International Toastmasters

I don’t know about other Toastmasters Club but Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club is truly an international one, where nationality of its members is concerned.

I learned on last Saturday that our members are from at least eight nations: Singapore, UK, Australia, the Philippines, China, Japan, Malaysia and Nepal.  It’s amazing, isn’t it?  It was during a game that l noticed this group has pretty diverse members in terms of nationality.  This is a United Nations Toastmasters Club.  This perhaps is a result of how the club was started – as a part of Kowloon Club, which was formed by migrants from Hong Kong.

I didn’t deliver any speech as I had not been feeling well.  In fact, I have been coughing for two weeks and had seen the doctor twice. Furthermore, the air conditioning in the meeting room blasting  down triggered a headache in me.

When the session was over, president of the club Jun walked over to find out when I was going to make my maiden prepared speech pursuant to Project 1 The Ice Breaker.  I should have told him I had been nursing a flu and cough but it slipped my mind.  Anyway I have committed to embark on Project 1 at the session after the next.

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Guiding Light

I received my Toastmaster guidebooks on Friday. As I did with other books, I wrapped them before I started reading them. The books, entitled The Competent Leader and The Competent Communicator, will be my companions in my public speaking journey.

My guides for public speaking.

My guides for public speaking.

The Only One…

I have been looking forward to toastmasters’ club meeting since last week.  In fact I wished there was a meeting last Saturday.  Not that I had a particular speech to make but I thought it would be good to ride on the momentum.

Not a person who likes to be late – I would get flustered if i do, I hurried my lunch and coffee so that I would be punctual for today’s meeting.  Can you imagine my disappointment when I saw the meeting room was empty?  I started to doubt myself: did I go to the right room, was this the second Saturday of the month, etc.

I went to the office of the community club to enquire and was told the key to the meeting room hadn’t been collected.  Still holding out hope, I made my way to the third level again but it was dark and empty.

I whatsapp-ed Reuben, whose handphone number was the only one I had, after he messaged me weeks ago on my membership. No response. i googled Kampong Ubi Toastmasters’ Club to find the handphone number of the president, Jun.  He only replied as I was leaving the community club.  He said there was COT; therefore there’s no meeting today and it was announced at the whatsapp group chat.

I am not in THEIR group chat.

Yes, they had forgotten about me.  Forgotten about me and me alone.  I had rushed over for nothing.  I had wasted almost half an hour trying to make out what happened and wondered if it was my mistake.  At one point I even questioned if this was a fly-by-night club.