Dare To Speak™ Public Speaking Programme for Executives & Professionals
20 & 21 July 2013
@ Telekom Malaysia Convention Centre, Bangsar

As if to make up for the "low numbers" in the previous programme, the registration for this session was extremely encouraging. This was partly attributable to the special discount which we traditionally gave to Muslim participants during Ramadan. In fact, nearly 3 weeks prior to the class, we already had 11 people sign up. I think I turned down 5 or 6 more who enquired after that time. Eventually I had to accept the 12th participant because his dad called me a few times a day over a few days so I gave in. Ha ha.

Azmi Shahrin - Public Speaking Coach & Trainer Dare To Speak Public Speaking Programme
TM Convention Centre is an excellent choice during Ramadan because food is not included in the rental package

Due to the interesting mix of participants, the mood was upbeat. The first round of speeches happened after the morning break. Participants had to introduce themselves as the character which they had selected. Key problems with each participant (in terms of public speaking) was identified by the trainer on the spot and corrected. This was the "informal" coaching method used throughout the programme. On the formal track, each module was covered by means of a brief explanation followed by a practice session. Both tracks worked very well together. The modules covered included body language, vocal variety, speech organization and correct pronunciation. The trainer also threw in some tips for a good PowerPoint presentation.

Food was a bit of a problem but it was easily solved. For tea breaks, I brought in food from outlets such as Secret Recipe and Starbucks. For lunch on the first day, we ate at Secret Recipe. On the second day, I ordered pizzas and chicken wings from Pizza Hut and we had them in the Executive Dining Hall on the ground floor.

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Tea break Lunch at Secret Recipe

All in all, the participants had 5 rounds of individual practice and one-to-one coaching and made reasonable progress. The process was a bit rushed though, due to having 12 of them.

The 12 participants speaking:

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The course ended on time i.e. at 5 p.m. on both days. The trainer made it a point to start and end on time as some participants were fasting. After certificates were presented and participants filled out the evaluation forms, the class was dismissed.

Bonus photo:

Sandy Tan - Managing Partner of ProSkills Trainers
Sandy Tan added another successful
programme to her list

~ Reported by Sandy Tan

 

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