Monday, December 21, 2009

This January

I am finalizing the courses that I will be teaching this January – and so far, 5 and counting. My life is bound to be hectic, if not frenzied. Who says, a teaching career is laidback? But I have chosen this line of work. It is noble, it is satisfying, it is challenging. Didn't somebody said, teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions? But to get an accurate picture of what it is like to be a lecturer, consider what Donald Quin has to say: "If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job".

The KL Advanced Toastmasters Club meeting this evening saw only two speakers – one of whom was me doing my “Ides of March” speech from the Storytelling manual, i.e. Project Speech # 5 Bringing History to Life. Personally I didn’t think I did that great but my evaluator, ACG CL Bill Sim (also President of KL Advanced) thought I did better than okay. Anyway, Bill and even Lucky (also Immediate Past President and the General Evaluator for today) gave some constructive input for me to take home. And I am now one speech away from my ACS qualification. I have bene making very good progress. Incidentally, I was the Humor Master as well as the Table Topics Master for this meeting, and I daresay I exceeded my own expectations. With so many different roles that I have undertaken lately, methinks I should also have qualified as a Competent Leader by now. I hope so.

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