Twenty-year-old Eugene Teh Wen Jie emerged as champion in the grand finals of the Public Speaking competition organised by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) for the full-time, on-campus learning (OCL) undergraduates from the 2017 intakes.
Eugene, 20, from the Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Logistics & Supply Chain Management (BBLC) programme, beat five other finalists at the grand finals held on December 19th in front of fellow students and academics at the main campus.
He spoke on ‘The Fall and Rise of Nissan”, stating the history of Nissan, its revival plan and the successful Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
The students were judged on topic, content, personal viewpoints, proper use of language, delivery, eye contact and body language, ability to maintain audience interest, and being confident, natural and relaxed. The judges for the finals were Dr Ooi Chia-Yi, Rabikha Hasni Suparman, Irmadura Ramli and Kevin Tan Pooi Soo from SHSS.
The youngest finalist Grace Gan, 19, from BBLC, spoke confidently on the very interesting topic of ‘Volcano’, explaining the formation, types, shapes, uses and impact of volcanoes, and the protective clothing to reduce harm from the ashes.
Henry Goh Han Jie, 20, from the Management programme, expertly explained in detail about the malaria pandemic, the symptoms and treatment.
One orator, Dhiveena Subramaniam, 20, from Banking & Finance (BBBF), stood out in that she did not use any PowerPoint slides like the others, but adeptly used her voice, facial expressions and intonations to talk about ‘Fear’. She advised not to allow fear to hinder us from realising our dreams or living our lives.
Finalist Ameline Lai Ying Ying, 22, also from BBBF, talked about ‘Climate Change’, focusing on the impact of the greenhouse effect on polar bears, and calling people to trim down wastes, be it plastics, paper, glass, and so on.
The last speaker, Asswni Mariappan, 21, from Sales & Marketing, described the history of ‘Bharatham’, an Indian dance.
About 35 OCL students had battled it out in the six heats of the competition opened to students pursuing the Public Speaking course under the soft skills courses cluster. The six grand finalists had won their respective heats.
Dean of SHSS, Assoc Prof Dr S Nagarajan, was on hand to present the certificate of excellence to the winner, Eugene, as well as certificates to all the finalists. In his comments, he suggested for the students to personalise their content, like for example describing the importance of business leadership or what dance means to culture, rather than stating the bare facts.