May 2020 – Better and Stronger

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District 102 News

May 2020

Interaction Skills in the Digital Era: Forsaken and Forgotten?

Masterful workshop by Sim Bock San. Timely topic. Meaningful sharing. 170 enjoyed. 1,600 watched on Facebook!

District Leader Address – Better and Stronger

Ricky Soo, DTM

During MCO, I looked better. The Zoom app touched up my appearance.

During MCO, I felt stronger. I became a leader to buy groceries.

Would you also want to come out of the Movement Control Order (MCO), better and stronger?

Nowadays, we certainly need to attend to our health and livelihood. By all means, let’s prioritize for what is more important.

As for Toastmasters, I know of clubs being caught by surprise. We could have been Distinguished clubs, only needing a few more members. If only we could meet in person.

Thankfully, we see resilience everywhere. Companies are changing how they operate. People are learning a new way of life. Toastmasters are also adapting to connect online.

District is doing what we can to help. We have shown how to conduct events online. We have organized educational workshops. We have tried to add value to your Toastmasters experience.

We even see opportunities to reach out to the public who don’t normally attend in-person meetings. Now they can join us from the comfort of their home. If they like it, they might become part of us.

The question is, how are we doing now to attract them, to impress them, to show them the benefits of Toastmasters?

Let’s have a thought experiment. Imagine Toastmasters is only online, how can we do the same we can do in person, even do it better?

It’s time for us to rethink the experience of members and guests and act creatively. We can come out of this crisis together. Better and stronger.

Ricky Soo, DTM
District Public Relations Manager
Term 2019-2020


Beat The Clock Extravaganza Campaign – The more new members we sign up, the more vibrant our club will be, and the more gifts we’re going to bring home. What are the gifts for grab?

Proud to be a Toastmaster Campaign – Are you proud to be a Toastmasters member? Follow 3 steps here and the top 10 “Likes” will receive a “Mystery Gift” from District 102!

Diamond Club Award – We would like to recognize clubs achieving more than the requirements of DCP. You may provide data for Diamond Club Criteria here and check the status Diamond Club award hereFind out the qualifying criteria here.

Online Candidate Corner – Read the District Leadership Committee’s report on the nomination of candidates for District 102, 2020. Find out the biography and personal statements of the candidates.

Education Awards April 2020 – Congratulations to 141 members from 66 clubs across 9 Divisions in District 102 for achieving 186 Education Awards in April 2020, both in the Pathways Education Program and Traditional Education Program. Check out the achievers.

Pathways Materials – District 102 shares the materials and video from Online Workshop 11 April 2020 “Understanding Pathways Projects & Be a Successful Pathways Mentor” for the knowledge and benefit of existing and new members and clubs. Check out the materials and watch the video online.

Online AGM and Online Meetings – District 102 shares the guidance materials and video from District 102 Online AGM Workshop conducted on 21 April 2020 “How to Run A Toastmasters AGM (Including Club Elections) Online”. Check out the materials and watch the video online.

Public Relations Fest 2020 – The one-day event has concluded with lots of tips shared in 4 sessions on Public RelationsPoster DesignWeb Design and Social Media Marketing. Click and watch the videos above.

District 102 Video Campaign – The campaign has concluded with 19 videos submitted and 16 of them posted in the District 102 Youtube channel. Watch all the interesting club videos!


Speaker Fest 2020 – Watch 12 great speeches, 12 speech evaluations, 12 special talks in 4 languages on 7th June 2020. All from the comfort of your home. Grab your popcorns, sit back, enjoy.

Online Meetings, Contests, Workshops – Now you can attend Toastmasters meeting and events happening around the District! View the listing of online events going on. Add your meeting too to have some guests from around the world!

How to Increase Your Club Membership – Let’s learn new ideas and brainstorm together. We have had a fruitful first roundtable talk. Register for the second roundtable talk here on 19th May 2020.

Weekly Interview Shows – Watch the upcoming interview for Mr David Yap, Group CEO of UNIPAC Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd, and Division E Director Kang Fong Luan. Check the schedule and register yourself.

District 102 Online Contests – Our first ever 4-in-1 online contests are coming soon on 30th May 2020! Find out more about the contests. Stay tuned for the contests on District 102 Facebook Live.

THE S.P.E.A.K. SERIES – District 102 TLI Team, Division A and Famosa Toastmasters Club are bringing 5 speakers in the May and June 2020, where you’ll hear from World Champions, Key Note Speakers & Leaders in Toastmasters. Find out who they are.

Secrets of Compelling Storytelling™ – Join our virtual storytelling workshop by Pres Vasilev 2013 World Champion of Public Speaking on 23rd May 2020 at 10am to 12pm Malaysia time. Register here.