Thursday, May 31, 2012

Elegant Embroidery

Sunway University Toastmasters Club is adding a touch of class to our meetings. Check out photos of the two logos representing Toastmasters International and Sunway University that are being embroidered onto table cloth that will be used to drape over naked tables. These will be unveiled at our next meeting in a week’s time, i.e. June 07, 2012.

Still on the subject of Toastmastering – I drove fast as a bird on the wing to Bukit Jalil to attend the AFC Toastmasters meeting last evening – I was stuck in a faculty meeting that finished late, y’see – where I was the General Evaluator. To be honest, I was feeling a little anxious because the last time I went to their meeting, I wasn’t at all impressed. I remember the stern remarks I made in my blog.

Anyway, the meeting turned out to be so enlivening and engrossing that I too was caught up in its tightly-wrapped euphoria. You may say I was seduced by the meeting because everything – well, almost everything – went well. I didn’t show it but I was elated to have Sheryl Chieng to be the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening (again!) because she put so much exuberance into her role that I was shaken and stirred to the point that my feet didn’t touch the floor from then on. She successfully tapped into her supply of inexhaustible energy in order to give us a meeting that was enviably enjoyable. But that was not all. Grace Tan tickled us non-stop with her brand of humor that was a knee-slapping laughter fest – in fact, all of us laughed so hard and so loud that we half-expected the police to turn up at the door because neighbors down the road have complained about the ear-splitting racket coming from AFC House. The speeches were splendid and the speakers superb. And the evaluations outdid the speeches – by being stupendously superior that I became acutely aware of my own inadequacy. With the likes of Jocelyn Lim, Ahmad Zaki, Grace Tan and Daniel Teh, these evaluators offered an intoxicating cocktail of eloquence and experience, sophistication and style, and charm and charisma.

I very nearly gave in to score this meeting a 9 out of a 10, but I stopped myself just in time. After all, the meeting did start ten minutes late and that, in my book, is still frowned upon. Finally, I decided to award an 8. Whether 8 or 9, the fact remains that this was a meeting where I savored every single moment of its delectable delights. Truly, an awesome meeting!

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