Once again, it is a month of graduation. In elementary and high school, we can see the graduating class valedictorian and salutatorian delivering their valedictory and salutatory addresses, respectively.
In this video, let me talk about the latter – the salutatory address.
There are 3 things to remember
1.Should not a rival to the valedictory address.
2.Salutatory – salute – salutation – delivered first
3.S is for short
Parts of a salutatory address:
2.The educational journey
3.Salutation and welcome remarks
=== To our dearest school director, Sir Edison Morales, school principal, Ma’am Florence Buat, administrators, faculty and staff, parents, visitors, and my fellow Einsteinians, as-salamu ‘alaykum warahmatullahi ta’la wa barakatuhu, a remarkable morning, ladies and gentlemen.
For all those years I’ve been studying here, I’ve never really envisioned myself to be the future president of this club. Like other people, I too, had underestimated and underrated this club, until I realized . . .
The Einstein Circle of Shakespeare isn’t just merely a club. It is a medium－ a way for me, for you, for us and our young creative minds to express and share our thoughts and ideas to the world. It is a way to be heard, to be seen, to be known, and to be acknowledged. Working with words and being part of it surely isn’t an easy job, but it would be my pride and honor to be the club’s president.
With that being said, I, Lady Zaynab Limba, humbly accept this key of responsibility. I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to everyone who’s been part of giving me this heartwarming opportunity and of course to you, Ate Asral, for you’ve been the no. 1 person who pushed and trusted me to be your next successor. I am now ready to face my awaiting battle.
I dream for the ECS to grasp what it truly deserves, to terminate the misconception, underestimation of the students, like my past self. I aspire to inspire all to start expressing and develop unity. And now, at this very moment, I shall now introduce to you my co-officers for the school year 2019-2020 who shall help me fulfill this dream. Starting with our
4th yr vice president: Michael Tristan Ikram Aquino
3rd yr vice president: Aragorn Javelosa
Secretary: Adina Radam
Treasurer: Lady Insheera Manar Ampatuan
Auditor: Grantly Jarman Cederio
PRO: Datu Sukarno Sinsuat
And our 2 Bus Mngrs: Faiqah Azia Malendo and Datu Rashad Ampatuan
Standing here, knowing that I’d fight the upcoming battles with you, I can say that I am now ready to hold the pen.
Please bow and please proceed to your assigned seats.
To all of us, the incoming officers, may all the luck and elixirs emanate our year, the Year of the Explorers.
Once again, a pleasant morning to all. Thank you and wassalam!
What is Jawi? What is the status of Jawi documents in Mindanao through the years? What is their significance in shaping national Muslim narrative?
Watch this partial video footage of my 20-minute presentation of the paper “Jawi Documents in Mindanao: Their Significance in Shaping National Muslim Narrative” at the 2016 Philippine National Historical Society’s National Conference, Almont Resort Hotel, Butuan City, October 20, 2016.
Makati City (September 8) – There was a recent invitation from the Mindanao Institute of Journalism for me to be a resource speaker at an academic forum attended by around a hundred lecturers and students of Kidapawan Doctors College.
As the 2018 Philippine Political Science Association (PPSA) International Conference draws to a close, last weekend I reluctantly accepted – as I’m still recovering from a minor surgical operation – the invitation to be the resource person of a three-hour “Municipal Orientation on Federalism” of a Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-recognized Drug-free municipality in Maguindanao and a recipient of 2017 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Award.
In the recent rebooting workshop on federalism, Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and violent extremism, instead of the usual ‘what-is-and-what-is-not’ presentation, I just shared to the participants my personal observation of the ruling PDP-Laban party’s federalism movement, the current status of the BBL in the Congress, and the inclusion of preventing and countering violent extremism (PCVE) in the Masa Masid program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Thank you, DILG-Maguindanao Province, for the invitation and opportunity to share personal thoughts!
“We have been talking about the narrative and drivers of violent extremism (VE). When we say drivers, we are referring to the push and pull factors that ‘recruit’ individuals to VE. And we tend to pay less attention to VE’s enablers – that is, factors that make VE and its activities ‘resilient’. We are interested to know what UNDP has done so far – from development work perspective – in addressing these ‘enablers’ of VE.”
Supposed question on the Introductory Session about “Regional Outlook on Violent Extremism” by Phil Matsheza, Regional Team Leader, Governance & Peacebuilding, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub
Subsequent to my earlier post and the comments it elicits, let me share with you below five practical tips I always remind myself of before presenting a conference paper. These tips are meant for the prospective young conference presenters, and not to the seasoned conference speakers who are repeatedly passionate enough to go beyond the time limit set for them.
1. Know your goal.
The reason behind paper presentation in a conference is not to share your research as a whole, but to give your audience just a taste of it, in order to receive feedback for the further improvement of your work. If you want to share it as a whole, let it be published in a credible journal.
2. Know your audience.
Don’t get excited when your panel is full of people. They may be there interested to listen to your co-panelists and not to you. If they are there to listen to you, they are there to know from you if your research is worth reading once it gets published, or not.
3. Know your time limit.
Before the conference, inquire from the organizers or panel moderator the time limit set for every presentation. If it’s 15 minutes, then prepare your slides for 10 minutes because if you consider your adlibs, fillers and many “Next slide, please,” you will spend an additional 5 minutes in the actual presentation. Prior to the start of the panel, I usually look for the one in charge of the projector and ask him or her to listen to my presentation and manage by himself or herself my slides’ transition without me telling him or her anymore, “Next slide please!”
4. Do not explain everything.
Considering your goal and the limited time at your disposal, do not ever attempt to explain everything about your paper. It is better to state only a few things with emphasis, than to explain many things very quickly. I had a lady co-presenter in a conference who tried to give an exhaustive explanation of her paper. When thrown with a ‘why/how’ question during the open forum, she was practically embarrassed for having no good answer or no answer.
5. Q&A is a shared time as well.
Do not monopolize answering the questions during the Q&A Session because like the paper presentation, this session is also shared with your co-presenters. Try to answer the questions directly and concisely. Give enough space to your co-presenters to give their answers.
Before attending a regional workshop on religious education in Jakarta next week, my past two weeks were a series of paper presentations or talks. In a DILG-PPSC jointly organized national training of trainers on preventing and countering violent extremism held in Manila on November 27-29, I was asked to share my working paper on deconstructing media reporting in Mindanao.
Immediately after the closing program I rushed to the airport to catch my 9:40 pm flight bound for Davao City. But sad to note, I arrived at NAIA at 10:09 pm already. Blame it to the traffic jam in the Metro. I booked for the next available flight (around 6 am), but I had to enlist my name as chance passenger for the earliest flight (4 am) that day (November 30) in order to arrive in the next conference venue before the start of the panel session (8 am) where I was invited to talk about the post-Marawi Siege landscape.
The following day (December 1), I had to leave the beach resort (Waterfront Insular Hotel) and climbed up the mountainous part of the city (Malagos Garden Resort) to deliver another talk at the seminar-workshop dubbed “Reporting Marawi, Reporting Violent Extremism” organized by the MindaNews and an institute of Mindanao-based journalists.
Two days afterward, I had to fly back to Manila to moderate the panel on youth radicalization and violent extremism of a forum on the peace process in Mindanao, organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Immediately after lunch, I had to rush to the province of Cavite, outside Metro Manila, to share my thoughts on cultural sensitivity and media reporting in Mindanao at a one-week special course conducted by a national public safety institution.
The next day, I flew to Kuala Lumpur to attend the 7th International Conference on Southeast Asia at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, and to present a paper on Marawi Siege’s security implications to the Southeast Asian region. During the opening ceremony the other day, the convener of the panel on the role of women in conflict zones in Southeast Asia invited me to join her panel, which I gladly accepted, and I talked about the role of women in promoting violent extremism in the Philippines.
In all these presentations as well as in previous experiences in conferences, one recurring thing I have observed time and again is the dismal failure of a considerable number of speakers to observe the time limit (usually 15 to 20 minutes), and correspondingly, some moderators’ ineptitude to properly manage the time limit set for each panel. One moderator even emailed me the night before the panel session, asking me to limit my presentation to 10 minutes, while actually allowing my co-presenter in the panel to talk for around 45 minutes and another co-presenter to talk in half an hour.
One panel convener kept reminding me four times to limit my talk to 15 minutes “in order to devote more time to the discussions during the Q&A session”. Yet the same panel convener was around 30 minutes late in the panel, and having designated herself as the first presenter, she had two minutes excess to the 15-minute time limit she herself had set.
In view of these and similar experiences in the remote past, I’m just wondering if there’s a need for a sort of “conference paper presentation 101” and “conference panel moderation 101.”