Review on Toastmasters Project 8: My love affair

I did my Project 8 on the 17th March 2017.

I personally felt better during this presentation than I did the previous one. I will probably need to focus more on the start and ending of my speeches in the future to ensure I start and end with a bang. I will need to work on my creativity to use visual aids better in the future.

My evaluator graded me based on the following acronyms:

  1. What was mentioned: In love with Netflix
  2. What was memorable: Sense of humor in words such as rheoterical devices and irony
  3. What was mendable: Limit props and use them throughout the entire presentation

What cound the speaker have done differently to make the speech more effective?

  • Use or choose a prop or two that could exemplify your message to make it more memorable rather than one off event
  • Link the props to your key message in your conclusion

What did you like about the speech?

  • Fun topic
  • Good use of language and humor
  • Audience enjoyed your speech



Toastmasters Project 8: My Love Affair

Club President, Fellow Toastmasters and Guests, I spent most of my Saturday afternoons, spending time with my virtual lover. He entertains me with stories from Stranger things, master of none and the fall. You name it. I can spend up to 12h, being a potato couch, in his presence. Have you guessed who my virtual lover is? Anyone?

My dear fellow toastmasters, It is Netflix. How many of you have signed up for an account with Netflix since they expanded to Singapore? How many of you have an account via other means before they were made available? It will stay within this four walls, so you don’t have to worry.

Ok, Netflix has changed the face of television. We are now.. almost cordless (Action: cut cord string). They have expanded to over 130 countries in Jan 2016 and we can watch the shows via our mobile phones, ipads while on the move. It is so convenient now isn’t it? It has connected the world, through its best storytellers all in one place.

Action: (Sit on a chair and use shawl as a blanket)

But for me, I prefer watching Netflix on my sofa or in the comfort of my bed, all wrapped up in my blanket or pillows…

Ever since I have Netflix, I have ditched my television. The televisions in my home are now owned by my parents. I no longer bother fighting with my dad over which channel we should watch on Saturday nights.

My dad would say ‘I need to watch my soccer now. Its Blackburn versus Liverpool tonight while I want to watch Criminal Minds.

(Mimic conversation with Dad)

Baba: Kakak, go upstairs. I want to watch my soccer game now..

Me: Cannot, I come down first so the tv is mine..

Now, I only have to pay $12 for a peace of mind and a peaceful home. Especially when you have three women and one man in the house.

There is more…

  1. God bless Netflix for NO COMMERCIALS!!!

Do you know the amount of things I can do during the commercial break while watching a show on cable tv? I can walk to my bathroom and wash up to get ready for bed. That’s how long it is. With Netflix, the same show on cable tv will take only 40mins to be streamed online unlike the typical 60mins.  That’s a good 20mins to spare for the next episode.

  1. My lover knows how to satisfy me, the way I like it..

Netflix uses the art of recommendation to learn what I like and adapts to my preferences. Through user ratings and tracking history of what I watch, Netflix is able to suggest the next suitable best show for me to watch. They are pretty accurate. If I give a five star rating on one show, I will like the next show that it recommends. That is some awesome analytics done there! That is knowing what a woman wants!

  1. Netflix promotes love and sharing

Netflix account can be used on multiple devices. My account can be used by my parents and sister as well. It’s just $12 per month and I love giving to my family, so what’s better than that? Other than watching live sports events on tv, my extended family enjoys watching movies on Netflix. It does not have to be the latest one, just the one we all love.

If all that is not enough to satisfy me, my virtual lover keeps on evolving to keep me excited and give me things to look forward to. Their new technology will allow viewers to decide on the flow of the entire story. Imagine being given the choice to decide how a drama should end?

What happens if the storyline is simple?

If the storyline is simple, such as children’s shows, then it will be like an adventure games for kids.

But if the storyline is more complex such as House of Cards or Orange is new black, then viewers will have an option of connecting plot points in a variety of ways to determine the ending of the drama using their remote control. Actors will have to work harder by filming multiple scenarios in advance in order to align with Netflix’s interactive goals. To some of us, it may boost our creative juices, to others, it may be too much work especially when all you want to do is to relax. The child in me is very excited for that to happen. At least, we have options right?

Now if you excuse me, I will need to get back to my lover and binge watch Suits right from the first season again.

Oh….. if any of you have not experienced Netflix yet, I am willing to share…. I urge you to watch a movie on Netflix and I would love to hear about your experience.

Thank you, back to you Toastmaster of the Day.


Review on Toastmasters Project 7: Impending Future of Business Intelligence (BI)

I did my Project 7 on the 17th Feb 2017.

I was not exactly happy with the progress for this theme. It could be due to nasty stressful week that led to me forgetting about nearly one third of the content. I definitely was anxious and unable to control my loud volume. I didnt smile and light up as much as I wanted as it was an area close to my heart. Lastly, I did not use my powerpoint slides as we did not have a clicker at that moment. If I had used it, my words would have carried more words. Overall, lesson learnt and time to move on and do better!

Apart from the feedback from the evaluator, I had a few other feedback from the audience as well which I think is a good practice for the club to keep.

Feedback from Audience

  • Content is good with supporting facts and examples
  • Could have slowed down a bit and use pauses
  • Present confidently despite the light on
  • Knowledgeable on the topic presented
  • Got to simplify technical jargon to English
  • Topic is a little bit diversified, should have narrowed down the focus
  • There were some instances of nervousness during some parts of the speech

Feedback from Evaluator

  • How well did the speaker’s topic apply to the audience?

The topic was very enlightening. I wanted to hear more about how BI is used.

  • Was the topic well researched?

The topic was adequately researched.

  • How well did the speaker support her main points?

Main points were supported with examples and stories. Would love to see more visuals.

  • Was the support materials appropriate for the point made?

The support materials were appropriate and informative. I was surprised to learn about how business analyse our actions.

  • Did the speaker vary the types of support materials?

The support material was verbal only and based on her professional experience.

  • How clear was the speaker’s purpose?

I was quite clear of the purpose. Perhaps it was to inform us about the mechanics of BI.

  • Was the speech effectively organized?

Organization was okay. Could have improved on the conclusion more.

  • Did the speaker take advantage of the body language and vocal variety?

Body language and vocal variety were adequate for the speech. Mostly used hand gestures. Vocal variety had bits of pitch changes when delivering different facts.

  • What could the speaker have done differently to improve the speech?

Use some visual aids and state sources of information

  • What did you like about the speech?

I like the topic and would like to know more about BI measurements and metrics. Although you were stressed talking, ironically, you did not look nervous. Anxious, yes but NOT nervous.

  • Other feedback from evaluator:
  1. Limit the amount of information
  2. State the outline beforehand
  3. List and identify the sources of information
  4. Use different tyoes if supporting materials such as visual aids, statistics, testimonies, examples, stories, readings etc

Toastmasters Project 7: Impending Future of Business Intelligence (BI)

Greetings, fellow toastmasters, friends and guests,

Definition of BI (Slide 1)

You may have heard about Business Intelligence (BI). But what does that really mean? In simple terms, it refers to delivering relevant and reliable information to the right people at the right time with the goal of making informed decisions.

To do this, it requires methods and programs to collect unstructured data and convert them into information and present it in ways that tell us business insights or what we call as data storytelling.

Picture this.

  • You walk into a grocery store and wanted to look for chicken, bread and carrots.
  • You don’t need to find an employee and ask them where to look
  • Grocery stores are organized into aisles and signs to make the stores relatively simple to navigate
  • Now imagine the items as your business data and you need to collect information on production hours and sales goals.
  • Most people will look for three experts and ask them where they can find the information and compile the data for you
  • BI is all about collecting messy data and tuning them into tidy and accessible data store
    • That way, you can leverage on your own data and find what you need
    • Today, organizations no longer need complex excel spreadsheets but rather they rely on BI tools to extract data any time they want


  • BI first started out when people are able to pull reports to analyze the current company performance
  • This was done largely in paper form, which someone dedicated to look at the numbers and they were able to have an integrated view of what is happening and how they can plan for the future


  • Such tasks have been digitized, we have contracts and receipts now. These make things easier as we can easily generate reports and all we need to do is to gather business insights.
  • In other words, BI is becoming more pervasive now, meaning, we are democratizing BI for the masses, allowing more functions to adopt the tool
  • Case study: Airbnb
    • Use of BI:
      1. Get fast answers to critical business questions by using Natural Language Processing
        • Deployed a natural language processing technology to review the text on the message threads or review boards to lift some sentiment out of it as well. That way, their technology allows them to understand what is driving the feedback or sentiments
        • Data never sleeps, look at trends in their sales pipeline and see which areas can be targeted for impact
      2. Gain insights into customers
        • BI software allows companies to discover patterns within customer behaviors, offering greater visibility into what customers want, when they want it and how they want it
        • Acquired Luxury Retreats, a Montreal-based vacation rental service to include their wealthy clientele that are looking for longer vacation rentals in places that are considered more traditional vacation destinations


  • BI will converge into other areas:
    • Artificial intelligence (AI)
    • Machine learning
  • Predicting seizures and strokes
  • Singapore-based startup Healint launched an app called JustShakeIt that enables a user to send an emergency alert to emergency contacts and/or caregivers simply by shaking the phone with one hand.
  • The program uses a machine learning algorithm to distinguish between actual emergency shakes and everyday jostling. In addition to the JustShakeIt app, Healint is working on a model that analyzes patients’ cell phone accelerometer data to help identify warning signs for chronic neurological conditions.
  • How will BI transform industries?
    • Airline industry
    • Driverless vehicles (Pay as you drive)
      • 10million self driving cars by 2020
      • We cannot ensure make these machines make ethical decisions but we can make them avoid the wrong decisions

Downside of BI
Ladies and gentlemen, as we move towards a collaborative and consensus driven environment, we must also know that technology is a double edged sword.

  • Data storytelling can go against us
    • HR using data to predict when employees are getting married or when they can get chronic diseases
  • Jobs are automated
    • We, humans should stay relevant by investing in our EI and develop skills to listen, interact and motivate others.
    • For instance, a robot can provide a medical diagnosis, but a person can help to understand a patient’s situation (financial, quality of life) before suggesting the best optimal treatment for the patient.

According to McKinsey, by 2020, we will have about 20b machines connected to internet. They include airplanes, turbines, not just our computers. We will continuously gather data. It is then up to us to innovate, use the data wisely to solve society’s problems such as healthcare and environment.

Some of the trends might be on track, some will require a little bit more ambition and effort. But hey, if I get any of these right, remember from who you heard them from.

Thank you and have a good one.