[Review]#623# Control Your Expense 2016/06/28


Word of the Day


Adi,任意的; 自由决定的; 酌情行事的; 便宜行事的

Having or using the ability to act or decide according to your own discretion or judgment

Such as “More rich more discretionary”.


This theme of this meeting is “control your expense”. We all know it is not easy to become rich, and therefore we cherish our treasure. For our People Square Toastmaster Club, the most valuable treasure are our members, especially the officers who are devoting their time energy and energy to this club.  We cherish each other and support each other.

Let us see how we make the club even richer.


TME -toastmaster of evening.

Our fashion girl, Semy Gao, led this meeting as the Toastmaster of Evening. She is always so professional. She made transitions among sessions smoothly, and heightened the energy level of the atmosphere, which would otherwise go down.


TT – table topic

This session was held by Jevon SUN, a professional and passionate Table Topic Master. His questions were relavent to our daily life,. The audience can easy understand the questions and deliver their speech and express their value. Here I list the questions.

1. Do you like shopping online? Tell us one of your recent online shopping experience.

2. Some young people buy things on impulse. Are you this type of person? What is your view on impulsive purchase?

3. In your opinion, what is a wise investment?

4. Many girls are good at haggling about prices. Do you like bargaining with vendors? What techniques are required to be a good bargainer?

5. Do you have a saving plan?


Special session — Officer Installation

Since the first toastmaster term is closing off, the new officer team will be on board soon., We invited area director, Corry ZHOU, to host this Officer Installation. One by one , each officer took their oath and responsibility with the gavel down. We all together support each other and achieve excellence


Prepared Speech

1. P1: Who am I

Sherry XIE gave her ice break speech and surprised us a lot. A young mother with 3 girls, two of which are twins, still can find time to join toastmaster club. Through watching movie, she draws inspiring ideas. Even in the company’s meeting, in front of many people, she broke her struggling to rise hand and asked a question to her big boss- the president. In her daily life, she learned a lot, due to these. She becomes more confident and better. Wow! Another rising new star.


IE -individual evaluation

Michael LEE evaluated Sherry’s speech as more than p1 speech. The structure was clear: opening with a brief introduction; body including two stories; The endings inspired people. And her delivery was powerful and vivid. Also, she used 3 “ I’m” to show us the magic of parallel construction.


2. P3: The reason to stay

Ding Kang

To Leave or tostay is a common question in our lives. So is for us to decide on a toastmasters club. Over a 6-month support to officer team Dingkang fingered out 2problems that could weaken our club. One is the structure, another is personal inside problem. And he gave some suggestion to solve them: first, the officer team members support each other and build a channel between members and officers to help each other. As to the personal problem, please think out not just what we can get, but also what we can bring, to explore ourselves.

IE Jessie LEE

She evaluated that Dingkang’s speech title got to the point quietly. The topic was familiar to us, and organized well with analysis problem then giving suggestions, also inspiring all together work hard. Something can be improved is less the problems and find a more positive effect to encourage people to stay here.

3. P5: Who are you going to be

Vera LIU

Who you are? What are you going to be? Smart, handsome, rich, better person, better life, Vera firstly figureed out you may think too much, that is just you dream about it. Why say so, Vera told us the secret by giving us two stories. The secret is to accept the imperfect you, be yourself, be in you, find the real you, and enjoy yourself.


She evaluated that Vera did very well in body language, including warm smile, nature movement and gestures. Also, She had eye contacts with people all over the room. One suggestion was to make full use of the whole stage.

4. P10: You are here for a reason


He started his CC journey one year ago, over one year, he learned a lot. Once when he joined in the toastmaster meeting, he lied to his family, and said it’s due to overwork. He was shy of losing face in front of his wife. Once he struggled on speech content, once he hid what he had achieved in the Toastmaster. Through one year’s practice, and learning by doing, he improved step by step. Now he can generate ideas from his daily life, he can rehearsal in the front of his wife without embarrassment.  He also showed what he has done to his friends. Now one shy guy became a shining guy. He found the reason to stay here. Congratulation Yajun, you win back!

IE – Ethan JIANG

Ethan said this was Yajun’s best speech, because Yajun merged all speaking skills to this speech. Prepared well, good pronunciation, vocal variety, body language, and also the visual ads. His personal stories supported the key message and inspired all the audience.




General Evaluation and three helpers

GE – Lois LAU,

Grammarian – Cynthia CHEN

Ah Counter – Williem CAHYADI

Timer – Mavis FANG


Our champion Lois gave her serious evaluation humorously. Our professional president and SAA were required to open the meeting in a different way, and try something new. Our TME Semy won the high praise from Lois. Grammarian Cynthia got suggestion: use the whiteboard, and separate her report to vocal, grammar, pronounce will be better. Ah counter Williem, got suggestion: inspire more people with his report. And for timer Mavis, Lois told all the audience to pay attention to the timer, or else timer will kill you. Other role takers also did quite well, that is why we can have a fancy meeting.



The best role taker is Jevon SUN. Jessica won the best table topic.. The best speaker went to Vera LIU.

Congratulations to all the prepared speakers, what you bring to our club, also make our club richer.

Here you will find who you are, what are you going to be, the reason to stay. And you are here for the reason.

——This review is written by Jennifer Lee, Jeff Chen—————–

[Review]#622# You are what you Wear 2016/6/26

The demo meeting YOU ARE WHAT YOU WEAR was held in a fancy place on We+ at Huaihai Road. Every member and guest dressed up, shining and glamorous. Just look at their stylish clothes!

Cocktail Party

Guests socialized while drinking cocktails and eating appetizers. There were neary 80 people came to this meeting, we prepared various cocktails, food, drinks and snacks.

President Opening

In tuxedo, Logan kicked off the demo meeting. He highly praised the fashionable style of all the participants. Then he reinforced the theme of the meeting by saying Toastmasters is where leaders are made, and it is also where men and women become stylish.

TME and three helpers

Wearing a gorgeous black dress, Lois Lau acted as the Toastmasters of the Day, who hosted the whole meeting. She pointed out that the style is what we are. She introduced the meeting agenda and invited everyone to join the gossip dinner after the meeting. The three helpers were Timer Janet Yuan, Ah Counter Cynthia Chen, and Grammarian Zhang Lin.

Table Topic session

Table topic master Dennis Wen hosted an innovative table topic session. His hosting style was quite impressive. He invited Chelsi Xiao for the first question – “Whose dress is the most charming in this meeting?” Chelsi highly praised Katrina for wearing an elegant dress with blue-white China pattern, which reflected the rich and abundant Chinese culture.

Guess what, Dennis Wen then invited Katrina to answer a question. The third speaker was chosen by Katrina. This time, she needed to choose a perfect boyfriend from the audience. And what’s beyond our imagination was four men standing up for Katrina, including her husband! You may already know who was chosen, her husband Evan, a man with glasses and wisdom!

The fourth speaker Jessica wore a gorgeous blue dress. She told us about the story behind this beautiful gown.

The next speaker Zhang Lin, the humor king in PS Toastmasters, was asked about his first love since people never forget their first love. His answer with great wit and humor made the audience burst into laugh “People are wrong, and I already forgot my first love!” Then he shared the story about his second love when he was in the kindergarten. He and a little girl were playing a common kindergarten game like a family. What a hilarious love story!!


Sharing Session

You Are What You Wear by Logan Tan

Logan shared 3 tips about how to dress well and become a charming gentleman:

1. The clothes should fit you in size.

2. Find the right color that fit you well.

3. Different style, formal and informal.


You Are What You Wear by Yanhua Li

Ms Li, a professional stylist presented the secrets of becoming a gorgeous girl.

1. Focus on your beauty inside.

2. Pay attention to the occasions and then decide what to wear.

3. Smart color matching.


Prepared Speech session

A6: A lesson –Steven Shen, CC/CL

In his speech, Steven told us what happened during an outing organized by Bilingual Drama club last week. They had a boozy dinner and everyone got drunk. Then what happened in that night? Nothing. He and another male member went to sleep right way in the hotel room. However, on the second day, his friend found the money in his wallet was gone. Steven was very embarrassed because he was the only person living with that guy. After trying to recall the events, they were shocked to discover they forgot to lock the door due to intoxication. Someone must have entered the room and stolen the money! What a lesson!

Evaluator: Rocky Shen, CC/ALB

Good points: The story is very entertaining and the lesson is useful for everyone. Steven also used double twists to dramatize his story-telling.

Suggestions: it is better to make a title more specific since the title “a lesson” is too general. It is better to use vocal variety to make conversations more vivid.


A10: Distinguished Club Award –Williem Cahyadi, CC/CL

In his A10 speech, Williem announced an exciting news- our club got the Distinguished Cub Award from Toastmasters International! He extended his great gratitude to the former officer team for their hard work and dedication, which made that happen. Great wall wasn’t built in one day, and that is why we should thank past generations who have laid the foundation for the coming generation to build on. Then he expressed his vision to build our club into the benchmarking club. Our club under new leadership will surely exceed the expectation and achieve excellence!

Evaluator: Zhang Lin, CC/CL

Good points: Williem showed his sincerity and gratitude to the officer team in the speech. He also mentioned members’ names to recognize their contribution.

Suggestions: If a scenario of an awarding ceremony can be set up, it will be more interesting and get the audience engaged. If he can pick one person, and tell us the details about how his or her work helped a lot to achieve excellence, the speech will be much more substantialized.


A28: Appraise and Giving Feedback- Chelsi Xiao, ACS/ALB

Chelsi started her A28 speech by asking the audience where we can get feedback.  Then she shared 4 tips of giving feedback. 1) Share information, not advice; 2) Keep it brief; 3) Accentuate the positive; 4) timeliness; 5) praise progress. After elaborating each technique, she invited Ethan to simulate a scenario. She praised Ethan’s hard work of PR campaign for this demo meeting and gave him the feedback.

Evaluator: Cathy Xu, CC/CL from Talent Discovery Bilingual club

Good points: great opening and excellent presentation to introduce techniques. The scenario is a vivid demonstration of how to give valuable feedback effectively.

Suggestions: if she can also empower the person to change, for example, encouraging him to achieve another success in next PR event, the speech will be more wonderful.


General Evaluation Session

Liva Wan DTM hosted general evaluation session.

We were honored to have District 85 program officer, the Distinguished Toastmaster Liva Wan as our general evaluator. She started the evaluation in a classic Toastmasters style “you have done a great job”. She used “PS” to compliment our demo meeting which was so professional and so special. Everything was well arranged, and every role taker was dedicated. She also appreciated the great work from our Grammarian Zhang Lin, Ah Counter Cynthia Chen and Timer Janet. The meeting was more than 3 hours, and their dedication made it perfect!



Best Table Topic Speaker       : Chelsi Xiao

Best Role-taker                            : Dennis Wen

Best Stylish Awards

Congrats to Katrina Guo and Ethan Jiang to win Best Stylish Awards!


—-This review written by our members in PSTMC—-

Michael Lee\Ethan Jiang\Yajun Zhang\Jevon Sun\Williem Cahyadi

New Generation(18th, May)

    This is a memorable evening for us as PSTMC and CAT jointly and successfully held this meeting which attracted more than 60 members and guests. On behalf of all members and guests, I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our EVP, Jolie Hu, for without her, we cannot experience such a high-quality meeting and frankly speaking, this is the highest-quality meeting that I have ever witnessed before.

   Table Topic Session was closely knitted with “New Generation”-the theme of the meeting. Table Topic Master, Zhang Lin popped questions of various types, such as new generation of digital products, new generation of champion in the upcoming World Cup and so on……The questions have two characteristics:1)Easy to understand; 2)Imaginary. Because of these, guests responded with passion and this in turn created very positive and interactive atmosphere.

   With regards to Prepared Speeches, all what I can say is “they are really somebody!”. For DTM, Yingdan Liu’s C1 speech, I have learned so much. Her grace, appropriate gestures, tones and intonations impressed me a lot! For Oscar, the only speaker from People Square Toastmasters Club, I just would like to say, you are always that special and unconventional as you always tried to be different no matter it was your topic, it was your facial expressions or it was your story. You were actually performing monodrama, and you are sure to be the King of Drama! KC Loh’s A9 speech “How to Improve Your Memory” is the most informative speech since she taught us a set of skills to help us improve our memory in every facets of life. For me, this speech was like rain in drought as I cannot remember things correctly recently and after the meeting, I have confidence that my memory will be improved.

   See, this is the magic of Toastmasters. Life in People Square Toastmasters Club is just like a box of chocolate, you never know what you are gonna get. You may learn some skills (communications, sales, leadership), you may get Mr/Miss Right, you may hear a story which will change your way of thinking, and you may get a leader role which will help you grow up quickly. So, if you want to get more, come here more often. I promise you will get something meaningful beyond your expectations.

Joint Meeting with Changsha Club(11th,May)

    Excited as I was, this meeting was a kind of creative product! I could not help but feeling “high” as I was finally able to invite my hometown’s toastmasters club to People Square Toastmasters Club and pleased to see the first joint meeting since I joined!

    One of the best things this evening was that we had two Presidents play the master of the evening and there was no doubt that this was sure to be the shiniest meeting because of the two most beautiful girls!

    Jolie has made an excellent TME by appropriate introductions of every role, little humor and grace.

    Though I did not make the 2010 Spring Conference, I still had the opportunity to hear what Roawin, President of PSTMC shared. This special sharing broadened my horizon and enriched my knowledge with regards to Toastmaster Conference. I cannot thank you enough for your selfless sharing!

    Though we had only two speakers in the meeting, they are really marvelous! Spike from People Square Toastmasters Club, picked up his C1 speech again in a traditional 3-point manner. The best and perhaps the most memorable moments for me was his opening and ending as he played a little game which created some connections with the audience. In this way, the audience can listen to the speaker more attentively. Spike, “You are really passionate!”

    The second speech was delivered by Sandy from Changsha No.1 Toastmasters Club. It was her C5 speech and the objective is “Your body speaks!” I would like to say this was a really “body-speaking speech” as Sandy used gestures every moment! The truth was it was not only her body spoke, but also her face spoke! She depicted a funny yet a little bit embarrassing story which created so much laughter. I love this speech so much! Expectedly, she won the best speaker this evening!

    I was not only grateful for People Square Toastmasters Club giving me the rare chance meeting with my town fellows, more because the two clubs chaired a wonderful meeting which benefited me.

    Thank YOU! Let us look forward to our next joint meeting with CAT on 18th, May!


Golden Holiday Is Coming

  As the May Day golden holiday is drawing nearer and nearer, many people started designing their plans. It can be travelling to gorgeous beaches, visiting parents, meeting with old friends. However, People Square Toastmasters Club Weekly Meeting should be what you cannot afford to miss as the theme of this week was “Golden Holiday” and we shared with each other a lot of ideas and imagination for the exciting holiday.

   I would like to say Spike has done a wonderful job as the Acting President in that he ignited the evening with a passionate and enthusiastic opening. You are really an “Aries”!

   Thompson, the TME led the whole meeting smoothly in a humorous yet logical manner. You added vitality to this evening!

   I believe Neil contentiously prepared for “Table Topic” session from two perspectives. One is that he carefully chose each question to be addressed. The other is that he designed the session with some creativity (for the first time, we saw lovers’ dialogue and we also enjoyed the debate between the two guests on the topic about “extended holiday is better or not”). Thanks, Neil! Great job!

   As for Prepared Speeches, Tommy delivered his second C1 speech at such a short notice(less than 8 hours’ time) and also at a higher quality! Expectedly, he earned “Best Speaker” in this meeting. While, on the other hand, Zhanglin used his C3 speech sharing with members and guests his company and his job with his technical expertise. Though the topic is uncommon, the speech still introduced a lot of laughter. The secret is black humor. Want to have black humor? Please just ask Zhang Lin! He is the black humor king!

   Among all evaluators, I appreciate Joy’s evaluation and comments very much for two reasons. One is that she used simple words and phrases in the evaluation session so that each speaker can understand her and another reason is that she used a diagram in which she listed all table topic speakers and their respective merits and shortcomings which can make her evaluation more smoothly. I really learned from her.

   Last but not least, let me extend our gratitude to all of you! You are the ones who made this meeting a success and People Square Toastmasters Club a shining star.