Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Women Power in Finland

Finland was one of the first countries in Europe to give women voting rights back in 1906 and the first country in the world to vote women to parliament in 1907. 

And women power has been a force to be reckoned with all these years  Now, women are the ones controlling the levers of power. 

On Monday, Finland’s five party coalition government elected 34-year-old Sanna Marin (right) prime minister. Upon her swearing in on Tuesday, Marin becomes the world’s youngest sitting prime minister, 

And she's not the only woman in the country leading the way, literally. 

With Marin heading the government, all of Finland’s five major political parties now have women at the helm: Katri Kulmuni, 32, leads the Center Party; Maria Ohisalo, 34, leads the Green League; Li Andersson, 32, leads the Left Alliance; and Anna-Maja Henriksson, 55, leads the Swedish People's Party of Finland.

Women rock!

I was at the BP Asia BSC Toastmasters meeting yesterday @ The Horizon in Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur – thanks to an initial introduction by Jacy Wee and an invitation by club president Michelle Tang. 

I presented a 20-minute talk on Impromptu Speaking – and I had decided to do away with the usual deck of PowerPoint slides that almost everyone uses. I had realized that whilst they are beneficial – what’s more important is to learn about the 2 C’s – i.e. Confidence and Creativity.

When a speaker equips himself/herself with Confidence and Creativity, believe me, a speech is already on the tip of his/her tongue. 

Especially, a Table Topics-type of speech which is only between one to two minutes. 

Also, I delivered a project speech – a CC#3 titled Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. And yes, I was voted Best Speaker. 

This was for my Competent Communication manual #64:

When a Toastmasters club’s word-of-the-day was “persnickety” – and members having heard it for the very first time, could still use it fittingly and correctly – then I know this is a good club blessed with accomplished members! 

Anyway, I enjoyed the meeting, I really do!

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