Issue 118

8 • Grassroots with passion

How to Speak

to Anyone

By Mohammad Nasir The writer is an educator with 10 years of experience in the field. He is also a TetraMap© Certified Facilitator, a certified Personal Trainer and has been serving the Singapore Scout Association as a Scout Leader for the past 8 years. He has been a Toastmaster since 2014 and has supported the Grassroots Toastmasters Club since then.

INTRODUCTION We know the power of habit. It’s a shortcut to becoming better in what we do. We can make changes that become habits. But we have to be conscious to create habits that serve us for the better. I was keen in finding out how experts are able to think quickly on their feet and speak effectively. Impromptu speaking is a great skill to have, both for personal and professional reasons. Just imagine the difference you can make with such a skill. What habits can lead to being able to speak effectively to just anyone? Once, a senior colleague asked me if a particular project that I had implemented yielded any positive impact. Obviously, it did! But I was stumbling for words trying to explain evidences which were clearly observed. For impromptu speaking, you can only prepare so much in real life. There are just too many possible social scenarios to be prepared for! I did some research and found wisdom in two texts that I read.

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