I had been wanting to attend the Public Speaking module since I first saw it on the line up of events of the Business Advantage Program. After a few failed attempts to book in, I put myself up on a waiting list to increase my chance of securing a spot. It was early January when I received an email from Marvin Fox, the BA Program coordinator, inviting me to a summer session of the Public Speaking Module. I instantly said yes! I thought, what a great way to spend a hot summer day in the cool of the Gibson Room, overlooking the river and working on my public speaking skills!
When I arrived to the session I immediately felt a sense of warmth and friendliness. The room was set up as a semicircle, where we could all see each other and there was also a communal table ready for lunch time. Throughout a series of highly interactive games and activities, Lesley, the facilitator, was able to create an intimate atmosphere that helped all of us relax and feel at ease. In several opportunities, I got to stand up and be the main speaker myself, receiving valuable feedback from Lesley and my fellow students. The module provided me with some new tools on how to elaborate meaningful messages, but it also made me aware I could improve on other important aspects of the delivery of a spoken message, like body language, pace of speech, volume and intonation.
I can say now, that thanks to Lesley and the Public Speaking module, I feel more prepared and much more confident to take on my capstone unit next semester, which involves weekly presentations that are marked individually.
So if you are a domestic or international student, and this is your third or fourth time participating in BA (or if you’re completely new to the program!) I strongly encourage you to sign up for the Public Speaking module. It will not only help you further develop as a professional but it will also give you the chance to meet new people, possibly make friends too, and receive true and constructive feedback on your skills. So, what are you waiting for?! Spaces book out fast!