Upcoming Chapter Meeting on 8th December 2017

Dear Members & Guests,

Tata Motors, part of India’s largest conglomerate, launched the Nano car in 2009 touting it as the “cheapest car” ever..

8 years later, the Nano car has been declared a failure by its Chairman (Its ‘World’s Cheapest Car’ Tag Made The Nano Undesirable In India, Forbes, 5 Dec). The marketeers did not realise that its low-cost label made the Nano lose aspirational value. No one wants to be seen driving around in a “cheap” car!

*Choice of words* is a key skill in communications. In every Toastmasters chapter meeting, we have a language evaluator whose job is first to introduce a word of the week that would help all of us increase our vocabulary. Second to highlight areas where there is good usage of language and recommend areas for improvement. We all get a chance to improve our choice of words, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and sentence structure.

Come join us at our *Chapter Meeting this Fri, 8 Dec*

Theme: *My Dream Christmas Party*

Details as follows:

Date: 8 Dec Friday

Time: 7:15pm

Venue: SIM Management House, Level 3, Room 3.12, 41 Namly Ave, S267616

Nearest MRT: Tan Kah Kee. Then take any bus for 2 stops and walk in past Hwa Chong Hostels.

Note: Dinner served at 6:30 pm

We look forward to seeing *YOU* this Friday.

Yours enthusiastically,


Chapter Meeting on 10/11/2017

Dear Valued Members + SIM 1 Guest
Chapter Meeting on this Friday 

Details as follows: 

Date: Friday 10 November 2017 

Time: 6:45pm

Venue: Walton International Group (S) Pte Ltd, Republic Plaza 1, 9 Raffles Place, Singapore 048619 
Theme: Dream Big! 
We look forward to seeing *YOU* and *YOUR* *GUESTS* this Friday 10 November 2017
Yours enthusiastically,


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,


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!

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.