A lot of us have heard the story of how Poh Kia Li, an MIP graduate, turned her small investment into a million-dollar portfolio in the last few years.
However, few people know that in March 2016, she made the decision to venture out of her comfort zone by taking the centre stage when she found out that 8VIC (back then, 8IE) was looking for speakers and trainers.
A shy person by nature, Kia Li decided to overcome her public-speaking fears in order to inspire others, hoping that someday, another equally shy individual can too go on stage to inspire others.
Kia Li sharing her journey at the National Achiever’s Congress
Today, she stands not only as an investor but also someone who’d spoken on big stages and even an MIP preview speaker for 8VIC.
Why did you decide to train yourself to become a speaker?
Let me start with this quote:
“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that seem right? That means to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy. ~ Jerry Seinfeld
Though public speaking is not my number one fear, I have always wanted to learn how to speak on stage for various reasons: to overcome my own fears and limitations, to learn an important skill and also to inspire others.
In what way has being a speaker made you a better person?
Speaking has helped me to open my mind and see my own weaknesses. It made me overcome my fears and limitations, and keeps me growing.
In fact, I feel very humbled to have the power to empower. It also inspires me to keep brushing up on my knowledge and skills.
What is your most memorable speaking experience so far?
There are actually a number of them, including my experience during and after the speakers’ training, as we achieve our breakthroughs.
However, the most memorable one so far would have to be when I was given the opportunity to share my journey to a 1000-people audience.
I thought that I would sound nervous in front of such a big audience. But the feedback that was given afterwards was good, and it made me very grateful for the opportunity.
I definitely would not have the courage nor the opportunity if I had not gone through a speaker’s training.
What do you love most about speaking on stage?
The opportunity to positively impact other people. To empower them to take action towards their dream life. Then they in turn can inspire others.
It’s a ripple effect.
The world becomes better as each individual becomes a better person.
I also get to meet a network of trainers and speakers. Most of the time, these are good and positive people.
To quote Ali Kreiger, “Surround yourself with good people, surround yourself with positivity and people who are going to challenge you to make you better.”
What is your advice for those who wish to step up as a speaker?
If you have a fear of public speaking, take the first small step by learning. You never know when you need to go on stage or do an impromptu speech. What if you don’t know what to say? Or how to say it? Isn’t it better to learn before that happens?
One of Jack Canfield’s Success Principles said, “Experience your fear and take action anyway.”
If you have the intention to speak, persuade, train others, or improve on your presentations at work, then don’t just get ready, get into action. Train yourself up and practise your art.
Dale Carnegie once said that “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
Public speaking skill may not seem an urgent skill to acquire, but it is definitely an important and relevant one in our lives.
Create the life you want, step by step, through learning, taking action, then repeat.
All the best!
Apart from sharing educational content, Kia Li also plays emcee for parenting talks
Sharing with members of the audience how to invest the Warren Buffett way
Do you also want to inspire others as a speaker for 8VIC?
Go to http://8ly.cc/TTTforgrads to find out more about the speaker’s training program Kia Li has attended.
The upcoming program will be on 14th July 2017