Friday, November 25, 2011

My Mind Map of PM Goh Chok Tong's SQA Speech on 15 July 1998 at Shangri la Hotel

As I was an SQA Assessor for 1997/98, I was invited to the SQA Awards Presentation and Dinner ceremony at Shangri la on 15 July 1998.

I was very excited when I learnt that the Guest-of-Honour was going to be the Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong himself. I have made up my mind to try to mind map his speech. Mentally, I prepared myself by thinking about what he would say during the SQA Awards Presentation. The occasion was just after the 1997 financial crisis. So I read as much information there is about it.

At the same time, I prepared the Central Theme for mind mapping his speech. What should be the image that would best associate this occasion with the PM? Since, it would be delivered by the PM himself, so I decided to draw a portrait of the PM next to the SQA Trophy.

The night of the award came. I was a bit nervous as I knew I have only one chance to mind map his speech. To my amazement, I managed to surprisingly summarise most of the key points of his speech on my mind map. I believe, it was due to my preparation for this important real-time mind mapping of the PM's speech. I subsequently went up to the PM and requested for his autograph on my mind map. PM was very obliging and I thanked him.

I was indeed very happy to be the owner of the only real-time mind-mapped speech of a Prime Minister.

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