Dare To Speak™ Public Speaking Programme for Executives & Professionals
12 & 13 September 2009
@ Shah's Village Hotel, PJ

We expected this to be our worst-attended programme but it turned out to be te best-attended. We had 12 participants in this session, which was the maximum allowed. This could be due to the huge discounts given to Muslim participants during this fasting month. The other reason was that we had 4 participants from Public Mutual.

I got a scare on Day 1 when I arrived because the hotel forgot to set up our room! Luckily, they managed to set it up (though not perfectly) in 15 minutes.

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12 participants on Day 1

On Day 2, I arrived earlier to check but the room was nicely set up already. However, one particpant fell sick and couldn't attend, so were were left with 11.

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11 participants on Day 2

My feeling is that the class was a bit too big and we were always running out of time. Next time, I will insist on 10 participants only, though the published maximum is 12. (Initially I insisted on 10, but the last 2 were very keen to attend and were very disappointed when I said "no", so I let them in.) Anyhow, I was pleased with the progress made by each of the participants as I could see their obvious progress and they were happy about it too. Major improvements were made in the area of reducing verbal crutches, speaking louder, hand gestures and stance.

The weather was good and I took a walk about the hotel. Hmm... wish I could be lying on the hammock instead of sitting in class!

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Poolside scenes, Sandy on the right

The hotel also compensated our "uneaten meals" (due to fasting) with buka puasa vouchers. On Sunday, Azmi and I had dinner there. Unfortunately, he rammed into someone's car on the way home and the car was badly damaged! Aaarrgh! Thank God he was unhurt.

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Azmi's car after the accident

In conclusion, I am happy with the programme but sad about the accident which was partly "caused" by it. :(

~ Reported by Sandy Tan

 

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