Chapter Meeting on Friday 8 September 2017

Dear Valued Members + SIM 1 Guest


Chapter Meeting on Friday 8 September 2017 

Details as follows: 
Date: Friday 8 Sep 2017 

Time: 6:45pm

Venue: Raja’s Commercial College, #04-37 Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain Street, Singapore 180231
We look forward to seeing *YOU* and *YOUR* *GUESTS* tonight Friday 8 Sep 2017
Yours enthusiastically,

Ex-Co

Upcoming Chapter Meeting on 11 August 2017

Dear Guests,
Trust you had a great National Day break with your loved ones!
As I reflect on yet another National Day, I am reminded that life is about change and time is a limited resource. Singapore has gone through 52 years of change. Going forward we are reminded that the pace of change will increase as a result of technology disruption.
What to change and where to invest our limited time to effect the change is a decision we have to make. Many of us possess remarkable functional experience and domain knowledge but are challenged when it comes to articulating our ideas. If this describes you, then consider investing your time to change the way you craft, practice and deliver your message.
Join us, tomorrow, at the SIM I Toastmasters Chapter Meeting @ SMU Room 3.2 where we choose to spend our time to Speak, to Improve, to Motivate and to Inspire.
This Friday, we have an invited Speaker, Jit Piru who will help us pull all the above into a plan and be successful.
See you tomorrow!
Sincerely,

FT Liu

VP Membership

Exco 2017/18

SIM I Toastmasters Club

What you have missed on 23th September 2016

Winners of the day:
Best Table Topics: N Gunasekaran, CC, CL

Best Prepared Speech Speaker: Patricia Lim, ACS, ALS

Best Project Evaluator: Wilson Ong, DTM

 

 

Next Chapter Meeting is at SMU, School Of Accountancy,

The theme of the meeting –  Monster Night

Level 3, Room 3.3,

60 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178900

Friday, 14th October 2016, 7.15pm 

What have you missed on 9th September 2016

Winners of the day:

Best Table Topics: Xie Wei Xian, CC

Best Prepared Speech Speaker: Patricia Lim, ACS, ALS

Best Project Evaluator: Wilson Ong, DTM

 

Next Chapter Meeting is at SMU, School Of Accountancy,
The theme of the meeting – Night of Laughter
Level 3, Room 3.2,
60 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178900

Friday, 23th September 2016, 7.15pm

What have you missed on 12th August 2016

Let us welcome our newest addition to the club Ms Yan Xing Xian.

Winners of the day:

Best Table Topics: Christopher Foo, CTM 

Best Prepared Speech Speaker: Xie Wei Xian, CC 

Best Project Evaluator: Christopher Foo, CTM 

 

The theme of the meeting – Contest Night
Next Chapter Meeting is at SMU
SMU, School of Accountancy
60 Stamford Road Singapore 178900
Room 3.2

Friday, 26th August 2016, 7.15pm

Opening Address for Chapter Meeting June 10th 2016

President’s Opening Address

We need to be in the RED!

Robust, Effective and Disciplined! Fellow toastmasters as we cross over to the new term, we need to re-think and re-invent the way we do things. Einstein once said ‘madness is doing the same things over and over again but expecting a different result.”

We are definitely not mad, we are sane! Tonight my president’s opening address is not an inspirational speech, neither is it a motivational one. It is my brief introduction to how our club can achieve its membership growth targets using the 4 Disciplines of Execution by McChesney, Covey and Huling.

At the start of every new term, we get excited we set goals and we put in efforts to invite guests to our chapter meetings. Somehow, in our day to day busyness, we lose track of the importance of pipeline and process management, leaving our membership growth strategies, ineffective because of the missing link – execution.

The 4 Disciplines of Execution will ensure we conscientiously keep our eyes on our goals. Here are the 4 Disciplines in the context of membership growth.

1st Discipline – Focus on our WIG (Wildly Important Goal).

A wildly important goal is a goal that can make all the difference. This is one area where change will have the greatest impact. I have shared on a few occasions the importance of brining in new members and I shall not go into that. An example of recruitment goal would be – To recruit 10 new members by 31st December 2016.

2nd Discipline – Act on the Lead Measures.

What are lead measures? Lead measures tell us if we are likely to achieve our goal. Example, while you can’t control how often your car breaks down on the road (a lag measure) you can certainly control how often your car receives routine maintenance. (a lead measure). And the more you act on the lead measure, the more likely you are to avoid that roadside breakdown.

How does that apply to membership growth? Whilst we can’t control whether or not guests will join us eventually as members, what we can control are the number of guests who attend our chapter meetings and what stage are they at in the decision making process. Are they attending our meetings for the 1st or subsequent time? Has the benefits of membership been explained? Have their concerns been addressed? Manage and tick off each stage of the process.

In our discussions regarding membership growth, let us constantly engage one another on monitoring and measuring the lead measures.

3rd Discipline – Keep A Compelling Scoreboard.

We need to ensure everyone knows the score at all times. How close are we to our goal? Its important because people get engaged when they know the score! When team members themselves are keeping score, they truly understand the connection between their performance and reaching their goal, and this changes the level at which they play. When everyone on the team can see the score, the level of play rises, not only because they can see what’s working and what adjustments are needed, but also because they now want to win.

4th Discipline – Create a Cadence of Accountability

Disciplines 1,2 and 3 are to set up the game, but until you apply Discipline 4, your team isn’t in the game. This is the discipline that brings team members all together. It is recommended that the team meets at least weekly for the WIG session with a set agenda and establish a weekly rhythm of accountability. Here’s the 3 part agenda for a WIG session:

  • Account: Report on commitments

“I committed to inviting 5 friends to our chapter meetings. I did and this was what I learnt…”

  • Review the scoreboard: Learn from successes and failures

“Our lag measure is green, but we’ve got a challenge with one of our lead measures that just fell to yellow. Here’s what happened…”

  • Plan: Clear the path and make new commitments.

“I’ll meet with the 3 guest whom I have invited and address the concerns that they have”

To prepare for the meeting, every team member thinks about the same question: “What are the one or two most important things I can do this week to impact the lead measures?”

When everyone takes ownership towards his or her impact and contribution towards the lead measures, the probability of achieving the lag increases dramatically.

I hope we can adopt the 4 disciplines of execution as we cross over to the new term, because for things to change, we have to change and adopting a different approach will bring in the transformation for our club.

Back to you toastmasters of the evening.

Opening Address for Chapter Meeting May 13th 2016

President’s Opening Address

Our FUTURE – EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBLITY

An organisation is ONLY as good as the people in it. How many of you have heard of this saying? Can I have a show of hands to indicate that you have heard this statement?

Many of you have heard of this saying. Yes that’s right! SIM 1 Toastmasters Club has a long history, a tradition of excellence that is supported by a safe and supportive environment. Success is not by chance. It is our collective effort that has reinforced and strengthened the club’s culture of excellence.

I would like to enrol all of you to co-create with the ex-co, a future of continuity and we can only lay the foundation with everyone’s involvement. We need new members to join our club and sustain its growth, and inviting guests and influencing your friends and family members to join our club should be everyone’s shared responsibility.

To make us all realise how important this shared responsibility is, please allow me to share with you 5 important reasons why we need new members constantly.

  • New members bring new levels of enthusiasm and energy into chapter meetings and they strengthen the already electrifying atmosphere that we experience at every chapter meeting.
  • New members will infect their friends and families with the benefits that they have experienced after joining SIM 1 Toastmasters Club. They make excellent advocates and brand ambassadors for our club who will in turn influence the people whom they care about to join us!
  • New members form the batch of passionate and enthusiastic members who are eager to earn their competent communicator award and this supports the education related DCP points in every new term.
  • New members form the new batch of our club’s representatives in contests at the various levels. New members bring with them an eagerness to learn and hone their speaking skills as they gain exposure to other contestants’ strengths. By observing other contestants in action, they learn and bring back valuable lessons to our club.
  • New members bring fresh ideas as they form the ex-cos of the future. With their fresh ideas, they may well be the bridge for our club to leapfrog and achieve breakthrough results year after year.

 

Fellow toastmasters, I have shared with you 5 important reasons for us to constantly add new members and it is everyone’s responsibility to lay the foundation for succession planning and continuity.

It is not just the ex-co’s responsibility, it is EVERYONE’S responsibility.

It is not just the ex-co that runs the club, it is EVERYONE that runs the club.

And therefore I urge you, I invite you and I encourage you to start bringing in new members to the club TODAY!

 

Back to you toastmasters of the day.

 

Opening Address for Chapter Meeting April 22th 2016

 

President’s Opening Address

Reinvent yourself and your career

I am sure most of you here are still working on building your career. Besides those that have already retired, the rest of you including myself are still finding ways to be more successful.

Two days ago, 20th April 2016, I read a very interesting article that is being published in the straits time. The title of the article is Reinvent yourself and your career. Have anyone read that article?

Let me tell you why I find this article so interesting that made me want to share with you. This article talks about 10 focus areas on how to polish your image and wider your horizon for success. Out of the 10 focus areas, there are 3 that resonates with me.

First focus area is “Elocution and Writing”. This is about learning how to pronounce and use words correctly when we communicate. This applies to both written and verbal communication. In toastmasters, isn’t this one of the development objective for our speakers doing their projects?

Second focus area is “Public Speaking”. This is about speaking with confidence. And the article specifically mentioned about join a toastmasters club to learn and hone public speaking skills.

Third focus area is to “Find Good Topics for Conversations”. This is about expanding one’s general knowledge so as to be able to strike good and interesting conversation with anyone. Isn’t this a critical factor to be a good table topics speaker?

For my personal professional development, I have to say that I am very thankful to the toastmaster learning environment given to me through SIM 1 Toastmasters Club. Through doing project speeches for the past one year, I have now sharpen myself on the following-

  1. Elocution and writing
  2. Public Speaking
  3. Find Good Topics for Conversations

Few weeks ago, I did a project update presentation in my company. After the presentation, one of my peer approached me and said to me that he has observed a significant improvement to my presentation skill in the past months. He asked for advice on how he can make improvement as well.

So ladies and gentleman, can you guess what my advice was to him. Yes, join a toastmaster club and be a toastmaster!

 

Back to you toastmaster of the evening.