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Up close and personal on the “Make a Difference” toastmasters international district 80 annual convention 23-25 May 2008

Make a Difference“!  Indeed!

I had the pleasure of being inspired by Anne, Ed and others, and most importantly, the friends that I made during this convention!

Anne’s Please shut up and listen to ME! workshop highlighted the importance of listening.  Listening is more vital than talking, and it affords us intimacy with another, which in turn leads to trust.  In my opinion, trust is the most fundamental element of any relationship.

Ed, who was our keynote speaker, really struck a chord within my heart.  I salute Ed’s grit and his Courage to try, and not to let our inadequacies, excuses and fears obstruct our courage in Pursuing our passions.  In his words, we need to embrace change, accept challenges and be committed in being the best that we can be!

On hindsight, one thing I realised is people relate very well to stories about overcoming failures.  Also, it is essential that your message comes from your heart.  Another thing which I realised is

Public speakers are lawyers and actors rolled into one – Yip Pei Shan

The people whom I have met, and have become friends with, have made me realise more clearly who I am, and who I can be.  A very big thank you to you, my dear friends, for making a difference in my life!

4 comments

1 Wekie { 06.03.08 at 2:02 }

Hi Shan,

Glad to know that you’ve enjoyed the Toastmasters Convention and have acquired new learning. It’s always wonderful and rejuvenating to be in the company of like-minded friends.

In addition, you have a great blog with various enriching posts.
May you always Excel Beyond Excellence!

With warmest wishes,
Wekie
wekie.com

2 Andrew - Six Minutes Public Speaking Blog { 06.03.08 at 4:29 }

Peishan: Your report is interesting as it provides a glimpse of Toastmasters conventions around the world.

How would you say that Anne Barab and Ed Hearn compare to other keynote speakers that you may have seen, in TM or elsewhere?

3 peishan { 06.03.08 at 14:50 }

Hi Andrew!

I do not believe in comparisons as everyone is a master in their own right. I’m happy that you have enjoyed reading my thoughts on the convention here!

Warm regards
Peishan

4 peishan { 06.03.08 at 14:51 }

Hi Wekie!

My same sentiments! Wishing you the very best!

Shan

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