In our interview series, entitled “Peace Talks”, we speak to peacemakers with different backgrounds and life stories, and ask them to share their thoughts and reflections.
This edition of “Peace Talks” features Kelly Wu from Raffles Girls’ School:
Q: How was your overall experience at the Peacemakers Conference 2018?
My experience was very enriching and enjoyable! Mediation is something that we come across very often, but most of us are not aware of the proper techniques to make the process smoother and more meaningful. The Conference was definitely an eye-opener as I got to learn so much more about how to mediate an issue effectively. I also got to make new friends from my school and other schools 😀
Q: What was the most unforgettable part of the Conference for you?
The most unforgettable part would be acting as a party during the mediation rounds. It was very memorable as all of us had to immerse ourselves in the role, and the conversations often became extremely interesting and exciting!
Q: What is an example of you applying what you learned in the Conference in real life?
Since the Conference, I have not been a mediator of an issue, but there were many instances when I had to apply the skills of understanding various perspectives and being a good listener. For example, when participating in group discussions, I try to maintain an open mind and consider everyone’s opinions, even if I feel otherwise. I also try to practise more body language like leaning forward to show the person that I am listening to them. This is a small example, but these skills that I’ve learnt through the Conference really helped me in group settings!
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the incoming participants of the Peacemakers Conference 2019, what would you tell them?
Don’t be afraid to try! It is perfectly fine to make mistakes, always try to step out of your comfort zone to make the most out of your experience 🙂
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