Speechcraft on 9, 16, 23 April & 14 May 2016

Speechcraft on 9, 16, 23 April & 14 May 2016


9, 16, 23 April & 14 May 2016, Saturdays

What is this speech craft about?

A fast-track crash course on building confidence speaking and presenting before any audience.

What does the workshop consist of?

Educational presentations, hands-on practice, practical activities, getting immediate feedback and evaluations.

What will I get out of my SG $180 investment?

The Tools, Tips and Techniques from a professional trainer who charges more than a SG $1,000 for his commercially courses.

Who is instructing this workshop?

Richard Sng, Corporate Trainer, Speaker, Coach and Author of Wriggle, Wrestle, Wrangle with Words.

What is expected of me as a participant other than paying for the workshop and showing up?

Participate and have fun.

Who to contact if I would like to obtain more information and/or register for this speechcraft?

Richard Sng at 9762 2951

Contributed by Veron Lien, Vice President Public Relations

12nd March 2016, Know Your Dreams Chapter Meeting

12nd March 2016, Know Your Dreams Chapter Meeting

Know Your Dreams Chapter Meeting

12nd March 2016, Saturday

“Is there more to life than just working for the next pay cheque? Am I living the life I want and love?” Do these questions sound familiar?”

We are honor to invite George Goh, an associate human resource consultant, certified dream building coach and owner of Thoughts2Things, a transformational life-coaching firm to share with us how to know our dreams and live by it. George has agreed to offer all our attendees, who would like to dive deeper into his presenting topic a special consolation gift.

So mark your calendar and we will see you this Sat (12 March 2016) at Level 2, Room 6 Tampines North Community Club from 2pm to 5:30pm

Contributed by Veron Lien, Vice President Public Relations

Pinnacles Issue 11 – 2014/2015

Pinnacles Issue 11 Out Now

2014/2015 Tiarel Newsletter



Jam-packed with exciting events, speeches and memorable photos. Come sit back and enjoy a good read of our beautifully designed Newsletter.


Contributed by Susiwati Ta, Karinna Boey and Veron Lien


Support Susiwati Ta

Support Susiwati Ta at Division 80 Table Topic Contest

24th May 2015, Sunday from 12pm to 6pm at NTUC Centre, One Marina Boulevard

Who will be the next District 80 Table Topic Winner? Our gifted and quick-witted Susiwati Ta, ACB, ALB will be representing Division S in the Table Topic Contest. Ticket is on sale until 18 May 2015, so don’t miss out a good opportunity to catch this engaging and thrilling contest.


Contributed by Veron Lien, Club Secretary

The Highlights & The Delights (14-Sep-2013)

The Highlights  &  The Delights

14th September 2013 Saturday


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Karen Moke, our current vice-president for education requested everyone to share their feelings for the day, followed by “What makes you look forward to attending Toastmaster’s meeting and what do you expect from Toastmaster’s meeting ?”. It was a meaningful and sincere question which rekindled our feelings of being a Toastmaster member.

Toastmaster of the Day

Albert Anto, another past club president had enthusiastically started the meeting even though there were some delays earlier due to we have waited for some appointments holders to arrive.

Opening Address by Club President

Neil Sarno, our VPE covering our president Karrina Boey, disclosed to the members his first public maiden speech held last week in a Youth for Christ community wherein he talked about Love. He did not only highlights the importance of being a Toastmaster member but also explained, emphasized and encouraged the members to experience and express love in TIAREL and its members. “Love one another!” was the take-away.

Special Talk

David Kow had shared to us the “Speechcraft” general information. He mentioned that as part of the Corporate-Social responsibility of the Toastmasters International, each club are encouraged to present Speechcraft for every EXCO term. He detailed the following characters and attributes of a Speechcraft:

  • Crash course in Speech communication
  • A chance for Toastmaster’s member to deliver Real Educational Speeches to the public
  • A way to promote Toastmaster’s Club
  • Require at least 1 month early preparation for Marketing and Registration
  • Require at least 10 participants

This would be the most challenging part of the EXCO term as it will require the talent, time and treasure from each members.

Prepared Speeches

Karen Moke, in his P6 Vocal Variety “Unfairness”, shared her experience with her children who have used the word “Unfair”. It bothers here being a mother who have known and experienced the real meaning of the word “Unfair” even at the young age of 13. The purpose of her speech is “Not to let such unfairness affects one’s life and the way once lives. Most important of all is not vent such frustration onto innocent ones when one meets with unfair situations.”

“Foolish Old Man and The Mountains” was Soh Siew Wee’s AP3 speech (The Moral of the Story from Storytelling Manual).  This story is about the old man who wants to remove the 3 mountains that are blocking the pathways to his house. The old man said that this can be achieved through perseverance, hard work and consistency. However the old man’s youngest son has a better idea. He said that the mountain does not need to be removed as it can be turn into their advantage if they can convert it into a tourist’s spot where it will be useful instead. He said that through planning and positive thinking, good things will happen in the right place at the right time.

Refreshment Break

Thank you Karen Moke, for getting us the refreshments. It was a programmed packed with numerous special items (FIVE!) which are rare in other clubs.

Just for Laughs

Karen Moke, made us giggled and laughed by telling us a joke about an airplane that was going to crash with 4 people on-board. The lawyer who said that he need to survive as he was the smartest man on the plane managed to dive by taking the knapsack of the boy as he thought that it was a parachute. Another story that also made us laugh was about the most famous investigator Sherlock Holmes and his best-friend Dr. Watson. While lying on their tent, suddenly they saw the sky. Sherlock asked Dr. Watson on what he saw and observed. Dr. Watson replied by describing the blue sky on how beautiful it was. Then he asked Sherlock, which simply replied that somebody attacked them by removing the tent.

Speech Evaluations

Krishnan Venugopal evaluated the P6 speech made by Karen Moke. He had credited Karen on the good structure and strong emotion portrayed in the speech. He had also advised Karen to control the speech rate, avoid the unnecessary movement (going back and forth in almost every sentence) and incorporate pause technique especially in those emotional part of the speech. Overall it was an interesting speech as it involved sentimental feelings.

David Kow evaluated the AP3 speech made by Siew Wee. He had credited Siew Wee for being innovative by using an old story and transform it into a modern story that twisted the story line making it more interesting and useful at this modern times. He had also advised Siew Wee to emphasize the speech introduction by creating the story settings. Also to enhance the transition between each character of the story as it will sound confusing especially during the character’s dialogue where you will not know on who is talking what. Overall it was innovative and design diligently to amuse the audience.

Fun with Table Topics 

Susiwati Ta was the table topic master for the day. She asked participants to choose between two categories of topic – choose between “Famous Quotes” or “Famous Questions”. The following were the takers and selected topic.

1) Ho Eng Lye,  “Coffee or Tea?” – She refused to choose as she preferred water over it and instead adviced us to drink a minimum of 7 to 8 cups of water everyday.

2) Sri Ram, “Soul’s joy lies in doing” – He agreed as he shared about his passion of doing good things for others especially of being a member in a community development program in his neighborhood.

3) Jonathan, “Man are smarter than woman” – He disagreed as he shared that women are getting a lot of improvement and recognition now a days specially when we have seen women being head of government agencies and in bigger companies.

4) Sowmya, “Big does not necessarily means better” – She agreed as she narrates the history of Dinosaurs and Rats. While the Dinosaurs perish on earth, Rats are still alive and kicking even though they are so small. This is due to the adaptive nature of the rats.

5) Krishnan, “If you are given 26 hours for a day, what will you do with the extra 2 hours?” – He said he did not need the extra 2 hours.  He shared that if you use your time effectively, 24 hours a day is more than enough.

6) Hong Liang, “If you have more courage, what will you do?” – He said being brave is synonymous to never ever give-up. This is his motto as he pursue his dream to learn and speak English language fluently.

7) Karen Moke, “What is your favorite role in a Toastmasters meeting?” – She choose to be a Speaker and a Table Topic Master as she thought that as a speaker, she will be able to speak whatever she liked to present and without any interruption within 5 to 7 minutes at the same time someday be a Table Topic Master due to this is the only role where most member volunteer to take, she just give-way for others.

8) Albert Anto, “Do you want to hear what you don’t like to hear?” – He agreed as he shared that this is the opportunity to improve oneself.  A good example is on being a speaker, you need to know the area of improvement even if you feel bitter and you don’t like to hear it from the speech evaluator.

9) Neil Sarno, “Time you enjoy wasting is not a wasted time” – He agreed as he shared that as long as you enjoy doing things even if other people see it as a waste of time, it does not matter because it is a matter of perception. But most importantly he shared that doing things with priority in mind will solve the issue. An example is on his extra time in the evening, he enjoy doing Toastmasters assignments first, followed by CFC/YFC assignments then followed by watching movies even if it is in the middle of the night as long as he is not tired.


Sowmya had her first opportunity to exercise this time-executioner role. She managed to learn quickly even though this was her first appointment in a Toastmaster’s meeting.

Ah Counter

Soh Siew Wee was rather lenient as the ah-er-erm master.

Announcement, Ribbon Presentation and Closing Address

Awards                                           Presented to:

Best Speech                                      Not applicable due to number of participants = 2

Best Evaluation                                Not applicable due to number of participants = 2

Best Table Topic                             Krishnan Venugopal  

Special announcement on the S2 Area Contest for Humorous Speech and Evaluation Speech to be held at Thomson CC at 1:30pm on 5th October 2013. All TIAREL members are encouraged to support our contestants, Karrina Boey (for Humorous speech contest) and Susiwati Ta (for Evaluation speech contest). This would be their first ever area contests.  

It was a very heartwarming day as members and guest enjoy every moment of the meeting. Although a few seats were vacant but we felt we were big at heart and in spirit. The meeting was concluded with the message “I love TIAREL and its members”.

Contributed by: Neil Sarno in behalf of the secretary


Building Excellence through Cycle of Improvement

Building Excellence through Cycle of Improvement

The story went that Rabbit and Turtle had a race… felt over-confident with an early lead and fell asleep under the cosy tree, and Turtle won the race.  That was the part that everybody heard and everybody knew. But do you know how bad rabbit felt after the race?

Rabbit was the top athlete of the animal world, but he was defeated, disrepute and disgraced. He repented,  learnt from his mistake and challenged turtle for a rematch. This time round, he didn’t stop.  Like Usain Bolt, Rabbit sped all the way, never looked back, never stopped, and all the way to the finish line. Turtle didn’t have a chance

Turtle being forever wise and patient, start to think, think and think, and he thought of a strategy. He invited Rabbit for a rematch. Rabbit ran like a bullet until he reached the river. He couldn’t swim! So all he could only stood there and watch Turtle slowly crawled… and swam and crawled to the finish line. Turtle too learnt from his mistake, improved his edge and has created the first aquathlon in the animal world. And so the saga continues between the two.

You see, excellence requires continuous effort to do better. Like Rabbit and Turtle, they build upon their past experience, learn from mistakes and boost their performance one step at a time.

And you can do it too. Regardless of your goal and destination, there is a tried and tested way to make cycle of improvement.  There are 4 steps –  PLAN, DO, CHECK, ACT



Plan is about knowing what you want, then plan how to get there.

When I first joined Toastmasters Club, Eng Lye told me that I need to plan in advance, because the speech slots got snatched up early. Being a greedy person, I thought, since I paid $218 per year for membership – 2 practices per year means $100 per practice, 4 practices per year means $50 per practice… 8 practices per year means ……$25 per practice! If I make 24 practices per year  then it will be peanuts!!!

So I planned for 1 speech a month, alternate with appointment slots. Book all the way, 6 months in advance. With that I completed my CTM within 1 year.

Is it possible to achieve our goal without planning? It is still possible, but it is leaving things to chance. If I do my speech depending on mood, then I may not have the mood, or when I have the mood but Susi has no slots, or before I have the mood, my wife ask me out for movie. Success becomes then a random affair.

Plan for it if you truly want success. Don’t leave things to chance.


Next step is do.  It is about bringing what is on your mind, and on paper, into the reality.   Just like this paper airplane in my hand, can it be created if no one does the folding? 

Can there be a swimmer, who has never done the swimming? Or  a good trainer who has never done the training?  Or a successful farmer, who has never done the farming?

The turtle carried out his strategy, making it a reality and out-matched Rabbit. He tasted victory.

Likewise, you can also carry out your plan, and achieve success.

Reserving speech slots without actually doing the speech will not bring you anywhere. We need to prepare, rehearse, and deliver the speech. We need to grow from the tears, toil and sweat. We need to overcome the fear by  facing the fear straight on. If there is no doing, there is no progress, and there will be no fruit.


After doing, it will be time to check the results.  What was done right? What was done wrong? Are you on-track? It is we, looking at ourselves in the mirror.

In Toastmasters club, you could receive feedback from evaluator, the feedback form and we can also ask our peers for their comments. 

At work, you can look at the Key Performance Indicators.  You can ask the subject matters experts for opinions. Or you can also ask your boss, customers, participants for feedback. 

There are always ways to find out how well we are doing.

Seek and you will find; ask and you will get; measure and you will know the figure.


After knowing, it is time for action. It will be your choice, of whether you want to make changes to improve, or you want to stay status quo.

In the Toastmasters arena, there are Toastmasters who always speak at the same level of proficiency, repeating the same mistakes. And there are those who take each feedback seriously and you notice progress at each project. It is a personal choice.

If progress is what you want, then identify the problem or the weakness, and set-out to plan for change.  If vocal variety is the issue, practice on the voice – there are many resources out there that teach you how to do it.

The cycle of improvement continues in a PDCA fashion, creating a spiral of progress until you arrive at your destination.


Plan-Do-Check-Act is the formula for cycle of improvement which Rabbit and Turtle applied in their competition to great effect. Successful companies like Toyota, Honda and many others use it to improve their performance. And you too, can apply in your personal life, in toastmasters at work to realize success.  Is there a goal that you want to achieve?

Go ahead! Use Plan-Do-Check-Act to help you  build excellence through cycle of improvement