The cheery, dimpled news anchor from Manado graced TVRI (the state-owned public broadcasting TV network) from 1988 until 2010. She first anchored in her hometown before moving up the ladder to a coordinator during the last two years. Coreta now continues to host events, promotes local products through her bags and organisations, and trains young anchors and female police officers in public speaking and many other activities.
Indonesia Tatler: What advice could you give to young people on developing a positive self-image that, in turn, will help boost confidence?
Coreta Kapoyos: You have to know and grow the strong points that you already have inside. One example is if you're good at public speaking but sometimes find that your rhythm is off, then the solution is to prepare and practice. We make up for our weaknesses by utilising our strong points.
IT: How about ways to not be shy when speaking in public?
CK: First off, the person needs to understand the cause behind his or her shyness. Maybe, it's because of a private type of personality, or the environment has not fostered the chance to speak up, which leads to a person not being used to speaking in front of the public. To teach people, usually I ask about their own story—how many children they have, what are their hobbies and so on. Since they can share stories about their own lives, it becomes clear that the ability to speak is there.
I will then go on and ask for a description, maybe of a table, and based on what they know and feel. The point is to get used to sharing and speaking up, especially about what they know best or from well-learned, correct materials.
IT: In your opinion, how do young Indonesians today fare in public speaking?
CK: I see that they are getting better and braver. Maybe the challenge is in language skills since Indonesia is the only ASEAN country in which English is not a second language. But even now, more young people have a good command of English; they just need to get used to face the crowd.
IT: What are ways to improve public-speaking skills?
CK: Public speaking is an art. You have to speak politely, control what you say to not excessively include unrelated or unimportant things, and also choose the right words and delivery method as to avoid misinterpretation and elicit negative feedback.