Public Speaking Malaysia & Singapore: Toastmasters InternationalMonday, December 1, 2008 16:52
I was just on TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL website just now. Frankly speaking this is the first time I was on their website. I realised that I have missed out a lot about PUBLIC SPEAKING. I hardly involved in any debating team or public speaking club such as the Toastmasters. The reason I am doing this is to register myself with the local club back home to improve my public speaking skills. The guys who wrote THE FAQBOOK ON PUBLIC SPEAKING i.e. Kelvin Lim and Eric Feng have really taught me a lot. Now is the time for me to practice and practice. I need that stage time. I have promised myself to jump at any opportunity to speak, ask questions at public conference and to be the emcee at events. The first time may not be perfect but, as I get more “stage time” I know my skills will improve.
STAGE FRIGHT CAN BE QUICKLY ELIMINATED THROUGH DOING MORE AND MORE PUBLIC SPEAKING
There are many reasons why I believe public speaking is a “must” skills that I need to have. It has been proven that people with good communication skills are more likely to be promoted to leadership positions, and good leaders need communication skills to be effective. Take a look at Barrack Obama and I know a lot of my friends who progressed at a faster rate than the rest of their colleagues, at one time in their life involved in some kind of debate team. I need to be able to speak confidently to persuade people to buy into my ideas.
Funny enough, lately I find myself talking to myself, testing my impromptu speech skills. It’s doing the table topic rounds at the Toastmasters Club. Here is a little something from Parkcity Toastmasters Club on the subject of Table Topic. So far I can see a notable difference in myself. I speak at a much steady pace, with modulating tones. I guess I attribute it to the combination of the THE FAQBOOK ON PUBLIC SPEAKING and frequent practice. In the book, Eric mentioned that PUBLIC SPEAKING is like swimming. When you first start, you are bound to be apprehensive and nervous. You would be extremely terrifying to be thrown into the deep end of the pool. It takes several lessons and practices later that you manage to get over your fear. There you go. If you have not gotten their book, I suggest you do it now before it’s too late. There is no better start than now! I know that there are training programmes out there offering PUBLIC SPEAKING COURSES. But trust me, it’s the same knowledge that you will be getting in this book. Plus you only get to practice once at the course. But with your ownself, you can practice as many times as you want to your heart’s content.