Do you believe that there are no coincidences in life? Everything happens for a reason. Every person we meet have a role in our life, either it is big or small. Some will hurt, betray and make us cry. Some will teach us lesson, not to change us, but to make us to be a better person.” — Cynthia Rusli.
Regional Advisor, Dr. Brillian S.K. graced our meeting on October 21, 2019 with his presence. In his moving speech, “Coincidences,” he shared with us his Toastmasters journey, starting from November 8, 2008. According to him, nothing is ever a coincidence. There is a wisdom behind everything. You are where you are for a reason. He recounted the time his wife insisted he checked out Bombay Toastmasters Club. Not wishing to become a couch potato, watching too much TV, he decided to visit the club. Inflated with ego and narcissistic personalities, he tended to appear holier than thou and self-aggrandizing until he challenged his own views.
He was called to the stage to respond to a Table Topics question and won a ribbon for Best Table Topics question. On that day, toastmasters revealed to him his shortcoming as he pursues to become the person he wanted to be. His take-home message was: “the more you give away. the more you get back” – Bruno Gaussian.
Dr. Brillian is now serving as Regional Advisor for Region 13, supporting District Directors, Program Quality Directors, Club Growth Directors and Public Relations Managers within Region 13 to maximize our performance and achieve our District Mission.
Thank you, Dr. Brillian, for your time, patience and guidance. Under you leadership, I believe we can work toward lifting the “provisional” status from District 97 and become a full-fledged district by 2020.
Other speakers at the meeting were Lauren who delivered her Pathways Level 2 Project 1 speech “Both Sides of the Same Coin” in which we learned about her preferred communication style. By balancing the person she wanted to be and the person she is today, she has become more empathetic and resilient, both at work, at home. Lauren cited the book written by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg “Non-Violent Communication” and summarize 4 steps in practicing non-violent communication skills. They are: look at the situations as facts, observe the facts, express your feelings/needs and make requests attributable to your well-being.
The 3rd speaker, Linda, delivered her advanced project entitled “TGIF” in which she tried to persuade the audience to buy her dance class program at THB 5,000 per course. She stated that dancing could help enhance the de-stress mechanisms in our brain. Her evaluator, Matt, suggested she adopt a stance of a salesperson or a doctor, selling solutions to the audience, how to overcome “Office Syndrome” and how they can benefit from her dance therapy program.
The last speaker was Andrew who did a book review on the book entitled “Nudge.” He shared his personal anecdote how his managed to nudge his wife to drink more water and become healthier as a person.
Immy was our first-time Table Topics Master who did a wonderful job of helping us to develop our story-telling skills using images and “emotion” wordings. For example:
- What if heaven could hear my wish? – emotion “angry” should be incorporated in the Topics response.
- Have too much coffee – emotion “confidence”
- What if today was your last day? – emotion “need to pee”
- What if tomorrow was better than today? – overly passionate
- Relationships – emotion “drunk”
- What if true love was real? – emotion “itchy skin allergy”
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