Toastmasters : Ice Breaker Speech

This is a continuation post from the previous one. Feel free to read it first – Finding the Old Me

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First and foremost, let me make an important disclaimer here. In the speech Finding the Old Me, I actually added a spoon of seasonings to enhance the flavor finely. Haha! Actually, the part that I said I spoke in front of many people – no, I did not speak in front of many people back then. The part that I loved to volunteer in class – no, I never volunteered in class. Hahaha…I exaggerated! Yes I was active with clubs and societies but I was just a regular committee and I just led small teams once or twice. And yes I enjoyed class presentations and yes my work life was right as described. My point was actually to distinguish these two positions so I exaggerated the U part a bit. Just a bit, mind me! Haha okay done with my confessions. Let’s move on to a more constructive discussion.

SPEECH WRITING

Ice Breaker speech is very basic. It’s talking about yourself so in terms of the contents, you don’t have to climb the Google mountain. The difference is how it’s being delivered. Through my observation in the meetings :

  • They talk about their lives based on chronology –  from the time they’re born to the present, highlighting significant facts along the way.
  • They pick only two or three things about them and they elaborate further.
  • They tell a story about an incident or an experience they went through and what they learned that made them who they are today.

I was interested with the second one and I also wanted to tell a story. And so that’s how it turned out.

PREPARATION & PRACTICE

I practiced a lot! Within two weeks prior to that, I acted in front of the mirror every single day. At first, I wrote my text and memorized it line by line but I found it so hard to flow. I sought advice from my hubby and a friend who are very associated with this speaking thingy and they told me not to memorize everything but just remember the points and structure and keep on practicing. I did just that! Thank guys.

TIPS & IDEAS

Okay these are random tips and ideas I scooped out from here and there that might be useful for you :

  1. Volunteer to speak during Table Topic sessions prior to the day as a practice to overcome your stage fright.
  2. Have a mutual interaction. Throw a question and self-answer. That would spare a pause for you to hold a moment.
  3. You may want to use the projector. Display interesting pictures of yourself and share the story behind them (e.g : pictures of you travelling to other countries)
  4. Describe yourself based on astrology, chinese zodiac or favourite colors.
  5. Tell the meaning of your name and elaborate the elements that make you you.
  6. Begin or end your speech with a quote.
  7. Conclude yourself in 3 words.
  8. Don’t forget to relate your stories with the audience. Offer something for them to take home.

EVALUATION

I was evaluated by the Mr. President himself. One good point I want to remember is that he said I began my speech with a big smile. Some people forgot to smile when in nervous state. So yes, smile! And these are some rooms of improvement for me to note :

  1. “Too much hand gestures.”
    This is the most obvious. That’s my habit anyway but during the speech, I even overdid it. Gotta watch these hands next time. The evaluator said, every gesture should be purposeful.
  2. “Too static.”
    I did not move.  I purposely did not move. When practicing, I tried to casually move a step or two but the risk is that I would get distracted and go blank at all. No way! So I glued my feet on the ground. Will practice on this later.
  3. “Less pauses.”
    Those who knew me in-person surely know that I naturally speak like a train. So this is what happened live. Actually I controlled this in my practice. I timed myself and every time it was all reaching 6 minutes. But on real play, my time recorded was only 5 minutes 17 seconds. I was speeding obviously. He reminded us to use the power of pauses for the audience to absorb what we say. Okay!

EXPERIENCE & FEELINGS

All in all, well done, self! I’m so glad I did it anyways. For once I broke through my fear, my self-doubt and timidity with this challenge and what I can say is, knowing my level and competency, I’m pretty satisfied with my first performance. Thank God, Allah eased my say. I’d less fumbles and most importantly I didn’t forget my script because I didn’t bring any notes with me. Because this is the first one, this is the best so far. Hahaha. Now, I’m on to the next. Bring it on!!

Till the next post,
SALZY

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Snap a Picture & Talk about It

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Happened to be, it’s TV. So what’s up with TV I am going to talk about? I guess let me reveal to you about my behaviour when watching TV. Just so you know when it comes to watching drama on TV, I’m a very expressive person. If the story is funny, I’d laugh my lungs out. If it’s a tearjerker, I’d cry a river that will flow into oceans. Romantic scenes like above, blinking heart eyes. Suspense, I’d panic like I’m the one to be killed or being chased. I would go OMGGGG, Noooo, Dammit!!, Huwarrrr to the highest pitch so whoever watching with me around would surely get annoyed with this temperament but what can I say? When I start gluing my butts in front of the TV for a movie or drama, I naturally dive into the characters and my name instantly changes to the hero’s or heroin’s name. If you’re too like me, know that you actually can be an actress. Hidden talent! Ahaks

Being expressive when watching is fun, and healthy if I could add. At least for ourselves, not for the annoyed buddies they might go depressed after that haha. Being expressive itself is important in our daily lives because our heart (I mean the heart-shaped hearts) is a storage of limited space. Just like the real heart that takes in blood through the veins and pumps it out to the lungs and other body parts; the blood doesn’t, and in fact cannot, stay there forever or else – I don’t wanna mention scary things.

Same goes to the feelings and emotions that we collected from our days, remember that our heart is just a stopover especially for the negative feelings. It is hurtful to let it stay for long so what do we do? Express it out! Talk to a good-listener friend, write a journal, cry alone or most effectively, cry to God. Don’t ignore the feelings with the thought that it will later fade or be forgotten just like that. Yes, time heals and this is too what I always tell myself when dealing with problems but at the same time, do something in a way that can entertain your heart a little. For example, watch TV emotionally! Haha, does it help? If not, find a better option.

Okay, this means I am done with the task “Snap a Picture & Talk about It”. This is an activity from the book I just finished reading – The Tao of Writing. This book gives me an understanding of writing based the Tao Te Ching – a Chinese philosophy. It’s really basic yet significant, to get anyone who found it hard to write, don’t know what to write about or been losing words; to simply get started. Many suggestions listed but when the eyes met this one I was like, okay easy I can do it now. Grabbed my phone, turned on the camera and saw the TV through the lens. Snapped it up and began writing. I’m done!

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Till the next post,
SALZY

Cholesterol Control

I have done my full body check-up for this year as I planned to. Blood and urine test that included :

    • Kidney function test
    • Liver function test
    • Diabetic screen
    • Cholesterol
    • Hepatitis B
    • Thyroid screen
    • HIV
    • Syphilis
    • Urine feme

And also Tumor markers all for only RM200. Glad that the clinic was having promotion so I grabbed it quick. If not, as I checked from several clinics/hospitals, the same package costs almost RM500! Thank God for this.

I think I am the kind of person who is health-conscious. But WAIT! NOT the kind of health-conscious who exercises everyday, eats clean, counts calories, all home-cooked etcetera, no. I mean, conscious in a way that any little things I feel or see, in or on my body, I will start thinking of any possibilities that could happen in the worldddd!

Just a little twinge on my chest makes me think of what’s wrong with my organs?? Is my heart functioning well? Has any foreign element entered my body and pinched my lungs or something?? So I need to do this blood examination recurrently so my mind will be at peace. THAT kind of health-conscious me. Is that the right term? Of course not. But I don’t know what it is. Whatever, that’s just what I called myself with the hope that one day I will be a true health-conscious person that really takes care of the body and will age gracefully. Wallaahh.

Back to the topic, I did my health screening almost yearly since 2012. Alhamdulillah usually, the results were all fine except for…Cholesterol Level! It’s always highlighted high. You know it has this; HDL (good cholestrol), LDL (bad cholesterol) and  Total Cholesterol calculation. Mine was usually very high in bad cholesterol and made the total high as well. So this time I also thought that I will be lectured by the doctor about the same things; cholesterol, eating habits, lifestyles all sorts. But heyy, to my surprise that’s not the case! My cholesterol has gone down to onlyyy a slight high on the bad cholesterol but the Total is fine! Oh my Goddd…I’m soo happy. I did not expect this!

cholesterol chart correct

Source : Google

So here’s the thing. Since my last cholesterol check mid-last year that showed my cholesterol reached borderline-high range (reading 6 mmol/L), I began taking health supplements called Omega Guard (Fish Oil) and Phytocol-ST by Shaklee. I guess it’s quite popular that Fish Oil is the solution for high cholesterol issue, but not Phytocol (or maybe I’m not aware). It was suggested by my sister as an add-on supplement to be taken together with Omega Guard.

Omega Guard works to reduce the cholesterol in your body while Phytocol works to prevent the new ones from coming in. It’s like a two-way work, right? That’s good. So I bought both types for 4 months stocks and started new routine.

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After all those years having this high cholesterol issue and it kept increasing, I thought it’s nothing I can do about it. Changing lifestyle and eating habits? You know it’s easier said than done. Now that at least my little action taken showed some improvement (latest Total reading at 4.5mmol/L – ideal range), I’d like to share this with you all. I know high cholesterol is somewhat a major health problem; it could lead to the risk of heart disease and stroke, especially for us Malaysians because our foods are all marvelous yet fatty too.

So guys, if you’d like to buy those supplements I mentioned above or any other vitamins, please do call my sister or my sister-in-law (contact details below). They’re selling  a whole range of vitamins/supplements products from Shaklee and can give you the best advice for your health issues.

Siti Munirah 
Whatsapp : +60 187 669 798 
Instagram : @shakleebysitimunirah 
Website : http://www.sitimunirah.com/

Ain Syafinas 
Whatsapp : +60 132 744 885
Instagram : @vitamin_shakleejb

My bad cholesterol level is still not ideal (2.72 mmol/L) so I hope it can be reduced more. I gotta continue with the supplements and exercise more often! Oh this is the struggle because I am not an active person. Eating habit is another problem.

Nevertheless, whatever excuses I give myself, it doesn’t make me any good. We age by days and so do our bodies. Illnesses nowadays are not selective. We can see many young people got diagnosed with critical sickness just like that. Some reasons are not explainable but the best is to take care of ourselves and most importantly, be happy. Stress is no good!

Till the next post,
SALZY