MDIS Toastmasters Club Wins Select Distinguished Club Award empowers students to become global communicators and leaders

Malaysian student Hong Ley Came participated in Toastmasters International Speech Contest area competition, gains greater self-confidence and personal growth

Malaysia, 28 September 2016 – The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) Toastmasters Club has been awarded “Select Distinguished Club” for 2015-2016; four members have achieved the Competent Communicator Award and one, the Advanced Communicator Bronze Award for the year. Clubs are awarded this distinction when they achieve a minimum 7 of 10 goals within the year.

Hong Ley Came, a 2nd year BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance student who joined the Club in February last year, participated in the 2016 Toastmasters International Speech Contest; advancing to the area competition. The contest was participated by over 30,000 toastmasters from all over the world, with only 10 making it to the finals.

Ley Came revealed, “I used to be afraid to speak up, had no confidence in myself. Joining the MDIS Toastmasters Club has given me the confidence to make myself heard and helped improve my self-image. I’ve met many people that have enriched my life. It is an amazing experience to be part of the MDIS Toastmasters Club.”

MDIS Toastmasters Club members have presented some very interesting topics over the years, including Halloween, everyday heroes, and smart phones. One of Ley Came’s most memorable speeches was titled “Just a Jump”. The five minute speech was a discourse on life that used the analogy of a bungee jump.

First set up in 2010, the MDIS Toastmasters Club has about 100 members who come from different faculties and countries including China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and others. The diversity of cultures and backgrounds allow for the exchange of varied knowledge and creative ideas, and help members gain different perspectives.

Toastmasters are presented with various opportunities to learn from one another, within their own club and also other clubs. Each meeting sees MDIS Toastmasters Club members presenting either a table topic or prepared speech, which is then evaluated by competent visiting Toastmasters from other Clubs. As active participants, members develop communication and presentation skills. As observers, they absorb knowledge by learning from others.

These experiences, including participation in contests such as International Speech, Table Topic, and Humorous Speech, allow members to hone their communication, presentation and leadership skills as they learn to formulate speeches, express themselves confidently and sell ideas with conviction and poise.

The first unofficial Toastmasters meeting was held in March 1905 with the aim to provide a learning environment to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Today, there are 15,900 Toastmasters clubs across 142 countries with 345,000 members.


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