Singapore has been known to be one of the busiest countries
in Asia but is it possible to find solace in a place deemed as way too career
oriented? Friendship, purpose, love, and even self-discovery are questions not
frequently asked when it comes to Singapore but this is why these questions
need to be addressed. Being raised in Singapore means you are already used to
the competitive lifestyle as perfection turns into the definition of success as
the culture demands high grades and perfect performance from residents as young
as five years old.
Tutorials have become a daily routine as people strive
for that perfect GPA and overtime has become just another regular day at the
office. Does Singapore seem like a place that kills your spirit? Well, think
again! One of my favourite experiences in Singapore walking around slow placed doing
the exact opposite of what most Singaporeans do. Most Singaporeans seem as if they
want to get to where they’re going as soon as possible.
The most attractive word for most Singaporeans is
“efficiency” which may be a dreadful word for the freethinkers of
this world who like to grasp everything around them but do we really have to
fear that specific word? Go to Singapore and take a look around as people are
pouring their lives into the pursuit of success and although it may differ to
self-discovery, it is actually the same thing as they are also chasing after something.
There are two major beliefs of life, existentialism
and essentialism. Existentialism is the belief that we are born without purpose
and though it may seem quite negative, it is actually a very comforting belief
as it prompts us to create meaning of our own. You see, existentialism looks as
life as a blank canvas and our actions as the paintbrush, existentialism teaches
us the value of our actions. Essentialism on the other hand believes that the
point of life is to find the meaning or calling of life which was already there
for you from the start.
Why is knowing these two different beliefs important?
Because they shape your perspective on Singapore. Are you planning to go to Singapore
to find yourself or to build yourself? Imagine a busy crowd, would you strive
to walk faster towards their direction or would you go against the flow and
make your own path? Singapore is the land of opportunity. Now, once again, will
you find yourself? Or will you build yourself.
Improving your public speaking ability is something a lot of people struggle with. Not only is it hard to stand in the center of everyone when their attention is all focused on you, it is harder to convince them and make them interested in what you are saying. Since the beginning of time, there were certain people who were able to use public speaking to their advantage. Great leaders, philosophers, teachers, and so many other people of the past have been using public speaking to get what they want. Now, how did they do that? Well, there wasn’t psychology or sociology or even neuro-linguistic programming back then, there was only words and delivery.
Back in the day, their language wasn’t as broad as ours since tons of new words have been adopted into the English dictionary every year. Sometimes we feel like our language has advanced too much to the point that it is almost impossible to know every single word that exists. Anyway, going back to public speaking. Even with a limited vocabulary, this does not give you an excuse to choose your words poorly. You have to be as specific as possible when you use words to describe something. Grammar and intonation are also very important. This is where most of us are on the same level. After all, almost everyone has had English lessons back in school. What really sets us apart is how we deliver our message. From the tone of our voice to the moments when we choose to pause, this is where the challenge begins.
There are a lot of ways to play around with speech. When you want to give emphasis, you tend to shout! When you want a thought to be played again and again in someones mind, you whisper. There are so many ways to say a certain word. The tone of your voice could determine if you are encouraging, comforting, reprimanding, and many other motives. Using the tone of your voice together with the volume of your voice wisely would work to a great advantage. If you want to draw people in even more, try whispering at a soft volume. There’s so many other ways for you to play around with language, you just have to learn how to execute them.
Although public speaking is about listening, public speaking also holds another important factor, public speaking is also a visual platform! Show people what you are saying. There are so many things you can do. Using your hands to even crouching around or maybe extending your arms or pointing at someone, there is just so much you can do to emphasize on your speech.