It is a sunny and warm Sunday afternoon, in Madrid. The noise of the people crowding the buildings that adopted us for ten months fade down, and now there is just silence. Walking through those corridors, it is so weird to watch those empty rooms, so bright yet so quiet.
It seems like yesterday: Monday, July 2nd, 2018. The last workshop of the IE Public Speaking Club.
IE Public Speaking Club is not only one of the largest professional Club at IE, but also a supportive community of like-minded people, which work together to achieve a common goal: to improve their communication skills, in a dynamic environment and in a stimulating context.
Ever since October 2017, IE Public Speaking Club hosted more than 30 weekly workshops, covering a huge number of different topics. In sum, the latter mentioned topics might be brought back to three macro-areas: content creation, delivery, and psychological background. Each of these three macro areas has been developed in detail, following a specific educational system aimed to combine theoretical insights to practical tryouts, able to empower participants and to offer them an immediate opportunity to apply the notions learned during the workshops. For this reason, the weekly workshops followed a pre-determined structure: a first theoretical part, dedicated to a specific topic; a second practical part, dedicated to tryouts (one up to two minutes speeches, followed by a feedback session).
Several other workshops have been organized. Inter alia, the Club co-hosted events with other prestigious clubs, such as IE Debate Club, IE Recruiting Club, IE Women in Business and IE Italy Club. In addition, the Club actively contributed to the event 3MT Competition (an international annual competition where the best students present their thesis to a panel of five up to seven experts, in three minutes), and to the TEDx IE Madrid (no presentation needed): in the first case, a specific workshop has been organized, providing participants with the basic notions on public speaking, effective communication and pitching; in the second case, on an individual basis, two of the officers (the President, Nader El Mashnouk, and the Vice President Membership, Raffaele Piemonte), coached the speakers, helping them to create and to deliver the talks in the most effective way possible.
The achievements have been impressive. It could maybe seem a cliché, or even an exaggeration. Nevertheless, it is sufficient to ask the participants for feedback, to have a glimpse of the impact of the activities of the Club, which has been maybe hardly quantifiable in a tangible way, but surely enormous, from many points of view.
The members of the Club who crowded those rooms know it very well. They felt it, more than once. They felt the importance to improve their abilities. They felt the joy to crack a presentation in class, with investors, with colleagues. They felt the joy to be finally able to stand up and to speak up, confident, in front of any audience.
Improving our public speaking skills is crucial. It is impossible to imagine a prosperous and successful business or academic life without excellent communication skills. And it is especially true if you are enrolled in a prestigious Master at IE, one of the top Business School in Europe and in the whole globe.
This is our vision. The quality of our Life depends upon the quality of our communication.
We will never forget.