Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Don't Get Raped

This satirical video was inspired by advice posted on some US college websites that tell women how to avoid being raped. It speaks to the absurdity of placing responsibility and blame on the victim.

Yesterday, I was at Lorong Utara B in Petaling Jaya to participate in the club-level International Speech & Table Topics contests organized by Taman Indrahana Toastmasters Club. There was decent competition with five contestants in each category. 

Again, I delivered an impromptu speech and I brought together elements of previous speeches and with pinches of originality, put together a speech that I called “Dream Chaser”. I used Flash and Usain Bolt as my reference points and soon the words excitedly rushed out to form a winning speech.

Yup, I won – and this means that I have achieved three victories in three clubs, i.e. MIMKL, AFC and Taman Indrahana, having emerged champion in the International Speech contests for the 2013-14 term.

I also won the Table Topics contest and I am likely to represent Taman Indrahana at the Area-level next.

I was at Block D, Platinum Sentral (in KL Sentral) for the SPAD Toastmasters meeting on Wednesday afternoon. I secured a speech slot – thank you, Vice President Education, Priya Thillainathan – and this was my CC speech #2 titled “Looking for a Rainbow”. This is Round 1 of Project 15 and my dedicated evaluator was Lucky. 

I also evaluated a SPAD member who did CC speech #4. Better still, I was voted Best Speaker and Best Evaluator. Certainly, this has been a good meeting and I am more than happy to give it a score of an 8 over 10. Still I cannot help but notice that when Priya is present, the meeting becomes well-organized and well-orchestrated.

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