Text & photography by Lim Chuan Yang
Superwoman Woon Yean Yi shows off her superpower!
“Have you always wanted superpowers? How would you get them? Before you jump into that vat of radioactive waste, consider this: did you know Toastmasters gives you superpowers? I bet you didn’t.”
– Lim Chuan Yang
In our quest for these elusive superpowers, we first learnt that power and responsibility are two halves of a whole from invocation speaker, Anupama. One without the either will only lead to the current state of world affairs, where two world leaders bicker on Twitter over who has the larger and more dangerous nuclear button.
2. Table Topics
Switching up table topics was Aaron! He led us through a journey of self-discovery where table topics speakers had to choose from a list of superpowers, one through to 10, and speak about the power that they had selected.
With that done, it was down to business as Immediate Past President Woon Yean Yi installed the new exco team for the term. Behind every club is a team of superheroes, striving tirelessly to keep the club running and the road less bumpy. This is the Executive Committee of the club, and today is the day they took up the mantle of responsibility for the care of the club!
4. Project Speeches
Stephen Homer brought us along with him on his super secret superhero work, studying how companies use Corporate Social Responsibility to improve the communities around them. Yean Yi then used her powers of mind reading to transport us to the mind of a poker playing teenager in trouble with the police while Ben used a calming influence (Yes! That can be a super power too!) to defuse a bunch of angry reporters.
Led by the vivacious Chloe Ong of Area J2, the evaluators fed us the breakfast of champions so that we might grow as strong as a superhero!
In the end, we didn’t gain super strength or the ability to see the future. But the superpower we got was no less critical for us in our admittedly more mundane lives, the ability to clearly communicate with our fellow human beings as well as the ability to speak publicly in front of an audience, widely accepted to be the most common fear in the world.