Dare To Speak™ Public Speaking Programme for Executives & Professionals
24 & 25 May 2014
@ ProSkills Trainers' Office, Sunway Mentari, PJ

We had 7 participants only for this class. A few more did register but could not make it on the 2 days due to last minutes changes. So it was a cosy small group for all concerned.

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Change of "location" for the training - we moved it
to the open space at our training centre. I also got
new tablecloths to make the set-up look more classy

Despite the low turnout, the trainer Azmi Shahrin was all out for the training:

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Azmi explaining the importance of public speaking skills
to the participants

I must not forget to introduce our "star" participant Mr. Ahmed Shahid from the Maldives (expatriate in Malaysia) who had the most magnificent beard any of us had ever seen:

Dare To Speak Public Speaking Programme Ahmed introducing himself here

Due to the small class size, the trainer spent more time trying to understand each participant's problems or fears about public speaking, after which he gave an in-depth solution to each problem mentioned.

Of course the main thing remained the main thing, and that would be the expounding of each module followed by individual practice and direct one-to-one coaching. Body language was covered first, followed by vocal variation and speech organization. Correct English pronunciation was covered towards the end of the course.

Each participant had many opportunities to speak during the 2 days:

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This group was very sporting and open to share about their lives, hobbies, passions and concerns. There was much laughter and fun.

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Lunching in the first day;
on the second day, we had lunch at OldTown

This cute girl had to leave an hour early on the second day. Here's the trainer presenting her the certificate in advance:

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The final module to be covered was correct English pronunciation. Here's the trainer role-playing with a participant to drive home a particular point:

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All in all, I wish more people had attended this course but it was a truly profitable experience for those who did attend. Our star participant (Ahmed), when asked whether he had enjoyed the course, replied that he could not have failed to enjoy it when the trainer was "too effective".

More to come...

~ Reported by Sandy Tan

 

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