Thursday, May 22, 2014

Kungfu Panda - My 3rd Toastmaster speech

This is my 3rd speech under the Toastmaster Competent Communication Manual. I am so happy that I finally delivered this speech yesterday after procrastinating for almost a year. I wasn't well prepared and was pretty nervous during my delivery but I am still so happy that I DID it. It's just so hard for me to put together a speech. The title of my speech is "Kungfu Panda" based on the animated film and it's a very meaningful movie. So, though you can't see me delivering this speech in person but here's my script.

Title: “Kungfu Panda”

How many of you love to watch computer-animated film?
I am a great fan and my favourite film is the “Kungfu Panda”
Imagine my excitement when watching the film as besides being a fan of animated film, I am also a big fan of martial art.

Let me share with you what I’ve learned from watching this film. Kungfu Panda is about an oversize & bumbling panda named Po. Po was an average guy, he doesn’t seem to have any skill and talent and he was just too clumsy. Like me, he is a die-hard fan of kung fu and aspire to become a Kungfu master. His father, however, wants him take over the family noodle shop. To everyone's surprise, Po was chosen as the Dragon Warrior by the grandmaster to protect his village from the evil leopard, Tai Lung

As expected, Po was struggling in his grueling training to become a Dragon Warrior and no one even himself, believe that he could pass the test. His was despise and mocked by others for non-existence of skill. Not only that, his master even admitted, that Po was by far, his worst nightmare for a student.

His master told him, that he has yet to achieve inner peace to become a true Dragon Warrior and there was too much insecurities in him. To find inner peace, one has to undergo pain and suffering such as meditating in a cave without food and water for 50 years.

I can relate to Po as I too, have much insecurity and bad experiences that is holding me back for pursuing my dreams. "Challenging experiences break us all at some point—it breaks our bodies and minds, our hearts and egos. When we put ourselves back together, we find that we are no longer perfectly straight, but rather bent and cracked. Yet it is through these cracks that our authenticity shines. It is by revealing these cracks that we can learn to see and be seen deeply."

Recently, a friend told me that I have the inability to let myself be vulnerable and that I tried too hard to hide my flaws – my low self-esteem, my self-doubt and I was straining for others validation and acceptance. I then realized that to grow and rise, we need to embrace our flaws, our insecurities, our pain and to appreciate ourselves because that is what makes us special and strong. So fella toastmasters and friends, find your inner peace and believe in yourself.

Regardless of where we came from and our life journey to date, a far more important thing is where we are heading now and who we are becoming.” 

In Kungfu Panda, to console the distraught Po, Po’s father reveals his long-kept secret, which is the secret ingredient to his family famous noodle soup. The secret ingredient is…nothing. It means that there wasn’t any secret ingredient! Po was taken by surprise so he asked, "You mean that it’s just plain old noodle soup? You didn’t add some special sauce or something into it?" To which his father laughed and replied, Do not need to. It becomes special when you believe that it is special. Ultimately, Po found that his greatest weakness turns out to be his greatest strengths and with that, he defeated Tai Lung (the evil leopard).

The soothsayer in Kungfu Panda said “Your story may not have a happy beginning, but that doesn’t make who you are. It’s the rest of your story, who you choose to be. So, who are you and what do you choose to be?

Note: My evaluator didn't like my speech as I didn't meet the speech objective which is to "Get to the point". My evaluation is as below as you can see.
Haihs..this is so difficult but I'll try harder next time! Go! Go! Go!

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