25th March 2017
To coincide with the theme set by Toastmaster of the Day, Edwin – the Magic of Believing, I delivered the following opening speech.
What’s the magic of believing? Edwin talked about having a strong belief to achieve one’s goals. I have a different take on this. To me, it is believing that one day people or circumstances would change in your favour.
Edwin, when did you join Kampong Ubi Toastmasters? When was your maiden attempt at Toastmaster of the Day?
Did you know this Toastmaster told me he didn’t want to take on stressful roles like Table Topics speaker or Toastmaster of the Day, even though he’s more than capable of handling them.
Don’t you think he’s done a splendid job so far? Please give him a round of applause.
But his wish is to be the perpetual Table Topics master so that he would be able to avoid impromptu speaking.
I’m not a pushy person and Toastmasters is about fostering a relaxed learning environment. Hence, I respect his decision. But deep in my heart, I hope he would change his mind one day.
Despite being adamant about it, Edwin gamely delivered his maiden Table Topics speech last month when he drew a sweet with a number. And he was the best table topics speaker for that meeting!
Last week, when he knew that I didn’t have enough evaluators for prepared speeches and was still short of Toastmaster of the Day, he offered to postpone his project and instead take on the role of Toastmaster of the Day.
It was very sweet of him, wasn’t it?
What’s this got to do with the magic of believing? To me, it’s believing that a day would come when people or circumstances would change in your favour.
If you have noticed, our whatsapp chat group includes a few former members who did not renew their membership this term because they have gone on to pursue other interests. I made a conscious decision not to remove them from the chat group because I believe their absence is temporary. I was heartened when I learned last week that two of them are keen to rejoin us.
It is not about boosting the membership of kutmc, which I could boast that we’ve no lack of new members. It’s the fun and friendship that every one of you offers that we value.
So, even if you don’t want to do projects, don’t want to assume appointment roles, and don’t want to attend meetings, we would be here for you because we believe you would change your mind one day, because we believe your absence is only temporary, because we believe we’re too fun and friendly that you would miss us if you step away for too long.
Let’s have fun and get on with our meeting. Toastmaster of the Day.