M’sian wins third place in the international oratory competition
PETALING JAYA: Being raised by a strict mother and gentle father proved to be a winning formula for Mas Mahathir Mohamad, who won third place in the World Public Speaking Championship held in Tennessee, USA. -United.
Mas Mahathir, 29, who entered the world’s biggest speech contest, was one of the top eight finalists, beating more than 30,000 contestants from more than 100 countries.
A panel of 14 judges evaluated each finalist based on their vocal content, vocal flexibility and body language, among other things.
In Mas Mahathir’s winning speech titled ‘Two Gifts’, he regaled his audience and the judges with the different ways he was raised by his parents. While her mother was strict and firm, her father was gentle and kind.
“This subject touched me because I grew up with a tough mother,” he said. the sun at his office in Bukit Jalil.
“At first I thought she was tough because that was her nature. I wrote this post but (one day) I saw her crying, and after taking the time to understand her story, I I understood why she was tough. She had a tough mother, and she only knew how to show love the way she received love.
“I believe that if we listen and understand people’s hearts, we can make the world a better place. I used my parents to anchor that message,” he explained.
Being the second of three siblings, Mas Mahathir began learning the ropes of message passing when he was just five years old.
“It wasn’t by choice. I was encouraged by my parents to attend Toastmasters. They have been members of Toastmasters for nearly 40 years.
“Although at first I hated the experience, my parents didn’t give up but kept pushing me to do more. Talking in front of people made me nervous. I didn’t like the experience But gradually it became a passion, and as I started doing it, public speaking became fun.
He also had to overcome his lack of self-confidence.
“I couldn’t communicate with people. Even ordering McDonald’s over the phone was a scary experience.
Mas Mahathir said a lot of effort was put into preparing for the recent contest, including revising the speech 140 times.
“I had already competed five times at the international level.
“It’s my sixth year. I had practiced extensively, which included crafting, rewriting and practicing the speech for a few hours a day, recording and watching it. I would try it in different clubs (Toastmasters) for feedback as well.
He also developed a ritual, which consisted of familiarizing himself with the public before a competition, “grounding” himself by listening to music and taking deep breaths before going on stage.
Regarding the quality of the public speaking scene in Malaysia, he said there are still many areas for improvement including intonation and the way a message is conveyed to create an impact on the audience.
“The current school system has a particular way of speaking in public. It’s the way they want it delivered.
Interestingly, he made his living becoming a public speaking coach and has an academy, co-founded with his fiancée, Dr. Jolynn Ch’ng.
Its students include adults looking to advance in their careers – a skill to boost their current jobs.
“(Whether they are) entrepreneurs or doctors, they each have different needs. But all of them are related to their career. Their lack of public speaking skills does not surprise me. Instead, it inspires me because they’re ready to grow in whatever position they’re in.
“Learning an additional skill is always beneficial,” he added.