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Speech Power!

This comment in the chatbox made my day:

HDM: Dear AB, just to let u know that ur website has helped me in numerous occasions, eg. tel nos, reviews, and for that i would like to say A VERY BIG THANK YOU! u r a lifesaver (or make- life- simpler)

Thank you very much indeed HDM for those kind words. Its heartening to note that this site is of some help to its regular readers. Its these sort of comments that motivate me to do what I do πŸ˜€



Public speaking is something that many people have a distinct fear of. The anxiety people feel when faced with the task of speaking in front of a group of strangers can be debilitating. I was very fortunate in this sense because I was exposed to public speaking from very early on in life. In school, I was often picked to represent the school in various oratory or debating competitions. This early start has helped immensely in overcoming any fear I have of speaking in public.


Its great to see that schools these days are putting a lot of emphasis on public speaking and critical thinking. Yesterday, SMS school held an event called Speech Power, which involved public performances by the students in the primary section. Nina the Bartina was selected to participate in the performances for English, Chinese, AND Malay! It was awesome to see her in action up on stage without the slightest hint of stage fright. Definitely a good start!



Funny story: When we were having breakfast before going to the school, Da Missus asked Nina if she had butterflies in her tummy. Her response, “Nada eh. Tapi sakit parut!” *toink*

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  • Adi August 4, 2008, 11:52 am

    i have the biggest fear in talking to public, i thought singing can help boost my confidence in public but i was wrong, i can talk as i talk normally to people. remember our first meeting in orchid bro?? atu pun i was nervous…bulih?? hahaha

  • CL August 4, 2008, 1:31 pm

    aww she’s so cute AB!! Macam father bah.. mana takut hehe

  • Che August 4, 2008, 3:11 pm

    Nina’s so confident!!!

  • HDM August 4, 2008, 3:19 pm

    look at her smile! … not a hint of fear or butterflies dats for sure…

  • Zul August 4, 2008, 7:10 pm

    Kiut berabis si Nina ah !!! πŸ˜€ And the lil’ girl in the 2nd last pic, dimples galore ! πŸ˜€

  • Tina August 4, 2008, 8:17 pm

    I have a fear of public speaking myself. Even when meeting new people, I get rather nervous. So kudos to Nina for doing such a great job! πŸ™‚

  • shaiomarali August 4, 2008, 10:39 pm

    my suggestion is to read Dale Carnegie books like there is no tomorrow.

    I live by his words and wisdom. πŸ™‚ HTH

  • anakbrunei August 5, 2008, 4:59 pm

    Adi: haha nabas panya tuuu!

    CL: hee hee yup, she’s the entertainer in the family πŸ˜‰

    Che: yes and I hope she stays that way! πŸ˜€

    HDM: Awu… sakit paut saja ahakzz

    Zul: yup it was great shooting these kids cos they have such pure expressions

    Tina: yeah I think it takes a bit of practice to overcome shyness, but its not impossible πŸ™‚

    shai: Nina’s read “How to Win Friends and Influence People” cover to cover six times πŸ˜‰

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