25th March 2017
Edwin broke the ice with demonstration of a trick, changing two cards from black to red and vice versa in the blink of an eye. This was to go with the theme he set – the Magic of Believing. He was swift in movement and most of us did not catch his sleight of hand.
After his magic performance, there was a small birthday celebration for Pradeep. Taichi noted that I remembered the birthdays of fellow Toastmasters. But I merely gleaned the information from the club’s whatsapp chat group. I hope the celebration would liven up meeting’s atmosphere while making the birthday boys/girls feel valued.
There were a few speakers and some of them did not look nervous. One of them was Shanmugam or affectionately known as Shan. His smiles prompted Taichi’s query, upon which he revealed that he did feel the nerves. See, that’s a way to mask one’s jitters and it is to smile 🙂
Suhas did his project two and he was as cool as a cucumber. His evaluator Lu Bin wondered why he joined Toastmasters since his presentation skill was pretty good. General evaluator Taichi commented that this 20-year-old would have a very bright future ahead of him. Indeed but hope he would not let all these compliments go to his head and change this promising young man.
Titus, on the other hand, has a different personality. He might not be extroverted but he has his strengths. He preceded his speech with a note of thanks to Edwin for being the Toastmaster of the Day as well as a brief comment on Anantha’s speech. He just needs some time to open up, I think, and his personable character would endear him to strangers.
I delivered on my promise to Jean, whom I had requested to make sure I would tackle a Table Topic. I talked about my adventure in San Francisco. Time flies, it’s been 14 years and it was the number one activity on my bucket list then.
Lastly, I am certain that the time has come for me to take a break. I can’t focus as well as I used to be able to, and I am running out of ideas to write this blog. In fact, the programme sheet I was in charge of for last meeting had the mission statement truncated. Well, I supposed that’s a cue for me to exit…