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Content Creation with Public Speaking Club

Written on January 24, 2019 by Campus Life in Professional

On Tuesday, 22 January 2019 Sowmya Vavilala hosted IE Public Speaking Clubs 10th workshop on Content Creation.

Like any remarkable presentation, it all starts with brainstorming. This is one of the most creative processes in the formation of your presentation as you open your mind to any and all possible thoughts and ideas. Following the Osborn Method of brainstorming, keep the following points in mind:

  • Go for quantity – yes, quantity over quality put as many ideas onto the paper as you
  • Withhold criticism – don’t slow your creativity down with doubtful thoughts, this is a creative space
  • Welcome wild ideas – there is nothing too crazy in a brainstorming session, so go wild

Having refined and shaped those ideas, you should now start arranging them into what will now form the structure or flow of your presentation. Make sure that you step back from the intricate details of the presentation, to ensure that your presentation flows like a well-told story. One of the only abilities that truly separate us from animals is our ability to tell a story, so make use of it.

Keeping your audiences’ attention is not just about being on stage, or speaking loudly, but can be controlled using keywords. Careful consideration of keywords will assist the speaker in modulating their voice and keeping the audience engaged.

When putting your presentation together, always keep in mind the three C’s: Creativity, Coherence and Consistency. These three C’s will go a long way to ensuring that your message is effectively communicated.

Always remember, content creation is a skill that is developed over time. You can master this skill by reading, reading and some more reading, watching the likes of TED Talks and as always, practice, practice, practice.

Join us next week, 29 January for our session on the longer format of presenting, in collaboration with IE Technology & Innovation Club.


Public Speaking, first 2019 session

Written on January 24, 2019 by Campus Life in Professional

On January 15th, 2019, Raffaele Piemonte – former Vice President and current Alumni Advisor of IE Public Speaking Club, kicked off our first session of 2019, with a rousing workshop on Style Development.
Though so many of us have our very own innate style when it comes to presenting on stage, a lot of it can be cultivated, trained and successfully delivered through practice.

How can we create our style?
Learning from the best: the first step to develop and improve your style is, paradoxically, analysing great speakers of the present and the past to catch their secrets and master public speaking skills. Take advantage of online material by watching some of the greats to get a better idea of what suits you, what motivates you, excites you to want to be up there on stage. Watch speeches held by political leaders, actors, comedians, TED speakers or communication experts to identify aspects that ring true with you. These examples will give you a canvas to work off. Dozens of examples have been discussed during the workshop. Additionally, useful material will be shared soon with members.
The second step of the style-creation process is identifying your own unique characteristics. Acknowledging your strengths, and working on your them, will allow you not only to boost your confidence but, in practical terms, to improve your delivery. Personal branding is the key.
The third and final step of the style-creation process is delving into the art of storytelling. We did have a specific workshop dedicated to the topic: use the tools we provided, create your own stories, use the incomparable communicative power of stories, which are able to evoke images, sounds and emotions.
On which aspects we have to focus to improve our style?
Creating your own style implies working hard on all the 3 fundamental aspects of Public Speaking:
a. Content Creation
b. Delivery
c. Psychological Aspect
Once again, it has to be pointed out that specific sessions have been and will be dedicated on each one of this macro-areas, and related sub-topics. Stay tuned!
Are there some tips that we can bear in mind?
When honing your style, always remember to be flexible, and to embrace everything that might happen to you.
Plus, dig deep: know thyself, bring out the best in you.
Finally, always, always bear in mind what Oscar Wilde once said: “be yourself: everyone else is already taken”.



The future of travel tech

Written on January 2, 2019 by Campus Life in Professional

From booking flights and check-in to arriving at the final destination, today’s modern traveller expects hyper-personal and frictionless experiences no matter where they are.

Last Month, the IE Technology & Innovation Club had the pleasure of welcoming several high-profile speakers from the travel technology industry discussing how changing traveller demands influence new business models. We had a lively and engaging panel discussion moderated by our club coordinator, Alissa Warne (IMBA ’18)

We welcomed:
• Guillaume Delaître, Sales & Program Management Director, Spain, Carson Wagonlit Travel
• Jose Garrido, Retail & Travel Lead, Adobe; and
• Pascal Clement, Head of Travel Intelligence, Amadeus

We ended with our speakers talking about their career in tech and how they got to where they are, and any advice they had for IE students, before opening it up to the audience for a general Q&A. Highlights included:

Evolution of the traveller experience

Compared to 20 years ago, the traveller experience has certainly come a long way. While there are certainly tradeoffs between better flight technology and better customer experience, there is no doubt that the way we book flights, travel and experience other countries has significantly changed. In 1998, people relied on travel agents, printed tickets and actual maps to make travel plans. In the early 2000s, customisation of the passenger experience was key. And today? Our panellists discussed the importance of leveraging passenger data – when they fly, how they search for and book flights, how much research is done before finally committing to a travel itinerary – to tailor highly relevant, hyper-personal travel experiences.

Airports are changing, too

The entire travel ecosystem is evolving and none more so than airports. The global travel industry has matured and grown exponentially, with the number of travel departures jumping from 600 million to US$1.3 billion over the past 20 years. Both airports and airlines have made good use of passenger data, with airports evolving into retail hubs to encourage passengers to spend more within their terminals, as well as leverage partnerships with airlines – Changi Airport in Singapore, for example, hands out free vouchers to passengers flying on Singapore Airlines transiting through Changi.

Virtual assistants are the future, but won’t replace human interaction… or will they?

One of the main concerns today is that chatbots or voice assistants will replace the human interaction. If yes, how can travel companies can still provide the human touch? How do we ensure customer satisfaction? Guillaume from corporate travel booking company Carson Wagonlit Travel agreed that chatbots are the future, but at this stage cannot replace the more advanced, empathy-driven conversations that humans can provide. Chatbots could certainly book simple point to point trips, or make our lives easier by resolving straightforward questions (with answers from a preset database), but not for complex trips, for example, a round-the-world trip with different departure and arrival destinations.

Another point of view was also offered – if chatbots provide us with better service, wouldn’t we rather use them as opposed to grumpy travel agents or airport staff? Not to mention the labour costs that companies save using chatbots in the long run.

In conclusion…

Thank you to everyone who came to our event and participated in the stimulating discussion, and also to our coordinators who made it: Ashley O’Mahony and Furqan Shaukat.


IEOut and Allies. Amazon Recruiting and Networking

Written on December 20, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional, Social

The IE Out and Allies Club was very pleased to sponsor an Amazon Networking and Recruiting Event with David Rodriguez. David is a Senior Program Manager in Amazon’s Global Talent Management department and sits on the board of Glamazon, Amazon’s LGBT+ Affinity Group, in Madrid. David also has experience as a Process and Implementation Manager for TNT Express.
David spoke extensively about Amazon’s hiring process and the skills and values Amazon is seeking from potential employees. He took us step by step through Amazon’s application and interview process and gave students advice on how to best tackle each stage. David shared some of his own experience joining Amazon to illustrate the process even further.
Additionally, David spoke to us about the culture at Amazon and what it is like to work for the company. Specifically, David spoke about how Amazon is constantly reinventing himself and every day is “Day 1.” While David knows what his role will be for the next month or two, the company is constantly changing and thus people need to change with it. Students left the meeting with a better understanding of Amazon’s recruitment process and what their work life would look like if they worked at Amazon.


SpaceX with IE Technology and Innovation Club

Written on December 17, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

Winter holidays are just around the corner, and some time has passed since Summer… But what an exciting time for the IE Technology and Innovation Club !

Strong of its new team, our club has started this academic year with a new event serie dedicated to space exploration, with the collaboration of IE Corporate Relations and several other IE Clubs: IE Women in Business, IE Air and Space, IE Energy and IE Artificial Intelligence. We had the honor to welcome two high-profile guests to share their vision, their experience and their projects.

In Septembre, Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO of Space X, explained to a large audience how success usually implies failure(s), and the organizational challenges arising when a company increases its workforce to reach 7,000 employees.

In Novembre, James Murray, co-founder of OffWorld, presented his company’s mission: expand human civilization beyond Earth. With his team, he is developing a generation of industrial robots which will be first deployed in the mining sector to reduce heavy-load tasks usually operated by humans. He projects to send these AI-enabled machines to the Moon, asteroids and Mars and allow humanity to benefit from their invaluable resources.

Listening to our guests has been highly inspiring, on both technical and human aspects. If the ambitious projects of these two companies can sound colossal, we have been impressed by the humility and the accessibility of their leaders!

IE Technology and Innovation Club is now getting ready for 2019, with many events in the pipeline! Don’t miss out and follow us on your favorite social networks @ietechinnovclub!

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