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You arrived a few hours earlier to a place where you will have the greatest time of your life – the moment you open the doors, you see a large stage with a lone microphone in the middle, waiting for your warm embrace. You checked your shirt buttons to made sure they are all buttoned up. You had a short glimpse at your flyer and breathed a sigh of relief. You went up on the stage, holding your cue cards firmly in your left hand. You tested the microphone out, hoping it would work perfectly. You rehearsed your speech and it also sounded perfect. The audience are applauding loudly and clapping thunderously when they listened to your speech.
Just that, you were speaking to rows of empty chairs. Your audience are barely here yet. You were only imagining how would the audience react to your speech. Your greatest moment are just only a couple hours away. Better run to the toilet while you still can!
This must be the feelings of over 20 participants during the Public Speaking Finals held on 7th May 2011, Saturday at Bandar Utama Buddhist Society (“BUBS”). These participants are from the Buddhist Effective Speaking Workshop 2011 which was conducted by the Buddhist Gem Fellowship (“BGF”) and they practiced numerous public speaking skills for several weeks, and finally, this comes the day when they displayed what they have learnt to a large group of audience members.
I was once the previous participant of this Effective Speaking Workshop last year before I actually joined Speakers’ Dream Toastmasters Club. Most of them said during the competition that they were quite insecure and not confident of themselves during the starting of the workshop, yet they managed to go the distance. Encouraged by their fellow friends, mentors and trainers in the workshop, they presented the best motivational speeches and stories during the finals.
I was really happy that this year’s participants were truly amazing, charismatic, and filled with vigor during the finals. However, the point that I wanted to highlight is that:
“All of them are not Toastmasters! And they did it! They succeeded not by winning the competition, but by believing in their own abilities to do their best.”