Wow... What a wonderful event. You who missed it... well.. you missed it. It was a fun information packed day. and .. Fast Forward to the results... Evaluation Contest: First is: Ahmed Shukry. He was just great. I wish in future contests an evaluation contest will make it to the district. Table Topics Contest: First is: Quraishi. He was Good. Humorous Speech Contest: First is Mohammed Ali, Second is Raed Al-Nasir. Well, Mohammed is my friend and all, but I think Raed was funnier :-)
It is Contest Season again.. and this time it is even stronger. four categories with six contestants in each, a full day of fun and education. What more can one ask for? oh.. the coffee :-) On Friday the cream of the cream, the best of all areas in Bahrain will face each other and they will show their best. They will have the stress of who will win.. but we, the audience will just sit and enjoy their efforts. They may think the event is all about them.. who will win... but it is actually all about us.. They came to impress us: educate us, entertain us and inspire us.
Tonight is a special night. It is one of the rare (only?) Area 34 meetings for that we will see five clubs joining hands in a successful joint meeting. I am very honored to be one of the speakers tonight. The meeting will start at 8:00 pm and hopefully finish at 10:00 pm at the Bahrain Society of Engineers. As usual, attendance is free and welcomed. Snacks are available during the break time. Area 34 include the following clubs: AFAEAT, Angles, BKS, Falcon and FCT.
We Arabs have huge doors and obstacles in front of us. Whenever someone thinks of entering a field, competition or any challenge, we are always told that this can't be done, specially if the west had been there first or worse if is it the dominant player. Software development comes to mind but the list is actually huge. But what is more difficult to challenge than their own language, something that they have by inheritance not only by practice.
Mohammed Ali Shukri is Bahrain, Gulf, Middle East and the whole world -sans America and Canada- champion in Public Speaking. In his first attempt after two years from joining a toastmaster club, he succeeded in sailing in the direction of victory through all the obstacles, and 'Cut' his way to the Top Ten, in Washington DC.
Last week ended very nicely.. I attended a 2 days workshop on Professional speaking. It was given by a very talented speaker and a gifted trainer.. and a close friend of mine :-) It was very educational to me, and although I as most other people, know the basics of what makes a speech a good one, it was very nicely analyzed and formulated in the lecture/workshop.. Almost every attendant gave 2 short speeches. And the activity was concluded by a speech competition, and guess what.. I got third place, although I was not expecting that.
Last Sunday, I was visiting my brother's house in Saar with my wife and two years old son. At around 4:30p PM I was in my way back to my house in Karrana when my wife asked me to take her to visit her sister's house. I said OK and decided to go there from the main highway. So I changed my way towards Saar's cinema and into the T-junction.
Last month was a busy one, as usual:
It has been a busy week. My brother and his family came from vacation and I waited for almost 3 hours in the airport because the plane was delayed. Then the work in revised drawings of my the hospital (*ohh.. that is a long story) and finally a silent rally on Friday to protest the new political societies law. I hope to find more time this week to update mishkah.org