The All Island Best Speakers Competition 2015

The All Island Best Speakers Competition 2015

Encouraging eloquent public speaking, the Toastmasters Club Colombo held their signature event last week. The All Island Best Speaker contest (AIBS) 2015 saw the five finalists bringing their best onstage in the traditional two rounds of competition. Welcomed by club president Toastmaster Sarma Mahalingam, the audience was treated to an array of speeches both by competitors and the professionals in the club.

Winning the coveted AIBS award for 2015, was Umar Azwer’s semi-autobiographical rendition called ‘Watch Me.’ Leaving the audience with an empowering message of battling all odds, Umar in his speech credited his “grade one teacher” who gave him the opportunity to make his first public address and a very supportive family.

Coming in second with his speech- ‘The Mother of All Failures,’ Praveen Samarakone spoke on the dangers of “not trying at all.” Taking a lesson from Wile E. Coyote of the Road Runner show he enjoyed as a child, the crux of his message was that failure should not deter one from trying, even if like the unlucky coyote one was “to fail 473 times.”

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