Archive for July, 2011

President’s Message: How May I . . .

July 18, 2011

 

My mission statement for the year is: How may I help you achieve your goals?

We all joined ToastMasters – because “we wanna learn how to talk betta”

Or after being with Toastmasters a while, we could say:

We joined because we wanted to communicate more effectively and efficiently with friends, family, colleagues, peers, and management, speaking more succinctly.


We all have a message we want to communicate clearly – regardless if it is a joke, an interesting story or a work related event
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+ But communication is not just talking or speaking, it also about listening.
Listening is sometimes more important than speaking as it involves understanding the message being communicated.
If we don’t understand the message, how can we act or respond?


+But communications is also about RESPECT – If you are speaking with or listening to someone else, how do they know the message is being received? – I suggest that it is in body language – the way we react to it – and the most important way is to show respect .


How can we do this? – Well, in a Toastmaster setting, this is easy – When someone is speaking, DON’T fret, squirm, stare into space, at the ceiling or start playing with your Blackberry or phone. To show respectsmile slightly as you look at the speaker, nod your head, become engaged.

So let me close by restating my original mission statementHow may I help you achieve your goals?

Welcome 2011-2012 Executive Team!

July 18, 2011

Every year in June, toast master clubs elect new executive teams to help run the clubs. After a successful year on the executive team, our 2010-2011 president Andrew Cheng and team held elections and nominated a fantastic new executive team for 2011-2012 consisting of new and returning executive members. Here are the much anticipated results:

President – Anton Coetzee
VP Education – Amanda Lee
AVP Education – Thomas Chan
VP Membership – Peter Michaels
AVP Membership – Deborah Kuo
VP Public Relations – Shar Noaman
AVP Public Relations – Michael Gayi
Secretary – Valerie Morley
Assistant Secretary – Andrew Cheng
Treasurer – Hondy Hung
Sergeant at Arms – Ken Yang
Assistant Sergeant at Arms – Ken Xing

We thank the out going executives for all their hard work during the past year and for all the returning members we wish you a great year going forward