On 6th February, SIM 1 Toastmasters club held the annual International Speech and Table Topics contest. Members took part in both contest and winners emerged that day. Announcements were made earlier (Link here) and two winners for each contest will represent our club to compete in Area B6 contest held on 21st March 2015, 1:30 pm. Saturday, at One Marina Boulevard, NTUC Building, Level 18 Boardroom.
President’s Opening Address
My message today is about how “All things work together for good”.
Tonight, we have a club contest, and the Champion and 1st runner up will represent our club at the Area level.
We have a number of participants and a very supportive team working together to ensure the contest runs smoothly. Many thanks to the excellent work of the Organising Chair cum Toastmaster of the Evening, ACB Dexter Toh as well as to the various appointment holders who have volunteered to take on multiple tasks. Let’s give all of them a round of applause.
Thank you all for your participation this evening. I am deeply grateful for your support.
When I took part in the Table Topics contest in 2009, I participated just for the experience. I never thought of winning because my focus was on the fun & experience. To my surprise, I was 2nd runner up. However, because the Champion had informed the Organising Chair in advance that in the event he wins he will not want to represent the club, I became quite concerned that I, a novice, became eligible as a consequence of it.
The club member who gave me a ride home that evening, strongly encouraged me to participate in the Area Contest. He advised me that it would be an entirely different yet valuable experience that money cannot buy. I will only understand once I am in it. He said that my mindset, perspective and experience set will change and it will raise me up to a higher level in my Toastmaster’s journey. He was enthusiastic and encouraging. I was convinced and became excited at the golden opportunity before me!
Fortunately for me, a Club member approached me and helped me prepare for the Contest. She gave me a list of topics to speak on, one after another. Every 2 minutes, I changed topic and just spoke, and spoke, and spoke. I felt like I was in a pressure cooker.
At the Area Contest, I did not start out aiming to win. But just before the contest started, my eyes were directed to the trophy table. I focused on the largest and tallest trophy there and told myself – that will be mine ! Indeed, it became mine, I was the Champion !!
Since I won the Area Contest, I had to represent the Area at Division level. Oh no, I said to myself, more stress with yet another step to climb.
On the day of the Division Contest, I was super stressed and extremely nervous. In the holding room, I discovered that all the participants were seasoned contestants, except me. I didn’t know anyone, but I could read the message on their faces: “Who is this miss nobody who thinks she can win?” It did not bother me because I did not think I was a threat to them.
I remembered praying intensely to my God for help. And help me He did ! My opening sentence took the audience by surprise and there were wows and ahs as I continued with my speech. That day I was 1st runner up. I was satisfied.
I was full. I had done my best. I was glad I could go home with another trophy for my piano top. My club was proud of me. No one could have asked for more !!
Dear fellow Toastmasters and guests, can you see how all things worked together for good?
The fact that our club Champion declined to contest at Area level turned out to be a bonus because it propelled me into an altogether enriching experience and rewarded me with 2 trophies.
My dear club members, if you have not signed up for the Table Topics contest tonight, it is still not too late. Come and join in the fun and excitement. The more the merrier! Who knows, you may be the Champion !! Think of how good the trophies will look in your home and please, see the Organising Chair immediately after the break !
International Speech Contest:
Champion: Xie WeiXian
1st runner up: Tan Chin Sing
2nd runner up: Glen Jiang
Table Topics Contest:
Champion: Glen Jiang
1st runner up: Xie WeiXian
2nd runner up: Tan Chin Sing
Well done guys! The 3 of them will take part in the coming Area B6 contest.
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