Alhamdulillah. Although I am still not 100% recovering from my deteriorating health (bad coughs, Tonsillitis), scarce of voice and still left with twinge of Ulcer in my mouth, I have managed to deliver my Persuasive Speech for my “Public Speaking for Professionals”. As the 1st round was on Informative Speech (REFER to : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/i-have-a-dream-kom-5210-public-speaking-for-professionals-informative-speech-of-similarity-as-one-way-to-measure-ethos/); this time around we were given freedom to talk about whatever topics, as long as it is persuasive or able to evoke motivation among audience. The moment I knew about that 2nd assignment, I have already envisioned the topic that I want to deliver. I want to talk about myself and my life. I want to talk about “Believe in Yourself”.
I have already envisioned the opening act will be singing a song as the attention-getter BUT with my voice becoming hoarse, croaky and at one time was a non-existent; it would be impossible for me to do as what I have planned!!!!!! AND THAT REALLY FRUSTRATED ME; especially when my Tonsils gone bloody last week. But Alhamdulillah, under medical drugs and supplements, I am gradually recovering and Alhamdulillah regains my voice. This morning, I had to emcee the Hari Anugerah Kecemerlangan (will update on that later!) AND then at the night time, I had to deliver this Persuasive Speech!!! It was really tiring especially when my vocal chord is still fragile; but I have no choice; I’ve gotta do it!
The song I planned to sing was Joey McIntyre’s “Stay The Same” which I easily could belt the falsetto with my normal voice BUT with the hoarse voice, I had to not use the falsetto (I couldn’t reach with this voice!). NEVERTHELESS, being the Kiasu me; I was still adamant to sing so that my introduction would be unique.
On whole, I am relieved that it was all over. I personally think though; I probably won’t score as good as I scored the Informative Speech (29/30) due to my voice and my restricted energy but Alhamdulillah; all was great. And I am glad that I was actually being honest with the content of my speech. I really fleshed everything out :-
- Being an Omega male with androgynous features (sissy, effeminate, childish);
- People’s second guess and the changes when they see I deliver Public Speaking;
- My stoic belief to my own self; etc
My slide show. All about Shahrill Ramli believing in himself; to defy the odds.
And I also stomped off a book at the podium and threw it as a ‘dramatized’ element when I was describing my position as “Discipline Teacher” (just to gave the audience the teaser of what I am when I get stern with pupils). So; this is the whole text I wrote and delivered for my “Persuasive Speech : Believe In Yourself”. With merely 10 minutes to deliver, this is it, what I wrote straight from my heart & experiences:-
Don’t you ever wish, you were someone else,
You were someone else, you were meant to be,
The way you are exactly.
Don’t you ever say, you don’t like the way you are,
When you learned to love yourself, you’re better off that far,
And I hope you always stay the same,
Cause there’s nothing bout you I would change….
Learn to love yourself. Believe in yourself.
Assalamualaikum WBT and a very good evening to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdul Muati and to all my fellow coursemates. Today, I am going to talk about a topic that is very close to my heart. So, today, I am not going to talk about Oprah Winfrey; I am not going to talk about Angelina Jolie; I am going to talk about Shahrill Ramli. This is me, myself and I. This is about Believing In Yourself.
Ladies & Gentlemen,
Nobody is perfect in this world. Either we are too small, too big, too fat, too thin, too ugly, too stupid and many more. But with all these flaws around us, it is surprising to know that people are becoming more judgemental towards one another.
“Hey you…do you know that you have an ugly face?”
“You! You are so fat like a rhinocerous”
Will you to succumb to these? Will you surrender to all these worthless words? Not for me. I don’t. I believe in myself.
Looking back, I have my own share of experiences and it happens, it is happening and it will happen again. I know, when people look at me at first glance; they see myself as an effeminate or sissy male who probably aged no more than 25 years old. And then, they realized that my current job now is a teacher. So, they make that sarcastic faces;
“ OWwwhh..So you are A TEACHER” or “Ala-ala ticher, ticher, ticherrrr”
Yes, it happens a lot!! And it also happened in this very class as well when I first came in. If I were to face this 20 years ago, I would probably be crying or feeling helpless; but not anymore. Now I am 30 years old ; I have learned to believe in myself.
When I was a child, I battled with a lot of insecurities. I know I was different from others. I was not the gungho type of alpha males. I was the omega male who has the androgynous features. I was teased by friends and I cried. I was wondering why God make me this way? Why I was different from others? Why God was being unfair by giving me these weaknesses? I was feeling very down and lost sense of confidence.
And then, my mother try to calm me down and gave me a lot of encouraging words.. I still remembered what she said, :-
“I know you are sad. I know you are angry. But remember, you have the brain that others don’t have. So, study hard and people will respect you. Believe in yourself.”
So, I studied hard and I scored 4As in my UPSR in 1996. And then, I was accepted to the prestigious oldest English school in Malaysia, which is Penang Free School. In this prestigious school, mostly everyone converse in English; even the Mamak who sold the Roti Canai also could speak in English! Most of my friends came from well-to-do families; some of the parents were engineers, businessmen, lecturers and many more and they speak English fluently. I, on the other hand was from a Middle Class family, residing in a police barrack as my father was a constable policeman (for those who don’t know, constable is the lowest rank in the hierarchy of policemen) . So understandably, my father didn’t know how to speak English at all.
With all of these disadvantages in comparison to my other rich friends, I admit that I was feeling very inferior and intimidated. But then, I realized that God has given me this brain and this chance for me to go out from my Middle Class cocoon. Why would I feel intimidated? I can change my own future! I believe in myself! I believe in myself! I believe in myself!
Alhamdulillah, I was able to make a lot of friends; I was active in debates and elocutions both in Malay language & English; I was appointed as Treasurers and Assistant Monitors in my classes; I was also quite good in school and managed to secure the top 30 spots during examinations; I managed to score 8 As in PMR and 6 As in SPM. Yes, Alhamdulillah! I believe in myself!
My dear friends and coursemates,
I graduated from USM with a degree in Microbiology (Yes, I studied viruses, fungi and even the nematodes) but I always hated lab researches. So, I decided to attend interview from Affin Bank Berhad in 2007 as its management trainees and eventually would be elevated as the bank executive in Kuala Lumpur. I know this sounds funny but Kuala Lumpur was an alienated place for me. I have never been to Kuala Lumpur prior to my interview with Affin Bank; so you could imagine how scared I was to come here! But I told myself to stay calm and believe in myself. And Alhamdulillah, out of 2000 candidates, 18 were selected and I was one of them. All because I believe in myself.
Working in a bank as Assistant Relationship Manager helped me a lot to broaden my vision. From a Middle Class boy, I was now involved in the Corporate world. I met up with clients, I did project site-visits, I planned projected cashflows for my clients, I dealt with SME companies as well as government-linked companies, and many more. Yes, it was glamorous job; yes, I’ve got to know a lot of famous economical and legislative figures in Malaysia; but it wasn’t the kind of life I want for the rest of my life! When I told my colleagues in the bank that I wanted to quit job as banker and become a school teacher, they laughed at me.They even try to brainwash me so that I changed my mind. But I refused, I was adamant, I believe in myself.
Alhamdulillah, now, after 5 years serving as a teacher, I was awarded with an Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang last year in 2013, I am currently the Head of Science Panel in my school. Some people thought I won’t even last for a month in school due to my “soft & demure personality” but I am NOW (stomp off and throw a book on podium!) one of the discipline teachers in school. All because I ignore people’s bad talking & I believe in myself.
7 years ago, Kuala Lumpur was an alienated place for me, but now, I have been to a few countries abroad. I used to see my friends travelling abroad & I got jealous. I told myself one day, I would be doing that as well. My biggest pride was in November 2013 when I managed to sponsor both my parents for our Sydney, Australia trip. For a person coming from Middle Class background, being able to bring your own parents abroad with your own money is such a satisfying feeling. And also in June 2014 this year, I managed to bring my mother to perform Umrah in Makkah. I know for some people, travelling abroad is a common thing but for me, it is an exclusive achievement for a person who have never been to Kuala Lumpur during his childhood days! . All because I believe in myself. Alhamdulillah.
My friends, members of the floor,
So now you know, why it is important for us to believe in ourselves. Yes, people may try to bring you down, but if you believe in yourself, you can always reach the stars. Now, this is me doing Bungy Jump at New Zealand in 2012 (show picture). I did it because I believed in myself. So the question is, DO YOU BELIEVE IN YOURSELF????!!!!!!!!!!!! (Repeat 3-4 times in a spirited way!). With that, I end my speech with Assalamualaikum Warrahmatullah Hi Wabarakatuh.