Archive for December 12, 2007

Thoughts From A Gathering

December 12, 2007

I was invited as a guest to attend a gathering held today by the Deanery of The National University of Singapore, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). It’s always a welcoming sight to meet up with the deanery, the professors and get to know new distinguished alumni of the faculty.

At the FASS Festive Tea, the staffs from the Office of the Dean put in great effort to make the place conducive and attended to our needs (especially the gastronomic ones). I liked the cozy set up, comfy cushion seats with a relaxing atmosphere for networking. The familiar Christmas carols and musicals in the background helped add to the yuletide festive mood. The gingerbread man was also one of my favorite cookies.

One by one, the various invited guests strolled in after signing in. The smiles on their faces said it all. The tea gathering was a success. Food and drinks made for a topic and chance to converse. The guests, being distinguished members of society ever since they graduated from the university, were pleased with meeting everyone in the lounge. They wanted to catch up with each other. I couldn’t wait to know how they’ve been all these while too.

As we sipped our warm tea and took a full bite at the crispy fried prawns, we shared with each other the ‘good old days’ of our tertiary years. I have my fair deal of stories too, having been active in the student societies and in the running of various events such as camps and bazaars.

Some of the quick thoughts flashed through my mind as I reflected on my return to my alma mater.

** Friends are truly important as they give meaning to our living days.

** Every one of us possesses different talents within and it is our destiny to manifest them. To fulfill our potential to the best we can.

** We ought to show true appreciation and gratitude to those who have helped us and accompanied us through our walk in our lives.

** Remember our past. Remember the days of our youths. And remember the learning we gain.

For it is in remembering our past that we have meaning in pursuing our future.

For it is our past that gives us the purpose to Excel Beyond Excellence!

Proven Tips To Boost Your Public Speaking And Presentation Skills (Part 2)

December 12, 2007

As Evaluator at The National University of Singapore Toastmasters Meeting, I’ve enjoyed the various speeches presented last night. I applaud the NUSTMC speakers for taking the time and effort to craft their speeches. I could also see their eagerness to improve themselves, striving towards better speaking skills. Well done!

Here are some of the proven tips I have shared last night with the audience and some participants personally:

1. Keep the speech generally positive if your purpose is to uplift the spirit. Having too much negativity of topic selection will only serve to add obstacles in your attempt to inspire us.

(However, for much longer speeches, adding negativity in the right places of the speech will actually inspire the audience to even higher grounds. When allocated properly with the positives, its effect is amazing. It is a process which I call “Fractionation”.)

2. Let us know what happened to the characters in your story. A half told story will only serve to make audience wonder and bewilder rather than to follow your speech.

(Unless you are using it for the purpose of “Looping” or “Double Looping”)

3. Expand your body language with a purpose rather than to distract. You must be able to identify which part of the speech to utilize the body language. This is followed by selecting which part of your body you want to use for emphasis.

(Psychologically and linguistically, it can be taken further with the study of the  right “Trigger Points” for greater impact on the audience.)

I will love and look forward to hear you speak as you add these tips to add impact to your speech.

May you inspire us to Excel Beyond Excellence!