What's new in the 2020/2021 Speech Contest Rulebook?

IntroductionWith the publication of Toastmasters International Speech Contest Rulebook 2020/2021, heralds a new contest cycle. What has changed compared to the 2019/2020 Rulebook? This article seeks to explore and address that. What changed?2.Eligibility2. In addition, to be eligible to compete in the International Speech Contest, a member must:a) Have completed six (6) speech projects in the Competent Communication manual or earned certificates of completion in Levels 1 and 2 of any path in the Toastmasters Pathways learning experience.1. However, a charter member of a club chartered less than one (1) year before the club contest is permitted to compete without having completed this requirement. The club must have officially chartered before the Area contest.2. Only members who joined Toastmasters prior to the rollout of Pathways in their region can apply speeches from the Competent Communication manual to speech contest eligibility.The bold portion is on page 6 of the 2020/2021 rule…

The List of Resources from Fundamentals of Digital Marketing by Google Digital Garage

Original photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash IntroductionFundamentals of Digital Marketing by Google Digital Garage is a great resource for anyone who would like to have an overview of digital marketing. Apart from its succinct video content, great quizzes and certification, it also offers links to a wealth of great tools that a digital marketeer needs. However, I can't seem to find a page with an index of this for ease of access and future reference. This is why I have taken upon myself to put this list together. I hope that it will help you as much as it helps me. LinksJargon BustersDigital marketing jargon busterIf you are new to the digital marketing world or you've forgotten some of it, here is a list of digital marketing jargons and its meaning. Search engine optimisation jargon busterThis is the jargon buster for search engine optimisation aka SEO.Search engine marketing jargon busterThis is the jargon buster of search engine marketing aka SEM.Web analytics jargon…

How to Prepare for a Table Topics Compeition?

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"How do I prepare for the upcoming Table Topics competition?" was the question that popped up in my head before my first competition. After winning my second consecutive district level table topic contest, I believe I have something to share. We are going to cover the possible topics in the competition, how to practice and what to read. If you have one or two weeks before your competition, I recommend you to read 5 Tips For Your Next Table Topic Contest. If you have more time than that, please read on! If you prefer videos, please follow this link to the video version of this article. 
Table of ContentsPossible Topics in The CompetitionHow to PracticePractice Understanding the TopicPractice Sharpening Your PointsPractice Breaking Your Usual PatternsPractice Handling Hard TopicsWhat to Read
Possible Topics in The CompetitionYou might ask, "How do you prepare for something unknown?". Well, a Table Topics competition's …

What is Table Topics?

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If you are searching for this, chances are, you've been invited to speak at a Table Topics session and you wonder what it is. Table Topics is the impromptu speaking part of a Toastmaster's club's meeting. In this blog post, we are going to talk about what to expect during a Table Topics session, how to answer a given topic and what are the benefits of participating. What to expect? According to the official Toastmasters club meeting agenda templates, the Table Topic session is conducted after the prepared speech session where speakers come prepared with their speech. There are clubs that put the Table Topic session before the prepared speech session to better manage their meeting flow. During the Table Topics session, there will be a Table Topicsmaster (Yes, that's how Toastmasters spells that role) who will read out the topics. After that, one of the three following scenarios will happen. The room will be full of raised h…

How to Auto Convert Malaysian IC Number to Birthdays Using Excel (Updated to Support Millennials)

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I wrote this an article about how to automatically convert Malaysian IC Number to Birthdays five years ago. I was surprised that people recently commented that it didn't support those born after the year 2000. I'm responsible of putting the original information online so I'm obliged to update it if it didn't work. So here I am giving you the updated version.

You can play with the excel sheet here to see how it works.

The excel formulas that I used above are as below.





There are two parts to the formula. Depending on the format, the sequence will be different. Generally, I extract the month, day and year. I put a l…

5 Reasons Why Manoj Vasudevan Won in 2017 and not in 2015?

When ACS, CL Manoj Vasudevan became the Champion of the 2017 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking, it generated a big buzz on the internet and social media platforms. Some people admired how well he spoke and how great his message is. Yet there are some that expressed doubts about the standard of Toastmasters. They wondered how could he won using a similar speech to the one he used in the finals of 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking? Curious about how true the allegation is and what I could learn from this spectacular win, I spent some time analyzing both speeches. With my limited knowledge, I speculated 5 reasons why he won the 2017 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking and not the one in 2015. If you haven't watch the speeches, I highly encourage you to watch them below before reading the five points below.

1. Title  The first and most obvious difference is the title. He titled his speech as "We Can Fix It" during his 2015 speech and…

The New and The Good 2nd September 2017

The New : Sugahut's Coconut Milk Plus DurianWhen I went to 7-Eleven today, I saw a very interesting new drink on the shelf. 

It is a coconut milk + durian drink. Intrigued, I bought one can home. After trying it, I deem that it is not my cup of tea. If you are a person who likes durian flavored soy milk, this might be the drink for you. Or if you are craving for something sweet after your meal, this might be for you too. 

The Good : Speaker Leader Champion by Jeremy Donovan and Ryan Avery
If you have been following Startupth or my YouTube Channel, you'll remember that I went on a shopping spree and bought 38 books from Big Bad Wolf and did an analysis on how they sell books at such a cheap price. It turns out that one of the books that I bought was a very useful book for public speaking. It is a book named Speaker Leader Champion written by Jeremy Donovan and Ryan Avery. It is a book that will complement your Toastmasters education or it'll be a book illuminating your path in…