Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Persuade with Power

HICT Toastmasters Club met this evening, and I made my speech No. 9, which is “Persuade with Power”. The title of my speech was “Why Liverpool Should Win the EPL”. My evaluator (who admitted he was a Man U supporter) was convinced that I had passion, and even good vocal prowess – but he thought I lacked “power’. Even the TME, an Arsenal supporter believed I was convincing, but he still maintained Man U will win the EPL trophy. Sigh! Nonbelievers! Anyway, I am just one speech away from being a Competent Communicator.

It’s been awhile since I talked politics, but it was good to read that Khalid Ibrahim is suing MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) and Government for defamation over their statements that he abused his power as the Selangor Menteri Besar (The Star, April 28, p N18). Good for him!

And Karim Raslan wrote in the same paper that despite a spate of well-orchestrated walkabouts and some sensible government decision-making, many Malaysians – especially non-Malays – remain sceptical about Najib and UMNO. Karim advocates that UMNO must go further and drastic changes are crucial if it wishes to govern beyond 2013 (April 28, p N47).

Arsenal won their game the other day (April 26), beating Middlesbrough 2-0, the two goals coming from Fabregas (26, 67) – a wonderful result that was not at all surprising. And Arsene Wenger has been quoted: "We will go there with belief" when referring to the crucial game with Man U at Old Trafford for the Champions League, semi-final first leg tomorrow. Of course, with belief, the Gunners can beat the Devils, can't they?

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