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“Structure” and “Analysis of the Greats”

Written on March 11, 2019 by Campus Life in Professional

Another two amazing weeks have passed, and IE Public Speaking Club has continued to show creative and innovative ways of teaching its members regarding the art of public speaking.

Raffaele Piemonte, IE Public Speaking Club’s alumni consultant led a riveting workshop on ‘Structure’ on Tuesday, 26 February. Structure to public speaking is what a foundation is to a house, it’s the bedrock from which your creativity and success are built upon. This is true for many reasons, but none more than the fact it is the point of preparation that you have such an instrumental role in shaping your success. The structure of your speech is much like any story you have told, there is an introduction, the body and a conclusion. Knowing how to put these key points together is the art of preparation.

An introduction is your moment to catch the attention of your audience. Three tried and tested methods include using; a quote, a question, or a punchy story. A strong introduction sets the tempo for the presentation and should be thought out very well. When considering the structure of the whole presentation, one should try to focus on keywords that flow throughout the presentation. They function as a great measuring stick for whether you are getting your full story across, but also as milestones from which you are able to maintain your train of thought. This methodology can be taken further by building a story through which your presentation can flow. The idea is to try to evoke images and emotions through your speech.

When closing your speech, one should always be mindful of the introduction, relating back to the introduction completes the audience’s journey thus allowing them a better understanding of the entire delivery. If your presentation has been very factual, be sure to take the opportunity to recap your key takeaways as it can be difficult for the audience to retain all the information you’ve delivered.

Lastly, this past Tuesday, IE Public Speaking Club took the agenda to the next level, hosting its first ever movie night, dubbed, “Analysis of the Greats”. We had the opportunity to – and with popcorn – watch some of the best public speakers on screen and then analyse what it was we found so intriguing in their delivery. This was an amazing opportunity to discuss how we each felt about these speakers with constructive conversation between our members and coordinators.

We look forward to another great instalment of the video format very soon.

See you there.


Public Speaking and Drama Club Collaboration

Written on February 25, 2019 by Campus Life in Professional, Social

The year 2019 has been a year of continued collaboration here at the IE Public Speaking Club. Our last collaboration with the IE Drama Club was a testament to that. A big thank you to Anna Lotta Hattig and Alan Mekibel from the IE Drama Club and one of IEs students, Ellen Buckland, a professional actress with multiple years of experience teaching theatre tools and techniques to boardroom executives.

The workshop was something out of the ordinary, hosted in the basement of the Valezquez building, we had no chairs and a lot of space to move. And that’s exactly what was needed. Public Speaking is as much preparation of your slideshow; focus on your body and voice; and preparation as it is being brave enough to stand in front of a room full of people. In this workshop, we were taken through numerous exercises used by those who live for the stage.

All these exercises were out of the ordinary and had our members almost rolling on the floor with laughter. But behind all the fun and games was an amazing lesson – we were learning to be comfortable in front of other people in very uncomfortable ways.

This was proof that learning can be more than just fun, it can be an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and act a little silly at times. Whether it was sticking your tongue out and gawking or pretending you were a prince or a queen, it was a great opportunity to expand that comfort zone a little.

We look forward to more collaborations in the future.


Mastering Your Public Speech. Public Speaking Club

Written on February 14, 2019 by Campus Life in Professional

On Tuesday 5 February, Glaxton E. Robinson hosted IE Public Speaking Club’s 11th workshop on Mastering Your Public Speech. This session was an essential overview of key points of personal speech following a very successful Club Fair hosted by IEs Campus Life on Monday, 4 February.

There are several pointers to keep in mind when giving a presentation, and according to Dr. Albert Mehrabian’s 7-38-55% Rule, the three elements of personal communication are the spoken word; voice and tone; and body language.

Your vocal variety is vast, ranging from volume, diction, rate, pitch and tone. Being able to utilize these tools of the trade are of utmost importance when keeping your audience engaged, but more so, being able to deliver a sincere and heartfelt presentation.

When focusing on your body, there are three key points to always keep in mind: position, posture and movement. These are essential parts of a presentation as it allows you to engage with your audience and show what it is you are trying to say.

As with everything that is important, practice makes perfect. The IE Public Speaking Club hosts both impromptu and prepared speech formats to allow its members to practice these points of interest covering several different topics.


At the Public Speaking Club, we are constantly brainstorming to come up with ways to better engage our members and help them hone their public speaking skills.

On 29th January 2019, we implemented our first ever Prepared Speech Session, where we collaborated with the Technology and Innovation Club to provide technical topics for our members to present a 5-minute prepared speech. The topics covered included Artificial Intelligence, 5G, Machine learning, Internet of Things to name a few.

This session was a chance for us to evaluate our members on key aspects covered in our previous sessions, including; content, delivery and the psychological factor.
An important factor our presenters had to keep in mind was the fact our attendees were made of up of both technically savvy and non-technical people. This was a great opportunity for our members to find the middle ground of effectively communicating a technical topic and not alienating or boring their audience.

The long format initiative was a resounding success and IE Public Speaking Club look forward to implementing these sessions again in the near future. We look forward to collaborating with different clubs and tackling new topics in our bid to better our members as effective communicators.

Join us next week for our 11th Workshop on Mastering Your Personal Speech, where we will cover important topics such as; tone, speed, the pause, modulation and diction.

See you next week.


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.

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