Yearly Archives: 2010


Kris Tay

It was 11 years ago that I joined the Toastmasters Club in Singapore. I was comfortable chatting with friends and even giving presentations for projects in school. Little did I know that when I had to give a speech to strangers, I froze. I startled and my heart thumped so hard that I thought I would die of a heart attack.

Many adults fear public speaking and even after delivering the speech, we are our worst critic. This fear could definitely be overcome with practice and skills. How I wished I had learnt the skills of public speaking when I was young.

Hence, I started giving workshops on public speaking and presentation skills targetting at children. Children learn best when they have FUN! It’s not about the grammar, neither is it about the vocabulary. It’s about communication and whether the other party or parties understand you, whether they caught your message, and whether they will act upon your call.

My first workshop, “Electrify or Electrocute Your Audience”, was well received by the children. It was loaded with activities that build their confidence and the children had a whale of good time. I discovered that our children learn in schools how to handle oral examinations and very often, there were templates for them to follow. When it comes to extemporaneous speeches, they were lost. For example, when I gave them a “blue” giraffe and asked them to give a speech about that, the children all started describing the giraffe. “This is a blue giraffe. It has spots on its body…” I’m not saying that this is bad, but if we want to interest our audience, we have to be more creative, we have to be able to “spin” tales and draw our audience in with our speeches.

Recently, I ran a workshop on public speaking and storytelling in a Primary School. The final session is a speech contest and all these students were so excited when I arrived. They showed me their scripts and asked if they could refer to their notes when they deliver their speeches. Their speeches were well written but when it comes to their delivery, they need more encouragement and practice. It’s heartwarming to see their excited faces, their eagerness to deliver their speeches, and their courage to overcome their nervousness.

My personal conviction is that our children do not need lessons on how to speak. They do not need templates on good speeches. They need our encouragement. They need coaching. They need to build their confidence, knowing that they can deliver speeches that are sincere, speeches that can impact others, and speeches that make a difference.

Adults, parents, teachers, coaches, can play key roles to identify the strengths of our children, suggest ways to make their speeches more impactful, and help launch them on this wonderful journey of public speaking.

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Toastmasters@Hope is now a Chartered Club

Fellow Toastmasters and Friends

We are TWENTY ONE. Toastmasters@Hope is now a Chartered Club of TI.

Today, 38 attended Toastmasters@Hope meeting,

to hear DTM Kris Tay sharing on “Using Storytelling Skills to Motivate and Inspire” and Division A international Speech Champion CC Yvonne Tan challenging the audience to participate in “The Dream of a Girl in Red”.
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Public Speaking Course Speechcraft Jun 2010

Public Speaking #1 Fear:

fear of public speaking
Public Speaking is the number 1 fear among many people. But you can conquer that fear, painlessly and enjoyably, by attending the Speechcraft Program conducted by Toastmaster@HOPE.

Speechcraft June 2010 (Saturdays)

  1. Jun 12
  2. Jun 19
  3. Jul 3
  4. Jul 10
  5. Jul 17

What is Speechcraft?

Speechcraft is a program to develop your public speaking abilities. You don’t receive a grade and you can proceed at your own pace.
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Storytelling at Changi

Facts Tell. Stories Sell

The authors of “Made to Stick” wrote,

“Stories have the amazing dual power to simulate and inspire. And most of the times we don’t even have to use much creativity to harness these powers – we just need to be ready to spot the good ones (stories) that life generates every day.”

Many believe the myth that storytelling is only for children.
How wrong that is!

Storytelling skills are powerful tools to motivate and inspire – children and adults alike.
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Public Speaking Singapore

Since 2004, I have been promoting my club, Toa Payoh Central Toastmasters Club, through the website and this public speaking blog.

Lately, 3 other Toastmasters Clubs deserve my highest recommendation.

But, why learn public speaking in the first place?
This is what Donald Trump has to say:

Years ago I was probably nervous
about facing an audience, but I got over it ….

Being afraid of speaking in public
is something you can conquer
… whatever the size of the audience, …..

That said, public speaking and presentations
may be a necessary step on your ladder to success.

HOW TO GET RICH – by Donald J. Trump
( chapters on the art of public speaking, part I / II )

Which are the 3 other Toastmasters Clubs to practice public speaking?
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Be a Charter member of Toastmasters@Hope

Don’t just join any Toastmasters Club in Singapore.
Be a Charter member of Toastmasters@Hope

Why Toastmasters@Hope?

It is a new Toastmasters Club in the East.
Members are new and young, and eager to learn.
So learn and grow with us – in a friendly and family environment.

We have experienced Toastmasters as Sponsors and Mentors.
That makes our learning journey fun and fulfilling.
But the most important reason,
You are a CHARTER MEMBER of Toastmasters@Hope

That makes the difference – a GREAT difference.
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Public Speaking at Sengkang Anchorvale

Friends of Sengkang, good news!

My friend, Mike Woon is chartering a Toastmasters club in Anchorvale.

Anchorvale CC Toastmasters Club – Sengkang

If you are putting up at the Sengkang New Town or its neighbouring estate, then Anchorvale is definitely right for you.

Just give Mike a call and he’ll invite to his next demo meeting.
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Cairnhill Mandarin Toastmasters Club

New Mandarin Toastmasters Coming to Cairnhill…

Need to give a speech in Mandarin?
Here is your opportunity to learn from the experts.

Cairnhill Mandarin Toastmasters Club Promotional Flyer

How to join?

Only 20 14 9 6 positions left. Hurry!
Call Tay Yiang Ping for details: 9622-1803
or send email to Contact Cairnhill Mandarin
Cairnhill Mandarin Toastmasters Club.

To download promotional flyers:

Toastmasters@Hope welcomes you.

Michael is chartering a new Toastmasters Club at the east. This is your opportunity to be a charter member of a new Toastmasters Club.
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Sharpen your Thinking, Listening and Speaking skills

Join Toastmasters@Hope.
We provide you the opportunity and the platform
to sharpen and improve the skills you already have.

Don’t stop at just being a good communicator

Become a GREAT communicator.
Become a GREAT Leader.
Influence, Inspire and Persuade.
Change your life , your destiny and the world.
Make your life significant.
Make your life count.
Make your life a legacy.

Toastmasters@Hope welcomes you

Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month
from 1030am to 1230pm
at 694 Upper Changi Road East
(Changi Bethany Church/Hope Presbyterian Church)

All are welcome.
The Club is opened to the community regardless of race, religion and gender.

Contact: Michael Lau 9728-0919 via SMS, or email tmhopepc @
Send email to contact form at Contact Toastmasters@Hope