Can I rant? …Ok I am going to.
Have a become cynical of AIESECers? It’s election time here in AIESEC in Singapore, which only means one thing – election speeches. And upon hearing election speeches from the leadership candidates. Today I heard TWO kind of speeches: ‘The Good S#iT’ and the ‘Full of $hit’ speeches. Perhaps it’s my experiences in Toastmasters, and in the “grounded’ working world, but so many speeches in Aiesec are just full of empty promises and overused ideals (improving society, making more life-changing experiences). Yah i know Aiesecers can’t help talking like this, it’s in our organisation’s culture to talk this way; however, if one wants to really connect with an audience use stories of personal hardships. Stories illustrate points beautifully and eloquently.
And I have to rant about how in (in)efficient AIESEC is here in Singapore…(and in Canada a bit…and the globally of course) The formalities of elections (ie. speeches, and voting) of candidates all which ran unopposed took WAY WAY too long. Ok let me explain why I this annoys me.
- Time is Precious. Especially in the working world, every second is (hopefully) used efficiently…and we wish we had more of it…way more of it. To students (yes i can relate), time is something which is used without consideration for other non-students.
- A disrespect for keeping to the schedule. Ok from Toastmasters I’ve learned that if you start late because you’re waiting for people, is that it is very disrepectful for the guests who may have other plans after the meeting. In AIESEC, we never start nor end on time, this causes huge frustrations for me because it is inconsiderate and show unprofessionalism.
Why am i frustrated? Well, the fact the I’m using up so much energy for ranting is because I really care about AIESEC, even as an intern. I’m sure many other trainees share the same frustrations I do plus more, but we stay involved because we all believe that the young AIESECers will learn these life skills just like I have and still am.
Yes I agree that this frustration is not very useful, but if students realize this limitation how they run the organisation, then we’ll start seeing some real changes. Please change! I’m changing too!
Man, I’m getting old. But I’m still young and naughty. Hehe.
Rant Over. Stay tune for more inspirational posts soon as I prepare to write a motivationa/inspirational speech for Toastmasters….