Speaking in front of a crowd scares a lot of people. A research done by the National Institute of Mental Health says that 74% of people suffer speech anxiety (link here).
As far as I know, being able to confidently express your ideas, thoughts and opinions is a huge advantage for every individual. So being a Club Lead for the PUP-SRC Firefox Club, I know that one of the training that we need to do is about public speaking. And last January 30, we held a mini Public Speaking Training. This is an echoing of a workshop I attended last February 2015 (link here
) and I reused the presentation, Faye Tandog used back then.
We started with a question of why public speaking is important for us even though were still students. I cited some examples like defending our research paper and thesis and interview for internships.
After that, I asked everyone to introduce themselves by saying their names, a truth and a lie. Then the others would guess what the lie and the truth is.
Leo Marinas introducing himself.
Rey Aguilar introducing himself.
We then had the main part of the training, and the topics are divided into 3 parts namely; Preparing for your talk, Surviving your Talk and Talk Hacks.
To test what they had learned during the training I asked everyone to explain to me the functionalities of their phone and why I would want to buy and use it in 2 minutes. After everyone was finished, I gave some tips individually on how they can improve their pitch.
As a final note, I left them with a quote from Kameron Hurley:
They’re not going to remember the words. They’ll remember how you made them feel. Make them feel something.” – Kameron Hurley
PS. Thank you to Wendy Aguilar for taking photos!