How do you perceive health? You are when you eat, and Bricksey

Trang, the president of Phoenix Speakers, started the meeting with a story about Bill Gates. Despite being a computer geek, Gates worked hard at public speaking. It was useful to him when he was trying to sell Microsoft a long time ago and even more so now as a public figure. Drawing from this example, Trang urged members and guests to keep working at speaking in front of people. Indeed, hard work pays off.

Shane, the Toastmaster, led the meeting with zeal and enthusiasm.

Jeremy, the Topics Master, asked the audience questions based on an excerpt from the famous poem.

IF – by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise


Members and guests answered these topics with humor, creative imagination and wonderful personal stories. The best table topic speaker award went to George Peden who shared with the audience about his grandfather. George wished to meet his grandfather and to have a conversation about his colorful life.

In the 2nd half of the meeting, Aaron started his toastmaster journey with his Ice Breaker titled: How do you perceive health? There were 3 pieces of jigsaw throughout his life. The first one, as a young boy, with his mom at his elbow, his dad at his ear, he was talked into eating vegetables. He never stopped eating vegetables. He then moved on to the time when he was a footballer, he met an amazing coach who inspired him to stay healthy to keep ahead of the game. Last, from his trip to Uganda, he was amazed by the quality, the richness and the freshness of the cuisine there. Thus, he vowed to make the best use of food to maintain a healthy body and a brilliant mind.

Follow up was Brad doing his advanced project – To inform the audience. The audience was intrigued by the title: You are when you eat. Brad explained the history of healthy eating when human mainly ate non-processed food. Afterward, he introduced intermittent fasting to the audience, how to practice it and its effects on health. In conclusion, he advocated healthy eating as a habit, not a goal, a lifestyle not a mere diet and of course, after consulting the doctor.

Finally, Shane delivered a moving speech for his friend’s eulogy – Mark Bricksey.  Having met each other at a business school, they quickly became friends even though Mark was considered the odd one. In his own words, Mark did an MBA to get away from his wife. Despite leading a life with lots of ups and downs, Mark had always been a positive person, a young spirit regardless of age. Shane made the audience felt for Mark’s life and personality. He won the best speaker award.

See you at the next meeting.

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