationships by listening with courtesy during communication


The workshop will be based on a mixture of mini lectures, and practical exercises, combined with debriefs. 

The Trainer:

G.Sivalingam is a leading trainer and consultant in the fields of written and spoken communications, especially high level presentations, such as reports. His focus is on helping writers and speakers to understanding their target readers, and craft the report or communication to get the key message across, in a way that the readers can understand, especially when complex or sophisticated information is involved. He is particularly skilled in helping professionals, who have very specialized skills, to make a strong impact on readers and listeners, including those who may have little or no knowledge of the field, and yet need to take action, based on the information provided. His clients include Astro, X-Fab Semiconductor, Indah Water, Malaysia Marine & Heavy Engineering, Mesiniaga, SapuraCrest Petroleum, and Poyry Energy.

Siva’s background includes a degree in Chemical Engineering, with 7 years experience in manufacturing, including several years in Quality Assurance work for medical product companies, plus 7 years experience in documenting a variety of software projects, including telecommunications and banking solutions. This experience, in addition to his consultancy work with Malaysian franchisors in understanding their businesses, and sharing that understanding with their franchisees through operations manuals, all give him a unique perspective in helping clients to improve their own communication skills.


If you are interested to attend, kindly help us to complete this simple registration form by < clicking this link >.
This is to assist us with the appropriate logistic arrangements. Thank you.

Click for more info.

Posted by Johnson Yike
(President of D'Utama Toastmasters Club)

Tip of the Week

Why Do Some Speakers OWN the Stage?
Tips from a Champ!

In August 2001, out of 25,000 contestants from 14 countries, Darren LaCroix (above in blue shirt) was crowned the 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking.
Last Thursday, Darren came to Minnesota and presented “Own the Stage Coaching” and I furiously took brief notes to share them with you (OK,  I really took them for myself).
Let’s first look at the “must avoids” and then at the “must haves” when speaking.
Must avoid:
  • Sameness.  Of course you know that monotone is boring.  But being at a high level of excitement throughout your speech can cause your audience to drift, too.
  • Thinking too much about what you are going to say.
“If you’re in your head, you’re dead.”
Instead, if you are telling a story, for example, don’t just say the words, but be present in the story, feeling the emotion.
  • Memorizing your speech.   Not only can you sound too stilted, but memorizing your speech also can limit your ability to respond and adjust to the audience. Don’t memorize.  Internalize.  Also, Darren believes that it is OK to use notes, as long as you just briefly refer to them (don’t read).  Your audience is there for CONTENT.
  • Gestures.  Gesturing just to have “gestures” can look almost comical.  Think “body language” and allow your body to “speak.”
  • Taking too long to get to the first story.  And, when you get there, piling on too many details. Use more dialog and less narration.
“It doesn’t matter what you say; it matters what the audience sees when you say it.”
Must have:
  • Audience–Do, Think, Feel. Know what you want your audience to think, feel or do when you are done speaking.  Write this foundation of your speech in 10 or fewer words.
When you are done speaking, what do you want your audience to do, think or feel?
  • Pause to reflect. Don’t pause for effect.  If you ask the audience a rhetorical question, give them time to mentally answer the question.  Or, as Darren says they say on the East Coast, “Shut up.”
The most important part of the presentation is the thought process of the person in the audience.
  • You-focused questions.  Don’t ask questions like, “Have any of you been to Las Vegas?”  Instead say, “Have you been to Las Vegas?”  Talk to the audience as though you are having a one-to-one conversation over coffee.  Be aware of your I:YOU ratio.
Speak to one.  Look to all.
  • Holograms.  Where ever you tell a story the audience makes a “hologram” of the scene.  Be careful not to mix up your holograms.  Darren gave the example of a speaker who told a story in which he knelt at his father’s coffin.  Later in the speech, he told a story about his family going on a picnic.  The speaker acted out spreading the picnic blanket in the same spot as–you guessed it–the coffin!  Have your stories at different parts on the stage.  Then you also can refer back to them with pointing to that same spot.
  • Purposeful movement. Don’t just move from one side of the stage to the other out of nervous energy or the feeling that you have to talk to the other side of the audience.  For example, move to other parts of the stage to make your points (the points can be at different parts of the stage, much like story scenes).
  • Tap and Transport.  Get your audience thinking about themselves (which taps into the WIIFM (What’s In It For Me?) question and then transport them into your story.  As Darren mentioned, this concept comes from the 1999 World Champion Craig Valentine (Tap, Tease and Transport).
  • Use VAKS within 60 seconds to bring the audience into your story.  Use different modes of sensory communication at the start:  Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic (body movement) and Smell.  Here’s an example (which I just made up), that uses VAK: Shaking like a high school student giving her first speech, I walked on stage and looked into 600 eyeballs as the conversations of the conference attendees went from a loud roar to a quiet murmur of anticipation. 
  • Transition Phrases.  You can transition from point to point with silence, but you also can use effective transition phrases that tie your points together.
The example that Darren gave came from his world champion speech.
    • Setting up point 1 (a story):  Dr. Goddard had a ridiculous idea.
    • Point 1: Dr. Goddard story
    • Transition phrase:  I remember when I had a ridiculous idea.
    • Point 2:  My ridiculous idea story
Do fewer of the “must avoids” and more of the “must haves” to take your speech from good to GREAT and OWN THE STAGE.
Side note:  Don Matthews (to my right in the above picture) obtained a small stage, one that he got to keep, for the event. Don says, “Now I really OWN A STAGE!”