Do debate & public speaking skills help in entrepreneurship?
When I was 19 years old, I was exposed to United Nations and how it plays a vital role in the mundane world we lived in. In UN, it has many bodies with over 180 countries supporting the UN vision and agreeable upon many nations around the globe.
This foundation was built afterWorld War 2' to restore law and order. It also does its best to maintain peace as much as it can throughout the world to prevent another world war from happening. We know what world war 1 & 2 has done and 3 will be even devasted in days rather than years because of the weapon that we have today.
AT the age of 20, I wanted to find out my purpose in life. What I was born for and how can I become better than I was yesterday?! One of the ways that I read from a book is to continue to seek new skillsets and mindsets. That new skillset made me love public speaking and that was where I was pulled into 𝗠𝗼𝗱𝗲𝗹 𝗨𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 ( 𝗠𝗨𝗡). It was scary at first and worse of all I never had any debating experience in high school. However, things are about to change.
I went on for my first MUN and I was quiet throughout my 3 days in the event. Everyone spoke so well and use terms that I rarely understood. Nevertheless, that didn't bother me much but the 𝗱𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗮 𝗮𝗺𝗮𝘇𝗲𝘀 𝗺𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗺 𝗱𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗯𝗮𝘁𝗲. Moreover, the research that was done by the groups to come out with a resolution paper for us to vote was amazing.
I never felt such great energy and the people in this society is just mind-blowing! The facts they show, the way they table their points and the energy they used to voice out their opinions is something that amazes me to try to be at their level.
So, how did I continue? I went on and participate in as many MUN as I can and slowly learn as I go. In my 3rd MUN, I was able to speak much more than just a few sentences and well, debate too but still, there was some room to be improved. In my 5th MUN, I got better and the confidence I had in me to debate grew. Oh yeah not to forget, I have become more open-minded and my critical thinking skills have become even sharper that I first started. ( 𝙔𝙚𝙨, 𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮 𝙦𝙪𝙞𝙚𝙩 𝙪𝙥 𝙩𝙤 19 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙖𝙣 𝙤𝙘𝙘𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙙 𝙢𝙚 𝙖𝙩 20)
Furthermore, the skills in making research, to come up with a resolution, to table my points in a good manner and also the persuasive strength has gotten up to where I had expected it to be but I believe I am can become even better to become like those top debaters. 𝐌𝐨𝐝𝐞𝐥 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 ( 𝐌𝐔𝐍) has helped me so much in the entrepreneurship journey is because on the night I witness food waste at Victoria Street, I went home and I couldn't sleep the whole night. That food waste scene I saw on a first hand experience has caused me to be uneasy and I decided to go on and make my research via Google. If it wasn't for MUN I may not have thought of getting the info online on ways to solve it. In that research as well, I also stumbled across MAGIC . Then, I felt a calling.
I clicked more buttons on their website to understand more about them and soon I saw a Social Enterprise Bootcamp event. I sign up and paid for it.
A few months later, I ended up in MAGIC Cyberjaya ( 2017) and ta-da!!! That was where I learn more about social entrepreneurship and what it takes to be one. Yes, even until today, SE is not well understood by many leaders yet but one day it will because in MALAYSIA it is still very new, and much more can be done by MAGIC to make SE a new norm in Malaysia,
Lastly, in that Bootcamp as well, the experience of coming up a resolution in MUN helped me to fill up the 𝐁𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐌𝐨𝐝𝐞𝐥 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐯𝐚𝐬 (BMC) . It Is like a biz plan but a much easier way to understand when you do your pitching to the audience.
So yeah, getting into the debate and having that whole experience does help me in my entrepreneurship journey because it allowed me to become a better public speaker. I am grateful that my college friends pulled me in when I was 20 into such world. That is why there is a quote that says "𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐦𝐢𝐱 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞, 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐰 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐲".