Dare To Speak™ Public Speaking Programme for Executives & Professionals
9 & 10 September 2013
@ @ Jaya33 Convention Centre, PJ

For this round, since the class was scheduled on weekdays, I decided to use the Jaya33 Convention Centre (available on weekdays only) which we had not been to since last year. I booked early to avoid disappointment. I also started recruiting participants early since I knew that generally it was harder to get participants for weekday courses.

The registration was actually quite good; in fact, 10 persons registered. However, 2 of them could not attend due to unavoidable work matters and we were left with 8 participants.

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We were assigned the Boston Room which had the right size for our small group

On the first day, after a hearty breakfast at Coffee Bean, the class kicked off with a round of introductions where the participants shared why they were there and what they feared most in public speaking. It turned out (as was normally the case) that some participants signed up on their own while others were sent by their respective bosses. The trainer gave the assurance that all of them would benefit from the course, including those who were "forced" to attend.

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8 participants in a comfortable training room

After the introductory session, the trainer covered one module after another where each module consisted of a brief explanation followed by a round of speeches. By the end of the first day, we have covered all the elements of body language plus speech organization. On the second day, we covered vocal variety, correct pronunciation, etc.

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The trainer Azmi Shahrin was still enthusiastic despite having explained the same stuff hundreds of times before!

The participants had a total of 6 rounds of practice where each person was coached individually and in detail. The "low" number of participants ensured that there was no rushing for time.

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Observation by trainer Coaching by trainer

As usual, everyone exhibited major improvements in their delivery style. However, this group of participants was a bit quiet compared to most other groups. Perhaps it was due to the absence of a "noisy" individual in the class. Still, the trainer did his best to cheer the participants on.

Jaya33 was convenient when it came to food. We had breakfast at Coffee Bean on both days. Lunch on the first day was at Georgetown White Coffee. On the second day, the participants was given the freedom of choice where they could eat anywhere they liked and get refunded provided they presented the receipt. Some ate at Georgetown, while others opted for Subway and still others for McDonald's.

The course ended with the presentaton of certificates:

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Participants receiving the certicate of completion

All in all, the programme was a success. We're looking forward to the next programme.

Bonus photo:

Sandy Tan - Managing Partner of ProSkills Trainers Sandy's self-shot photo

~ Reported by Sandy Tan

 

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