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.
On July 2018, the Club has more than 1140 members. Graduate students, undergraduate students, alumni: high level professionals, with diverse backgrounds, but the same vision. Ever since October 2017, IE Public Speaking Club hosted more than 40 weekly workshops, covering a huge number of different topics.
In sum, the topics analyzed might be brought back to three macro-areas: content creation, effective delivery, and psychological approach. 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. Consequently, 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. 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 and to the TEDx IE Madrid: 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, Raffaele Piemonte), coached the speakers, helping them to create and to deliver the talks in the most effective way possible.
The future of IE Public Speaking Club will be built starting from the success of the last academic year. The traditional structure of the weekly workshop will be kept, whereas, if the case, minor aspects will be improved on the light of the feedback provided by group members and board officers.
Strengthening the global presence of the Club, through new partnerships with other Clubs, IE Institutions, external associations, alumni, and all the stakeholders of the IE Community, will surely be a key point of the new board’s strategy, which will also take into consideration the possibility to create new and even bigger events.
The final goals are not only to improve the quality and the prestige of the Club, but also to foster the participation of students from all the programs. IEPSC, with more than 1140 students, is already one of the most important professional Club at IE. Our mission is to further improve the Club. We envision the creation of a professional community and a student-driven organization which is able to enhance and to complete the academic experience of the IE Students. Indeed, strong communication skills and the ability to deliver terrific public presentations is an unavoidable requirement of any IE student, and one of the secrets to achieve ambitious professional goals, in any field.
The quality of our Life depends upon the quality of our communication.