Friday, August 1, 2014

For Decency's Sake, Don't LOL

One of the most senior members of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government single-handedly managed to upset women. He opened his mouth!

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc (left) had urged women not to laugh in public to "protect moral values" in a speech he made on July 28, 2014.

Turkish women aren’t going to stand for this, of course, and so they promptly and defiantly took to social media in droves to denounce Arinc's comments, posting pictures of themselves deliriously laughing under the hashtags #kahkaha (#laughter) and #direnkahkaha (#resistlaughter) which have now gone viral. 


Pervin Buldan, a female Turkish politician, reportedly vowed to “respond to all statements by Arinc by laughing!

This Arinc is a fool! I am reminded of something Marilyn Monroe once said. “If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything”. Can I? Will she?

On Thursday, I was at the Ernst & Young’s Toastmasters meeting on Level 22, Menara Milenium in KL’s Pusat Bandar Damansara. It was a good meeting because four speeches were presented, including from yours truly. In fact, all were Advanced speeches and they were from four different manuals, i.e. Technical Presentations; The Entertaining Speaker; Interpersonal Communication; and Humorously Speaking.

I didn’t think I delivered that great a speech but nevertheless, I did enough to win the Best Speaker award and to cap this, I was also voted Best Evaluator! (I did a ‘Warm Up Your Audience’ speech from the Humorously Speaking manual and I evaluated Alex Tee’s ‘The Entertaining Speech’ from The Entertaining Speaker manual).

I just realized that I had not been to a Toastmasters meeting for six days – from last Friday and up until yesterday – and I am mighty glad to be back in action again.



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