Saturday, October 29, 2011

Tourists Fleeing Bangkok

Last evening, I attended the third session of the Taman Indrahana Speechcraft program for new members, and I was tasked to evaluate Michael Kum’s CC speech # 6. He is a good narrator alright and I always enjoy listening to his speeches – although like many other newbies, he gets distracted from the speech objectives. It is important to read the Competent Communication manual from cover to cover because it is designed to give new members a strong start in developing a core set of skills to prepare them for public speaking.

I am not sure if I have said it before but this club is really walking the talk to support members. Even a heavy evening downpour couldn’t derail the meeting because anticipation hung like heavy curtain drapes for members wanting to learn to speak well.

And this morning, I presented myself at the MIM Toastmasters of Kuala Lumpur meeting and again, I took up the role of an evaluator – this time for Alex Chong who delivered his CC speech # 3. A confident speaker but again, he should pay particular attention to the speech objectives. I was also a silent evaluator for Joanna Tan who did CC speech # 4. Same issue like the others whom I have highlighted above. She is also a good speaker and when she is up at the front, she commands attention. Sadly, the standard of English at this meeting was impoverished – Richard Hoy as the Grammarian could have cracked the whip; otherwise how would members learn? I would give this meeting a 5 out of a 10.

Today’s The Star reported that Penang has seen an increase in tourists following the severe floods in the Thai capital (p 04). Bangkok’s misfortune benefits nearby Penang!

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