Q&A with the Young Persons World Lecture Competition Finalists

IOM3 Student & Early Career Committee (SECC)
20 Nov 2018

Natalie Daniels spoke to this year’s first, second and third place Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition (YPWLC) winners about their experience with the competition and what is next for them.

Kyle Saltmarsh – first place

Congratulations on winning the YPWLC. How does it feel?

It feels great – it doesn’t feel real. When they called out the final three winners, I honestly did not think I had got it. 

How did you find your overall competition experience?

It has been fantastic. All the competitors have been great and I have been blown away by the calibre of everyone. It was quite intimidating and it feels great to compete with these amazing individuals.  

What did you hope to achieve when you entered the competition?

Initially, it was to go to South Africa. I am very competitive so when I got to the final I wanted to win. To prepare myself for the final, I started attending speaking classes every Friday from then to now. 

What advice would you give to others thinking of entering YPLC 2019?

I would recommend it to anyone. Just take the plunge and force yourself to hone a craft. For me, it is hard to get better at something unless I have a reason to do so, and for me this was the perfect push to help me get better at presenting.

What’s next for you?

The speaking class I have been attending is having a 2018 Speaker of the Year competition so I’ll go straight into competing for that, with hopefully a successful finish. 

Lin Guo – second place

Congratulations on being awarded second place. What was the highlight of your trip?

I loved the whole experience. One of my highlights was the dancing and drumming at a local restaurant in South Africa.  

How have you found this week in South Africa?

It was amazing and different to everything I have done before. It has been amazing to meet people from all different countries across the world.

What have you learnt from this competition? 

It has been great to communicate with people from other countries, share our own knowledge and learn from others too.

What advice would you give to others thinking of taking part in YPLC 2019?

This is the most meaningful experience I have ever been through. This journey has been amazing and I would recommend it to anyone.

Andrew Ng Kay Lup – third place 

How have you found your week in South Africa?

It has been a very exciting and incredible experience and I particularly enjoyed the Township Taranga – it was a privilege. 

What have you learnt from this competition?

I have learnt a lot of things about how to present my work to younger members and also about the culture in South Africa and of all my competitors. 

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of entering the YPLC 2019?

I would say do it. Just be yourself and try to enjoy every moment. Remember to be passionate and enthusiastic and you will learn a lot.