My name is Azmi Shahrin, Distinguished Toastmaster, Past President of both Extol Toastmasters Club and Kelab Pidato Perdana. I received my early but most important education at the Malay College of Kuala Kangsar (MCKK). After SPM, I won a Shell Scholarship to read Accounting and Economics at the University of Kent, United Kingdom, which I successfully completed with a Second Class Uppers Honours. Presently, I am a Masters in Economics candidate at the University of Malaya, where I am also serving as the President of the Faculty of Economics and Administration Postgraduate Club. I am also active in politics and youth organizations. I am the Ketua Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO Cawangan USJ14, Setiausaha Pemuda UMNO Zon USJ, AJK Biro Belia & Sukan Pemuda UMNO Bahagian Kelana Jaya and AJK Gerakan Belia 4B Kawasan Kelana Jaya. I don't think I am a bright spark but MENSA thinks I can keep in their good company.
I am a senior member of the Toastmasters International organization, having served as Presidents of several clubs and Area Governor. Currently, I am the Assistant Division C Governor in charge of Marketing, District 51 Toastmasters Leadership Institute Trainer and Counselor of The 1st Malaysian Gavel Club. I was named the Division C Toastmaster of The Year in 2005 in recognition of my dedicated and exemplary service for Toastmasters International. I am a well respected speaker who has won awards at various speech contests at the Club, Area and Division levels. My most recent success was being the Runner-Up at the Division B Speech Evaluation Contest in October 2006.
Professionally, I have had the privilege of letting Shell and Maxis use my marketing and Brand Management talents where I brought them prodigious amounts of profits in exchange for a pittance. I thought better now to earn my own bread. I am now the Principal Trainer for Dynamic Speakers Training Centre specializing in public speaking, communication and soft skill programs.
In the past 5 years, I have helped hundreds of students, teachers, lecturers and adults of all walks to develop communication and public speaking skills, which are vital skills for success and self actualization. I fully support the Ministry of Education's policy in using English to teach mathematics and science because I truly believe that this is our best hope in reconciling the twin demands of keeping to the aspirations of our national language Bahasa Melayu and yet promote English as the international language of knowledge acquisition. I hope that my contribution will help Malaysians to communicate with style, effectively and confidently.
Some of my recent communication programs included:
- August 2005 - Public Speaking Program for 120 Royal Malaysian Navy Officers in preparation for their submarine training in France.
- Nov-Dec 2005 - 2 Public Speaking Programs for Secondary School Children (25 participants).
- Nov-Dec 2005 - 2 Public Speaking Programs for Secondary School Children in Bahasa Melayu (20 participants).
- December 2005 - Public Speaking Program for 54 Sekolah-sekolah Berasrama Penuh (SBP) Principals.
- January 2006 - Public Speaking Program for 108 Sekolah-sekolah Berasrama Penuh (SBP) School Captains and Deputy School Captains.
- February 2006 - Public Speaking Program for 54 Sekolah-sekolah Berasrama Penuh (SBP) Senior Assistants (Academic).
- March 2006 - Communication Program for Science & Maths teachers of SMS Hulu Selangor (21 participants).
- April 2006 - Public Speaking Program for Sekolah-sekolah Berasrama Penuh (SBP) English In Camp program (216 participants).
- May 2006 - Public Speaking Program for 34 prefects of Sekolah Menengah Sains Tuanku Jaafar, Negeri Sembilan.
- July 2006 - Public Speaking Program for Royal Malaysian Air Force Commando Unit PASKAU (20 Participants).
- July 2006 - Public Speaking Course for the Teaching Staff of Sekolah Datuk Abdul Razak (SDAR), Negeri Sembilan (65 Teachers).
- August 2006 - Communication Program (Kursus Bahasa Inggeris 'Better Spoken English' Bil. 4/2006) for 15 Ministry of Education officers.
- Aug-Dec 2006 - Public Speaking Program for Secondary School Children for Pusat Pembelajaran Presint 8, Putrajaya (15 participants).
- September 2006 - Public Speaking Program for Royal Malaysian Air Force Commando Unit PASKAU (20 Participants).
- September 2006 - High Impact Presentation Program for Royal Malaysian Air Force officers (20 Participants).
- November 2006 - A Course in Public Speaking for English Lecturers in Politeknik Merlimau (20 Participants).
- November 2006 - A Course in Public Speaking for students in Politeknik Merlimau (20 Participants).
- November 2006 - Public Speaking Program for students (21 Participants).
- December 2006 - Public Speaking Program for students for Eduvision Training Center (10 Participants).
- December 2006 - Public Speaking Program for students for Rukun Tetangga Kawasan SS23 (13 Participants)
I invite you to browse through my photo and video gallery below and see what delightful participants I have had.. especially the sweet, smiling, happy faces.
Some of them said these about me.
"I like the way Mr Azmi delivered his talk. It has changed my confidence level in Public Speaking." - Teh Faridah Bt Mustafa, English Lecturer, Merlimau Polytechnic.
En Azmi really challenged me to read up on the principles of language teaching that I have learnt and demonstrated that it is the 'How/Deliver' of a presentation that matters as opposed to the 'What/Content' of the presentation." - Anonymous, English Lecturer, Merlimau Polytechnic
Azmi, I am very proud of you because you are the only Malay who can conduct a public speaking program in English." - Encik Abd Hadi Abd Hamid, Dekan Jabatan Pengajian Am, Merlimau Polytechnic.
I'd like to share an interesting conversation I had. Read on..
At the end of a Public Speaking Program, Mrs Ivy Yap - mother of Eugene Yap (my participant) told me, "Encik Azmi, I am surprised to hear that you teach English at the Subang Jaya Buddhist Temple!"
"Why are you surprised?" I asked.
"I am surprised because you are a Malay," she replied.
"Ha! Ha!" I chuckled, "Mrs Yap, actually, you shouldn't be surprised that I teach at the Buddhist Temple. You should be more surprised that the Buddhist Temple wants me to teach and that the parents trust me with their children. Think about it, ok?"
Mrs Tan said the following about me.
It is indeed a privilege to know Azmi since Dec 2005 when I sent my son and two daughters to attend the Extol Public Speaking Workshop. And when The 1st Malaysian Gavel Club was initially set up in early 2006 in Subang Jaya Buddhist Association, Azmi encouraged my daughters to join as members and subsequently, my eldest daughter, Swea Phin, was elected as Vice-President (Membership).
With constant and unfailing encouragement, guidance, training and mentorship, Azmi has surely and steadily build-up a pool of lively and resourceful young people in the art of communication and public speaking. His superb enthusiasm and "never give up" attitude on this group of youngsters demonstrates his keeness and exceptional passion to share and uplift the level of communicating in good English amongst especially the younger generation irrespective of race and religion across all boundaries. Azmi indeed is a rare gem!
If you would like to learn more about my programs, you may contact me at the following:
HP: 012-9198557 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also download my Trainer Profile and CV from the following links.
Trainer Profile (Rev - 01/03/2007)
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Profil Fasilitator (Rev - 01/03/2007)
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Curriculum Vitae (Rev - 01/03/2007)
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I have also appended several of my economic articles below.
- The contribution of the agriculture sector in the growth of the Malaysian economy
- The changing role of FDI in the Malaysian economy