On May 14th, I encountered 73 contestants from all around Zhejiang Province，who gathered in Hangzhou for Star of Outlook English Speaking Competition. Many of them were very experienced and well-prepared, but surprisingly, I made it to No.4. What a great honor for me!
Through this unforgettable two days’ experience, I found that Star of Outlook is never just about English speaking skills, but also it is a stage to speak out unique thoughts. Once you get the chance to speak, you have to keep the language flowing and use ways of interactions like gestures, eye-contacts and different tones to touch both the judges and the audience. More importantly, the contestants should have the ability to think in English and to organize their answers logically as soon as possible. It is very demanding in a limited amount of time and sometimes I felt that language has become the barrier of expressing myself.
In addition, a broad vision is essential for quick-reaction. I did not do well in the second round of question answering when I was asked “What do you think is the most important social problem”. I began with “Well, it’s a tricky question for me because…” followed with an experience. However, this way of starting my speech took up much of my time and was lack of logical thinking.
What kept me motivated and aggressive for two days’ long run was the belief that I have the ability to change and be better, which I believe is important for every one of us.
Finally, I would like to express my thanks to all my English teachers and special gratitude to my current English teacher, Ms Lu, who has contributed great ideas to my logical way of thinking and designs in my prepared speech.