Saturday, January 21, 2017

Keep Speeches Short and Straightforward

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left) has ordered his ministers to keep their speeches short and straightforward.
It seems that most Indonesians are familiar with listening to long-winded and tedious speeches made by government officials – and trying so hard not to doze off and even getting scolded for being disrespectful.
And it would also seems that this policy has indeed make work “more challenging” for some of his Cabinet colleagues.
Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani said she understood the purpose of Jokowi’s order: To do away with Indonesian bureaucrats’ old tradition of making long speeches that are full of unnecessary formalities.
However, she said abiding by the policy was easier said than done. “It is challenging to make our speeches short and straight to the point without compromising the substance”, Puan said after attending a Cabinet meeting at the State Palace on Wednesday.
I suppose the President must have experienced it first-hand.
And so, he had the circular issued by the office of the Cabinet secretary instructing the ministers to limit their speeches to no more than seven minutes.
That’s the standard Toastmasters’ speech – 5 to 7 minutes. I am confident Toastmasters’ “training” can certainly help them to be less verbose.
Methinks Jokowi should gather his colleagues and start “The Indonesian Cabinet Toastmasters Club”.
According to Wikipedia, he has 34 Ministers and 3 Vice-Ministers – more than the required 20 members to charter a Toastmasters club!
What is Jokowi waiting for? I can help him start a Toastmasters club.

Yesterday, I attended the Liquid Gold Advanced Toastmasters meeting at No. 50 in Changkat Bukit Bintang in KL – a nice cozy Asian restaurant & cocktail bar simply called ‘Opium’.
This time, I delivered a CC #2 titled "The Rooster". I have quietly started on a new CC round #41.   

Daniel Tan ordered a flaming Lamborghini. The ingredients include Kahlua Coffee Liqueur, Sambuca, Blue Curacao and Baileys Irish Cream. And it is drunk through a straw. [Note: This cocktail should be drunk in one].


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