Public speaking skills crucial for personal & professional success, motivational speaker Kevin Abdulrahman tells Wollongong Cup participants
Noted motivational speaker Kevin Abdulrahaman says Public Speaking is the single-most critical factor in personal and professional success today. Speaking at Wollongong Cup 2011, the annual inter-school Public Speaking Competition organised by UOWD, Kevin Abdulrahman said whether one is appearing for a job interview or seeking funds for a venture, invariably it is the person with better public speaking skills who wins.
"Most professionals overlook this critical factor. People who can speak with impact are real winners; they can influence and inspire. An entrepreneur seeking funds from investors can achieve his objectives easily if he is confident, clear and determined. Public Speaking skills help people stand out in the market, he told the audience. Kevin Abdulrahman hailed the amazing talent displayed by the students and urged them to hone their skills as they get ready to enter university life and job market.
Kevin Abdulrahman was also one of the judges at the Wollongong Cup 2011, in which 15 UAE schools took part. The top winners were Fatema Irfan from Ibn Seena English High School Sharjah in Public Address category; Reshma Raju from Gulf Asian English School, Sharjah in Story Telling category and Praveen Rao of Abu Dhabi Indian School in Impromptu category. Dubai Scholars was declared overall winner as its students bagged the second place in all three categories.
In his welcome address, Raymi van der Spek, Executive Director of Administration and Strategic Development, UOWD, urged the young participants to make use of all opportunities to improve their public speaking skills which hold the key to success in career and life.
Dr Swapna Koshy, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business and Management, and main organizer of the event, hailed the caliber of the participants. She also presented a brief history of the UOWD Public Speaking Club, which has been holding annual competitions for university students. Milan Sindhav, President of the Speaking Club was the Tournament Director for the event.
The panel of judges comprised Dr Alma Kadragic, academic program developer at UOWD and editor of Middle East Media Educator; Yana Makaveeva, President of AIESEC, the world's largest student organization; Afiq Ahmed, passion development coach and certified NLP practitioner; Ahmed Al Arshi an Emirati film-maker, author and HBO script writer; Dr Renuka Sharma, author and former professor in York University in Canada; Kevin Abdulrahman, a much sought-after motivational and leadership speaker; Dr Gwendolyn Rodrigues, associate professor in Faculty of Accounts and Finance, UOWD; Conchita Fonseca, a lecturer at UOWD; Asim Choudary, a passion coach and Dr Ian Michael, professor at Zayed University.
The participating schools included Al Maarifa Pvt International School Sharjah, Al Resalah School, Al Shuqouq Pvt School, Arab Unity School, Cambridge International School, Dubai Scholars, Gulf Asian English School Sharjah, Our Own English High School Fujairah, Abu Dhabi Indian School, Ibn Seena English High School Sharjah, Emirates English Speaking School Dubai and Our Own English High School Al Qouz.