#01 - Share with the Audience
If you are concern about speaking to the audience, how about have a paradigm shift - SHARE your experiences; not teach them or tell them what to do. People enjoy sharing stories and audience like to listen to stories. So go for it!
#02 - Stand Firmly on Stage
Which means, placing your weight on both feet - not just on one leg as you may appear off balance (and sometimes literally off-balance!). By having your weight on both feet, you'll naturally feel confident and strong.
#03 - Move with a Purpose
Let's not speak behind the lectern. Rather, move as you speak. Having said that, identify certain points on stage and move to that points as you share the different points of your presentation. By doing that, there is a sense of purpose and confidence.
I came across this and I find it interesting:
org pertama cipta telefon ? alexander graham bell ..org pertama tulis bismillah ? ????? kalau anak murid tanya, ternganga nak jawab..so simpan nota nih....
30 ORANG YANG PERTAMA DALAM ISLAM -----------------------------------------------
1. Orang yang pertama menulis Bismillah : Nabi Sulaiman AS.
2. Orang yang pertama minum air zamzam : Nabi Ismail AS.
3. Orang yang pertama berkhatan : Nabi Ibrahim AS.
4. Orang yang pertama diberikan pakaian pada hari qiamat : Nabi Ibrahim AS.
5. Orang yang pertama dipanggil oleh Allah pada hari qiamat : Nabi Adam AS.
6. Orang yang pertama mengerjakan saie antara Safa dan Marwah : Sayyidatina Hajar (Ibu Nabi Ismail AS).
7. Orang yang pertama dibangkitkan pada hari qiamat : Nabi Muhammad SAW.
8. Orang yang pertama menjadi khalifah Islam : Abu Bakar As Siddiq RA.
9. Orang yang pertama menggunakan tarikh hijrah : Umar bin Al-Khattab RA.
10. Orang yang pertama meletakkah jawatan khalifah dalam Islam : Al-Hasan bin Ali RA.
11. Orang yang pertama menyusukan Nabi SAW : Thuwaibah RA.
12. Orang yang pertama syahid dalam Islam dari kalangan lelaki : Al-Harith bin Abi Halah RA.
13. Orang yang pertama syahid dalam Islam dari kalangan wanita : Sumayyah binti Khabbat RA.
14. Orang yang pertama menulis hadis di dalam kitab / lembaran : Abdullah bin Amru bin Al-Ash RA.
15. Orang yang pertama memanah dalam perjuangan fisabilillah : Saad bin Abi Waqqas RA.
16. Orang yang pertama menjadi muazzin dan melaungkan adzan: Bilal bin Rabah RA.
17. Orang yang pertama bersembahyang dengan Rasulullah SAW : Ali bin Abi Tholib RA.
18. Orang yang pertama membuat minbar masjid Nabi SAW : Tamim Ad-dary RA.
19. Orang yang pertama menghunuskan pedang dalam perjuangan fisabilillah : Az-Zubair bin Al-Awwam RA.
20. Orang yang pertama menulis sirah Nabi SAW : Ibban bin Othman bin Affan RA.
21. Orang yang pertama beriman dengan Nabi SAW : Khadijah binti Khuwailid RA.
22. Orang yang pertama mengasaskan usul fiqh : Imam Syafei RH.
23. Orang yang pertama membina penjara dalam Islam: Ali bin Abi Tholib RA.
24. Orang yang pertama menjadi raja dalam Islam : Muawiyah bin Abi Sufyan RA.
25. Orang yang pertama membuat perpustakaan awam : Harun Ar-Rasyid RH.
26. Orang yang pertama mengadakan baitul mal : Umar Al-Khattab RA.
27. Orang yang pertama menghafal Al-Qur'an selepas Rasulullah SAW : Ali bn Abi Tholib RA.
28. Orang yang pertama membina menara di Masjidil Haram Mekah : Khalifah Abu Ja'far Al-Mansur RH.
29. Orang yang pertama digelar Al-Muqry : Mus'ab bin Umair RA.
30. Orang yang pertama masuk ke dalam syurga : Nabi Muhammad SAW. ✔
Hectic but enriching day today!
Had the www.iremember.sg voice-over recordings done for the morning half of the day.
The recording ended at about 1.45pm, so I to rush back to office to conduct back-to-back coaching sessions in the afternoon.
A very tiring day indeed, but a meaningful one. Alhamdulillah!
I was a tad early on 13 May at Goodman Arts Centre. Then I bumped into Mr Sujimy at the carpark. We had a good interaction, exchanging conversations before another friend, Hazrin of Haz Works join us and then we proceeded to the Black Box venue.
The session started at about 945 am with our first Speaker, Mr Nassir, the founder of Simply Islam shared a comprehensive list of the jobs in the creative industry. Among the topics he shared that interest me of how could we give back to the society. Instead of just "gulung tikar" at the masjid where the youths could do it, we could tap on our expertise (eg photography, for some of us who are into that) and contributed back.
He suggested to choose one mosque (or a charity organisation) that we could volunteer in, and work with that organisation on pro bono arrangements.
Mr Nassir outlined the following ways on giving back to the society through creative means:
1) Set intentions - always re-check and review at any point of time
2) Unlearn & learn new skills
3) Have a mentor and advisor; even if we cant meet up often, keep a catch up with him/ her
4) No room for mediocrity - We should not stop at mediocre work, rather we should strive for the best that we can input
5) Solve real problems'
6) Help charities and muslim orgnisations on a pro bono basis
7) Do creative da'wah - films, photography, songs, poetry, boardgames
Our second speaker, Bro Saiful Anuar, shared an interesting perspective about creativity and ideation: on how to use Design Thinking elements to solve problems. This topic was really fun because it was exactly in line with what I do; i teach creativity at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and I run theatre-based creative problem solving workshops under my company's banner, The Speaking Factory.
Bro Saiful shared the importance of empathise on the user needs before we design a new product/ service for a customer; and it was really important for participants in any brainstorming workshop to read on the particular subjects to have prior knowledge before embarking on the session.
The third speaker, Ustaz Shahib Amin, the founder of Syukran International himself, highlighted three crucial things in creativity
1) Show your work and share behind the scene stuff. - this is important because audience are very interested on wanting to know what's behind the scene, there is a value in it eg on how a movie is made. At the same time, it serves as a marketing tool for a product or service
2) The perfect time - There is no perfect time, everything is perfect time This is another perspective that I really got interested as he used the analogy of time as a rubber band and as a barakah. The more we use time properly to His ways, we will realise that time is moving 'slow' and we could achieve more things in life. I thought I experienced this several times. If I wasted my time, time will move very fast; but if we invested it for something useful I realised that time is always on my side.
He also shared on how Imam Nawawi has written more than 2000 works in his 28 years + of da'wah. How did he achieve so much? It is the barakah on time.
3) Big versus Different - "When you focus on everything, you are not focused on anything" It was another good perspective shared; we should capitalise on our strengths and work on our own doman expertise.
Our final speaker, Mr Sujimy Mohamad, started with a good inspiring words:
Believe in our craft = Value = Market
We should believe in our craft because our craft brings a value to the ones who need it and thus, create a market for it.
Mr Sujimy shared his insights on the talk can be found here (article written in Malay):
Mr Sujimy highlighted 4 things that we should pay attention to with regards to monetising our craft:
1) Strongly believe that Allah will assist us when we do anything for Allah's cause (barakah)
2) Believe in serving a community
3) Believe in serving a global community
4) Believe that each product has a purpose to serve others
In order to think and serve a global community, there is a need to have a paradigm shift. He shared a very good analogy to explain paradigm shift.
The story went something like this:
"Once a man brought his two little sons onto a train. They were so mischievous; playing and running in the train cabin; much to the frustration of the other passengers. An angry passenger then approached the father, asking why did the kids behave so 'naughtily', and the father said that the Mother had just passed away recently. He let them behave that way to de-stress that moments of sadness of her passing. Upon hearing this, the passenger's mindset shifted from angry to sorry for the family."
Mr Sujimy also shared that to look into our craft if they could be designed for several levels:
2) distribution agents
3) Footprint (mobile tp Video on demand, cable tv, iptv, dvd, Free to air)
4) Rights (intelectual property)
5) 360 degrees (eg print to screen, screen to theatre, threatre to radio etc)
One of my major takeaways on his topic was that he recommended us to attend trade shows; because in tradeshows are where we could keep up the changing trends of the industry we are in.
He parted the session with the Key Driver in business : Tawakkal
All in all, it was an enriching experience to attend. Kudos to Syukran International for holding such talks and am looking forward for the Syukran Circle events.
PS: Oh, Abdillah mentioned that I looked like Sujimy in his younger days (based on the photos shown during Sujimy's presentation. And Sujimy said he didn't deny it...eheheh..funmy la you people!. :)
Delighted to have conducted a two-day public speaking workshop at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In partnership with our training partner, Diamanthes Pte Ltd, The Speaking Factory conducted "Ignite the Stage: Developing High Impact Public Speaking and Presentation Skills" was conducted on 22nd-23rd April 2014 at Royale Chulan Hotel for staff of Petronas (Malaysia) and Petramina (Indonesia).
Over the two days, participants went through the different stages of developing confidence in speaking - from stage awareness, managing fillers, improvisation etc.
Using The Speaking Factory's tried and tested techniques of theatre and acting techniques, the participants sure had fun.
Honoured to receive feedback from participants that they had no chance of sleeping in class, and some even wanted to extend the training into a third-day session.
Blessed to have such fun and active participants.
Salesman do stop us along our way to promote their products. However, not all that they sell are what we need.
But then again, I find it uncomfortable to just snub them if we know that we don't need that items. Afterall, it's their job. Their livelihood.
I have been approached, on a number of occasions, by cable television salesmen selling their products - particularly the English Premier League paid-to-air tv channel. I have been trying a few techniques to manage this, and I think this works best for me:
Salesman (of a paid sports channel): Hey, bro! Do you watch soccer? EPL?
Me: Yes, of course. Love soccer!
Salesman: Cool. Have u got your cable TV for sports channel to catch EPL?
Me: Unfortunately, no. I havent subscribed yet...
Salesman: <sounds excited> Really? Let me share some of the plans for EPL...
Me: It's ok... Not now... My club is not in in EPL tis season...
Salesman: oh!? Which club?
Me: Nottingham Forest. Heard of it?
Salesman: Err... Kinda familiar...
Me: I'll subscribe when Forest is back... Next season, i hope. Have a good day!
Recently I posted this Creative Problem Solving on Facebook, asking for potential answers:
If one man has three sacks of rice on his back; and another man has four sacks on his back, which of them has the heavier load? Why?
Very interesting answers/ posts I received! Among which includes:
The model answer I have is: The first man has the heavier load because he carries three sacks full of rice, whereas the second man carry only sacks (no mentioned of items inside).
Nevertheless, in creativity and problem solving, there is no right answer. In fact the answers that everyone posted are correct too. Every answer is suitable at different context.
In creativity problem solving, it's called perspectives. When a problem is faced, it is advisable to look at various angles to find possible solutions. With those possibilities, we can then choose the best solution, given at that point of time and context. Mind you that, should similar problem persists on another occasion, it could even require a different solution!
Founder, The Speaking Factory Pte Ltd
Author, The Stage Fright Antidote!
Probably it's just me. I like to smile. Even back in college, my schoolmates tagged me as "Mr Smiley". An advocate for Smile? I dont' know. Haha.
While I like to smile, I would also like others to do the same. Well, it's just a smile, because smile creates happiness and joy; and that's what we should aim for in life too. And the world will be a happy place!
And for that, I just can't see people who doesn't smile. I wondered what makes them not to smile?
A few months ago, I encountered this:
I frequent a nasi padang stall for lunch. But what I had been noticing was that the Makcik (who I'll refer her as Makcik Nasi Padang in this blog entry) didn't seem to smile even while serving her customers.
Once, I smiled at her and she just ignored my smile. Well, not that I wanted her to reciprocate, but I was just curious. So I asked her, "MakCik, apasal tak senyum?" (Auntie, why didn't you smile?".)
Her response was something uncalled for - in her stern voice, she replied "Makcik tak suka senyum. Memang dari dulu lagi!" (I don't like to smile. Even since my early days!)
And my immediate and natural response was like "Kenapa? Senyum tu kan sedekah? Nabi galakkan kita untuk senyum dengan semua orang." (Why not? Isn't smile is a form of alms and the Prophet encouraged us to smile at everybody)
She just ignored me.
Today, I bumped into her in the bus. Well, to be exact, she approached me. She smiled and started talking to me! It took me awhile to realise that it was the Makcik Nasi Padang!
We had a quick chat and she was smiling all the time. Wow!
I find this amazing. Has she changed? If it is, it's great! Now her customers will be happy too being served by her.
As I reflected, I don't know if that question I asked her made that difference. But at least, a message had been sent. And I believe, we all can play a little role to make a difference in everyone's life. And I hope I did.
I have been asked by my friends, relatives and kakis on how did I get my book, The Stage Fright Antidote published.
I thought, ya, why not I share this info for the benefit of others, who would probably like to know how or wanted to get their books published too.
Over the next series of posts, I'll share the nuggets of activities on how I did it. I summarised it as the "How to Publish a Book: 10-Step Process of how I published The Stage Fright Antidote!"
Step 1: First of all, you would need a content. The Stage Fright Antidote was based on a talk I gave at SIM some years back on the topic "Overcoming public speaking fears using acting techniques". After the session, I have received numerous requests asking about that topic. And I went, hey, why not write a book about it? So for others who couldn't attend my talk, at least there is a good resource for reference.
Since I already had my materials and scripts for the talk, I took the next 6-9 months expanding the content with anecdotes and how-to exercises from the theatre that I find useful.
Founder, The Speaking Factory Pte Ltd
Author, The Stage Fright Antidote!
Honoured to have shared the stage with two prolific speakers, Imran Md Ali, founder of The Profits Academy; and James Leong, of James Leong International, at the recent e-Biz workshop on Persuasive Speaking at Singapore Management University on Sat 15 Feb 2014.
Thank you to the audience for the wonderful participation and hope that they brought back useful takeaways