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'If you fear it, face it': Jakartans push themselves to conquer fear of public speaking

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Jakarta   /   Fri, February 7, 2020   /  10:37 am
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Public speaking is a skill we need to master for success in our careers and in business.(Shutterstock/Yanathep Aromoon)

“Contestants, are you ready?” the head organizer, the so-called contest chair, asked in excitement. All seated in the first row, each of the 15 participants answered with a doubtful “yes”. They laughed nervously, acknowledging that, ready or not, the competition was about to start. The event was a speech contest recently held by the Jakarta Toastmasters Club (JTC) at an office space in South Jakarta. The club itself is part of an international network of “non-profit educational organizations that teach public speaking and leadership skills”, as described by the Toastmasters website. Each participant had to deliver a five- to seven-minute speech — anyone who spoke for less than four minutes and 30 seconds or more than seven minutes and 30 seconds would be disqualified. The speeches delivered that evening covered various topics, from th...