14th General Election (GE14)
Dayah Bakar.

Motivational speaker and TV personality Dayah Bakar strives to inspire people, especially via social media.


1) HOW DEPENDENT ARE YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
I am very much dependent on it but in a good way. I use my social media accounts, especially Instagram, to give insight into my lifestyle and interests. I view social networking as a great platform to gain ideas and share opinions with the community.

I don’t think I will be recognised for my work (as a host/presenter) that much without it. If you don’t watch much television, you won’t know who I am. However, social media has helped me to expand my reach.


2) WHAT DO YOU OFTEN SHARE ONLINE?
As much as social media is valuable to my career, I don’t just share things related to my work. I love sharing motivational messages that people can relate to. I use special hashtags in my posts so my followers can refer to in case they need inspiration.

The hashtag #DBtalk is where I touch on all topics and #fitnesswithDB covers workouts and healthy practices. I was quite chubby in the past and it’s just one of the initiatives I took to highlight my journey towards being in better shape. As a public figure, I can empower people with the right mindset.


3) HOW DO YOU SOURCE FOR INSPIRATIONS?
There is no specific outlet that I go to. Inspiration usually comes randomly. Sometimes it’s just by reading articles — the website Says.com is interesting — or a simple photo shared on Instagram as well as postings that carry impact. This highlights the best part about living in today’s times — inspirations can come from various sources.

The Internet has broadened our world but we need to also reflect on our own selves. Our ethics determine our actions online where it’s important to note the consequences that may arise as a result. The content that you share should uplift instead of condemn others.

When I started my career, social media frenzy did not exist. But I’ve learnt to never judge a person based on how they portray themselves online.


4) HOW CAN INFLUENCERS OR MODERN-DAY ROLE MODELS DO BETTER?
Be mindful of your followers and make sure the power of your influence has substance. Dial down on selfies and amp up on thoughts. Put your interpersonal skills at work because social media is not just about being popular online. You also have to be able to engage.

Most people may not need lessons on, say, photography skills, but there is a need to improve communication skills. I created #DBtalk to address this because our online community lacks dialogue.


5) WILL YOU EXTEND #DBTALK OFFLINE?
I have done so recently while giving a talk to International Islamic University Malaysia students in Kuantan. I touched on social media and how to be smart when utilising it.

After its success, I plan to conduct and expand the session next year through workshops in universities. My goal has always been to inspire people.


6) TELL US ONE MOMENT WHEN TECHNOLOGY TOOK YOU BY SURPRISE.
FaceTime and Skype are not new but I have always been amazed when it comes to live chats via video calls. There are constant groundbreaking ways to connect with people.

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