Time Investment in Public Speaking

Below is the script for my opening address as president for the first meeting, on 9 July.

Michelle did not attend the last meeting but she’d been here for the past year working tirelessly on our programmes, so that we would be able to do our projects and there’s someone to evaluate our speeches.We have got little to offer in return, but we can show her our appreciation, please give her a round of applause.

Talking about projects, how many times do you practise before you deliver your prepared speech here?  How much practice do you think it’s sufficient for you to give a smooth delivery?

My sister’s not smart but as she ages, she becomes wiser. I suppose that is the tradeoff for wisdom.

One day she said something that made me realise she’s some wisdom. She said that it’s visible where you invest or spend your time.

She is a cleanliness freak, she’d spend hours on her apartment. The result? Her flat is spick and span.

Applying my sister’s theory, because Jun runs, swims and goes to the gym, what’s the result of him investing his time in exercising? Look at him.

My sister’s theory isn’t new. It’s the maxim, you reap what you sow.

Cliché but the truth.

Have you heard of the 10,000-hour rule?

It’s made well known by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers.  He says that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field.

If you invest 2 hours a day, you’d have had 730 hours a year,  7300 hours in 10 years, so it takes about 15 years to clock 10,000 hours of practice.

There is a Chinese saying that goes “3 minutes of performance onstage is 10 years of hard work offstage”.

How much time would you invest in public speaking?  This is a question I leave you with …

When Jun paid a compliment on my opening address, my instant response was “Is it because I used you as an example”.  See, I don’t change, despite telling myself to accept praises graciously and not to deflect them by giving unwarranted reply.




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