Dare To Speak™ Public Speaking Programme for Executives & Professionals
20 & 21 August 2011
@ Shah's Village Hotel, PJ

True to our Ramadan tradition, we offered staggering discounts (60%) to Muslim participants for this round. As a result, 11 participants registered (7 of them qualified for the discount). However, only 9 turned up on the first day and 7 on the second day due to a variety of reasons. Most of them were not feeling well. Anyway, the show went on...

The other challenge was the change of room. On the second day, we had to move to a smaller room because the bigger room was being prepared for a grand buka puasa dinner that night. As it turned out, the smaller room was actually more cosy and had better acoustics.

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1st day: big room 2nd day: small room

As for the programme itself, basically, we focused on body language and speech organization on the first day and vocal variety plus pronunciation on the second day. All in all, the participants had 6 rounds of individual practice including a "graduation speech".

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Only 4 people had lunch on the 2nd day

Despite the challenges, we produced good results as always. After the graduation speech, when asked about the most important skill they had gained during the 2 days, one participant mentioned clear purpose in her speech and another the ability to speak impromptu based on a few main points (no need to memorize word by word). Another participant told me (earlier, over lunch) that the trainer Azmi Shahrin was nice, humble and to-the-point as he didn't use his "power" over the participants to ridicule them or tell his own stories (as he experienced many times in other training programmes).

These are the 7 survivors who graduated from the course:

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Top row, from left:
Athena, Suresh, Dr. Zahrni

2nd row:
Juanna, Norazeha

3rd row:
Elenkovan, Nadiatul

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The next thing for me to do now is to prepare for the next programme in November. :)

~ Reported by Sandy Tan

 

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